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Seagate gives Ethernet-connected drives their own IP address

Lucas Mearian | Nov. 4, 2014
The new Kinetic drives eliminate the need for storage servers.

The Swift OpenStack enables the storage and retrieval of lots of data with a simple API, and it is optimized for storing unstructured data in large scale-out infrastructures.

Introduced in 2013, the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform has won wide industry support. AOL, Digital Sense and Hewlett-Packard have collaborated to support it and help it come to market.

"The Kinetic Open Storage platform will help AOL improve data center efficiency by reducing the number of servers required to store data for modern scale-out applications," Dan Pollack, chief architect of storage operations for AOL, said in a statement. "The addition of Kinetic devices to the storage environment creates architectural flexibility when deploying systems."

Jimmy Daily, HP's director of modular compute storage, said his company is "working closely with Seagate" to explore possible uses for the Ethernet-connected drives.

"At HP, we focus on continually driving meaningful innovation in big-data solutions and believe Kinetic technology could have a significant impact on the way data-intense applications operate in the future," Daley said.


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