Open-E JovianDSS as a storage backend for Clouds

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Clouds are becoming even more popular nowadays, as the resources can always be easily accessed and users won’t need their own physical IT environment. All crucial information and applications are stored and maintained in a location that can be approached via the Internet, anytime and from any place in the world and from various devices. There are two main types of Clouds:

  • Public Cloud, delivering its services through a network available for all users.
  • Private Cloud, that is dedicated for and managed by one organization.

A well-organized cloud environment ensures comprehensive data protection, provided that an appropriate data storage software has been deployed. Whether you are using a Private or a Public Cloud, both of them should also provide accessibility, scalability, automation, flexibility, good performance and of course, cost-effectiveness.

The ZFS- and Linux-based Open-E JovianDSS is the perfect backend software for a cloud’s data storage. It does not matter if you are an Enterprise, SMB, or SOHO user, if you want to build your own, reliable Private Cloud or if you are an MSP/Service Provider delivering a Public Cloud. In fact, Open-E JovianDSS Data Storage Software meets the demanding requirements of building a secure and efficient cloud environment, due to the software’s advanced features:

High Availability

One of the most important factors of a Cloud is having constant access to data. With the Active-Active or Active-Passive dual node High Availability Load-balanced Clusters for iSCSI / NFS / SMB, cloud services can reach the data anytime without interruptions.

Data optimization

Optimized data storage is achieved thanks to Thin Provisioning, native Compression and optional In-line Deduplication, with pools and virtual volumes instead of physical volumes. This way, the administrator can flexibly manage or assign storage space to users, and optimize used capacity in case the same or similar data are stored.

Automation

All cloud tasks and processes can be automated flexibly, as the system can be managed via RESTful API.

Security

The software includes a number of mechanisms for data protection like support for enterprise RAID levels, the On- and Off-site Data Protection feature, plus more.

Scalability

The software is highly scalable, which means that volumes can be increased on demand or physical drives can be added, e. g. with an external JBOD. This way, the storage capacity of each user may grow along with growth of the Cloud.

Cost-effectiveness

Users do not have to compromise their business needs, as Open-E offers advanced features and best in-class performance at an affordable price.

With Open-E JovianDSS, both Private and Public Clouds can be enhanced with enterprise-class data storage software functionalities. Customize Open-E JovianDSS exactly to the individual requirements of your Cloud. There are many possible configuration options, where Open-E JovianDSS can be implemented either as a physical server appliance or as a virtual server appliance.

Cloud with physical data storage server appliance

In this example Open-E JovianDSS is installed on physical hardware as a basis backend, providing storage space to cloud applications and services.

    Benefits:
  • Higher storage performance
  • A straightforward and less complex solution
  • More flexibility in terms of hardware and storage infrastructure

Cloud with virtual data storage server appliance

In this example Open-E JovianDSS is running as a Virtual Machine, providing storage space to other cloud services.The physical drives are connected to a virtual server and passed through to Open-E JovianDSS which manages the drives and creates virtual storage space.

    Benefits:
  • Comfortable daily maintenance with remote management and hardware configuration
  • Simplified backup and recovery of the entire system
  • Less hardware is required

All in all, there are no limitations in Open-E JovianDSS when it comes to cloud environments. And the software is especially valuable in case of cloud storage or cloud backup solutions where efficient data storage is the most important goal. Find an overview of all Open-E JovianDSS features here.

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