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The Workflow Show #404 “Filesystems and Beyond”

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How you store and retrieve your data on hardware/storage devices is controlled by a two-three-layer filesystem. Whether you have a desktop hard drive or a one petabyte storage system, it has a filesystem. Sounds simple enough, right?

In reality, there are multiple filesystems available, with each one using different data structures and methods for how that data is stored, accessed and modified. Because these filesystems use different structures and methods, they will vary in properties such as speed, security and storage capacity. Some filesystems are better for production storage, some filesystems are better for back-up. Some are appropriate for Nearline storage needs.

Why does this matter?

As capacity needs increase, storage systems and how the data is organized become increasingly important.

In the latest episode of the Workflow Show, the familiar voices of Chesapeake Systems’ Nick Gold, Jason Whetstone and Ben Kilburg join Senior Systems Engineer Brian Summa, a veteran and master in the industry, to discuss the basics of filesystems. They talk about the systems deployed by Chesapeake Systems and even discuss some of the questions they wrestle with when it comes to this side of data storage systems. They also begin the discussion of how filesystems compare to object storage (Stay tuned for more on this topic in a future show). And while many people focus on the IT/hardware aspect of data systems, they’ll explain why the layer of software, or management data, is just as important.

Tune in to see what we’re talking about.