Have your head in the Cloud? Let’s clear the fog

February 7th, 2017

Robert Tronrud
Director – Power Systems Spectrum Protect Practice Leader – Data Storage Services

In my previous blog articles, I have focused primarily on the addition of Directory Container storage pools to the IBM Spectrum Protect product. As previously discussed, Directory Containers can be local or in the cloud. How do we choose a cloud vendor, and what technologies are offered within the cloud itself?

I would like to explore two of the IBM cloud offerings.
These offerings are listed below.

  • IBM Cloud Object Storage (Cleversafe)
  • IBM Softlayer

This blog article will be a deep dive into the IBM Cloud Object Storage – Cleversafe.

On November 6, 2015, IBM completed the acquisition of Cleversafe Inc. Cleversafe is a leading developer and manufacturer of object-based data storage software and appliances. The strategic acquisition places IBM in the storage and hybrid cloud, and helps clients drive the digital transformation of their businesses. The Cleversafe solution supports a broad set of workloads and object-based solutions for many industries. These workloads include:

  • On-premise, large-scale content repository, backup, active archives and unstructured data stores
  • Storage-as-a-service in dedicated private cloud, public cloud—or hybrid cloud—implementations
  • Hybrid cloud deployments, to make it easier to scale, respond and right-size data deployments

Since the acquisition, IBM has renamed Cleversafe to: The IBM® Cloud Object Storage (COS) System.

The IBM COS System is deployed as a cluster environment that includes three types of nodes. Each node consists of IBM COS software running on an industry-standard server. IBM COS software is compatible with a wide range of servers from many sources, including physical or virtual server platforms. The three types of nodes are:

  • The Cloud Object Storage Manager
  • Cloud Object Storage Accessor
  • Cloud Object Storage Slicestor

Each IBM COS System has a single Manager node, which provides out-of-band configuration, administration and monitoring capabilities. Working with the Manager Node is an Accessor node that
provides the storage system an endpoint for applications to store and retrieve data. The final node is the Slicestor nodes, which provide the data storage capacity for the IBM COS System.

A major benefit of the IBM COS System is that the reliability and availability characteristics are configurable, based on your business needs. For extremely demanding applications, reliability of 16 nines and availability of 8 nines can be achieved. Additionally, you can also configure the environment for more typical levels of reliability and availability, potentially achieving economic savings as a result. The configurability of the IBM COS System allows you to choose the combination of reliability, availability, and economic efficiency that best suits your requirements. Data durability is designed to be maintained over time by built-in integrity checking and self-repair capabilities.

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