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· 3 min read
Annie Sexton

Tigris is a globally distributed S3-compatible object storage solution available that can easily be hosted on Fly.io. In this article, we'll explore how Tigris fits into the existing slate of object storage options and why you might choose one over the other.

You don't need a CDN

Probably the most exciting aspect of Tigris is its globally distributed nature. But what does that actually mean?

First, consider a common setup: you want to quickly deliver assets to users from your object storage, so typically you’d need to make use of a content delivery network (CDN) to cache your data in multiple regions, which helps reduce latency. When using Amazon S3, Cloudfront is the CDN most often used.

With Tigris, you don’t need a CDN at all because your data is available in all regions from the start. Global distribution means that the same bucket can store data in many different locations. You can effectively have a CDN-like system for delivering data to any region in a matter of minutes. Unlike a CDN, updates to data can occur in any region, allowing users in that region to see changes faster.

Streamlined developer experience

Getting started with Tigris is as simple as running a single command to create a bucket:

fly storage create

When run in the directory of a deployed Fly App, it will create a new private Tigris bucket and set the following secrets on your app:

BUCKET_NAME
AWS_ENDPOINT_URL_S3
AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID
AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY

If you were already using the S3 API in your app, there's no need to change your code aside from updating the values of your environment variables/secrets.

Streamlined authorization

Tigris buckets are private by default but can be made public to allow anyone to read their content. Additionally, Tigris supports Role-Based-Access-Control (RBAC), with a few predefined roles: Admin, Editor, and ReadOnly. A complete list of the permitted operations for each of these roles can be found here. You can use the predefined roles mentioned above, or you can define your own roles using custom IAM policies.

Migrating is easy (without being locked in)

Migrating is made easier by the use of shadow buckets. Tigris shadow buckets allow you to incrementally migrate the data from an existing S3 or a compatible bucket without incurring egress costs or downtime. And if you migrate, you won't be locked in – Tigris doesn't charge for egress. 😀 💸

Conclusion

Tigris is revolutionizing object storage for global apps. For developers seeking an efficient, scalable storage solution without the burden of extra costs or technical overhead, Tigris offers a compelling alternative. Give it a try today on your next app on Fly.io!

· 5 min read
Ovais Tariq

Tigris globally distributed object
storage [src: playground.com]

Eighteen years ago today, Amazon completely changed how developers work with data storage by giving us Simple Storage Service (S3).

S3 rewrote the rules of storage and propelled us into a new era of cloud computing. Traditional storage solutions were cumbersome and costly, and they shackled developers to the limitations of the hardware. With S3, Amazon introduced a shift towards Storage as a Service, liberating developers from the burdensome tasks of purchasing, provisioning, and managing physical storage. No longer were they bound by the precarious dance of capacity planning, where overestimating meant wasted resources and underestimating spelled disaster for uptime.

· 4 min read
Ovais Tariq

Hello, world! We're Tigris Data, and today we're announcing the public beta of Tigris. Tigris is a globally distributed object storage service that provides low latency anywhere in the world, enabling developers like you to store and access any amount of data using the S3 libraries you're already using in production. Today, we're launching our public beta on top of Fly.io.

Tigris globally distributed object
storage [Midjourney prompt: tiger face, illustrated in binary code, blue and white.]