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Seagate courts developers with the Seagate Kinetic platform

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Seagate is proving itself to be a storage platform company and is courting software developers to help make it happen.

I’m talking about Seagate’s Kinetic Open Storage Platform:  part storage device, part Ethernet, part Key/Value API, and part software development.  Seagate’s got the first 3 covered taking a traditional storage device like a hard disk drive (HDD) adding Ethernet connectivity, and Key/Value Libraries, but the most critical component to the platform is the software developer community.

The benefits of the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform when compared to the traditional hardware-centric approach of storage servers, RAID controllers and host bus adapters, backplanes, etc. are significant when it comes to performance, scale, and cost (both CAPEX and OPEX). To get the full scope of what I am talking about, read the Seagate Kinetic Vision.

Seagate is already working with the likes of SwiftStack (Swift) and Basho (Riak) to design Kinetic-based software solutions that take advantage of Key/Value stores and ethernet connectivity.

For developers interested in taking a look at Seagate Kinetic platform, Seagate has launched a developers.seagate.com Wiki and a repository on GitHub for all of the latest developer tools and resources.  Seagate’s Advanced Storage team continues to add new tools and resources to both the Wiki and the GitHub sites as new information and tools become available.

1. Seagate Developer Wiki:

  • General Overview and Kinetic Vision
  • Software developer resources: Libraries and Virtual Drives
  • Hardware developer resources
  • Cluster Design
  • Security
  • How-To’s & Use Cases
  • Simple Object Storage
  • Fault Recovery
  • Replication and Rebalancing with Peer-to-Peer Operations
  • Auditing with GetKeyList and Get Options
  • Multiple Clients with Shared Key/Value Objects 
  • Multiple Tenants and Private Key/Value Objects
  • Distributed Hash Tables
  • Distributed File Systems
  • Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS)
  • Memcached
  • OpenStack Swift
  • Basho Riak CS

2. Drive Simulator and Developer Tools

  • Suggested Development Environments
  • Latest version of Git for your OS
  • JDK 1.6 or later
  • Eclipse IDE For Java Developers. Version 4.2 (Juno) or later
  • Maven 3.0.3 or later
  • Download Kinetic Simulator and Java API runtime libraries, Java API Javadoc, and Examples
  • Getting Started With Simulator
  • Admin Command Line Usage
  • Erlang client runtime library
  • Python client runtime library

This is relatively new ground for Seagate, but I have to say it’s very exciting not only for Seagate, but for the software developer community. Seagate looks to engage with developers more than ever before to solve real-world problems that go way beyond HDD capacity, performance, and reliability. When you open up the storage device and enable applications to take direct advantage of features and advancements inherent to the device, you are, in essence, redefining data center storage architectures.

Now this is something to get “kinetic” about.

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