Enterprise Linux Log

Jan 29 2008   9:42AM GMT

Cleversafe presents distributed storage for datacenters

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

While computing in general is in the midst of smassive change with regards to virtualization, 64-bit computing available to Linux and Windows platforms, processing cores and very high RAM quantities, storage is about to go through something big as well, thanks to CleverSafe

CleverSafe provides an open-source storage grid that slices data across many datastores through a proprietary algorithm. The figure below shows the basic principle in a greatly distributed sliced-storage grid across 9 international datastores:

Cleversafe slice grid

While jumping into something like this would require some major planning and a buy-in, enterprises have the option of running just the Slicestors server on one system for the purposes of evaluation. The Slicestors system role would install an iSCSI adapter into your system to connect to storage, and once configuration is complete, normal mount commands would be used for access. Also, Cleversafe works best with CentOS, if you’re interested.

Exploring Cleversafe
Cleversafe is a few years old, but you can expect to see some product maturation soon, as I predict this will become even more popular with enterprises. I will see Cleversafe at Technosium 2008 tomorrow in Santa Clara, California and will be sure to follow-up on this.

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  • Schley Andrew Kutz
    This is a very cool idea. I attempted to start an Austin data haven a while ago where people would create micro-data pools with their home servers and lend the free space to anyone who wanted to use it. The remote users would be responsible for all encryption of said data. Cleversafe is building a similar distributed network. It will be interesting to see how they overcome some of the challenges that I ran into.
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