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Implementing Cloud Storage with OpenStack Swift

Amar Kapadia, Sreedhar Varma, Kris Rajana

Starting with the fundamentals and advancing to customizing techniques, this tutorial will give you all the OpenStack Swift skills you need, whether building your own cloud storage or using a third-party facility.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782168058
Paperback140 pages

About This Book

  • Learn about the fundamentals of cloud storage using OpenStack Swift
  • Explore how to install and manage OpenStack Swift along with various hardware and tuning options
  • Perform data transfer and management using REST APIs

Who This Book Is For

If you are an IT architect or administrator who wants to enter the world of cloud storage using OpenStack Swift, then this book is ideal for you. Whether your job is to build, manage, or use OpenStack Swift, this book is an excellent way to move your career ahead.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Cloud Storage: Why Can't I be like Google?
Elements of cloud storage
Object storage
OpenStack Swift
Chapter 2: OpenStack Swift Architecture
The logical organization of objects
The Swift implementation
Additional features
Chapter 3: Installing OpenStack Swift
Hardware planning
Server setup and network configuration
Chapter 4: Using Swift
Installing the clients
Creating a token using authentication
Displaying metadata information for an account, container, or object
Listing containers
Listing objects in a container
Updating the metadata for a container
Environment variables
Pseudo-hierarchical directories
Container ACLs
Transferring large objects
Amazon S3 API compatibility
Accessing Swift using client libraries
Chapter 5: Managing Swift
Routine management
Logging using rsyslog
Failure management
Capacity planning
Chapter 6: Choosing the Right Hardware
The hardware list
The hardware selection criteria
Additional selection criteria
The vendor selection strategy
Chapter 7: Tuning Your Swift Installation
Performance benchmarking
Hardware tuning
Software tuning
Additional tuning parameters
Chapter 8: Additional Resources
Use cases
Operating systems used for OpenStack implementations
Virtualization used for OpenStack implementations
Provisioning and distribution tools
Monitoring and graphing tools
Additional information

What You Will Learn

  • Understand OpenStack Swift architecture and how it can be used to build cloud storage
  • Install OpenStack Swift in a multi-cluster environment
  • Choose the right hardware configuration as per your system requirements
  • Tune Swift for your particular workload and use case
  • Explore what use cases OpenStack Swift is suitable for

In Detail

Swift, OpenStack's cloud software project, allows users to build cloud storage, a method used widely to slash costs and improve usability. With Swift, not only can users build storage using inexpensive commodity hardware, but they can also use public cloud storage that is built using the same technology. This book will provide you with the skills to build and operate your own cloud storage or use a third-party cloud.

You will start with the fundamentals of cloud storage, how OpenStack Swift is useful for cloud storage, and a review of Swift's architecture. Next, learn about installation, use, and managing Swift with step-by-step instructions and ample screenshots. Perform basic data transfers and access-control-list management using REST APIs. Hardware choice, Swift tuning, and use cases will round off your skills. This book is an invaluable tool if you want to get a head-start in the world of cloud storage using OpenStack Swift.


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