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Simplify Data Management with the Swarm Content Portal

A storage solution isn't really much good if it's tricky to get your data in or out. It's perhaps even worse if you can't find your data once you've put it in there. And what about protecting your data and limiting who can do what with it? Hear how Swarm Hassle-Free, Limitless Object Storage overcomes these challenges in this blog by Engineering Manager Brian Guetzlaff.


By now, you’ve likely heard about Caringo Swarm Hassle-Free, Limitless Object Storage: what it is, how it performs, its built-in continuous data protection, and how it’s helped all kinds of folks in a variety of industries. The concept of object storage is quite powerful, both from a user perspective and from an administrative one. We’ve discussed the simplicity of actually running and maintaining our object storage solution (one admin, multiple petabytes…that’s pretty sweet); however, today I’m going to tell you about what Caringo Swarm is like from a user perspective.

After all, a storage solution isn’t really much good if it’s tricky to get your data in or out. It’s perhaps even worse if you can’t find your data once you’ve put it in there. And what about protecting your data and limiting who can do what with it?

Thankfully, with Swarm’s Content Portal, we make all of these tasks easy.

Getting Data In and Out

Putting data into Swarm is as easy as drag-and-drop, and we support tagging your upload with custom metadata however you see fit for easier access in the future. Once your data is safely stored in Swarm, it can be accessed again at any time. And as always, data that you have uploaded via the Content Portal is equally accessible via S3, NFS, or any custom application you have talking to Swarm.

Finding Your Data

Navigating is as simple as clicking through your computer’s native file explorer. And, we take it one step further by supporting Collections. You can think of a Collection as a “smart folder,” similar to a bucket, that presents all of the data matching a set of criteria that you specify. We can even search based on the customized metadata you added on upload (watch The Power of Metadata in Object Storage webinar recording). Metadata allows you to organize your data any way that you like for easy access. Feel free to pat yourself on the back for adding those tags, you’ve earned it!

Guarding Your Data

Furthermore, once a user has logged in, that user can only see the tenants, domains, buckets and content that has been allowed. If you happen to be in charge of a bucket, domain, or tenant, setting up security policies is a snap with our policy wizard. You can even set usage quotas based on storage and bandwidth consumed.

All of this accessibility, searchability, and protection applies to data you’ve written into Swarm via S3, NFS (check out our Tech Tuesday Using NFS with Object Storage webinar recording) or your custom applications. We don’t like silos when it comes to data, and wouldn’t dream of locking your data into them.

Sign up for our next Tech Tuesday webinar on January 22 at 11am PT/2pm ET when John Bell and I will take an in-depth dive into the Swarm Content Portal, provide a live demonstration and answer your questions.

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Brian Guetzlaff
Brian Guetzlaff

About The Author

Brian Guetzlaff is a software developer with varied interests and a fascination with distributed symmetric systems. As an Engineering Manager at Caringo, Brian helps give a face to Caringo’s technology. He loves time with family, spending time in nature, cooking, and coffee…lots of coffee.

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