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September 26, 2013 - by Joyent
Joyent Manta Storage Service is a radically elegant solution for big data and object storage problems. Joyent Manta combines a petabyte+ scale object storage service and massively parallel compute service resident with the object storage system. The unique benefit is that there is zero data movement required and virtually zero latency for access to objects, greatly speeding compute response across millions of objects. Big data insights can be accessed in a fraction of the time of other systems. Notably, the developers' interface to Manta is both a REST API, and a very straightforward pipeline system similar to the Unix shell pipeline and the Windows PowerShell.
Copying data across a network from storage onto a compute cluster can take hours. Joyent Manta Storage Service strips the need to invest any time moving the data around, making adhoc querying and analysis near-instantaneous, seamless and cost-effective...We are now able to perform complex cohort analysis and retention reports across hundreds of gigabytes of data in a couple of minutes. When compared to traditional methods such as data warehousing, this is game changing. - Konstantin Gredeskoul, CTO, Wanelo
In Part 1 of this webinar series Joyent's lead Manta architect, Mark Cavage, provides an introduction to, and explores the motivations for building Manta. Mark also provides insight into its underlying architectural features and reveals top use cases. An example is worked through from start to finish, followed by a Q & A session.