SwiftStack Overview

SwiftStack is the #5 ranked solution in our list of top File and Object Storage tools. It is most often compared to MinIO: SwiftStack vs MinIO

What is SwiftStack?
SwiftStack enables you to do more with storage. Store more data, enable more applications and serve more users. We do this by delivering a proven object storage solution that's built on an open-source core and is fully enterprise ready. Our object storage software is an alternative to complex, expensive, on-premises hardware-based storage solutions. SwiftStack delivers the features and flexibility you need to easily manage and scale object storage behind your firewall. Customers are demanding storage where they can pay as they grow, find it is easier to consume, and can infinitely scale. Today, our customers use SwiftStack for archiving active data, serving web content, building private clouds, sharing documents and storing backups.
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Pac-12 Networks, Georgia Institute of Technology, Budd Van Lines

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Head of Cloud Operations at a tech vendor
Real User
The resiliency gives us better uptime than we could achieve with other products

What is our primary use case?

Object storage for a SaaS platform is our primary use case. We host a SaaS platform and we use this as our back-end storage.

Pros and Cons

  • "The scalability is phenomenal. It seems infinite, as long as you put enough storage in place, add enough nodes."
  • "I would like to see better client integrations, support for a broader client library. SwiftStack could be a little bit more involved in the client side: Python, Java, C, etc."

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to get familiar with the open-source product first because it is more difficult to use but it gives you better fundamentals on how the actual system works. Then, when you do purchase SwiftStack, you'll be pretty much at an expert level. I'm not sure if I would be as comfortable with it by just outright purchasing it and not knowing the internals. You really get to know the internals by using the open-source version first. The team at SwiftStack has been really good to work with. Everyone from the support folks to the product engineers - and we've even been working with the…
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
The platform is capable of scaling to very large capacities

What is our primary use case?

We are a data center operator and service provider. We deliver cloud storage as a service solution to other customers. So, it's a multitenant cloud service solution, like Amazon S3 or Azure Blob Service. Therefore, cloud storage is our use case. Our customers are getting file volumes, storage volumes, or object containers from us. They put data on them and manage them on our portal. We are using the current version of the product.

Pros and Cons

  • "The performance is good. It is a secondary storage platform designed for archive and backup, so performance for the right use cases is very good. We have been pretty happy in that regard."
  • "The biggest room for improvement is the maturity of the proxyFS solution. That piece of code is relatively new, so most of our issues have been around the proxyFS."

What other advice do I have?

It is a really good object storage. I would be careful about use cases around proxyFS, because it's a less mature, earlier stage component. It is a good platform, as long as it's a technical fit. The support is very good, and that is an important criteria for choosing it. When working with petabytes of data, we find that data can be ingested and accessed at a fast rate. We are able to ingest on a per client basis, typically at about 100 to 250 megabytes a second. We are growing it every month. We continue to sell customers on the service and continue to build new data centers where we're…
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Enterprise Architect at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Gives us the flexibility to buy hardware from any vendor, and reduces our storage admin costs

What is our primary use case?

We have two use cases. The primary one is a backup target for our backup software and we also use it for archiving off of our primary storage.

Pros and Cons

  • "The biggest feature, the biggest reason we went with SwiftStack, rather than deploying our own model with OpenStack Swift, was their deployment model. That was really the primary point in our purchase decision, back when we initially deployed. It took my installation time from days to hours, for deployment in our environment, versus deploying OpenStack Swift ourselves, manually."
  • "In terms of the hardware flexibility, with SwiftStack not being a hardware company, I literally buy any hardware that's the least expensive, from any vendor... from a flexibility standpoint, I think it's fantastic. I can go to anybody, anywhere - any vendor - and get my hardware."
  • "[One] thing that I've been looking for, for years as an end user and customer, for any object store, including SwiftStack, is some type of automated method for data archiving. Something where you would have a metadata tagging policy engine and a data mover all built into a single system that would automatically be able to take your data off your primary and put it into an object store in a non-proprietary way - which is key."

What other advice do I have?

You don't need the fanciest hardware out there but you need enterprise-grade equipment. The real important thing is to map out the connectivity of all your nodes and know how the data gets traversed so you don't create bottlenecks in your network, in your data transfer; communication between the nodes, front-end communication. Those are really the two big things. Everything else is pretty straightforward once you have your configuration down and your network path down. Everything else is really relatively easy. I buy SwiftStack storage, generally. Actually, that's all I've bought in the past…
Software Engineer 3, Cloud Engineering at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It allows us to reduce the man hours needed for a deployment, although the management UI needs improvements, including more functionalities.

What is most valuable?

Management control Deployment

How has it helped my organization?

Management of clusters is easy Simple to reduce the man hours needed for a deployment Control Troubleshooting.

What needs improvement?

Management UI can be improved and have more functionalities.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for approximately one-and-a-half years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: I'm satisfied. Technical Support: I'm satisfied.

How was the initial setup?

It was…
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