Gartner Research

Beware of Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift API Compatibility

Published: 01 October 2015

ID: G00289484

Analyst(s): Raj Bala


Storage vendors are implementing Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift API compatibility. Infrastructure and enterprise architects must be aware of the hazards before they create dependencies on these APIs, despite their popularity.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Why Vendors Implement a Compatible API
  • Who Benefits and How?
  • A Proprietary Standard

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Application and API incompatibility or poor implementations by vendors will subject users to performance, security or functional issues
    • Architecture Beyond the API
    • Proprietary Extensions
    • Authentication
    • Trickle-Down Changes
  • Organizations can benefit from the rich ecosystem of ISVs and tools by deploying widely used APIs implemented by storage vendors
  • Developer Community Resources

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