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Infrastructure Software Defined and VM-Aware Storage

SOFTWARE DEFINED STORAGE (SDS)

Storage infrastructure that is managed and automated by intelligent software as opposed to by the storage hardware itself. In this way, the pooled storage infrastructure resources in a software-defined storage (SDS) environment can be automatically and efficiently allocated to match the application needs of an enterprise.

Separating the Storage Hardware from the Software

By separating the storage hardware from the software that manages the storage infrastructure, software-defined storage enables enterprises to purchase heterogeneous storage hardware without having to worry as much about issues such as interoperability, under- or over-utilization of specific storage resources, and manual oversight of storage resources.

The software that enables a software-defined storage environment can provide functionality such as deduplication, replication, thin provisioning, snapshots and other backup and restore capabilities across a wide range of server hardware components. The key benefits of software-defined storage over traditional storage are increased flexibility, automated management and cost efficiency.

SOFTWARE DEFINED STORAGE (SDS)

NexentaStor is Nexenta’s flagship Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) platform, allowing thousands of customers all around the world to evolve their storage infrastructure, increase flexibility and agility, simplify management and dramatically reduce costs without compromising on availability, reliability or functionality.

NexentaStor delivers unified file (NFS and SMB) and block (FC and iSCSI) storage services, runs on industry standard hardware, scales from tens of terabytes to petabyte configurations, and includes all data management functionality by default. NexentaStor is Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage with SMARTS: Security, Manageability, Availability, Reliability, (lower) TCO, and Scalability.

Benefits:

Lower storage costs for cloud and enterprise workloads.
Eliminate lock-in with 100% software deployed on industry standard hardware.
Swap-in replacement of block and file storage appliances.
Partner certified reference architectures for ease of deployment and support.
One software stack for all-disk, hybrid and all-flash storage configurations.
Proven open source-driven software-defined storage.

Functionality:

Unified file (NFS and SMB) and block (FC and iSCSI) services.
Built on ZFS for enterprise grade data integrity, scale and performance.
Scales from 10’s of terabytes to petabytes.
Unlimited file system sizes.
Inline data reduction for additional storage cost savings.
Unlimited space optimized snapshots and clones.
Periodic asynchronous long distance replication.

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Ideal For

Supported Configurations

VMware cloud backend storage
OpenStack & CloudStack backend storage
Generic NAS file services & home directory storage
Near-line archive & large scare backup repositories
Multi-site continuous availability with Nexenta MetroHA
CONTROLLERS
STORAGE ENCLOSURE
Single controller
Active/active controllers in HA pair
Single path with single controller or HA pair
Dual path with single controller
Multi path with HA controller pair

FEATURES

Data availability & integrity
Data services & optimization
Scalability & management
Virtualization integration
Plugin
Licenses

ZFS 256-bit block level checksums

RAID 10 and multi-parity software RAID (n+1, n+2, n+3)

Asynchronous replication

Flash and HDD hybrid pools

ZFS Copy On Write

Unlimited writable snapshots

Thin provisioning

Inline data reductionDual path with single controller

20TB to 1.5PB raw capacity

CLI and Web UI; SNMP and rest API

VMware VAAI, vCenter plugin, OpenStack Cinder
HA Cluster, FC target

Capacity: License-Based, Time limit: Perpetual,

Support: Platinum, Gold & Silver

VIRTUALISED SAN (VSAN)

VMware Virtual SAN is radically simple, hypervisor-converged storage designed and optimized for vSphere virtual infrastructure. DiGiCOR Solutions integrated with VMware Virtual SAN.

DiGiCOR’s Virtual SAN (VSAN) Ready Nodes focus on deploying VMware® Virtual SAN™, a hypervisor converged solution, as quickly as possible. Virtual SAN provides you with the ability to provision and manage compute, network and storage resources from a single pane of management. Working with VMware, DiGiCOR delivers an alternative to traditional Fiber Channel SAN based virtualization infrastructure, which is known for its complexity and interoperability challenges. Targeted at a multitude of use cases in tier 1/2 production workloads and Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), especially with all flash VSAN 6.0, DiGiCOR’s VSAN Ready Nodes introduce a new high performance storage tier optimized for enterprise-class virtual environments that is simple, resilient and efficient that reduces the total cost of ownership. It is a perfect solution for Enterprises ROBO and SMBs to efficiently grow and manage virtualized infrastructure for maximum ROI.

A Virtual SAN Ready Node is a preconfigured single-node or multi-node server hardware configuration for use with Virtual SAN. A Ready Node configuration includes specific type and amount of CPU, Memory, Flash, HDD, and IO Controller devices within each server. Each VSAN Ready Node is classified by a Ready Node configuration profile. Defined Ready Node profiles include:

  • Server workload profiles (Large/High server profile, Medium server profile & Small server profile)
  • VDI workload Profiles (VDI with Linked Clones & VDI with Full Clones)

Each configuration profile provides a differentiated price/performance focus, targeting multiple use case requirements. Each profile assumes a target number of Virtual Machines per node, utilizing an average Virtual Machine profile size. Fault tolerance is built into the solution with data replication between nodes, and clustering technology. Flash and hard disks are seamlessly integrated to achieve best balance in performance and capacity.

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Benefits:

Single bundle for procurement
Radically Simple Storage
Lower TCO by up to 50%
High Performance
Fault Tolerance
Peace of Mind
DiGiCOR VSAN Ready Node comes with the appropriate licenses for vSphere, Virtual SAN. DiGiCOR production and service works with customer to simplify the setup experience.
VSAN integrates seamlessly with vSphere platform for storage tasks. Storage provisioning and management is a breeze. VSAN automatically rebuilds and rebalances storage to maintain Quality of Service from the storage resource.
VSAN allows you to granularly scale-out you storage environment to allow for growth while eliminating overprovisioning.
VSAN has integrated server-side flash to provide read/write caching, providing lower latency and better throughput than external flash appliances and devices. As a result, VMs and applications have the most optimized I/O data path to support your business demands.
VSAN uses distributed RAID and cache mirroring to ensure that data is never lost in case of disk, host or network failures. Combined with DiGiCOR’s quality and reliability aids in enhancing system uptime and ensuring business continuity.
Full system delivery ensures compatibility and maximizes the success of implementation.

VM-AWARE STORAGE (TINTRI)

The Tintri VMstore T800 Hybrid-Flash series aligns your storage with your business needs—putting the focus on your virtualized applications. Tintri’s VM-Aware storage speeds performance 6x to save you time, and packs storage 10x more densely to save you money. The T800 Hybrid-Flash series is ideally suited to your multiple workloads and hypervisors, large (and growing) VDI deployment, and/or your private cloud. Take every storage action at the VM-level—manage, replicate, automate and analyse any (or every) VM to keep storage simple. Tintri’s all-flash and hybrid-flash arrays share a common OS and analytics so you can balance workloads and manage your entire footprint from a single pane of glass.

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SOLUTIONS FOR (CONVENTION VS TINTRI)

Server virtualization:
Convention: carving LUNS, manual tuning, scaling friction, over-provision
Tintri: VM management, automation, ‘Single pane of glass’
Software development:
Convention: invention, LUN-level replication and cloning, latency from I/O intensive workloads
Tintri: software development can manage, VM-level replication/cloning, transparent latency
Private cloud:
Convention: storage experts required to configure/manage LUNS, volume, RAID, emphasis on $/gb, scaling friction
Tintri: cloud experts manage VMs, emphasis on $/VM, ‘Single pane of glass’
Virtual desktop infrastructure:
Convention: unpredictable, noisy neighbors, over-provision
Tintri: 99% IO from flash, auto QoS, performance and capacity ‘gauges’
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Unified management

Manage up to 32 Tintri All-flash and Hybrid-flash VMstores and 100,000 VMs across hypervisors and geographies from a single pane of glass.

ADAPTIVE FLASH PLATFORM (NIMBLE)

Nimble Storage CS-Series arrays are the building blocks of Adaptive Flash, a storage platform that dynamically and intelligently allocates storage resources to satisfy the changing needs of business-critical applications. Adaptive Flash is based on CASL™, Nimble’s patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout architecture, and InfoSight™, its data sciences-based approach to the storage lifecycle. CASL allows performance and capacity to be scaled seamlessly and independently. InfoSight leverages the power of deep-data analytics to deploy storage resources as needed by business-critical applications.

FEATURES

Nimble CASL adaptive flash architecture

CASL leverages the strengths of CPU, flash and disk to deliver both high performance and capacity all within a dramatically small footprint. The CASL architecture allows scaling of flash to satisfy changing performance demands from business critical applications but stores all data on high density drives. CASL provides a write optimised layout ensuring high write performance and prepopulates cache to accelerate read performance. This allows Nimble Storage systems to Scale performance and capacity independently.

Scale-to-Fit with Scale-Out Architecture

CASL’s scale-to-fit capability allows performance and capacity to be scaled seamlessly and independently to meet the growing demands of today’s enterprise applications. Capacity can be scaled to hundreds of terabytes by simply adding disk shelves while performance can be enhanced by adding CPU cores for greater overall throughput or additional solid state drives for enhanced read performance. Performance and capacity can even be seamlessly scaled beyond a single array to a cluster of up to any four Nimble Storage arrays.

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Integrated Data Protection

Data protection is built into every Nimble Storage array, eliminating the inefficiency associated with managing primary and backup storage tiers. Nimble arrays use advanced data protection features including frequent point-in-time snapshots and WAN-efficient replication.

Multi-Protocol

Arrays allow connectivity using either FCP or iSCSI. Replication between arrays uses Ethernet and target arrays allow alternate connectivity. This would allow an organisation to provide FCP for the primary site and iSCSI at a secondary site for DR/D2D.

Bundled Software with every system

This includes: Snapshots, Zero Cost Clones, Replication for integrated DR and Backup, Compression, Thin Provisioning, Application integration (VMware Integration, vCentre & SRM, Microsoft VSS & SCVMM Integration, Oracle Integration), Client Side Software (Nimble Setup Manager, NCM).

Pro-Active Support

Nimble arrays go beyond the normal for Auto Support. In addition to automated hardware delivery and array health are captured, detailed array configuration and performance are captured daily. This detailed information allows monitoring availability, MPIO performance and replication capability. Pro-active issue detection and detailed current information also allow Nimble to dispense with Level 1 and 2 support, so you get straight to Level 3 support staff if the need arises.

InfoSight and Proactive Wellness

InfoSight and Proactive Wellness
InfoSight is a key component of the Adaptive Flash platform, offering expert guidance on scaling. InfoSight monitors all Nimble arrays, collectively and individually, from the cloud, using the data it collects to pinpoint problems — and offer remedies — before they can bring systems down.

In addition to InfoSight, Nimble offers these key support benefits: access to 24×7 technical support; 4-hour, or next business day, parts delivery; always-on monitoring and response; and frequent software updates.

OBJECT BASED STORAGE CLUSTER (CEPH)

With the advancement of large scale cloud computing platforms like OpenStack, the business of data storage has been forever changed. Often called “the serverisation of storage”; the replacement of purpose-built/proprietary data silos with economical server hardware, has proven itself to be both more reliable and more resilient. Ceph is an open-source, massively scalable, software-defined storage platform delivering unified object and block storage making it ideal for cloud scale environments like OpenStack. DiGiCOR Ceph storage solutions are available as fully qualified bare metal server hardware reference architecture ready for user deployment of open source Ceph.

OBJECT-BASED STORAGE

Organizations prefer object-based storage when deploying large-scale storage systems because it stores data more efficiently. Object-based storage systems separate the object namespace from the underlying storage hardware. This simplifies data migration.

THE CEPH STORAGE DIFFERENCE

Ceph’s CRUSH algorithm liberates storage clusters from the scalability and performance limitations imposed by centralized data table mapping. It replicates and re-balances data within the cluster dynamically— eliminating this tedious task for administrators while delivering high performance and infinite scalability.

TYPICAL DEPLOYMENT MODEL

The following diagram highlights optimized data path for clients to read and write shared objects and blocks directly from the storage nodes.


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