Hybrid Cloud that Works
In Switzerland, regulations require that certain data types be kept within the country. HIAG Data assures compliance by storing these data types at its two Swiss-based data centres. Cloudian HyperStore has been implemented at those locations to serve as a fully S3-compatible storage service.
The Cloudian deployment consists of a two-petabyte cluster which is distributed across the company’s two data centres. Data is replicated across sites to ensure full redundancy.
Previously, HIAG Data had used an object storage solution from Ceph, but this was becoming increasingly complex to manage, generating significant workloads when adding capacity. To help identify a more scalable solution, HIAG Data drew on the cloud and hosting infrastructure expertise of IT partner, Zstor Schweiz, which has been working with HIAG since August 2016.
During the evaluation process, multiple storage options were considered. Daniel Künzle, Managing Director of Zstor Schweiz commented: “The biggest challenge HIAG Data faced was to identify a storage solution that would meet the firm’s needs for scalability and managability. Unfortunately neither Scality or Ceph were suitable solutions, as neither provided the needed multi-tenancy capabilities and S3 API compatibiltiy.”
He continued, “By contrast, Cloudian provided proven S3 API compatibility and a rich set of multi-tenancy features, including a self-service portal, quality of service controls, metering and chargeback capabilities, and bucket-level data management controls. In addition, Cloudian integrates storage tiering capabilities that support the hybrid cloud, as well as private and public clouds.”
"With Cloudian’s S3 interoperability, our customers can confidently deploy the S3-enabled software they choose, while we benefit from the solution’s simple scalability and continuous uptime."
Chief Operations Officer, HIAG Data