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Quantum Corporation | Date: 2016-11-30

Example apparatus and methods monitor conditions in a tiered storage system. The conditions monitored may include the availability of different numbers and types of devices including an erasure code based object storage system. The conditions monitored may also include the availability and type of devices available to the erasure code based object storage system. A redundancy policy for storing an item using the erasure code based object storage system may be determined based on the conditions. Erasure codes associated with the item may then be stored in the erasure code based object storage system as controlled, at least in part, by the redundancy policy. The redundancy policy for the erasure codes may be updated dynamically in response to changing conditions on the tiered storage system.


Patent
Quantum Corporation | Date: 2016-12-06

Example apparatus and methods distribute ranges or erasure codes associated with ranges to reduce or minimize the impact of a single point of failure in an object store. Erasure codes associated with related ranges to be stored in an object store may be accessed and selectively distributed to different storage devices associated with the object store. The erasure codes may be distributed according to a distribution plan so that an unavailability of one storage device will cause less than all of the related ranges to become unavailable. Example apparatus and methods may also provide a partial GET operation that will retrieve erasure codes associated with less than an entire object or with less than all possible ranges for an object. The partial GET operation may facilitate reconstructing less than an entire object, which may be valuable in, for example, weblog analytics.


Patent
Quantum Corporation | Date: 2016-10-31

Example apparatus and methods reserve space in a journal using an observation based approach instead of a fixed sized approach or a worst case scenario approach. One example method receives a request to allocate space in a journal to support a file system transaction. The example method reserves an amount of space in the journal based on a pre-existing reservation size estimate. Unlike conventional systems, the estimate is not based on a worst-case scenario. The example method observes the actual amount of storage used in the journal by the file system transaction and then selectively automatically adjusts the pre-existing reservation size estimate. The estimate may slowly shrink if no overflows are encountered but may quickly grow if an overflow is detected.


Patent
Quantum Corporation | Date: 2016-01-21

Methods and apparatus associated with data cold storage are described. Example apparatus include an array of data storage devices arranged in rows and columns. Columns of the array are orthogonal to rows. A row has an associated row-centric power supply, and a column has an associated column-centric local electronics module (LEM) that controls a data storage device in the column independently of other data storage devices in the array. Example apparatus include logics that control a power mode of a data storage device independently of other data storage devices in the array, that control a power mode of an LEM, that adaptively regulate the level of data stored in a buffer, and that determine whether a data object will be stored in the buffer or stored on a data storage device in the array, based on the probability the data object will be accessed within a threshold period of time.


Patent
Quantum Corporation | Date: 2016-01-21

Methods and apparatus associated with storing data in high or low energy zones are described. Example apparatus include a data storage system (DSS) that protects a message using an erasure code (EC). A location in the DSS may have an energy efficiency rating or a latency. Example apparatus include logics that produce an EC that has a likelihood of use, that select a location to store the EC in the DSS based on the energy efficiency rating, the latency, or the likelihood of use, that store the EC in the location, and that compute an order of retrieval for an EC stored in the location. The order of retrieval may be based on the energy efficiency rating or the latency. The EC may also have a priority based on the number of erasures for which the EC corrects.


Patent
Quantum Corporation | Date: 2016-01-26

Methods and apparatus associated with storing data in high or low energy zones are described. Example apparatus include a data storage system (DSS) that protects a message using an erasure code (EC). A location in the DSS may have an energy efficiency rating or a latency. Example apparatus include circuits that produce EC encoded data that has a likelihood of use, that select a location to store the EC encoded data in the DSS based on the energy efficiency rating, the latency, or the likelihood of use, that store the EC encoded data in the location, and that compute an order of retrieval for EC encoded data stored in the location. The order of retrieval may be based on the energy efficiency rating or the latency. The EC encoded data may also have a priority based on the number of erasures for which the EC corrects.


Example apparatus and methods produce a set of rateless erasure codes (e.g., fountain codes) for a file stored in a primary data store (e.g., hard drive) or in an archive system. The archive system may store the file in a redundant array of independent disks (RAID). A first subset of the rateless erasure codes are stored in an object storage using a synchronous protocol. A second subset of rateless erasure codes are stored in the object storage using an asynchronous protocol. The object storage system may inform the archive system when desired redundancy has been achieved or when desired redundancy has been lost. The archive system may buffer rateless erasure codes before providing the codes to the object storage to improve performance. A failure in the archive system or object storage system may be mitigated by retaining the file in the primary data store until the desired redundancy is achieved.


Patent
Quantum Corporation | Date: 2016-08-03

Example apparatus and methods combine erasure coding with data deduplication to simultaneously reduce the overall redundancy in data while increasing the redundancy of unique data. In one embodiment, an efficient representation of a data set is produced by deduplication. The efficient representation reduces duplicate data in the data set. Redundancy is then added back into the data set using erasure coding. The redundancy that is added back in adds protection to the unique data associated with the efficient representation. How much redundancy is added back in and what type of redundancy is added back in may be controlled based on an attribute (e.g., value, reference count, symbol size, number of symbols) of the unique data. Decisions concerning how much and what type of redundancy to add back in may be adapted over time based, for example, on observations of the efficiency of the overall system.


Patent
Quantum Corporation | Date: 2016-01-27

Example apparatus and methods identify files that are so small or so large that they compromise the efficient operation of a file system that uses re-assignable one-to-one inodes and inode numbers. Small files are aggregated into collections of files and large files are subdivided into collections of smaller files. Information for locating multiple related files with fewer lookups is generated and stored in a folder. An inode having a new type of inode number is then created. The new type of inode number encodes information for finding the folder. The encoded information may include a folder identifier that acts as a primary key into a database that is configured to locate a member of the aggregated or subdivided files with a single lookup. A filter file system may be updated with the new inode. The new inode number is unique within the filter file system and may not be re-assigned.


Patent
Quantum Corporation | Date: 2016-04-13

Computerized methods and apparatus capture electronic information about a purchase of a combination of computer hardware and software. A registration associated with the purchase is detected as part of an installation of the computer hardware or software. A customized automated installation process that provides a graphical linear experience through the installation of the computer hardware or software is provided. The graphical linear experience is presented on computer hardware other than computer hardware included in the purchase. The graphical experience includes photographs or diagrams that are customized to the purchase based on the purchased items. The customized automated installation process runs, at least in a part, on a processor other than a processor included in the purchase. Step by step instructions that are customized for the combination of hardware and software are presented. Electrical connectivity, data connectivity, provisioning results, and other information are acquired during the installation.

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