Alluxio Unifies Heterogeneous Storage Systems

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    Organizations must be able to access massive amounts of data in memory when they need it, but otherwise it can be stored less expensively on traditional magnetic storage. To make it simpler for those organizations to do that, Alluxio this week launched version 1.0 of an open source virtual distributed storage system.

    Alluxio CEO Haoyuan Li says regardless of where data is stored, Alluxio software unifies it all under a common application programming interface (API). That makes it simpler for developers to access a broad range of data sources without having to master the intricacies of every underlying storage system where the data is physically stored, says Li.

    In effect, Li says, Alluxio provides a layer of software that unifies the management of data.

    Alluxio, formerly known as Tachyon, will now be freely available via an Alluxio Open Foundation that will host the project.


    Naturally, the degree to which Alluxio gains broad adoption remains to be seen. But in a world where IT organizations routinely have two or more data storage systems in place, finding a way to unify those storage systems has been a long cherished goal for many of them. The added benefit of Alluxio is that it leverages memory to also significantly improve the overall I/O performance of the storage environment.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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