Jan 29 – 31, 2018
AGH Computer Science Building D-17
Europe/Zurich timezone

Scaling storage with cloud fileshareing services

Jan 31, 2018, 2:20 PM
AGH Computer Science Building D-17

AGH Computer Science Building D-17

AGH WIET, Department of Computer Science, Building D-17, Street Kawiory 21, Krakow


Gregory Vernon (SWITCH edu-ID)


SWITCH has been running cloud-based filesharing services since 2012, starting with an experiment where we hosted FileSender in the Amazon Cloud. After this experience, we decided to build a cloud service for ourselves, SWITCHengines, which runs upon an OpenStack Infrastructure. The challenge with our SWITCHengines infrastructure and filesharing is the Ceph storage that we use for our user files. Today we succesfully host more than 30,000 users on our SWITCHdrive service.

In this presentation, we will look at the following:

  • The history of SWITCH's cloud based filesharing services, with a special focus on SWITCH's
    ownCloud service SWITCHdrive
  • Our experiences with storage backends, with an strong emphasis on Ceph
  • What worked well for us
  • What challenges we faced and how we overcame them
  • Future challenges and solutions we are currently investigating

Primary author

Gregory Vernon (SWITCH edu-ID)

Presentation materials