Seagate’s Kinetic Vision moves closer to reality.

Seagate is continuing their Kinetic Open Storage program with a couple of tools announced and demo’d at the Open Compute conference in San Jose today. I’m not there, but I’m glad to see the continued focus.

For those who came in late, KOS is pushing a new architecture: using the computes in today’s drive controllers to turn each drive into a node in a distributed object store.

As StorageMojo noted last year:

Seagate proposes a radically stripped-down architecture that includes the following:

  • A new class of key/value ethernet drives plus an API and associated libraries.
  • An Ethernet backbone.
  • And new hard, hybrid and SSD drives that have an Ethernet interface and implement the key/value store interface – gets, puts, deletes – and handle block management internally.

. . . Especially interesting is peer-to-peer communication among drives, enabling recovery from full or partial drive failures without involving a storage server.

Moving more potential into Kinetic Seagate announced 2 new development tools at the Open Compute Summit V this week.

One is a Kinetic Ethernet Drive interface to enable current chassis designs to transition to Ethernet backplanes. Second is a Kinetic T-Card development adapter so software developers can write and test applications on Kinetic Open Storage hard drives.

The StorageMojo take
While I’d like to learn more about the architecture – I’ve requested a briefing through Seagate’s PR folks – my bigger concern is Seagate’s follow-through. While not huge steps, these announcements are progress.

Object storage is the fastest growing piece of the storage market and has been for 10 years. It makes sense to reduce its cost to make it more attractive at smaller scales as well as more scalable.

Using the intelligence in today’s drives – each more powerful than a VAX11-780 super mini – is a bold move of great promise. Keep the ball rolling, Seagate!

Courteous comments welcome, of course. What else does Seagate need to do to grow momentum?