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SwiftStack and HGST Launch First Public Test Cluster for the OpenStack Community

Test Cluster to Provide First Full Access, Automated Testing for Swift Deployments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/13/14 -- Today, SwiftStack and HGST announce they have joined forces to build a public test cluster based on Intel technologies for the OpenStack Community to test and validate the OpenStack Object Storage project known as Swift. This will be the first public, fully accessible and automated testing ground for Swift deployments, made newly available for the OpenStack community.

The cluster will be built, managed and hosted by SwiftStack, the leader in object-based private cloud storage, and tested on hardware provided by cloud-computing leaders Intel and HGST. By testing on real machines and hardware readily available to the public instead of virtualized clusters, this cluster will provide the OpenStack community with a real-world platform, enabling better QA, reliability and quality control over code and releases in building storage systems for users.

"This is the first time the OpenStack community will have a real-world public testing ground for development and innovation," said John Dickinson, Director of Technology at SwiftStack and OpenStack Swift Project Technical Lead. "The purpose of the OpenStack Object Storage test cluster is to provide the community with improved test coverage against a physical cluster and to demonstrate Swift's capabilities on modern storage hardware. Thanks to the strong collaboration with Intel and HGST, we're able to make this a reality."

Components of the cluster include:

  • Intel® Atom™ Processor C2750 (4M Cache, 2.40 GHz)
  • HGST's 6TB Ultrastar® He6 helium-filled HDDs
  • Running Ubuntu and Red Hat operating systems

"By working with SwiftStack and HGST to provide this new capability to the OpenStack Swift community, developers will be able to test on standard, broadly available Intel®-based storage servers," said Bev Crair, General Manager of Intel's Storage Division. "The continuous integration testing of Swift on real hardware will help accelerate the time-to-market of new features and capabilities that will enable the community to innovate faster."

"We're excited to be working with the OpenStack community to create a distributed Swift cluster on which developers can run real tests," said Brendan Collins, vice president of Product Marketing at HGST. "OpenStack Object Storage is the engine that runs some of the world's largest storage clouds, and the 6TB HGST Ultrastar He6 Helium-filled drives enable the highest density and most efficient storage nodes possible, so it is a natural fit for an OpenStack Swift cluster."

For more information on the test cluster, stop by the SwiftStack booth (E22) at the OpenStack Summit.

About SwiftStack
SwiftStack is an industry-leading object storage software company. With OpenStack's object storage project Swift at its core, SwiftStack offers a flexible and powerful software defined storage solution that allows operators to deploy, integrate and scale on standard hardware. With SwiftStack, applications developers and operations teams can leverage the power of an object storage infrastructure with the control, security, and total cost of ownership their business demands. Launched in 2011, the company boasts support for large enterprise F500 customers. SwiftStack is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices globally, and is backed by top-tier investors, including Mayfield Fund and Storm Ventures. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn, or please visit www.swiftstack.com.

About HGST
HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops innovative, advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world's most valued data. HGST addresses customers' rapidly changing storage needs by delivering intelligent storage devices that tightly integrate hardware and software to maximize solution performance. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Cloud, Datacenter, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.hgst.com.

One GB is equal to one billion bytes, and one TB equals 1,000 GB (one trillion bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating environment and formatting.

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