Infinidat - Enterprise Data & Cloud Storage Solutions https://infinidat.com/rss.xml en Treat Storage as Black Boxes to Optimize Infrastructure Designs https://infinidat.com/blog/treat-storage-as-black-boxes-to-optimize-infrastructure-designs <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Treat Storage as Black Boxes to Optimize Infrastructure Designs</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/blackboxstorage.jpg?h=6c83441f&amp;itok=o9vvF7Vl" width="330" height="330" alt="Treat Storage as Black Boxes to Optimize Infrastructure Designs" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/65" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Drew Schlussel</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/11/2019 - 9:42pm</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Gartner, with the publication of their <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/gartner_magic_quadrant_report.html?source=Web&amp;campaign=WEB_Gartner_2019_MQ_Report">2019 Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage</a>, which includes both Solid-State Arrays (a.k.a. AFAs) and General Purpose Disk Arrays (a.k.a. hybrid arrays), has told the market that competition between AFAs and GPDAs will continue for the foreseeable future. We agree with that assessment because our <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/products-technology/infinibox">InfiniBox</a> is proving its competitiveness consistently against AFAs by winning technical and financial bakeoffs. More specifically, InfiniBox has inherent advantages in scale and cost relative to AFAs and is competitive in performance, usable availability, and ease-of-use. We also believe that affordable scalability is particularly important when designing infrastructure refreshes to support storage consolidation, data analytics, and AI/ML/DL applications: the things that create new capabilities and competitive advantage.</p> <p>Setting aside the AFA versus hybrid array debate for a moment, consider the following question - “How would you choose between two black-box storage arrays built with mysterious unknown technologies?” The answer to that question is your roadmap to building a better storage infrastructure because it begins with defining your organization’s existing application portfolios storage needs, not esoteric discussions about architectures, technologies, and algorithms or cloud-based analytics.</p> <p>These storage needs ultimately translate into characterizations of your replacement arrays and at least a mental RFP that specifies their scale, performance, availability, replication capabilities, ease-of-use, ecosystem support, post-sales support effectiveness, environmental demands, and financial considerations.</p> <p>Table 1 compares AFAs, traditional hybrids, and InfiniBox across these and other measures of product attractiveness without referencing media or any other technologies, highlighting the areas where Infinidat has delivered disruptive improvements.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="341" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/blackboxtable1.png" width="538" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p class="small text-align-center"> Table 1 - Storage Array Product Attractiveness<br />  </p> <p>Perhaps the most surprising positioning statements in Table 1 are InfiniBox claims of performance and environmental footprint parity with AFAs because we all “KNOW” that SSDs are faster than HDDs and that they consume less power on a TB per Watt basis than HDDs.  The problem with this analysis is that it is a media-level analysis, not an array-level analysis, that ignores:</p> <ul> <li>InfiniBox services 100% of write I/Os out of DRAM. That is 4 orders of magnitude faster (10,000X) than NAND Flash. Reads are serviced out of DRAM, SSD read cache or HDDs on cache misses. With Neural Cache AI/ML typically delivering 90%+ cache hit ratios, the problem with media-based analysis is self-evident.</li> <li>High-capacity 7,200 RPM HDDs TB/W ratios are competitive with SSDs because they consume much less power than 10K RPM and 15K RPM HDDs. For the curious, the motor accounts for most of the power consumed by an HDD and that goes down as the square of the head’s velocity relative to the platter. See Table 2 below.</li> </ul> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="105" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/blackboxpower.png" width="543" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p class="small text-align-center">Table 2 - HDD vs SSD TB/W<br />  </p> <ul> <li>The multiple AFAs needed to match InfiniBox scale further advantages Infinibox because every AFA or AFA storage node has at least two controllers and redundant power supplies, cooling fans, and converged network adaptors all of which consume real estate and power.</li> </ul> <h3>What are AFA’s persistent advantages?</h3> <p>Pre-InfiniBox this was an easy question to answer: consistent sub-millisecond response times, much better $/IOP price-performance than hybrid arrays, unbeatable ease-of-use, more reliability, and a much smaller environmental footprint than hybrid arrays with equivalent I/O capabilities. Post InfiniBox, AFA vendors are left with four relatively weak arguments.</p> <ul> <li>“My sub-millisecond response times are lower than InfiniBox’s sub-millisecond response times.”<br /> This is an argument we would certainly contest. We would also ask, is a couple 1/10s of a millisecond in response times worth more than doubling or tripling your storage capacity without increasing your storage budget? Given that most OLTP applications are quite happy with sub-millisecond response times and that the use of archiving complicates storage infrastructures and operations, I suspect not!</li> <li>“Our scale-out architecture allows us to start small and grow to very large configurations.”<br /> This is mostly an academic argument because typical CAGRs and maintenance costs hold growth to no more 2X to 3X times the initial capacity of the array over a 5-year period. Other reasons include node failures creating performance problems and 3-tier infrastructures’ superior economics and manageability overtaking HCI at scale.</li> <li>“InfiniBox’s use of HDDs for persistent storage makes it more sensitive to workloads with very high write content (low r/w ratios) than AFAs.”<br /> Possibly true with atypical workloads like real-time data collection from nuclear experiments, but utterly irrelevant because we benchmark customer workloads as part of our sales cycle so there are no performance surprises post-installation. </li> <li>“Our TB scale and use of NAND Flash make us a better solution at the edge where environmental advantages matter.”<br /> We agree and would note that the edge is not our target market because our packaging creates a physically larger entry point than a two-node cluster with direct-attached storage.</li> </ul> <p>The following rationales support the positioning statements in Table 1.</p> <h5><strong>Scale</strong></h5> <p>Infinidat’s decision to target the high-end of the storage market and differentiate itself from AFA vendors with scale and disruptive economics resulted in a multi-PB scale, self-managing, mixed-media architecture that delivers sub-millisecond response times with HDD economics.  The F6300, our flagship array, can be configured with up to 4 PB of usable capacity which translates to ~10 PB of effective capacity. By comparison, Pure Storage’s newly announced “capacity model”, the FlashArray//C60-1390, can be configured with up to 1.39 PB of raw capacity or up to 5.2 PB of effective capacity. A fully configured PowerMax 8000 has a “Typical Effective Max Capacity with Data Reduction” of 4 PB. In other words, the biggest AFAs have approximately half the capacity of an InfiniBox, and InfiniBox performance does not fall off as the array fills up.</p> <h5><strong>Performance</strong></h5> <p>Any discussion about performance should always be caveated with the admonition that “your mileage may vary”. That said, InfiniBox is a self-managing storage array that delivers:</p> <ul> <li>Consistent sub-msec response times</li> <li>DRAM/flash cache hit ratios in the 90+% range</li> <li>Up to 1.4M FC/iSCSI IOPS and 2M NFS IOPS</li> <li>Up to 25 GB/s of host visible bandwidth</li> </ul> <p>Figure 1 shows the cache hit ratio experienced by an InfiniBox retail customer over a one-week period beginning on “Black Friday”, the busiest shopping days of the year. Per Figure 1, shows 90%+ cache hit ratios which reduces average host visible InfiniBox latencies by an order of magnitude.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="253" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/blackbox-unmatched-performance.png" width="660" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p class="small text-align-center"><span><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span> Figure 1 - InfiniBox cache hit ratio at high load<br />  </p> <p>While some Infinidat competitors have published higher “hero” numbers that give them plausible bragging rights, <strong>we model our customers’ workloads to ensure that their InfiniBox has not been under-configured and will perform as promised when put into production.</strong> And yes, we will provide our customers on a case-by-case basis with performance guarantees that include meaningful remedies.</p> <p>While InfiniBox’s exceptional performance may create a cognitive dissidence problem for users committed to AFAs, it does provide users not needing more than 1.4M FC/iSCSI IOPS or 2M NFS IOPS and 25 GB/s of bandwidth the ability to <strong>double or triple their capacity without increasing their storage budget.</strong></p> <h5><strong>Availability</strong></h5> <p>InfiniBox delivers 100% data availability, but more important than that is the inherent performance advantage the active/active/active architecture provides in the presence of hardware failures. Users that follow the best practice of leaving themselves 25% to 30% of headroom to cope with unforeseen performance problems and to give themselves time when negotiating infrastructure refreshes should be able to meet service level agreements, even in the presence of a controller failure.</p> <h5><strong>Replication Capabilities</strong></h5> <p>InfiniBox’s all-inclusive software pricing model reflects the design of InfiniBox software. Metadata and data flows were designed from the beginning to support a rich set of local and remote replication capabilities. The result:</p> <ul> <li>InfiniSnap – space-efficient snapshots that have zero impact on performance, can be made r/w mountable, has no requirement to pre-provision snap capacity, and has consistency group support.</li> <li>Infinibox Async Replication - is a snapshot-based solution that protects the data by replicating it to a remote site without adding latency to the host I/Os. The replication of the data is done asynchronously with a minimal 4 secs RPO (Recovery Point Objective).</li> <li>Infinibox Sync Replication - is the synchronous replication solution that protects the data with zero RPO. Every write to the local system is immediately written to a copy of the dataset on the remote system before returning to the host.</li> <li>Infinibox Active-Active Replication - is a synchronous replication solution that protects the data with zero RPO and zero RTO (Recovery Time Objective). The data of the replicated datasets can be accessed by the host on both systems at the same time.</li> <li>InfiniSync –is a highly resilient zero-data-loss solution that enables a simple two-data-center topology for an RPO of Zero over asynchronous replication (Recovery Point Objective) providing complete data integrity and application consistency at any distance.</li> </ul> <h5><strong>Ease of Use</strong></h5> <p>Customers and Gartner Peer Insights both rate InfiniBox as very easy to manage because InfiniBox manages backend data placement and uses QoS to ensure that service level objectives are consistently met without the need for tuning, episodic garbage collection, or archiving to keep the cost of storing cold data affordable. Cloud-based monitoring and reporting simplify software change control, and performance modeling practically eliminates unpleasant surprises. InfiniBox scale and performance further simplify management by enabling storage consolidation, which reduces the number of systems under management and the robustness of disaster/recovery solutions.</p> <h5><strong>Cloud-Based Analytics</strong></h5> <p>InfiniVerse is Infinidat's petabyte-scale cloud-based analytics tool. It provides enterprise-wide predictive analytics, monitoring, and reporting on capacity and performance so that potential issues can be addressed before they become problems. InfiniVerse is part of our Elastic Data Fabric strategy and provides tight integration with cloud and transparent data mobility that together enable data to reside where it naturally belongs</p> <h5><strong>Ecosystem</strong></h5> <p>Our InfiniBox interoperability matrix is currently 20 pages long and growing. The answer to most compatibility questions about operating systems, hypervisors, backup/restore, and databases is a resounding "yes". See the <a href="https://support.infinidat.com/hc/en-us/articles/206973969-Interoperability-Matrix">InfiniBox Interoperability Matrix</a> for all the details.</p> <h5><strong>Post-sales Support</strong></h5> <p>We provide our customers with Technical Advisors. These TAs are experienced storage system engineers that provide our customers with named engineer support for the lifecycle of the installed system(s). This eliminates the customers' constant frustration of describing their environment to Support for the umpteenth time if they log a ticket. The TA provides a full spectrum of services as well as acting in the role of a customer advisor, which means they only install software updates that apply to their environment.</p> <p>We have staffed and organized our support team to resolve problems quickly. Our level 1 support is staffed by highly trained engineers that use their product knowledge, rather than scripts, to quickly solve customer problems. And if they can not solve the problem, they escalate it directly to the development team with comprehensive troubleshooting notes. This further shrinks the time needed to resolve even difficult problems, which further improves customer satisfaction by reducing the time needed to resolve problems.  </p> <h5><strong>Environmental Footprint</strong></h5> <p>Interrupting Table 2 to mean that an InfiniBox will always consume less power than an AFA of equivalent capacity would be incorrect because InfiniBox needs lots of HDDs to deliver consistent sub-millisecond response times. Hence the InfiniBox environmental advantage only exists at scale. </p> <h5><strong>Capacity and IOPS Costs</strong></h5> <p>InfiniBox is a modern hybrid storage array that delivers sub-msec response times and PB-scale at lower $/IOPS and $/PB than our competitors. InfiniBox ease of use further reduces ownership costs along with our software update policies that keep older arrays architecturally current for longer periods of time,  affordable maintenance, and disruptive economics that nearline HDDs make possible.</p> <h5><strong>Conclusions</strong></h5> <p>Abstracting storage decisions away from media technologies gives influencers and decision-makers (Storage Architects, Directors of Operations, and CIOs) the freedom to explore new storage architectures that deliver remarkably better capabilities and economics. It can also pressure incumbent vendors to provide users with lower prices by reducing the strength of their lock-ins. Users concerned about conversion and migration costs should know that Infinidat Professional Services are available to provide new customers with low-cost migrations. InfiniBox provides a disruptively better scale and financials versus AFAs. Against legacy hybrid arrays InfiniBox provides disruptively better ease-of-use and consistent sub-millisecond latencies without tuning.</p> <p>To learn more about <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/storage_architecture_white_paper.html?source=Web&amp;campaign=WEB_StorageArch_WP">the architecture that powers the InfiniBox</a>, visit the <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/resource">Resource section</a> of the Infinidat website.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="458" role="article" about="/node/458" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/458" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Stanley Zaffos</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Stanley is the Sr. VP of Product Marketing at Infinidat.<br /> Prior to joining Infinidat, he was a Research VP with Gartner focused on Infrastructure and Operations Management. His areas of expertise cover storage systems, emerging storage technologies, software-defined storage, hyper-converged infrastructure, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. He's worked with numerous clients to develop messaging and collateral that maximizes the impact of their product announcements and sales training, as well as helping to define roadmaps that ensure ongoing competitive advantage. </p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Tue, 12 Nov 2019 02:42:00 +0000 Drew Schlussel 888 at https://infinidat.com Easy Object Storage with InfiniBox https://infinidat.com/blog/easy-object-storage-with-infinibox <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Easy Object Storage with InfiniBox</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/easyobject_thumb_image4.png?h=6c83441f&amp;itok=zBklpFN_" width="330" height="330" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/65" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Drew Schlussel</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/11/2019 - 9:31pm</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>An object is a thing observed, something that is tangible and within the grasp of the senses. And for those of us living in the storage world, an object is anything that can be stored and retrieved later. Any digital artifact is an object - an X-ray image, a cat photo, an MP3 audio file, a payslip, a DNA sequence, or LiDAR data from your self-driving car.</p> <p>More and more often we’re finding Infinibox deployed behind 3rd party object storage solutions. While InfiniBox doesn’t natively implement object protocols today, our customers want to get take advantage of the InfiniBox’s reliability, performance, and economics for their object storage environments.</p> <p class="small" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="149" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/easyobject_image1.png" width="494" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span><br /> Fig.1: Sample artifacts which may reside on object storage<br />  </p> <p>One interesting example of an S3 implementation is <a href="https://min.io/">MinIO</a> - an open-source object storage server targeting high performance and AI use cases. It is distributed under the Apache License v2.0. MinIO supports the Amazon S3 protocol and supports objects up to 5TB. There is a long list of MinIO-based community projects at <a href="https://github.com/minio/awesome-minio">https://github.com/minio/awesome-minio</a>. </p> <p>A particularly interesting MinIO capability is the NAS gateway. In this mode, MinIO software can run in front of a regular NFS file system and expose its contents via the S3 protocol. This is especially useful with the InfiniBox’s scalable NAS capability, which supports file systems with billions of files.</p> <p>MinIO NAS gateway can be <a href="https://docs.min.io/docs/minio-gateway-for-nas.html">deployed in minutes</a>, using either a Docker container or running as a binary on a virtual machine/physical server. With such a setup, every object uploaded via the S3 protocol is stored as a file in the underlying InfiniBox NFS file system and is accessible via NFS and S3 protocols. </p> <p>Let’s demonstrate how easy it is to set up a basic S3-compatible environment using InfiniBox storage and MinIO.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="155" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/easyobject_image2.png" width="496" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p class="small text-align-center">Fig.2 - Test environment demonstrating dual-protocol (S3 and NFS) capabilities<br />  </p> <p>We’ll start with the creation of a 100TiB file system which will be used for MinIO storage. For this example, I’ll use InfiniBox’s InfiniShell command-line interface. The same operations can be performed using the InfiniBox GUI, REST API or Python SDK interfaces. We’ll enable InfiniBox compression for the stored data to provide better capacity utilization:</p> <pre> &gt; fs.create name=minio01 size=100TiB pool=s3_demo thin=yes compression=yes Filesystem "minio01" created &gt; fs.export.create fs=minio01 export_path=/minio01 Export "/minio01" created </pre><p>As a next step, we’re going to mount this newly created file system on a MinIO gateway host, and download and launch the latest MinIO binary:</p> <pre> [miniogw ~]$ mkdir /mnt/minio01 [miniogw ~]$ mount -o hard,intr,rsize=262144,wsize=262144 \ 172.31.32.28:/minio01 /mnt/minio01 [miniogw ~]$ wget https://dl.min.io/server/minio/release/linux-amd64/minio [miniogw ~]$ chmod +x minio [miniogw ~]$ export MINIO_ACCESS_KEY=&lt;preferred access key&gt; [miniogw ~]$ export MINIO_SECRET_KEY=&lt;preferred secret key&gt; [miniogw ~]$ ./minio gateway nas /mnt/minio01</pre><p>This is all that is required to deploy 100TiB of S3 capacity in your environment using MinIO and InfiniBox. If more capacity is required, just resize the InfiniBox filesystem - no interaction is required with MinIO or any other layers of the solution.</p> <p>Running MinIO gateway in front of InfiniBox NFS allows dual-protocol access, sharing data between S3 and NFS clients. We’ll use <a href="https://s3tools.org/s3cmd">s3cmd</a> for access via the S3 protocol. Start from creating a new S3 bucket and uploading a single object into this bucket:</p> <pre> $ ./s3cmd mb s3://ibox-bucket Bucket 's3://ibox-bucket/' created $ ./s3cmd put testsuite.tar.gz s3://ibox-bucket upload: 'testsuite.tar.gz' -&gt; 's3://ibox-bucket/testsuite.tar.gz' [1 of 1]</pre><p>Now, this object is accessible over NFS as a file while the bucket becomes a folder:</p> <pre> $ ls -l /mnt/minio01/ibox-bucket total 320 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 286725 Nov 7 01:25 testsuite.tar.gz</pre><p>It is also possible to create a file using NFS and access it later using S3 protocol:</p> <pre> $ echo "Is it an object or a file?" &gt; /mnt/minio01/ibox-bucket/filobj $ ./s3cmd get s3://ibox-bucket/filobj &amp;&amp; cat filobj download: 's3://ibox-bucket/filobj' -&gt; './filobj' [1 of 1] Is it an object or a file?</pre><p>All InfiniBox functionality, including compression, replication, and space-efficient snapshots with WORM capabilities is available behind MinIO. <br />  <br /> The <a href="https://github.com/minio/minio/blob/master/docs/minio-limits.md">MinIO limitations document</a> claims an “unlimited” amount of objects or buckets, but it depends on the underlying storage and network capabilities. In our tests, we were able to create millions of objects per bucket (multiple buckets can co-exist on the same file system).</p> <p>MinIO supports multiple users to control access to buckets. These users can be defined on the server, can be stored in <a href="https://github.com/minio/minio/blob/master/docs/sts/etcd.md">etcd</a>, or sourced from the corporate <a href="https://github.com/minio/minio/blob/master/docs/sts/ldap.md">Active Directory</a>/LDAP environment.</p> <p>In this simple setup, the MinIO gateway is completely stateless. For the test and dev environments, where high availability is not critical, such a simple solution might be satisfactory. But what about use cases when higher throughput is required, or where downtime is not an option? </p> <p>In this case, several MinIO gateway servers can be deployed, pointing to the same NAS file system. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round-robin_DNS">DNS round-robin</a> can be used for simple load distribution, while Nginx or HAproxy can be deployed for a setup that may require higher availability. Note that in all cases the InfiniBox implements a high availability backend, with a 100% data availability guarantee available.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="209" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/easyobject_image3.png" width="501" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p class="small text-align-center">Fig. 3 - Highly available MinIO environment behind NGINX load balancers<br />  </p> <p>NGINX can balance incoming traffic and spread it evenly across multiple Minio server instances. There are several online documents (<a href="https://www.nginx.com/blog/enterprise-grade-cloud-storage-nginx-plus-minio/">1</a>, <a href="https://docs.min.io/docs/setup-nginx-proxy-with-minio.html">2</a>) describing how to set up NGINX in front of MinIO.</p> <p>NGNIX servers can also be configured in HA mode. In this scenario, a second NGINX server must be installed. <a href="https://docs.nginx.com/nginx/admin-guide/high-availability/ha-keepalived-nodes/">Keepalived can be used</a> to ensure the highest availability.</p> <p>It is also possible to run MinIO within a Kubernetes cluster. This setup allows easy scale-out and scale-back of the number of gateway nodes based on the workload. The Kubernetes Service offers load balancer functionality, and the <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/infinidat-storage-for-kubernetes">Infinidat persistent storage provisioner</a> can be configured to automatically provision the required storage capacity.</p> <p>Where could such setup be used?</p> <p>It could be used as a target for backup applications, as a <a href="https://min.io/resources/docs/Leveraging-MinIO-for-Splunk-SmartStore-S3-storage.pdf">Splunk Smartstore</a> implementation, an <a href="https://min.io/resources/docs/Hadoop-migration-guide.pdf">HDFS replacement in a Hadoop environment</a>,  or in many other use cases which require object storage functionality.</p> <p>Object storage can also be used as a data lake, storing large amounts of structured and semi-structured data. This is an especially common scenario for customers running in the public cloud. Amazon announced the S3 SELECT API during AWS re:Invent 2017 to better support this use case. MinIO implements this API, which is not commonly available with other on-premises object storage solutions. It is designed to pull out only the required data from an object, and can dramatically improve performance and reduce the cost of applications that need to access data in S3.</p> <p>Let’s assume we store multiple CSV, JSON or Parquet files in an S3 bucket. It’s certainly possible to retrieve the entire table or a set of tables and process them on the client-side. But S3 SELECT helps to limit the retrievable part of the table only to the required content, reducing network bandwidth requirements, especially for large datasets. Here is a Python code snippet with a sample S3 SELECT query:</p> <pre> s3 = boto3.client('s3', endpoint_url='http://miniogw:9000', aws_access_key_id='minio', aws_secret_access_key='minio123', region_name='us-east-1') r = s3.select_object_content( Bucket='ibox-bucket', Key='TotalPopulation.csv.gz', ExpressionType='SQL', Expression="select * from s3object s where s.Location like '%Israel%'", InputSerialization={ 'CSV': { "FileHeaderInfo": "USE", }, 'CompressionType': 'GZIP', }, OutputSerialization={'CSV': {}}, )</pre><p>More details about S3 SELECT can be found on the <a href="https://docs.min.io/docs/minio-select-api-quickstart-guide.html">MinIO</a> or <a href="https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonS3/latest/dev/s3-glacier-select-sql-reference-select.html">AWS</a> sites.</p> <p>MinIO is a very popular S3 implementation, and it provides a simple, quick-to-deploy object storage solution. Deploying it in front of the InfiniBox allows customers to benefit from our reliable, high-performance storage solution with enterprise-class functionality at scale and avoid deployment of multiple, incompatible storage solutions.<br />  </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="15" role="article" about="/node/15" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/15" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Gregory Touretsky</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Gregory Touretsky (@gregnsk) is a Senior Director, Product Management at INFINIDAT. He drives the company’s roadmap around NAS, cloud and containers topics. Before that Gregory was a Solutions Architect with Intel, focused on distributed computing and storage solutions, data sharing and the cloud. He has over twenty years of practical experience with distributed computing and storage. Gregory has an M.S. in Computer Science from Novosibirsk State Technical University and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Tue, 12 Nov 2019 02:31:42 +0000 Drew Schlussel 889 at https://infinidat.com Introducing Active-Active Replication with VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster for the Infinidat InfiniBox https://infinidat.com/blog/introducing-active-active-replication-for-vmware-vsphere-metro-storage-cluster <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Introducing Active-Active Replication with VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster for the Infinidat InfiniBox</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/infinibox_thumbnail.jpg?h=04d92ac6&amp;itok=sjCBJdip" width="330" height="330" alt="High Availability" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/65" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Drew Schlussel</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/04/2019 - 2:50pm</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Infinidat InfiniBox Active-Active replication is now listed on VMware Partner Verified and Supported Products (PVSP) as a verified solution with vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC).</p> <p>The vMSC solution, combining storage array-based synchronous replication with VMware vSphere capabilities, enables vSphere clusters to spread across geographical locations (aka "Stretched Clusters"). Deploying vMSC together with InfiniBox Active-Active replication provides the most resilient solution for protecting applications data, availability and enables an extremely fast recovery during a failure scenario, even in the event of a full site failure.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="449" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/AA1.png" width="614" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p>vMSC solutions are classified into two distinct types based on the fundamental difference in the way the vSphere hosts access the storage array, which influences design considerations.</p> <ul> <li>Uniform access - vSphere hosts on both sites are all connected to the storage systems across both sites. Datastore paths are presented to each vSphere host from the InfiniBox systems on both sites.</li> <li>Non-uniform access - vSphere hosts at each site are connected only to the local storage system at the same site. Datastore paths are presented to each vSphere hosts only from the InfiniBox system on the same (local) site.</li> </ul> <p>InfiniBox supports both uniform and non-uniform host access types (host typology), allowing customers to deploy vMSC with the design that fits best to their environment and needs.</p> <h3 class="green">Maximizing Applications' Resiliency with InfiniBox Active-Active Replication and vMSC</h3> <p>InfiniBox Active-Active replication, providing zero-RPO and zero-RTO, was introduced in R5 to maximize mission-critical business-services availability and to enable applications to keep operating even through a complete site failure:</p> <ul> <li>Symmetric synchronous replication solution, allowing applications to be geographically spread across data centers.</li> <li>Fully integrated into InfiniBox, allows simple and effortless management.</li> </ul> <p>In addition to the high availability capabilities, using vMSC with InfiniBox Active-Active replication enables fully active and workload-balanced data centers.</p> <h3 class="green">High Availability, Minimal Performance Impact.</h3> <p>As vMSC leverages InfiniBox innovative and high-performance replication mechanisms, the replication RTT-added latency is minimized, allowing achievement of a high level of resiliency and availability, with a minimal performance impact.</p> <p>InfiniBox can also intelligently hint to the vSphere hosts about which are the optimal paths to serve I/O. This is crucial when configuring vMSC with a Uniform storage access, as the hosts are presented with typically less-optimal paths to the datastore from the remote InfiniBox system.</p> <h3 class="green">Storage Failed, All Applications Are Still Running</h3> <p>Using InfiniBox and vMSC, customers gain a transparent and automatic failover between data centers in case of failures. Deploying vMSC using the uniform storage access provides the most resilient solution, allowing all vSphere hosts to continue to access the storage (datastores) even in the case of an entire InfiniBox system failure.</p> <p>In cases where vSphere hosts in a site encounter a storage failure, they will automatically shift I/O to the non-optimized paths to the remote InfiniBox system in the other site, resulting in a completely transparent and uninterrupted fail-over. </p> <ul> <li>In the following example System A completely fails (becomes "offline"), while the vSphere hosts in Site A can still access the storage through the non-optimized paths to the InfiniBox system in Site B.</li> <li>All VMs running in Site A continue to run uninterrupted.</li> </ul> <p class="text-align-center"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="352" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/AA2.png" width="598" /></p> <p>When configuring vMSC with non-uniform storage access, the vSphere hosts in each site can access the datastores only through the local InfiniBox system - the system that exists in the same site. Therefore, if a system in a specific site fails, the vSphere hosts in that site cannot continue to access the datastores. Yet, the affected VMs will be quickly and automatically recovered to the vSphere hosts on the other site by vSphere HA.</p> <p><strong>InfiniBox Replication - Automatic Failover and Recovery</strong></p> <p>InfiniBox Active-Active replication failover and recovery is completely automatic - no intervention is necessary to trigger a re-sync to recover replication. If an InfiniBox system was disconnected, the replication will internally fallback to async mode. Once the connectivity between the systems is restored, synchronization jobs will start replicating the missing data to the lagging system.</p> <p>As the volumes are nearly in sync, they will smoothly transition to Sync replication mode, with no I/O disruption. The host paths to the lagging side will be automatically restored, allowing the hosts to perform I/O operations through both systems again.</p> <h3 class="green">Simplifying Active-Active Replication Management for VMware Administrators</h3> <p>InfiniBox Active-Active replication management is even easier when using the INFINDAT Host PowerTools plugin for VMware vCetner.<br /> Host PowerTools for VMware maximizes ease-of-use for the VMware administrators by providing storage and host automation, best practice validation and comprehensive end-to-end visibility into InfiniBox, all consolidated directly within vCenter.</p> <p>The following image illustrates the presentation of a datastore residing on an InfiniBox volume undergoing Active-Active replication.</p> <ul> <li>Complete end-to-end visibility from the datastore level → both InfiniBox system → corresponding volume, simplifying the tracking of the participant objects and components.  </li> <li>Information about each system ALUA state allowing to easily understand which InfiniBox is serving the I/O.</li> <li>Configuring the desired ALUA state for each InfiniBox system is also available directly within the screen.</li> </ul> <p class="text-align-center"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="316" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/AA3.png" width="573" /></p> <p> For more information on Infinidat Host PowerTools for VMware go to <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/products-technology/host-powertools">Infinidat Host PowerTools</a>. To learn more about the InfiniBox integration with VMware environments, download <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/resource-pdfs/Infinidat-InfiniBox-VMware-Integration-US.pdf">“An Introduction to Infinidat InfiniBox and VMware Integration”</a> from our <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/resource">Resource Library</a>.<br /> .</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="886" role="article" about="/node/886" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/886" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ido Dubovi</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ido Dubovi is the Director of Product Manager and VMware expert responsible for driving Infinidat’s partner ecosystem integration. His work covers proprietary and open source platforms. An observant market watcher and analyst, he is a key influencer of INFINIDAT’s solutions roadmap. His prior roles include consultant for numerous IT verticals and storage architect for datacenter and cloud deployments.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Mon, 04 Nov 2019 19:50:15 +0000 Drew Schlussel 885 at https://infinidat.com Consolidate Storage to Improve Availability and Lower Costs https://infinidat.com/blog/consolidate-storage-to-improve-availability-and-lower-costs <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Consolidate Storage to Improve Availability and Lower Costs</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/infinibox_thumbnail.jpg?h=04d92ac6&amp;itok=sjCBJdip" width="330" height="330" alt="Consolidate with InfiniBox" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/65" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Drew Schlussel</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/30/2019 - 5:20pm</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In most environments, the concerns of CIOs, Storage Architects, and IT Directors about how storage consolidation increases the size of fault domains are unfounded because modern multi-controller scale enterprise arrays that have been market validated can effectively deliver 100% availability (1). They have more usable availability, higher levels of fault tolerance, and more reliable non-disruptive software update capabilities than dual controller arrays (2). Storage consolidation simplifies infrastructure topologies, by reducing the number of arrays being managed and opportunities for misconfigurations both of which contribute to downtime budgets. Storage consolidation also creates larger pools of free space that improve usable availability and operational efficiency relative to collections of smaller dual-controller storage systems. It also reduces the frequency of repair activities as well as power and cooling requirements by decreasing the number of controllers and ports in the SAN infrastructure.</p> <p>Existing storage infrastructures that have “evolved” frequently suffer from avoidable inefficiencies such as:</p> <ul> <li>management complexity</li> <li>a lack of agility</li> <li>availability concerns</li> <li>performance problems</li> <li>capacity shortfalls</li> <li>skills shortages</li> <li>backup/recovery issues</li> <li>wasted money.</li> </ul> <p>Storage consolidation projects solve many of these problems by providing infrastructure architects with an opportunity to re-evaluate past decisions and design a storage infrastructure tailored to current and future workloads. </p> <p>With the creation of self-managing storage arrays that make intelligent data placement decisions and access to a plethora of migration tools, technical risks, concerns about data availability, the size of fault domains, and skills shortages are no longer reasons to fear storage consolidation.</p> <p>Consolidation is a successful strategy for improving availability and operational efficiency. It also examines the primary causes of downtime and repair activities; provides a high-level tutorial on failure mathematics, describes the benefits of storage consolidation, and defines the best practices on executing a storage consolidation project.</p> <h3 class="green">Consolidation Works</h3> <p>For skeptics of the “putting all your eggs in one basket” strategy, history has shown us that building sturdier baskets is a strategy that works, and you only have one basket to watch. Three great examples that highlight the success of this strategy are:</p> <p>Air Transportation - From the very beginning airplane manufacturers have focused on building bigger, safer planes that can fly farther, faster, and higher. The result is that air travel is safer per seat/mile than driving and plane crashes are a rarity. Why? Because bigger planes have economies of scale that make the addition of system redundancy and advanced safety features inherently more affordable relative to smaller planes, and there are fewer opportunities for air traffic control to misroute planes because there are fewer planes in the air.</p> <p>Crude Oil Transportation - The growth in global crude oil shipments saw the application of the same “bigger is better” strategy that aircraft manufacturers have employed: fewer bigger, safer, double-hulled tankers equipped with GPS navigation and lots of automation instead of many smaller tankers. Since the cost of building a ship is tied tightly to how much they weigh (more low-tech than high-tech), and volumes go up faster than the surface area (i.e. weight), building big double-hulled ships is inherently more cost-effective than building smaller double-hulled ships. The result is faster, more reliable, accident-free delivery of oil around the world.</p> <p>Storage Consolidation - Market statistics from both IDC and Gartner indicate that users are pursuing a similar consolidation strategy as they attempt to improve storage infrastructure availability and operational efficiency while lowering costs. More specifically, statistics show annual PB shipments increasing even as the number of storage arrays shipping per year are in decline. In other words, the average capacity configurations of storage arrays are increasing.</p> <p><em>To read more and see the supporting analysis, <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/storage-consolidation.html?source=Web&amp;campaign=WEB_Consolidation_WP_Q419" title="Consolidate Storage White Paper by Stanley Zaffos">download the complete white paper here</a>.</em></p> <p> </p> <p><em>(1) “Market validated” arrays are arrays that have been in general available for a minimum of 9 to 12 months and have 10s of thousands of machine years of production experience.</em></p> <p><em>(2) “Usable availability” is the ability to meet service level objectives in the presence of hardware failures.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="458" role="article" about="/node/458" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/458" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Stanley Zaffos</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Stanley is the Sr. VP of Product Marketing at Infinidat.<br /> Prior to joining Infinidat, he was a Research VP with Gartner focused on Infrastructure and Operations Management. His areas of expertise cover storage systems, emerging storage technologies, software-defined storage, hyper-converged infrastructure, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. He's worked with numerous clients to develop messaging and collateral that maximizes the impact of their product announcements and sales training, as well as helping to define roadmaps that ensure ongoing competitive advantage. </p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Wed, 30 Oct 2019 21:20:00 +0000 Drew Schlussel 882 at https://infinidat.com Genomics Research and Cancer Treatment - Empowered by Infinidat NAS https://infinidat.com/blog/genomics_research_empowered_by_infinidat <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Genomics Research and Cancer Treatment - Empowered by Infinidat NAS</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/genomics_thumbnail.png?itok=rzZ4jIEW" width="330" height="330" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/65" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Drew Schlussel</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/10/2019 - 5:54pm</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>How does a storage company help to fight cancer? The International Agency for Research on Cancer <a href="https://www.iarc.fr/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/pr263_E.pdf">estimated</a> that in 2018, there were 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million deaths globally due to some form of cancer. Furthermore, statistics show 20% of men and 17% of women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. Unfortunately, we see it everywhere and know it may impact our families, our friends, or our co-workers.</p> <p>Doctors and scientists at one of our customer’s research centers are engaged in state-of-the-art clinical and pre-clinical research that provides cancer patients with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment support. In addition to academic teaching and training, doctors collaborate with leading international research groups as well as major pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Numerous clinical studies are conducted for developing new anticancer drugs. Advanced technologies such as Gene Sequencing, Microarrays, Bioinformatics, Molecular Cytogenetics, Stem Cells, and others are employed and continuously improved. Several applied R&amp;D programs are at various stages of development for new treatment modalities.</p> <p>I had an opportunity recently to visit this customer, where I spoke with a Storage Engineer and one of their Bioinformatics Researchers. We talked about the challenges related to research computing infrastructure in general and data storage in particular. The team is running a combination of Intel- and Nvidia-powered servers with multiple InfiniBox solutions to store and process petabytes of genomics data. Similar to other genomics research organizations, they need to store and process enormous amounts of genomics data, supporting a mix of FASTQ, BAM and VCF files. </p> <p class="small text-align-center"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="631" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/dna_seq.png" width="631" /><br /> Figure 1: DNA Sequencing <br /> Source: NIH<br />  </p> <p>The human genome consists of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_genome">three billion DNA base pairs</a>. How does that translate to storage capacity? Well, it depends on what we’re counting. Just storing a human genome - every pair takes 2 bits for A, C, G and T bases, so we need somewhere around 700MBs. However, when the genome data comes out of a sequencer, it contains repeating fragments of tiny genome segments with some accuracy estimation and therefore requires much bigger files. Right off the genome sequencer, researchers may receive around 200GB of data for a single human genome! This raw data is stored in a FASTQ file.</p> <p>Storing 1000’s of these FASTQ files requires massive storage capacity - and a lot of focus on compression techniques. In the earliest days at Infinidat, we worked on a special <a href="https://github.com/Infinidat/slimfastq">host-side compression algorithm for FASTQ files</a>. Many other compression techniques, both lossy and lossless, have since been developed to address this challenge. </p> <p>Only a fraction of the genome is different between individuals and represents mutations. It is common to extract these differences into much smaller VCF files consuming 100s of MBs. Other file formats (SAM, BAM, etc.) are also used as the data passes through transformation processes.</p> <p class="small" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="368" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/gen_files.png" width="541" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span><br /> Figure 2:  Approximate file sizes and times to generate for NGS data formats<br /> Source: <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5343946/">NIH</a><br />  </p> <p>Whatever the format, genomics data is always stored compressed - and so any compression or deduplication solution implemented within the storage system adds minimal additional optimization. Advances in genomics sequencing allow the production of genomic data files at an ever-increasing rate. Storing genomic data effectively, as the number of sequences grows, is critical to managing storage costs. While sequencing costs are falling, compression is finite and the cost of storage for the resulting output files is increasing.</p> <p>It is not enough just to store these files efficiently during processing. The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) <a href="https://www.fda.gov/media/98596/download">recommends</a> “to retain data files that maintain the complete features of the raw data... Whereas genomic samples may be destroyed upon participant request, destruction of data contradicts the principles of scientific integrity, particularly in the context of clinical studies.” This requires storage solutions at an enormous capacity, with high reliability and support for cross-geography disaster recovery capabilities.</p> <p>Processing large amounts of data is time-consuming. Research institutions deploy distributed compute capacity to run pipelines like <a href="https://software.broadinstitute.org/gatk/">GATK</a> and others.</p> <p class="small" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="381" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/vari_disc.png" width="735" /><br /> <span title="Click and drag to resize">Figure 3: Example of a DNA sequencing workflow<br /> ​</span></span>Source: <a href="https://gatkforums.broadinstitute.org/gatk/discussion/3238/best-practices-for-variant-discovery-in-dnaseq">Broad Institute</a><br />  </p> <p>Some tools within such pipelines have high CPU utilization, for example, BWA and HaplotypeCaller, but most steps are I/O bound. A mix of CPU and GPU-based (like <a href="https://sqream.com/solutions/industries/genome/">SqreamDB</a>) systems is typically used to transform and analyze genomics data. Faster storage may provide additional benefits to more complex scenarios when many pipelines of different characteristics are being run at the same time over a large cluster, increasing the number of genomes processed in parallel.</p> <p>The customer was looking for a high performance, high capacity system that could make it easy to support sequencing, analysis and data archiving while managing the rising costs of storage on average throughout the industry. They found it when they deployed their first InfiniBox over four years ago. </p> <p>They appreciate the performance, capacity and versatility of Infinidat NAS. The hospital started with InfiniBox for the genomics workloads as it met their requirements while also being about ⅓ lower cost per terabyte versus competitive alternatives. Over several years, they have also started leveraging InfiniBox to address other needs. For example,  when the storage admin was looking for temporary capacity for VMware datastores, he was able to borrow space from the InfiniBox to run this workload, in addition to the ongoing genomics research, without researchers even noticing any impact to performance. </p> <p>The customer also likes the reliability of the system. For as long as they’ve been a customer, they’ve never experienced any storage-related downtime with the InfiniBox. </p> <p>It is always great to meet another happy customer. It’s also great to find out how our scalable NAS solution helps to facilitate cancer research with the hope that it will help give us all a healthier future.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="15" role="article" about="/node/15" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/15" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Gregory Touretsky</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Gregory Touretsky (@gregnsk) is a Senior Director, Product Management at INFINIDAT. He drives the company’s roadmap around NAS, cloud and containers topics. Before that Gregory was a Solutions Architect with Intel, focused on distributed computing and storage solutions, data sharing and the cloud. He has over twenty years of practical experience with distributed computing and storage. Gregory has an M.S. in Computer Science from Novosibirsk State Technical University and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:54:11 +0000 Drew Schlussel 868 at https://infinidat.com Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A Better Vision! - Part 3 https://infinidat.com/blog/infinidats-infinibox-whats-big-deal-better-vision-part-3 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A Better Vision! - Part 3</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-12-Expands%20Portfolio2.jpg?itok=fFdD28Ie" width="330" height="330" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/65" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Drew Schlussel</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/02/2019 - 9:02am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As mentioned in <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/why_infinibox_is_a_better_product">Part 1</a>, and <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/why_infinibox_is_a_better_product_part_2">Part 2</a>, I’ve come to learn that there are three things that differentiate Infinidat’s InfinBox from all the alternative Enterprise Storage offerings in the market while providing greater customer value:</p> <p>1.) A better product<br /> 2.) A better business model<br /> 3.) A better vision for the future</p> <p>In this blog, we’ll examine Infinidat’s vision for the future.</p> <p>3.) Infinidat has a Better Vision and Roadmap for the Future of Your Data</p> <p>In May 2019, Infinidat publicly announced our long-range strategic vision with the introduction of the <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/WC-2019-05-14-Elastic-Data-Fabric-White-Paper_LP-Registration.html?source=Web&amp;campaign=WEB_2019_ElasticDataFabric_WP" title="Infinidat Elastic Data Fabric">Infinidat Elastic Data Fabric</a> and the availability of the first pieces of that vision.</p> <p>In <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/why_infinibox_is_a_better_product">Part 1</a> we discussed some of the assumptions that influenced the architecture of InfiniBox. There are additional assumptions that influence Infinidat’s overall vision.</p> <ul> <li>The amount of data that users generate and need to store will continue to grow at double-digit rates. MBs became GBs which became TBs which became PBs, and EBs are on the horizon, with no end expected.</li> <li>Due to concerns about fault domains becoming too large, enterprises have deployed dozens, and sometimes hundreds of storage arrays to meet their capacity requirements. This has created data management, D/R, data migration and asset management nightmares for users.</li> <li>In today’s world where the IT infrastructure is often an integral and mission-critical part of the business itself, ANY downtime - whether planned or unplanned - negatively impacts the business, customers, and bottom line. Nothing less than 100% continuous availability with continuous operations is desired - now and forever.</li> </ul> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="152" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/ksb3image3.png" width="152" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p>Imagine starting with your first InfiniBox, today. Before it is installed, we will work with you to establish capacity expectations going forward, and will only charge you for what you currently require. But if you expect to grow capacity (like most organizations) we will have already installed the backend media to support your future growth, so that when you require that extra capacity, it simply gets turned on and provisioned, without the need for software license keys to be turned on or a service visit to physically install additional backend capacity.</p> <p>Eventually, maybe 3 to 8 years from now, you may likely want to update to a newer generation of InfiniBox. With non-disruptive data mobility (available now) infrastructure refreshes will be non-disruptive.</p> <p>Your capacity requirements may also eventually be greater than the multi-PB capacity of today’s largest single InfiniBox. The Infinidat Elastic Data Fabric will implement the concept of an Availability Zone (AZ) for InfiniBox. Think of an AZ as a cluster of multiple InfiniBoxes that can be managed and monitored as if they were a single logical storage system, using InfiniVerse (InfiniVerse is available now). Imagine different InfiniBoxes of different generations able to co-exist as part of the same AZ, and able to non-disruptively either join the AZ or be removed from the AZ. Imagine seamless online data mobility between the different members of the AZ to facilitate load balancing and non-disruptive infrastructure refreshes, and the ability to have servers see a 100% continuously available AZ FOREVER, even as the technology within the AZ changes over many years.</p> <p>Now imagine another AZ, at a remote location, able to also participate as part of the same Elastic Data Fabric providing seamless multi-site integration and business continuity for disaster recovery. And lastly, imagine AZs that can exist in any of the popular public clouds also able to participate in the same Elastic Data Fabric.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="327" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/ksb3image1.png" width="622" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p>With the Infinidat Elastic Data Fabric, you can expect:</p> <ul> <li>A single logical storage “system” that can start RIGHT NOW with today’s InfiniBox and then grow non-disruptively to Exabyte scale. We don’t see any competitors doing anything quite like this for Enterprise Storage.</li> <li>100% continuous data availability, forever, across multiple generations of storage technology, with a 100% uptime guarantee NOW</li> <li>The elimination of traditional storage data migrations</li> <li>Manage storage at Exabyte scale with the ease and simplicity of a single easy-to-manage system</li> <li>Seamless integration as needed with the popular public clouds</li> </ul> <p><strong>So that’s my subjective observation so far about Infinidat: a better product, a better business model, and a better vision. That’s why I wanted to join Infinidat - to be able to be a part of this disruptive technology, where the customers win!</strong></p> <p>None of it matters unless Infinidat customers really do achieve greater success with InfiniBox than they would have with any of the alternatives, and it’s only their opinion that matters. To see what Infinidat’s customers have had to say about their experiences, and to compare Infinidat with your current storage vendor, please check out <a href="https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/general-purpose-disk-arrays/vendor/INFINIDAT">Gartner Peer Insights</a>, or please <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/contact_us.html?source=Web&amp;campaign=WEB_ContactUs_2019">contact us directly</a> or your Infinidat business partner, for more information.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="430" role="article" about="/node/430" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/430" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ken Steinhardt</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ken Steinhardt serves as Field CTO at Infinidat. He has held many different roles in the IT industry over the last 45 years, having started as a mainframe applications programmer and systems analyst, part-time when he was still in high school. After receiving his BS degree in Computer Science from WPI, Ken was at Digital Equipment Corporation for 16 years, EMC Corporation for 20 years, and most recently joining Infinidat from Pure Storage. His longest-tenured role was as EMC's Vice President of Enterprise Storage &amp; CTO for Global Product Sales.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Wed, 02 Oct 2019 13:02:16 +0000 Drew Schlussel 862 at https://infinidat.com Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A Better Business Model! - Part 2 https://infinidat.com/blog/why_infinibox_is_a_better_product_part_2 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A Better Business Model! - Part 2</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-12-Expands%20Portfolio2.jpg?itok=fFdD28Ie" width="330" height="330" alt="Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A better product! - Part 1" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/65" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Drew Schlussel</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/03/2019 - 9:06pm</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As mentioned in <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/why_infinibox_is_a_better_product">Part 1</a>, I’ve come to learn that there are three things that differentiate Infinidat’s InfinBox from all the alternative Enterprise Storage offerings in the market while providing greater customer value:</p> <p>1.) A better product<br /> 2.) A better business model<br /> 3.) A better vision for the future</p> <p>In this blog, we’ll examine some of Infinidat’s business practices, how they are different, and how they can help you.</p> <p><strong>2) Infinidat Has a Better Business Model</strong></p> <p>Beginning in the mid-1990s, most storage vendors started to introduce a flurry of new storage-related software features. Unfortunately for users, what accompanied all these new features was typically additional software license costs <em>and</em> the complexity of managing each of these independent features and their respective licenses. Realizing that most users hated having to deal with this extra cost and complexity, to give credit where it is due, IBM XIV pioneered the business concept of including all the software features as standard and included with a storage system. Some other newer storage vendors have since followed this more customer-friendly model too, but incredibly, most of the traditional legacy storage vendors still cling to their old complex business models.</p> <p>Infinidat provides ALL software features as standard and included. As an existing InfiniBox customer, as new features are introduced, you get them at no additional cost through an online non-disruptive code update.</p> <p>These features currently include:</p> <ul> <li>Neural Cache - our patented AI/ML intelligent caching software</li> <li>InfiniSnap - virtually infinite time-stamp based snapshots that don’t impact performance and can be read/write or immutable</li> <li>Asynchronous Replication - to a remote InfiniBox with an RPO as low as 4 seconds</li> <li>Synchronous Replication - to another InfiniBox with 0 RPO, low RTO, and potentially less than 1mSec of added latency for roundtrip I/O</li> <li>Active-Active Replication - for two-site business continuance with 0 RPO at 0 RTO</li> <li>InfiniRAID - our 14+2 data RAID that is independent of the hardware devices</li> <li>Non-Disruptive Migration from existing InfiniBox systems to new InfiniBox systems</li> <li>Encryption - using self-encrypting drives, integrated key management plus integrations with selected external key managers, with no performance penalty</li> <li>Data Reduction - LZ4 data compression algorithm that runs inline with no performance impact</li> <li>InfiniVerse - a secure, cloud-based SaaS platform for monitoring, reporting, and predictive analytics</li> <li>InfiniMetrics - running on VMware, a robust performance and capacity management tool</li> <li>Native FC, iSCSI, NFS, and SMB support, or native Mainframe FICON support</li> <li>Host PowerTools - server integration running native on the host or on VMware</li> <li>Integrations for Kubernetes, OpenStack, and plug-ins for other key ecosystems and partner software stacks</li> </ul> <p>Plus, you are assigned a Technical Advisor that is there for you 7 x 24 to assist in any and all support aspects relating to InfiniBox.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="277" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/InfinidatCOD.png" width="165" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p>Infinidat can offer you <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/resource-pdfs/Capacity_On_Demand_DS-INFCOD-190331-US.pdf">Capacity On Demand (COD)</a> to keep your costs low and your productivity high. This is how it works:</p> <ul> <li>You take delivery of an InfiniBox pre-configured at full capacity (up to 4.1PB  protected or usable currently)</li> <li>You only pay for the storage capacity that you initially need</li> <li>When you need more capacity, you simply access more and pay for what you use </li> <li>No calls to support for another license</li> <li>No long waits for new hardware</li> <li>No scheduling headaches. </li> <li>You can purchase a minimum initial capacity, and then purchase additional storage as needed in increments of 10TB</li> </ul> <p>Our Capacity On Demand program was just a starting point. To give Pure Storage some well-deserved credit, a few years ago they were the first in the industry to introduce a new business model for technology procurement that appeals to many customers with their Evergreen™ program. Last year, they expanded their program with Evergreen Storage Services (ES2).</p> <p>A mutual competitor - Dell EMC - <a href="https://blog.dellemc.com/en-us/pure-storages-evergreen-storage-program-marketing-solution/">seems to take issue with Pure’s Evergreen</a> model, despite not appearing to have a similar technology-enabled OpEx program for customers themselves. We respectfully disagree with Dell EMC’s assertion that Pure’s Evergreen is “A Marketing Solution to Engineering Problems” because it helps Pure customers avoid architectural obsolescence which in turn can help organizations delay or avoid issuing RFPs. It seems particularly ironic that Dell EMC is accusing Pure of Marketing vs. Engineering, based upon any scrutiny of the details of Dell’s Future-Proof Loyalty Program. Like Pure, Infinidat understands that a good business model is enabled by the product architecture, and not the other way around.</p> <p>Anyone can learn from a good business model, but sometimes it can also be improved. While you will be the judge, we think that we’ve improved upon what Pure started, with our <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/resource-pdfs/InfiniBox_FLX%20DS-INFBXFLX-190331-US.pdf">InfiniBox FLX Program</a>.</p> <p>Here are some of the main features of the InfiniBox FLX program:</p> <ul> <li><em>It’s an all-inclusive subscription model based on OpEx, not CapEx</em><br /> Infinidat conducts a rigorous analysis of your current and future capacity and performance requirements in order to configure your InfiniBox FLX solution. All hardware, software licenses, warranties, monitoring, and support are covered in an all-inclusive subscription agreement.<br />  </li> <li><em>A complete technology refresh available every three years</em><br /> Completely refresh your entire InfiniBox FLX System non-disruptively with the latest hardware and software every three years without downtime, migration risk, or additional cost. Not just the controllers, but everything, including the media. We’re effectively providing all-new hardware included as part of the subscription, every three years, forever. And the new system can be expected to be higher-performance than the previous system, not merely a “comparable” performance model. We believe that this is a unique advantage with great value.<br />  </li> <li><em>Pay-as-you-go scalability</em><br /> InfiniBox FLX enables you to pay as you go for just what you actually need, up and down, with monthly charges based on the average of daily provisioned capacity. If you are anticipating significant growth or variability in data consumption, InfiniBox FLX offers the flexibility and agility to only pay for the capacity you use, as you need it.<br />  </li> <li><em>Risk mitigation and cost avoidance</em><br /> Non-disruptive data migration between InfiniBox FLX systems, today and in the future, enables you to minimize or eliminate the risk associated with storage upgrades, reconfigurations, and migrations while providing continuous operation.<br />  </li> <li><em>100% Data Availability Guarantee</em><br /> Infinidat is able to provide a 100% data availability guarantee. Any data unavailability that impacts your business is remedied with a credit towards the next monthly invoice for the entire affected system.</li> </ul> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="373" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/HowInfinidatFLXisBetter.png" width="807" /><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p>InfiniBox FLX is sort of like having the benefits of a public cloud except:</p> <ul> <li>Without the latency and variable costs</li> <li>With more control and smaller security exposures</li> <li>With higher performance and availability</li> <li>With greater flexibility</li> </ul> <p>With Capacity On Demand we make it as easy as possible for you to never pay for more than what you need, and to get what you need when you need it. With InfiniBox FLX, we manage the storage, so that you can manage the data. Your entry costs will be lower than with conventional CapEx models, your TCO will be lower compared to all competitors, and your operations will be simpler and easier to manage. And all software functionality is always included, without the cost and complexity of separate licenses.</p> <p>Up next in Part 3 we’ll take a look at Infinidat’s vision for the future, how we’ve built the foundation for it that you can deploy today, and how it will uniquely help you.</p> <p>For more information, please visit our <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/">main web page</a>, or <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/contact_us.html?source=Web&amp;campaign=WEB_ContactUs_2019">contact us directly</a>, or contact your Infinidat business partner. </p> <p>To see what Infinidat’s customers have to say about their experience, and to compare Infinidat with your current storage vendor, please check out <a href="https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/general-purpose-disk-arrays/vendor/INFINIDAT">Gartner Peer Insights</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="430" role="article" about="/node/430" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/430" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ken Steinhardt</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ken Steinhardt serves as Field CTO at Infinidat. He has held many different roles in the IT industry over the last 45 years, having started as a mainframe applications programmer and systems analyst, part-time when he was still in high school. After receiving his BS degree in Computer Science from WPI, Ken was at Digital Equipment Corporation for 16 years, EMC Corporation for 20 years, and most recently joining Infinidat from Pure Storage. His longest-tenured role was as EMC's Vice President of Enterprise Storage &amp; CTO for Global Product Sales.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Wed, 04 Sep 2019 01:06:31 +0000 Drew Schlussel 833 at https://infinidat.com By the Numbers: Countless Ways to Win with Infinidat at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco https://infinidat.com/blog/countless-ways-to-win-with-infinidat-at-vmworld-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">By the Numbers: Countless Ways to Win with Infinidat at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/vmworld2019.png?itok=KbVGRwoB" width="330" height="330" alt="VMworld 2019" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/65" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Drew Schlussel</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:15pm</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As if you needed more reasons to hang out with the industry’s leading provider of multi-petabyte storage solutions at VMworld next month, we’ve got a few more for you to consider. See what you have to discover at the Infinidat booth this year...<br />  <br /> <strong>A Dozen Ways to Get Smart About Multi-Petabyte Scale</strong><br /> We all know that digital transformation is driving exponential data growth, busting budgets, and straining staff resources. Drop by Infinidat’s theatre in booth #443 and catch one of over 12 sessions to learn how we help companies accelerate this transformation, and “Scale to Win,” by making multi-petabyte scale infrastructures manageable, affordable and immortal.<br />  <br /> <strong>Multi-Petabyte Scalability into the Future</strong><br /> Learn about Infinidat’s Elastic Data Fabric, our vision and roadmap to an affordable multi-petabyte scale, software-defined, hybrid data center. See first-hand how we improve agility and manageability, up-level performance and availability, create bidirectional elastic scalability, and improve your company’s competitive advantage by increasing operational and financial efficiency. Come away with a clear understanding of — and ways to overcome — the challenges to improving application performance while reducing infrastructure costs.<span><span title="Click and drag to resize">​</span></span></p> <p><strong>10 Legacy Storage Systems = 1 InfiniBox</strong><br /> Hear how you can consolidate entire rows of legacy enterprise storage onto a single InfiniBox system, leading to a 10:1 reduction in both floor tiles and network port costs.<br />  <br /> <strong>1 Monitoring and Analysis System</strong><br /> Learn how to identify, resolve and anticipate performance issues with InfiniVerse, which provides cloud-based monitoring and predictive analysis for global storage operations. InfiniVerse includes customizable dashboards for all InfiniBox systems, wherever they reside, as a single system.<br />  <br /> <strong>1 Sovereign Hybrid Storage Cloud </strong><br /> See how easily you can run your workloads where they naturally belong without economic penalties or data gravity slowing you down. When your enterprise data is hosted in Infinidat Neutrix Cloud, it is easier than ever to consolidate your storage and get simultaneous, submillisecond access to multiple, public cloud computing services.<br />  <br /> <strong>Data Recovery at the Speed of Light</strong><br /> Learn how you can achieve the fastest possible recovery time and ensure uninterrupted access to your data with InfiniGuard. Consolidation with InfiniGuard, a high-performance multi-controller backup/restore target that implements data compression and deduplication, reduces your data center footprint, power, and cooling needs while lowering the frequency of repair activities and data protection costs.<br />  <br /> <strong>100% VM Availability</strong><br /> In order to win in any industry, you have to be data-savvy, you have to know your customer, and you have to provide your business with the ability to make reliable, data-driven decisions. The more data you have, and the more accurate and accessible that data is, the better the decisions your business can make. With 100% VM availability and affordability at multi-petabyte scale, the competitive advantage you can bring to your enterprise will be unmatched.</p> <p><strong>99% Recommendation Rating</strong><br /> According to <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/gartner_magic_quadrant_report.html?source=Web&amp;campaign=WEB_Gartner_2018_MQ_Report">industry research</a> and <a href="https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/general-purpose-disk-arrays/compare/INFINIDAT-vs-ibm-vs-dell-emc">customer reviews</a>, Infinidat offers extraordinarily high levels of customer satisfaction and is among the leaders in general-purpose storage for enterprise IT departments and service providers.</p> <p class="text-align-center"><span><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://info.infinidat.com/vmworld_2019_web.html?source=Web&amp;campaign=WEB_VMworld_2019_BookMtg"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="272" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/InfVMworldBookMeetingImage1.png" width="484" /></a></span></p> <p>Spend some time with us at VMworld and you’ll leave our booth with insight and visibility into how our data storage solutions can make your job infinitely easier and consistently exceed your expectations. <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/vmworld_2019_web.html?source=Web&amp;campaign=WEB_VMworld_2019_BookMtg">Check out our booth theatre schedule here or request a meeting</a>.</p> <p>See you in San Francisco!</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="478" role="article" about="/node/478" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/478" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Infinidat</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> </div> </article> </div> Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:15:57 +0000 Drew Schlussel 601 at https://infinidat.com Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A Better Product! - Part 1 https://infinidat.com/blog/why_infinibox_is_a_better_product <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A Better Product! - Part 1</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-12-Expands%20Portfolio2.jpg?itok=fFdD28Ie" width="330" height="330" alt="Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A better product! - Part 1" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/05/2019 - 4:32pm</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Now that I've been with Infinidat for awhile I can clearly see that there are three things that truly differentiate Infinidat’s InfinBox from all the alternative Enterprise Storage offerings in the market while providing greater customer value:</p> <p>1.) A better product<br /> 2.) A better business model<br /> 3.) A better vision for the future</p> <p>I want to dive into each of them and highlight why I think they might matter for you.</p> <p>First, let’s start with a look at the InfiniBox...</p> <h5> <strong>1) It’s Simply a Better Product</strong></h5> <p>When storage industry legend <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshe_Yanai">Moshe Yanai</a> and his team began to design the architecture for <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/products-technology/infinibox">InfiniBox</a>, they had some advantages rarely afforded in this industry:</p> <ul> <li>They understood the new and emerging challenges that users of large amounts of data would face in a multi-Petabyte (and soon to be Exabyte) world<br />  </li> <li>They began with the freedom of a fresh start, unencumbered by any aspect of previous legacy architectures so that they could do things the right way for future storage requirements<br />  </li> <li>They had the advantages of insights and expertise that only come with experience, having learned from the previous successes, including EMC’s Symmetrix and IBM’s XIV. The full core team transcends three generations of engineers, to balance that experience with new and fresh ideas</li> </ul> <p>There were some crucial assumptions that were made that influenced the design objectives of the InfiniBox architecture:</p> <ul> <li>A key objective was to create a multi-PB scale architecture that could easily embrace new and emerging technologies<br />  </li> <li>There are already several well-established and successful storage architectures and vendors in the market, so InfiniBox MUST BE VERY DIFFERENT. Being marginally better won’t cut it if you’re looking to consider an alternative to existing solutions; Infinidat needs to be crazy-better!<br />  </li> <li>The solutions that previously existed in the market that approached Petabyte-scale were never designed for - and probably won’t scale-up - to work well in a multi-Petabyte or Exabyte world, so a new approach was needed<br />  </li> <li>The focus should be on <strong>SOFTWARE</strong> and how to provide high-value functionality and capabilities, while always using exclusively open commodity hardware components for the physical platform to reduce cost and avoid obsolescence<br />  </li> <li>The product issues that most users care about when it comes to storage (in no specific order) are usually: Availability, Reliability, Performance, Cost, and Ease of Operation, so let’s provide you with clear advantages over alternative storage for ALL of those areas without compromising one for another<br />  </li> <li>Since history has shown that most user issues and outages associated with storage are related to human error (especially during periods of IT infrastructure change), let’s keep things simple and massively reduce or eliminate the need for most traditional user interaction with storage</li> </ul> <p><strong>So what’s the Big Deal about the product?</strong></p> <p><strong>InfiniBox offers “faster than all-flash” performance at a much lower cost than all-flash systems </strong></p> <p>It does this by simply having <strong><em>smarter and more extensive software </em></strong>than any other storage product for cache and performance management; that’s our “secret sauce,” and there are over 140 patents associated with it. InfiniBox’s Neural Cache uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to continuously learn and adapt to each system’s unique data usage patterns. <strong><em>The longer the system runs, the smarter and faster it gets.</em></strong> Infinibox can provide higher cache-hit ratios than any other product in the market as a result; always 100% for writes, and typically between 93% to 99% for reads.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="279" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/data_placement2.png" width="148" /><span><span title="Click and drag to resize"> </span></span></p> <p>The primary cache of InfiniBox is DRAM, and the secondary read cache is SSDs. The persistent storage is all ultra-low-cost SAS disks, which are read sequentially, and written sequentially in a log-structured manner. Access is massively parallel, as data is striped across all drives to optimize performance. Unlike conventional legacy storage, there are no hot spots, no need for performance tuning, and no need for tiering of datasets/workloads; InfiniBox delivers consistent high performance regardless of capacity. Also, unlike legacy storage, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trie" target="_blank">InfiniBox uses a Trie</a> for metadata instead of a binary tree or hashing algorithms to maintain ultra-fast performance even at hyper-scale.</p> <p>OK, I know what you’re thinking - “Come on, really? How can a storage system with all the persistent storage based on conventional disks keep pace with, let alone outperform, an all-flash array?”. The answer is that it really is all about the software and intelligence, and not about the media and hardware. Many people were skeptical of EMC’s original Symmetrix in the early 1990s when it claimed to outperform IBM high-end mainframe storage by using intelligent caching in front of much-cheaper conventional smaller disks...until they saw it for themselves, and the rest is history. Infinidat has taken that concept well beyond what was pioneered by Symmetrix, to a higher level of intelligence.</p> <p>An analogy: If I were racing against Formula 1 champion <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Hamilton">Lewis Hamilton</a> and I got to use his Mercedes-AMG Petronas vehicle, but he had to race me in a 1972 Chevy Vega, <strong>I think I wouldn’t stand a chance against his superior race knowledge and skills.</strong> I would lose despite having faster “hardware” and being a reasonably competent driver. That is the difference between software and hardware.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="135" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/which_is_faster3.png" width="800" /></p> <p>At Infinidat, we’d like the opportunity to prove it for you! Based upon us modeling the actual current performance of your existing storage, we may be able to give you a written guarantee showing precisely how much InfiniBox will improve your performance. Alternatively, talk to any of our existing users about what their experience has been.</p> <p>Moreover, looking forward, competitive offerings that plan to use Storage Class Memory (SCM) in the future in place of NAND SSDs still won’t catch up to the performance of InfiniBox, since intelligent caching to DRAM will continue to be faster than what SCM media can technically deliver.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="395" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/performance_advantage2.png" width="780" /><span><span title="Click and drag to resize"> </span></span></p> <p><strong>InfiniBox is more highly available and reliable than traditional Enterprise Storage, allowing for many customers to receive a <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/resource-pdfs/The Infinidat Always On Data Availability Guarantee.pdf">100% Uptime Guarantee</a></strong></p> <p>The 5+ Exabyte Infinidat global customer installed base has achieved 99.99999% (“seven-nines”) average uptime. That equates to an industry-leading average of roughly 3.2 seconds per year of unplanned downtime. Now with Active-Active Replication recently added as a standard feature and included with the solution, you can achieve a two-site Zero Recovery Point Objective (0 RPO) at Zero Recovery Time Objective (0 RTO) solution. This provides continuous operations even in the case of multiple types of failures (including an entire site failure) without requiring human intervention.</p> <p>Unlike legacy conventional storage architectures that often use dual controllers or aggregations of dual controllers, all mission-critical hardware components (including the full controllers) of InfiniBox are triple-redundant, and are active/active/active, enabling a proven higher degree of confidence and availability.</p> <p>Data is stored in the persistent media using 64KB (user data) + 4KB (metadata) sections and is written using 14 data sections and 2 parity sections (14+2). A total InfiniRAID stripe is thus 16 X 68KB sections generating a 1088KB stripe across 16 independent drives.</p> <p>Spare devices are not required, as every disk reserves a small percentage of capacity for device rebuilds, and InfinBox can logically rebuild a failed device much faster than any other Enterprise Storage system and is resilient against even multiple potential failures. For example, InfiniBox can recover from a dual-drive failure scenario of a 12TB drive in less than 15 minutes!</p> <p>InfiniBox uses advanced techniques to avoid silent data corruption. Data placement is tracked for each section’s logical block address relation to physical block address on the drives. This metadata, along with standard CRC checks, is stored in the header of each section written. When the section is read into memory, if the address in the section header does not match the location on the device from which it was just retrieved, then some form of silent data corruption is assumed to have occurred. InfiniRaid dual parity protection then uses the remaining parity stripe and data stripes to rebuild the corrupt data set on the fly to return the correct data to the host.</p> <h5><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></h5> <p>All this adds up to a storage system with higher performance and higher availability than what you’re probably accustomed to with your incumbent storage system. InfiniBox has both a lower acquisition cost and a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) than all competitive alternatives.</p> <p>Historically, we’ve all had to compromise somewhere between those three issues of Performance, Availability, and Cost. The saying goes that you can pick any two of those three attributes to be positive, at the expense of the third. These are typically the same trade-offs that we encounter when considering what kind of car we want to buy:</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="86" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/fast_car2.png" width="173" /></p> <p>- If it’s Fast and Good, it won’t be Low Cost!</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="104" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/good_car2.png" width="173" /></p> <p>- If it’s Good and Low Cost, it won’t be Fast!</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="81" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/fun_car2.png" width="173" /></p> <p>- If it’s Fast and Low Cost, it won’t be Good!</p> <p><strong>When it comes to Enterprise Storage, InfiniBox uniquely breaks the rules and give you all three without compromise, at multi-Petabyte scale.</strong></p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="451" src="https://infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/no_compromise2.png" width="770" /></p> <p>---</p> <p>Up next in Part 2, I’ll take a look at how Infinidat’s business model can reduce your costs while increasing your flexibility, productivity, and agility.</p> <p>For more information, please visit our <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/">main web page</a>, or <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/contact_us.html?source=Web&amp;campaign=WEB_ContactUs_2019">contact us directly</a>, or contact your Infinidat business partner.</p> <p>To see what Infinidat’s customers have to say about their experience, and to compare the experiences of Infinidat customers with your current storage vendor, please check out <a href="https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/general-purpose-disk-arrays/vendor/INFINIDAT">Gartner Peer Insights</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="430" role="article" about="/node/430" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/430" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ken Steinhardt</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ken Steinhardt serves as Field CTO at Infinidat. He has held many different roles in the IT industry over the last 45 years, having started as a mainframe applications programmer and systems analyst, part-time when he was still in high school. After receiving his BS degree in Computer Science from WPI, Ken was at Digital Equipment Corporation for 16 years, EMC Corporation for 20 years, and most recently joining Infinidat from Pure Storage. His longest-tenured role was as EMC's Vice President of Enterprise Storage &amp; CTO for Global Product Sales.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 20:32:25 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 599 at https://infinidat.com The Myths and Realities of Software-Defined Storage https://infinidat.com/blog/myths-and-realities-of-software-defined-storage <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Myths and Realities of Software-Defined Storage</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/SDS_blog_thumbnail_2.jpg?itok=i0f8HIEq" width="330" height="330" alt="The Myths and Realities of Software-defined Storage" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/26/2019 - 8:32am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is not a new technology; it is a go-to-market strategy that decouples storage hardware from storage software purchases. Claimed SDS benefits include more agility, more scalability, more performance, more fault tolerance, a standardized hardware infrastructure that creates economies of scale, faster hardware refresh cycles, no vendor lock-ins, and lower purchase prices. However, the relative lack of success for SDS, outside of a handful of very specific use cases, highlights the fact that obtaining these promised benefits is not without risks and costs for both vendors and users.</p> <h5>Executive Summary</h5> <ul> <li>SDS is not going to displace on-premises primary storage arrays supporting mission-critical applications for the foreseeable future</li> <li>Hyper-Converged Infrastructures (HCIs) will continue to account for the bulk of on-premises SDS usage for the foreseeable future</li> <li>Whether SDS becomes a significant share of the secondary storage market remains to be determined</li> </ul> <p>Let's go through how I arrived at these and more conclusions...</p> <h5>Analysis</h5> <ul> <li>User interest in SDS is driven by the desire to build software-defined infrastructures and to lower storage acquisition and ownership costs</li> <li>Vendor interest is driven by the need to: offer a cost-effective alternative to the cloud; create an appealing hybrid cloud infrastructure vision, and protect existing storage array revenue streams as well as protecting customers' investments in their technology</li> </ul> <p>All storage arrays sold today are software-defined because their backend media is virtualized and abstracted into LUNs, file systems, or object stores. However, that is sidestepping the real questions about where and how SDS is being purchased and used. </p> <p>The three primary use cases for SDS are:</p> <ol> <li>As a foundational technology within hyper-converged integrated systems (HCIS)</li> <li>At the edge of IOT infrastructures</li> <li>Building inexpensive scale-out secondary storage arrays</li> </ol> <p>To understand why SDS is not displacing storage arrays in mission-critical environments, we need to understand the tension that exists between on-premises storage vendors' business needs and the market realities.</p> <h6>On-Premises Vendor Business Needs</h6> <ul> <li>Vendors have no choice but to compete against HCIs, SDS, cloud providers, and other storage array vendors</li> <li>The need to protect existing storage array revenue streams and their customers' investments in these arrays has forced established storage vendors to sell SDS defensively. In other words, the user has to motivate their incumbent storage vendors to bid their SDS solutions</li> <li>Established storage vendors do not want to introduce new storage architectures into the market that will put them in the position of having to recompete for their customers</li> </ul> <h6>Market Realities</h6> <ul> <li>Businesses are rethinking their acquisition procedures to take full advantage of the CapEx, capacity on demand (COD) and consumption-based pricing models</li> <li>Many privately held SDS vendors lack the credibility, marketing, sales bandwidth, ecosystem support, and testing capabilities needed to displace arrays supporting mission-critical applications in petabyte-scale data centers</li> <li>CIOs, storage administrators, and operations directors are not going risk their ability to meet mission-critical SLAs when most data growth is in unstructured data that can be stored on inexpensive on-premises storage or in the cloud</li> </ul> <h6>End User Realities</h6> <ul> <li>Deploying storage arrays is a safer alternative to deploying standalone SDS solutions</li> <li>Large enterprises are evaluating the operational and efficiency advantages of building more cloudlike infrastructures </li> </ul> <p><em><strong>For InfiniBox customers and petabyte-scale prospects ready to deploy InfiniBox arrays there is no need to read further because InfiniBox is delivering many of the promised benefits of SDS without the risks inherent in becoming your own systems integrator.</strong></em></p> <p>For those that need or want a deeper understanding of SDS pros/cons vs storage arrays, let's begin by acknowledging that storage failures are longer lasting and therefore more painful and expensive to recover from than compute or networking failures and that interest in SDS is driven primarily by the desire to lower storage acquisition and ownership costs. If an application aborts, it's restarted from a checkpoint. Recovering from a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) failure can take more time than recovering and restarting an aborted application, but it's still short compared to recovering from an SDS loss of data integrity that can result in hours to days of hobbled operations as data is restored or declaring a disaster and moving operations to a disaster recovery site.</p> <h6>Observations</h6> <ul> <li>Established storage vendors will continue selling SDS defensively until they can sell SDS without damaging their revenue streams, or competition from on-premises and cloud providers forces them to sell SDS proactively</li> <li>Current storage capacity growth forecasts have made discounting SDS by more than 10% to 15% below their equivalent array solutions is a money loser for established storage vendors: the more they sell, the more they lose</li> </ul> <h6>User Guidance</h6> <ul> <li>Installing SDS requires that you become your own systems integrator. You are buying the hardware, managing software and firmware upgrades across all nodes, and integrating the hardware with licensed software</li> <li>Monetize additional support and downtime costs to ensure that SDS savings do not evaporate over time or with a single outage</li> <li>Do not buy SDS hardware and software from different vendors unless there is a compelling financial or strategic reason to do so because it can: <ul> <li>Create finger pointing situations when problems arise</li> <li>It could force established storage vendors to try and claw back lost hardware margins by raising software prices</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h5>Claimed SDS advantages</h5> <p><strong>Agility</strong> – Moving data between arrays or data centers is an inherently time-consuming, resource intensive, error-prone process. Moving bits from one location to another is real work and the reason why data generally stays where it was first stored even if it's no longer cost-effective. One of InfiniBox's advantages is that it moves data between DRAM, Flash, and HDDs in real time without human intervention to optimize price/performance and without consuming SAN bandwidth.</p> <p><strong>Scalability</strong> – For "SDS washed" array software SDS instantiations this claim is a non sequitur because it's the same software that runs the vendors' arrays, but for scale-out SDS instantiations this is a mostly true claim, but one built on many assumptions. Among the more prominent claims are:</p> <ul> <li>Scale-out SDS has lower acquisition and ownership costs than storage arrays</li> <li>Performance will scale linearly and provide a consistent performance experience with high node counts</li> <li>Intermixing asymmetric and different generation nodes in the same cluster will not cause problems. This is almost inevitable if the organization is pursuing a just in time upgrade strategy because of the short marketing lives of servers, HDDs, and SSDs.</li> <li>Scale-up arrays cannot satisfy the organization's performance and capacity needs.</li> <li>SDS vendors, without the gross margin of hardware sales, can build and sustain an effective support organization and fund R&amp;D at a high enough level to maintain large compatibility support matrices and product competitiveness.</li> </ul> <p>While InfiniBox cannot compete on price against small SDS configurations, at petabyte-scale the cost comparisons between scale-out SDS and InfiniBox demand closer analysis. InfiniBox's scale-up integrated mixed-media architecture lowers InfiniBox controller and media costs vs a scale-out SDS solution that relies heavily on Flash to deliver performance. InfiniBox arrays also reduce total ownership costs by automating data placement and being complemented by a broad set of productivity tools that includes InfiniVerse, InfiniMetrics, and Host Power Tools.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> – More performance sounds great, but without a baseline reference it's meaningless; furthermore, if it's 30% or more past the organizations' worst case forecasted need over the planned service life of the storage solution, it doesn't make a difference. If maintaining consistent performance requires frequent and episodic tuning, the higher ownership costs can easily wash away any initial acquisition savings. InfiniBox DRAM centric data flows, coalesced writes, and QoS capabilities essentially eliminate the creation of hotspots and scaling to up to 4 PB of usable capacity and up to 10 PBs of effective capacity when best practice configuration techniques are followed.</p> <p><strong>More Fault Tolerance</strong> - Since scale-out architectures generally have more components than scale-up arrays of comparable performance and capacity, they need more fault tolerance to match a scale-up arrays usable availability. However, moving beyond this simple, common-sense observation are more fundamental and important observations. More specifically:</p> <ul> <li>HDD and SSD failures account for the bulk of hardware failures in a scale-up or scale-out array. Hence it is the MTBFs of the HDDs and SSDs, the number of failures that can be tolerated while still guaranteeing data integrity, and rebuild times that will most influence the mean time between data losses of an array. InfiniBox HDD groups can tolerate 2 HDD failures before losing the ability to guarantee data integrity and its rebuild times are measured in minutes, not hours or days</li> <li>Human errors and software bugs account for approximately 80% of all downtime <ul> <li>InfiniBox is self-management capabilities and superb ergonomics reduce the opportunities for human errors</li> <li>InfiniBox's low frequency of patch activity reflects high software quality</li> <li>InfiniBox software is market validated by our customers</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Standardized Hardware Infrastructure Creates Economies of Scale</strong> - This is a true but limited statement because server margins are lower than storage array margins and there are limits to discounting whether buying servers or storage arrays. Stated differently, going beyond buy quantities that deliver the best possible prices does not result in even better prices. Since Infinidat's go to market strategy is focused on install base growth, rather than protecting existing revenue streams, their use of price/performance as a value proposition greatly diminishes SDS's purported price advantage.<br /> Because data tends to stay where it first landed the flexibility of moving data between servers within a standardized infrastructure is of more academic and practical interest because moving data between arrays or storage nodes is a time consuming, error-prone process high impact process. </p> <p><strong>Faster Hardware Refresh Cycles</strong> – These are dictated by the vendor, not the user, unless the user is willing to run uncertified hardware. Asset management and internal qualification policies can also retard the adaption of new hardware platforms. Many enterprises will not buy a new storage solution until it has been market validated, meaning that it has been used actively in the market for 6 to 12 months. Then, if there is an internal qualification procedure, that could add 3 more months before deploying into production, with the result that users know that they will be 9 to 15 months behind the newest technology. Infinidat as a matter of historical record has done two hardware refreshes since launching InfiniBox in early 2013, and on May 7, 2019, guaranteed that its newest InfiniBox is both NVMe-oF and Storage Class Memory (SCM) ready. </p> <p><strong>No Vendor Lock-Ins</strong> – This is an unobtainable fantasy because once you buy hardware or software from a vendor, you create a relationship that requires resources to break. The lock-ins can be weak or strong, technical, financial, procedural, visible or invisible, emotional, or legal. Array replication technologies have historically been the most difficult to break because changing them can break so many things. The right business decision is to accept them where they provide needed capabilities or create competitive advantage. That said if we can acknowledge that NFS is perhaps the least sticky protocol in ubiquitous use, InfiniBox's NFS implementation can help users minimize lock-ins and potentially delay or avoid converting applications to S3 or other RESTful object protocols because it can store billions of files without performance imploding.</p> <p><strong>Lower Purchase Price</strong> – Without lower ownership, upgrade, and refresh costs, a low-cost storage solution can easily become an expensive storage solution. Since scale-up arrays usually just add media and enclosures when adding capacity vs. SDS scale-out arrays which usually add nodes, (complete with HBAs, microprocessors, DRAM, power supplies, blowers, and media) their cost of goods (COGs) is generally going to be higher than the COGs for an equivalent scale-up architecture such as an InfiniBox. This means that acquisition and maintenance costs are going to be set by the vendor's go-to-market strategy, competitive pressures, and the user's negotiating skills – ditto for upgrade costs. </p> <p>However, ownership costs are determined by more than acquisition, maintenance, power and cooling costs. Personnel, backup/restore, downtime, and lost opportunity costs (i.e., the lack of agility) are also significant contributors, and these are very heavily influenced by array automation, scripting capabilities, GUI ergonomics, data flows, code quality, and fault tolerance – all areas of InfiniBox excellence. While downtime costs are always hard to calculate, reframing the question into "How many extra downtime events need to occur before the inexpensive storage solution becomes a false saving?" If the answer is "one," it's probably not the best decision.</p> <h5>Bottom Line Conclusions</h5> <ul> <li>SDS is NOT going to displace on-premises primary storage arrays supporting mission-critical applications for the foreseeable future</li> <li>HCIs account for the bulk of on-premises SDS usage for the foreseeable future</li> <li>Whether SDS becomes a significant share of the secondary storage market remains to be determined</li> <li>SDS instantiations of on-premises storage arrays, running on shared cloud infrastructures, will become a common hybrid cloud deployment model because it solves the technology translation problem at the infrastructure level that plagues current hybrid cloud deployment models</li> <li>Deployments at the edge will remain a popular SDS use case because of its ability to improve data availability while reducing environmental footprints and costs</li> <li><strong>InfiniBox, InfiniGuard, and Neutrix Cloud are delivering many of the values SDS promises, without any of the accompanying risks, WITH satisfaction that has 99% of Infindat customers proclaiming that they recommend Infindat storage to their peers</strong></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="458" role="article" about="/node/458" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/458" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Stanley Zaffos</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Stanley is the Sr. VP of Product Marketing at Infinidat.<br /> Prior to joining Infinidat, he was a Research VP with Gartner focused on Infrastructure and Operations Management. His areas of expertise cover storage systems, emerging storage technologies, software-defined storage, hyper-converged infrastructure, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. He's worked with numerous clients to develop messaging and collateral that maximizes the impact of their product announcements and sales training, as well as helping to define roadmaps that ensure ongoing competitive advantage. </p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Fri, 26 Jul 2019 12:32:07 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 597 at https://infinidat.com