In Zen Buddhism, the term “Soshin” refers to the mindset of a beginner. This means having an attitude of openness, eagerness and a lack of preconceptions when studying a subject—even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would.
Learn About Advanced Use of Object Storage
At Caringo, we’ve spent 15 years developing an ecosystem of tools and testing Swarm extensively with other technology products. We’ve also built technology partnerships to ensure that Swarm Object Storage will work with the tools and workflows that you already have in place.
Our Director of Product Eric Dey and I both started with Caringo in 2006, the year after it was founded. Since then, we’ve both worked in varying roles in the organization. This has given us the opportunity to gain a deep understanding not only of the technology behind object storage, but insight into the problems organizations are trying to solve and the use cases that are the best fit for object storage.
We will share our knowledge with you January 21 in our first Tech Tuesday webinar of the year: Object Storage for Advanced Users. In addition to discussing how to avoid common pitfalls, we will discuss object storage design and usage patterns, high-performance metadata and how to configure object storage to maximize performance.
3 Principles for Advanced Users of Object Storage
Let’s face it—in today’s hectic world, we don’t have time to waste when it comes to addressing our organization’s data storage challenges. With that said, here are three principles to advance your use of object storage, and perhaps they will also enhance other areas of your life.
1. Bring Beginner’s Mind
While it is true that the S3 protocol (the de facto standard for cloud storage and object storage) broadens your storage options in private, public and hybrid cloud storage, not all implementations are equal. That is to say, one size does not fit all. If a vendor tells you their product will work for all of your storage needs no matter what your use case, I recommend that you run away as fast as you can. (For more on this topic, watch our on-demand webinar What Your Storage Vendor Isn’t Telling You About S3.)
2. Observe Fundamentals
While following best practices for object storage may sound like common sense, you would be surprised how often people are tempted to deviate.
Some best practices are quite obvious; for example:
- Choose data protection settings that leave data available during routine maintenance and common failures
- Avoid single points of failure in your storage architecture
- Keep a clear eye on your recovery point objective (RPO)
Other best practices may not be quite as apparent to a novice object storage user. For example:
- Avoid split-brain outages (as Elasticsearch cannot resolve these)
- Embrace eventual consistency
- Avoid explicit locking of data
3. Use the Right Tool for the Right Job
We typically emphasize the web-based user interfaces and graphical user interfaces (GUIs) of Swarm Object Storage; but for advanced users, we don’t have to skip the good ol’ command line. These command-line clients are often the best tools with the most mileage!
You don’t have to use a purpose-built S3 client, just the curl command will work against the REST HTTP APIs in many cases. However, there are some excellent command-line clients that will simplify your scripts and accelerate your transfer rates. Using the S3cmd and aws-cli clients are worth consideration, particularly if your workload includes large files that benefit from multipart parallel uploads and downloads. Finally, they can be the perfect tools for incrementally testing your code and understanding object storage communications.
More Resources for Learning About Object Storage
Whether you fall into the category of novice or expert object storage user, we’ve developed an extensive library of data storage resources such as our Tech Tuesday webinar series so you can find the information when you need it. And, you are always welcome to contact us if you have questions or need assistance determining if object storage is the right solution for your organization.