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Wednesday, March 11 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Lambert: Achieve High Durability, Low Cost & Flexibility at Same Time — open source cold storage engine for ExaBytes data in Alibaba - Robin Dong, Alibaba & Coly Li (Alibaba)

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Tape or optical disc storage system might not always be perfect solutions for cold data storage, especially for cloud computing service providers, when there is no standard data center to deploy large scaled automatic mechanical equipments.

Alibaba coups with a similar situation in China for years. Before having enough own-built data centers, to store rapidly expended cold data in many middle-size and non-standard data centers, tape or optical disc solution is not the proper answer. To achieve high durability, low cost and flexibility at the same time for cold data storage, one of solutions from Alibaba is to build cold storage engine by cheap, low performance commercial hardware and simple open source software. We call this cold storage engine “Lambert” as code name, it simply runs sheepdog (an open source project for distributted storage) to manage huge number of SMR hard disks.

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Robin Dong

Developer and architect for the distributed cold storage system. Graduated from Peking University in 2006, with a master degree in Software Development. Joined Alibaba Group after graduated, first as a developer for low-level common library , and then joined Alibaba Linernel team... Read More →

Coly Li

Software engineer in Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) infrastructure development team, he is the first engineer in Alibaba Linux kernel team and help to build the kernel team. Before joined Alibaba, he was Linux kernel C developer in SuSE Labs working on OCFS2, Ext4, YaST and OpenIPMI projec... Read More →

Wednesday March 11, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
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