Server Side Is Where It’s At – Leveraging Server Resources For Performance

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If you want performance, especially in IO, you have to bring it to where the compute is happening. We’ve recently seen Datrium launch a smart “split” array solution in which the speedy (and compute intensive) bits of the logical array are hosted server-side, with persisted data served from a shared simplified controller and (almost-JBOD) disk shelf. Now Infinio has announced their new caching solution version 3.0 this week, adding tiered cache support for server-side SSD’s and other flash to their historically memory focused IO acceleration.

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Scaling All Flash to New Heights – DDN Flashscale All Flash Array Brings HPC to the Data Center

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It’s time to start thinking about massive amounts of flash in the enterprise data center. I mean PBs of flash for the biggest, baddest, fastest data-driven applications out there. This amount of flash requires an HPC-capable storage solution brought down and packaged for enterprise IT management. Which is where Data Domain Networks (aka DDN) is stepping up. Perhaps too quietly, they have been hard at work pivoting their high-end HPC portfolio into the enterprise space. Today they are rolling out a massively scalable new flash-centric Flashscale 14KXi storage array that will help them offer complete, comprehensive single-vendor big data workflow solutions – from the fastest scratch through the biggest throughput parallel file systems into the largest distributed object storage archives.

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Excuse me, but I think your cache is showing…

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Everybody these days is adding flash-based SSD to their storage arrays.  Some are offering all flash storage for ultra-high performance.  And a few are popping flash storage right into the server as a very large, persistent cache.  But taking advantage of flash in these ways requires either hardware refresh or significant service disruption – or both.

GridIron offers a drop-in, non-disruptive way to immediately super-charge existing infrastructure. Their TurboCharger appliances logically plug into the middle of the SAN fabric where they can be installed (and removed) non-disruptively by taking advantage of I/O multi-pathing.  Once installed, they jump in to the data path as a virtual LUN fronting the real LUN on the back-end, providing a massive amount of SSD write-through cache that automatically adjusts to multiple workloads.  Because it’s in the SAN, TurboCharger can virtually “front” any underlying storage – even storage that is in turn further virtualized.

GridIron customers have generally faced serious data access challenges with large databases and in consolidated and virtualized environments that benefit from read-intensive IO acceleration. GridIron is now expanding its product line to help accelerate structured and unstructured “big data” access.   The OneAppliance all-Flash product line includes the FlashCube for offloading temp, log, and scratch space write-intensive workloads, and an iNode that combines massive flash and compute together for building high-performance compute clusters.

GridIron is clearly differentiating from other flash solutions in its direct and practical approach to bringing the power of flash to bear directly on the extreme data access and movement problems with big data. 

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