Alluxio Expands Data Access, Security for Data-driven Applications in Heterogeneous Environments
New features in version 2.8 further improve Amazon S3 API functionality and data management with security, high availability, and scalability.
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Alluxio, developer of an open source data orchestration platform for data-driven workloads such as large-scale analytics and AI/ML, has released version 2.8 of its Data Orchestration Platform. It features enhanced interface support for the Amazon S3 REST API; security improvements for sensitive applications with strict encryption compliance and regulatory requirements; and strengthened automated data movement functionality across heterogeneous storage systems without the need to manually move or copy the data.
Alluxio 2.8 enhances S3 API compatibility so onboarding and managing Alluxio on existing large data pipelines becomes much easier. As a major enhancement to enterprise-grade security, Alluxio 2.8 adds features to support server-side encryption for securing and governing data. Data migration is a major challenge for organizations having data stored cross-vendors, cross-clouds, or cross-regions. Alluxio 2.8 improves reliability of data movement across heterogeneous storage systems with enhanced usability of policy-based data management and high availability.
“Our rich set of S3, HDFS, and POSIX APIs enables true storage-agnostic and multicloud deployments,” said Adit Madan, director of product management at Alluxio. “The data migration capabilities further eliminate vendor lock-in and provide organizations with the flexibility to choose whatever they want to run their applications or store their data.”
Alluxio 2.8 Community and Enterprise Edition features new capabilities, including:
- Enhanced S3 API with metadata tagging. Alluxio 2.8 enhances the support for the S3 RESTful API with metadata tagging capabilities. With the S3 API, applications can communicate with Alluxio without a custom driver or any additional configuration. By using the S3 API, data-driven applications, end users, and admins can seamlessly and rapidly incorporate Alluxio for new uses. Metadata operations can be achieved through the S3 object- and bucket-tagging APIs.
- Data encryption for enterprise-grade security. The Enterprise Edition of Alluxio 2.8 supports encryption of data in Alluxio-managed storage at rest as an essential security feature. In conjunction with SSL, this new feature supports server-side encryption, ensuring data security. Alluxio now offers multiple encryption zones for data it manages to meet security demands. Data stored on the Alluxio worker is protected, and decrypted on the server before being sent to a client. [https://docs.alluxio.io/os/user/stable/en/overview/Architecture.html#workers]
- Data movement across heterogeneous storage systems. Alluxio 2.8 Enterprise Edition improves the policy-based data management features that facilitate data access and movement between heterogeneous storage systems for better performance and lower cost. Alluxio manages data placement between the different storage systems with predefined policies. With transparent storage options, organizations can choose whichever storage best suits their needs without undergoing complex manual data migrations.
Free downloads of Alluxio 2.8 open source Community Edition and trials of Alluxio Enterprise Edition are generally available at https://www.alluxio.io/download/.