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Implementing Cloud Storage with OpenStack Swift by Kris Rajana, Sreedhar Varma, Amar Kapadia

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The hardware selection criteria

Clearly, the universe of hardware to choose from and the elements within each server are mind boggling. Furthermore, the ratio of proxy to account to container to storage servers is yet another complication. Before we go through the systematic selection criteria, you need to determine the following characteristics about your environment:

  • Point of optimization for your environment: You will need to decide whether you care more about performance or cost.
  • Scale: Scale also has a huge impact on hardware selection. For simplicity, let's say small is in the hundreds of TB range, medium is in the PB range, and large is in the tens of PB range and beyond. You will need to determine what range you are in.

The process for choosing ...

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