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Title:A Fedora Akubra Storage Plugin for the Dell DX Object Storage Platform
Author(s):Habing, Thomas G.; Ding, Howard; Ingram, William; Ferrer, Robert
Object Storage
Dell DX
Abstract:The Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is developing a digital preservation archive using the Fedora Commons Repository Software and the Hydra Framework. A major consideration in the development of this archive was selection of a storage platform. After reviewing multiple options, we decided to purchase the Dell DX Object Storage Platform. The DX is a bundle of commodity Dell X86 hardware with the CAStor Object Storage Platform software from a company called Caringo. The primary features of interest for us were the system's built-in support for replication and a health processor which continuously validates the fixity and copies of all the objects in storage. It also has features of "cloud storage" such as an HTTP-based interface, support for custom metadata headers, and the lack of a traditional filesystem. Our presentation will briefly describe our project, and it will then go into more details about our decision to deploy the DX storage platform and how we integrated the DX with Fedora by developing a customized Akubra storage plugin. Finally, we will conclude with plans for future work utilizing the DX's metadata and other capabilities.
Issue Date:2012-07-12
Citation Info:Habing, Thomas, Howard Ding, William Ingram, Robert Ferrer. (July 12, 2012) "A Fedora Akubra Storage Plugin for the Dell DX Object Storage Platform." Unpublished paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2012), Edinburgh, Scotland.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Sponsor:Dell Inc.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-29

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