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NetApp StorageGRID WebScale – Product Analysis

Last updated May 9th, 2019 with updates from NetApp. An unbiased 23-page deep dive into the architecture and performance of NetApp's StorageGRID WebScale.

NetApp StorageGRID WebScale is an object storage solution available as software only or on appliances. StorageGRID supports up to 70 PB of storage and 100 billion objects in a single namespace. Larger capacity usage is supported but requires approval. StorageGRID also supports migration of objects to tape and supports 200 PB of data on tape. NetApp E-Series storage is the base for the SG5600 appliances.

The origin of NetApp StorageGRID comes from the acquisition of Bycast, which had been a provider of federated systems with successes in the healthcare records storage and management area. NetApp has created a scaling object storage solution that uses the metadata features for data management with the ability to scale across geographies or in a single data center environment.

Access to StorageGRID WebScale is through S3 and Swift APIs for objects and with the use of the NetApp NAS Bridge, NFS and CIFS/SMB can be sued to store files as objects. Exploiting operations of the S3 protocol add to the capabilities of using StorageGRID as a content repository. Advanced features include the ability to make replicated copies at 16 locations and geographic dispersion to multiple locations. Tiering to Amazon S3 storage from StorageGRID WebScale enables a two-tier functionality.

Key competitors include IBM Cloud Object Storage, Scality Ring, Cloudian HyperStore, DDN WOS, Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, and HGST ActiveScale.

Product Analysis Includes: 

  • Highlights
  • Overview
  • Product Architecture
  • Software Architecture
  • Data Protection and Security
  • Advanced Features
  • Reliability, Availability, Serviceability Features
  • Performance
  • Evaluator Group’s Comments
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