Providing a Unified Data Layer at Memory Speed for Cloud Environments with Huawei and Alluxio

The cloud is rapidly becoming ubiquitous, with continued adoption focused on the flexibility and cost benefits of a utility infrastructure model. Enterprises are increasingly taking a “data first” view of infra- structure, which demands a new way of thinking in a world in which data is stored and accessed from multiple locations and providers. Performance and interoperability challenges, however, can present obstacles to cloud adoption and complicate data management. Techniques such as the use of data silos, ETL processes and multiple data copies, which are commonly employed to accommodate cloud limitations, often tend to offset the expected benefits of cloud infrastructure. Alluxio offers a new way to enhance the benefits of cloud infra- structure without the performance limitations or interoperability challenges resulting from accessing disparate data sources in multiple, often remote, locations.

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Alluxio Overview: Open Source Data Orchestration Technology

Alluxio is an open source software solution that connects analytics applications to heterogeneous data sources through a data orchestration layer that sits between compute and storage. It runs on commodity hardware, creating a shared data layer abstracting the files or objects in underlying persistent storage systems. Applications connect to Alluxio via a standard interface, accessing data from a single unified source.

This white paper discusses the data center challenges Alluxio addresses, the benefits provided, and an overview of how it works.

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Alluxio Architecture and Data Flow

Alluxio was created because we saw a need for innovation at the data layer rising from the growing complexity of connecting multiple compute frameworks to an ever-expanding mix of storage systems and formats. Our approach uses a memory-centric architecture that abstracts files and objects in underlying persistent storage systems and provides a shared data access layer for compute applications.

Alluxio is not a persistent storage system. Instead, Alluxio serves as a data access layer, residing between any persistent storage system (such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Object Store, Apache HDFS or OpenStack Swift) and computation frameworks (such as Apache Spark, Presto or Hadoop MapReduce). This whitepaper provides a technical overview of the Alluxio architecture and describes the data flow for common read and write scenarios.

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A Case For Packing And Indexing In Cloud File Systems

Small (kilobyte-sized) objects are the bane of highly scalable cloud object stores. Larger (at least megabytesized) objects not only improve performance, but also result in orders of magnitude lower cost, due to the current operation-based pricing model of commodity cloud object stores. For example, in Amazon S3’s current pricing scheme, uploading 1GiB data by issuing … Continued

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TalkingData Case Study: Leading Data Broker in China Leverages Alluxio to Unify Terabytes of Data Across Disparate Data Sources

TalkingData’s largest data broker, provides data intelligence solutions and processes over 20 terabytes of data and more than one billion session requests per day. TalkingData deployed Alluxio to unify disparate cloud, on-premise, and hybrid data sources for a range of analytics applications. The architecture provides self-service data access for data scientists and engineers, eliminating the need for ETL or manual IT assistance.

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Alluxio: A Virtual Distributed File System

The world is entering the data revolution era. Along with the latest advancements of the Internet, Artificial Intelligence (AI), mobile devices, autonomous driving, and Internet of Things (IoT), the amount of data we are generating, collecting, storing, managing, and analyzing is growing exponentially. To store and process these data has exposed tremendous challenges and opportunities. … Continued

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