Tech ONTAP Podcast Episode 36 - Storage Services Design- Object Storage

While object storage has been around for quite some time, many are unfamiliar with it due to its cumbersome architecture and design. That’s because unlike traditional storage architectures, which rely on the application knowing where to access the data, object storage architectures don’t require the application to know where or how the data is stored. Instead, object storage architectures assign unique identifiers to the data, which allows a server or end user to retrieve data without needing to know its physical location.

That’s where the Storage Services Design team comes in. Many of the resources provided by the modern datacenter are transitioning to a new model based on consumption. Amazon pioneered this model a number of years ago, and application developers, deployers, and administrators all quickly realized that a model where you only have to pay for what you use, when you use it, is much more cost effective than the traditional acquisition model for some use cases. IT departments across all industries are trying to figure out how to become service providers to their own businesses, and storage is no exception to this. Designing storage services which are capable of meeting the needs of the applications which your organization uses is critical to ensuring success.

Way back in episode 18 (Storage Service Design) and episode 19 (Storage Service Design – Data Protection) we had the NetApp IT team on to talk about how they were rearchitecting the way storage is being managed and offered to NetApp employees and projects internally. Now, we brought them back in with Storage Services Design to talk about how these groups are working together to enable effective object storage implementations.


For our episode this week we sit down with Evan Miller (@evancmiller), Enterprise Architect for NetApp, Eduardo Rivera (@mredrivera), Storage Architect for NetApp, and we welcome back Stetson Webster (@stetsonwebster), Storage Architect for NetApp.  Eduardo and Stetson are the storage architects for NetApp IT, also known as Customer 1, and they recently went through a Storage Services Design Workshop with Evan and his team. The result has been nothing less than phenomenal, resulting in appropriately sized storage systems which deliver improved services, balancing capacity and performance, and reduced overall cost for storage services.

We also brought back Duncan Moore, who joined us in Episode 23 (StorageGrid WebScale).

Duncan has spent the last 15 years at NetApp working to build solutions to solve customer problems in the areas of: Backup & Recovery, Disaster Recovery, Object Storage and Storage Security. He joined NetApp in 1999 to work on NetApp’s first, and industry leading, replication product SnapMirror and since then has been involved with many other industry firsts including: Unified primary/secondary storage deduplication, near-line storage appliances as well as integrations with leading data protection software vendors. Duncan’s current focus is in the area of Object Storage, where he leads the teams building NetApp’s StorageGRID distributed content repository system.

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Andrew Sullivan

Andrew has worked in the information technology industry for over 10 years, with a rich history of database development, DevOps experience, and virtualization. He is currently focused on storage and virtualization automation, and driving simplicity into everyday workflows.