08 May RESEARCH PAPER: OpenStack Storage: Maturity & Choice

With the growing popularity of cloud computing, there is still a need for alternatives to the major public offerings. OpenStack presents an option that enables organizations to build elastic and scalable cloud services that deliver more control and choice for their IT environments. The rapid growth of data consumption, combined with the elasticity that cloud solutions can offer, creates a compelling reason for businesses to begin migrating away from traditional architectures and towards cloud solutions. OpenStack represents a new choice for both enterprises and service providers, helping balance performance, scalability, and cost for clouds. With mature storage components as well as third-party options for storage, OpenStack is now viewed as a more robust solution for cloud deployment.

You can download the paper here.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Today’s Customer Needs
  • Growth & Maturity Of OpenStack Storage
  • Cinder: Block-Level Storage
  • Swift: Object-Based Storage
  • Manila: File Sharing Service
  • Ceph: A Third-Party Alternative Open Source Solution
  • Contrasting Ceph & Swift
  • Figure 1: Workloads Running On OpenStack
  • Figure 2: Cinder Architecture
  • Figure 3: Failure Domains
  • Figure 4: Swift Architecture
  • Figure 5: Manila Architecture
  • Figure 6: Block Storage Deployments
  • Figure 7: Swift vs. Ceph Architecture View
  • Intel’s Contribution To OpenStack & Storage
  • MI&S View Of The OpenStack Storage Market
  • Call To Action
  • Table 1: Adoption & Maturity For Storage Services

Companies Cited

  • Amazon
  • Intel
  • OpenStack
  • Rackspace