Open Storage Platform Delivers Hyper-scale Benefits for the Enterprise

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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The Open Storage Platform (OSP) is an architecture for building storage and compute infrastructures using independent software and hardware components that leverages some popular concepts in IT – scale-out storage, software-defined storage and commodity hardware. This approach originated in the large, hyper-scale companies as a way to provide the enormous amounts of storage capacity they needed, cost effectively.

These companies popularized the use of low-cost server chassis filled with consumer-grade storage media. They also used complex software, often developed in-house, to provide resiliency at a cluster level and federate the large numbers of physical servers that comprised these infrastructures.

The Open Storage Platform provides an architecture for assembling these scale-out storage systems from commercially available products. Where the hyper-scalers’ experience was a “do-it-yourself” kind of process, OSP could be described as more “roll your own”.

Learning Objectives

Understand the OSP model and its origin
Understand where OSP is being used
Understand the benefits OSP can provide
Understand how to implement OSP