An Elastic Approach to Managing Data

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted May 28, 2010


The continuous growth of data has the IT industry is struggling with ways to cope with the storage management. As mentioned on this CTO Edge report, data growth has created a situation where there is a need for a more elastic approach to managing data in both private and public cloud computing scenarios.


As the amount of data that needs to be managed continues to grow, one NAS approach is to layer an open source file system on top of industry standard Intel servers.

"One of those new approaches is an open source file system from Gluster Technologies. The basic idea is to layer an open source file system on top of industry standard Intel servers to create a network attached storage (NAS) system. But the underlying file system is a pretty advanced offering in terms of its ability to use an approach to hashing to create a elastic file system that keeps track of where every piece of data is without impacting performance. The file system essentially creates a large pool of virtual storage made up of virtual volumes. The data itself is written to disk by the underlying operating system, so no proprietary layer of software gets in the way of the applications and the underlying data."

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