Cloud Storage Technologies

“Kubernetes is one of the fastest growing open source software projects in history,” according to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Kubernetes Project Journey Report notes. Maybe you’ve heard it has something to do with containers and distributed systems. Or, maybe you heard Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, recently proclaim, “Kubernetes is becoming the Linux of the cloud.”

Sharding is a technique used in database environments to break up data. Learn more in this video clip from Alex McDonald, Chair or the SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative.

Widespread use and support mean iSCSI will still be widely deployed for at least the next few years, but its growth prospects beyond that are very unclear.

When storage networks first became popular starting around 1997, the term generally meant block storage on a Fibre Channel (FC) network. The reason was twofold: first, Fibre Channel was seen as the only dedicated storage networking technology and second, anyone building a storage network generally wanted it for highperformance block storage.

Let’s face it: cloud storage is here to stay. When the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) formed its Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) back in 2009, the working group helped usher in the acceptance of the then-new technology.

Moving data from one system to another can be challenging. Ensuring the data arrives intact and usable is paramount.

The new paradigms for acquiring storage have enabled flexible financial models which allow a company to use its financial assets, both CapEx and OpEx, to dynamically manage infrastructure to fit within the company’s current budget.


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