All-Flash Array Storage Brings Thunder and Lightning to Your Private Cloud
The concept of Software Defined Storage (SDS) isn’t new; it’s a computer program that manages data storage resources and their functionality with no dependencies on the underlying physical hardware. SDS has been around for a while, but it does have limitations: It is still reliant upon hardware architectures, it is not tied to true network virtualization and it is somewhat limited in scalability. This is why your organization might want to consider the benefits of an all-flash array storage solution.
Flash Storage, which has no moving parts, provides enhanced performance over spinning disks, and is software defined, has become more cost effective compared with HDDs. A recent TechTarget survey regarding Enterprise IT spending indicates that “Thirty-seven percent of enterprises surveyed are planning to invest in software-defined storage, including server-side flash installations, for their data center infrastructures.”
Why Move to All-Flash Array Storage?
All-Flash Arrays (AFA) are a terrific choice for cloud storage because they result in:
Improved up time: With less need for storage specialists to manage SAN and NAS, provisioning storage, handling deduplication and implementing tiers, IT staff is freed up to work on other projects.
Increased flexibility and scalability: Disaggregating storage from compute gives customers more flexibility in scaling up to accommodate changes in applications, VMs, and data volume growth.
Reduced OPEX: Heating costs and physical footprint are reduced with no mechanical parts to manage at higher densities
Improved Performance: All-Flash arrays leads to faster file access—especially useful in tasks such as data analytics.
Get the Benefits of All-Flash Arrays Without Sacrificing Speed or Flexibility in your Private Cloud.
To manage growth of data, some organizations are moving to the public cloud to free themselves from limitations of scale, cost and flexibility imposed by traditional IT and legacy storage environments. Other organizations are using hyperconverged platforms to take advantage of automated tiering and elastic scaling. Both of these approaches can still lead to higher costs, reduced performance, and management complexity.
The Cloudistics Ignite Cloud Platform is a customer-inspired private cloud platform that incorporates flash storage and satisfies the scalability and performance requirements organizations desire at a total cost of ownership that’s significantly less than Public Cloud. This software-defined, composable private cloud platform scales compute, storage and networking independently and is managed by a cloud-based SaaS controller. Cloudistics enables easy, rapid implementation, deployment, operation and maintenance of your cloud environment behind your firewall, where data and applications are secure.
Cloudistics Ignite: Flash performance + Data Protection = On Demand Data Access.
Cloudistics Ignite Cloud Platform leverages our elastic block flash technology and runs directly on the storage controllers. Because it doesn’t take up any resources on the compute nodes for functions such as data protection, encryption, global duplication and compression, application performance is optimized. Benefits of using flash storage in this scalable, composable architecture include:
- Scalability: Both compute and storage consist of independent scalable blocks. The storage block is 2U, so it contains two storage controllers with virtually limitless scale. Multiple storage blocks can be federated to form large storage pools while VMs are directly provisioned storage blocks.
- Management Simplicity: Because there are no LUNs or volumes to manage, less time and expertise are needed to manage the storage—no time is wasted provisioning or reallocating storage resources to fit workloads.
- Built-in Data Protection: The Cloudistics platform is “application aware” with the ability to take snapshots as frequently as once every minute. Users get the assurance that they can roll back applications to last good known volume if disaster strikes or if test/dev needs to revert to an earlier saved dataset. Elastic block flash storage also includes asynchronous replication and built-in deduplication/compression to maximize efficiency and increase overall usable capacity.
- Efficiency: Storage data protection includes RAID 50, hot sparing and in-drive erasure coding. Every group of 8 SSD drives is organized as a 6+P+S RAID system. Storage is added in groups of 8 drives. Because the Elastic Block Flash storage within the Cloudistics platform uses RAID technology for data protection vs. creation of extra physical copies, management of big data implementations is more efficient.
- Performance: Using all flash-based arrays, the Cloudistics platform can deliver 200,000 IOPs per block with 125 µs latency for each block. The latency degrades very gracefully from low load to full load, and shows no steep fall off at high load the way other storage systems do. Because the Cloudistics platform doesn’t use clusters or file systems, the latency of moving data from one node to another or one VMDK to another is much lower than traditional virtual architectures.
To find out more about the unique clusterless federated design of Cloudistics and how Elastic Block Flash storage can improve your efficiency, download the whitepaper, “Next Generation Clusterless Federation Design in the Cloudistics Cloud Platform” by Dr. Jai Menon.