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Elastifile: Software-Defined, Cross-Cloud Data ‘Fabric’

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Like other Software-Defined Storage vendors, Elastifile implements a single abstraction across multiple, diverse data stores in order to create a global namespace for each of its customers.

Where Elastifile is different: its abstraction is a POSIX-compliant file system, which means that applications can write to files in Elastifile with no modifications. In essence, Elastifile provides a policy-driven ‘X drive’ that appears to be everywhere at once, on premises and in the cloud.

Elastifile assumes flash storage under the covers for active data, and uses several sophisticated techniques to maximize performance, including an optimized consensus algorithm for achieving both scale and performance and proprietary techniques for dealing with noisy or otherwise misbehaving nodes.

Elastifile also offers a check-in/check-out mechanism similar to Git that stores and deduplicates the deltas (changes from previous versions of each file), thus optimizing use of storage, addressing data gravity issues, and further improving performance.

In fact, Elastifile is fast and flexible enough to provide a policy-driven persistence tier for containers – a challenge even cloud-native storage and database solutions struggle to surmount.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).