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Do I need Object Storage with Alfresco?

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by Jérémie Lesage/ on 20 Jan 2017

Do I need Object Storage with Alfresco?

An often overlooked topic about Alfresco installations is the storage of files. Alfresco saves files directly to the hard disk: the ContentStore. Usually a NAS is connected on the Alfresco server using NFS.

As volumetry increases, problems become numerous. To work around these problems the best solution is Software-defined storage such as Red Hat Ceph Storage.

This type of solution has the following advantages:

  • Flexible: Easily expand storage to several Petabytes (PB) of data, simply by adding additional servers in the pool and without interruption of service.

  • Economical: Storage costs lower by avoiding proprietary storage appliances and by building a storage cluster using everyday servers and disks.

  • Backup: We don’t need to perform cold backup of Alfresco ContentStore, since Ceph automatically makes files replication (3 copies by default) over several servers and can easily take snapshots of entire pool. You can of course store your database backups on Ceph.

  • Reliability: Benefit from a peer-to-peer architecture that seamlessly handles failures and ensures data distribution throughout the cluster.

  • Multi-Servers: The files are accessible from several servers (Clusterring, Alfresco Indexing Server) without special configuration on the Alfresco OS. (No NFS needed)

We are selling an Alfresco connector for Red Hat Ceph Storage, using native RADOS object access to achieve optimal performance.

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