The Knock-Out Round: NAS vs. Object Storage

George Crump and Curtis Preston of Storage Switzerland have been highly focused on the discussion around NAS vs. Object Storage. Check out their point of view:



Object Storage for Content Distribution & Social Discovery

T.W. Cook, Caringo VP Engineering, and George Crump of Storage Switzerland discuss how data is traditionally stored for web content and how this environment can be simplified with object storage. Learn how this cost-effective technology improves data protection and retrieval for web content and social discovery sites, leading to a better user experience.

Swarm Pro Tip: Tiny Footprints

Just how much disk space can erasure-coding save, versus full replication? Use this handy formula to see how the EC encoding (k:p) you choose affects your disk footprint:

(total segments ÷ data segments ) × object size = object footprint
((k+p) ÷ k) × GB = total GB



Example for 5:2 encoding on 1 GB file: ((5 + 2) ÷ 5) × 1 GB = 1.4 GB

  • Footprint for 1 GB object with 5:2 encoding: 1.4 GB vs. 3 GB needed for replication
  • Footprint for 3 GB object with 5:2 encoding: 4.2 GB vs. 9 GB needed for replication
  • Footprint for 3 GB object with 7:3 encoding: 4.3 GB vs. 9 GB needed for replication

For more information, see Content Protection with Erasure Coding on Caringo Connect.

Spring Events

Last week, we were in Boston, MA at Medical Informatics Worldand Bio-IT World Conference & Expo. If you missed us there, we hope to see you at one of our upcoming shows in London or NYC:

Webinars are a great way to learn about object storage and we are currently planning for Spring. Watch for your exclusive invitation to register coming soon!