VIDEO: Facebook Advancing Open Source Storage with Open Vault
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Amir Michael, Facebook's system engineering team lead, told InfoStor that Open Vault is one of the most interesting projects within Open Compute today.
"Open Vault is Open Compute for a storage platform," Michael said.
Open Vault is based on the concept of JBOD(Just a Bunch of Disks). The JBOD is then interfaced to Facebook's Open Compute server platform.
"This is the first time that there will be an open source storage-type of technology behind there [Open Compute] and it's based primarily around the SAS protocol," Michael said.
Open Vault interfaces lots of drives together in a very dense way, according to Michael. He noted that most storage hardware today is front facing, such that it consumes a lot of space at the front of a server rack. That fact limits the number of storage drives that can then be deployed inside of a rack. Open Vault takes a different approach.
"We went ahead and stacked the drives deep inside the server as well, which allows us to have more drive density," Michael said.