NetApp StorageGRID is an object storage solution that complements NetApp file and block systems including ONTAP FAS and AFF, SolidFire, and E-Series. StorageGRID delivers a distributed content repository using object storage software with metadata controlled data management executing on servers in virtual machines or containers and block storage attached to the physical servers or as an appliance based on E-Series storage. The metadata is stored in a distributed NoSQL database with distributed access. NetApp supports up to 400 PB of storage and 100 billion objects in a single namespace. StorageGRID also supports migration of objects to tape and supports 200 PB of data on tape. StorageGRID supports third party storage for the software-defined distribution or E-Series storage as the base for the appliances. Also offered is a software only version of StorageGRID as a VM for KVM or VMware or as a Docker container for a bare metal install.
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.
The StorageGRID control software can scale to many nodes and support massive capacities over geographically dispersed systems. The StorageGRID appliance uses an E-Series 60 or 12 drive storage system with one controller executing the SANtricity storage software and the other node executing the StorageGRID software in a non-HA configuration. For high availability, the distributed architecture allows for an appliance node failure.
In 2019, NetApp introduced the SG1000 compute node which can be used for high availability node balancing and hosting of StorageGrid admin nodes.
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