Caringo Unveils Swarm7 Unified Storage Software

With the release of Swarm7, interfaces now supported include iSCSI, HTTP, CIFS,NFS, SMB, and S3, enabling storage infrastructure to support both legacy and true cloud applications. By ChannelPro

Caringo has released the Caringo Swarm7 unified storage software, leveraging emergent behavior where all nodes follow simple rules to automatically manage complexity as the solution grows while supporting all cloud, file, and storage protocols for instant access and analysis.

New features of the Caringo Swarm7 include:

  • A distributed index in RAM that locates and accesses objects using zero IOPS, reducing multicasting to a secondary role and reducing CPU load by 50% at nominal scale.
  • Architectural optimizations increase single cluster scale to over a hundred petabytes.
  • Provides faster post-problem recovery through rapid trimming.
  • No downtime upgrades with a 300% decrease in node boot time.
  • True parallel uploads for larger object sizes.
  • Incorporates and leverages CAStor, software-defined object storage.
  • Offers a shared pool of scalable storage to the data center where customers can plug in the interface needed for any application use case.
  • CloudScaler for multi-tenant, S3-like storage, where users control security and performance behind their firewalls.
  • FileScaler to support SMB and NFS file protocols on top of active archives with large hierarchical namespaces.
  • New BlockScaler for iSCSI support providing pure block over object -- available in Q3.
  • All interfaces, including the existing CloudScaler that supports HTTP and S3 API access, write to Caringo Swarm. One storage infrastructure to support both legacy and true cloud applications.
  • With out-of-box Hadoop support, Caringo Swarm7 implements a read-only Hadoop file system, offering a high-bandwidth pipe straight from the storage cluster that eliminates the separate ingest step from archive or filer into HDFS. HDFS may still be used to hold intermediate results.
  • Enhanced metadata indexer to improve performance and scale for full metadata ad-hoc queries.
  • No single points of failure, no specialty nodes, and no vulnerable metadata databases. The same software appliance code runs on all nodes. Nodes may be heterogeneous in model, brand, and capability. They can be added and retired in flight.

“Swarm7 frees data from hardware, location, and applications. Now there is a shared, seamlessly scalable pool of storage that can provide access for all major protocols. The ability to support complex operations with the simplest ingredients perfectly describes Caringo Swarm,” says Mark Goros, CEO of Caringo.