What StorageGRID Webscale is

StorageGRID Webscale is a software-defined, object-based storage platform that provides intelligent policy-driven data management.

StorageGRID Webscale uses a grid architecture in which copies of object data are distributed throughout the system to optimize durability, protection, and performance. If part of the grid goes down, another part immediately takes over, which results in objects always being available for retrieval. To implement this architecture, the StorageGRID Webscale system employs a network of connected servers hosting grid nodes. Each grid node includes one or more services, and each service provides a set of capabilities to the StorageGRID Webscale system.

To manage objects ingested into the system, the StorageGRID Webscale system employs metadata-based information lifecycle management (ILM) rules. These ILM rules determine what happens to an object’s data after it is ingested—where it is stored, how it is protected from loss, and how long it is stored.

The StorageGRID Webscale system operates over wide area network (WAN) links, providing the system with off-site loss protection. Copies are made and distributed to ensure that objects are continuously available. In systems with multiple sites, this distribution of copies means that if a site is lost, data is not lost, and clients can seamlessly retrieve it from other sites.
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Advantages of the StorageGRID Webscale system include the following: