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Archipelago is a distributed storage layer that decouples Volume and File operations/logic from the actual underlying storage technology, used to store data. It provides a unified way to provision, handle and present Volumes and Files independently of the storage backend. It also implements thin clones, snapshots, and deduplication, and has pluggable drivers for different backend storage technologies. It was primarily designed to solve problems that arise on large scale cloud environments. Archipelago's end goal is to:

  • Decouple storage logic from the actual data store
  • Provide logic for thin cloning and snapshotting
  • Provide logic for deduplication
  • Provide different endpoint drivers to access Volumes and Files
  • Provide backend drivers for different storage technologies

It has been designed to help with the further commoditization of storage and in the same time ease the integration and/or migration between different backend storage technologies, without changing the way Volumes and Files are accessed.

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Please see the official Synnefo site and the latest Archipelago docs for more information.

Copyright and license

Copyright (C) 2010-2014 GRNET S.A.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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A distributed storage layer that decouples Volume and File operations/logic from the actual underlying storage technology.






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