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What Is The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform?

With object-oriented data storage taking over the spotlight as of late, even within cloud computing, it is easy to see why developers are using the object-based framework for their latest projects. Seagate is one such company that has embraced such philosophies, and they are exploring object-oriented storage methods within the recently introduced Kinetic Open Storage Platform; a system that is meant to change how we store and access information via cloud technology from this point forward.

What is the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform?

In the most basic of terms, the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform is a storage architecture that serves as a key / value server via Ethernet capability. Additionally, the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform provides a suite of tools in the form of various application programming interfaces (APIs). This is all meant to aide cloud developers in data management and scale-out system framework while simultaneously reducing the overall cost of maintaining complex data centers.

Implementations

At the time of this writing, the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform has only been used with low-power, high-capacity hard drives. However, the platform itself can easily be adopted by any type of hard drive or form factor. While it is possible to use a single hard drive within the architecture, the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform was developed with multiple drives in mind.

Scale-Out Data Centers

One of the key uses for the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform is within scale-out data centers. Meant to streamline the addition of storage as cloud servers grow, the architecture is perfect for those who wish to upgrade their system in small increments, as either time or budgets allow.

The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform has already received high praise as intuitive, comprehensive and user-friendly drive framework. In fact, the versatility of the platform even lets users decide between developing their own applications and deploying any number of Seagate's own storage APIs. This, along with the ability to be discovered instantaneously within a system, simplifies the entire process of expanding on a previously established data centers.

Total Cost of Ownership

Another primary selling point of the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform is the reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) when compared to other drive platforms. Because drives within the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform are able to access applications directly, less physical hardware is needed within the data center.

Moreover, the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform can even accommodate denser storage racks. Not only does this grant data center operators increased storage capacity within the same amount of physical space, but it saves on employee labor, technician error and overall power usage.

Security

Finally, the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform provides all of the security mechanisms one would expect in storage architecture of the 21st century. Complete authentications are executed on every server that receives permission to access the drive, while permissions such as file reading and writing can be modified to prohibit or grant access. Finally, a complete transport layer security (TLS) protocol is in place to safeguard the most sensitive and critical data within your network.

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