Various industry sources estimate that unstructured data (user files, PDFs, email, rich multimedia, machine sensor data, etc.) accounts for upwards of 90% of all new data growth. Software-defined object storage offers an alternative approach to NAS/SAN systems. But many organizations don’t have the time or the people resources to integrate their own solution. Instead, they need the best of both worlds – the ease of deployment that an appliance offers, along with the cost savings that a software-defined storage (SDS) solution can deliver. Cloudian’s Cloud Appliance promises to deliver both of these capabilities to the enterprise.
Software Driven Storage Upgrades
Software-defined object storage technology can be a great fit for organizations, like service providers and large enterprises that want to utilize commodity infrastructure to scale-out their computational and storage resources. For many of these organizations, IT is their product. They have the IT personnel on staff to design and integrate a solution that best meets their business requirements. What they need are technologies that can allow them to be more nimble so that they can always respond to the needs of the business as well as drive out every possible cost out of delivering IT.
Like their cloud counterparts, software-defined object storage gives IT enterprises the ability to leverage the latest advancements in cost-effective commodity CPU and storage technology. It allows them to keep their environments in lock-step with the ever increasing storage and I/O demands of critical business applications. For SDS architectures more powerful CPUs lead to greater scale and performance. Intel, for example, typically comes out with a new CPU product every 6-12 months. Compare this with the typical 3-year product refresh cycle from proprietary storage vendors and it is clear why IT organizations need more flexibility. In addition, manufacturers continue to drive innovation into the hard disk drive market space, delivering increased disk drive densities and a lower cost per GB.
On the other hand, some data centers prefer the ease of deploying a “turn-key” storage offering. For these organizations, there is value to implementing pre-certified, storage appliances that take the guesswork out of configuring the right server and storage combinations. Rapid deployment and risk mitigation are key for these enterprises, especially because their IT staffs are stretched too thin. A turn-key system helps to speed up deployment times and it mitigates the risk of application downtime or performance problems that can occur from misconfigured systems. An additional benefit is that it gives the IT organization a single vendor to support the entire hardware and software stack.
Ideally, businesses should have the option of deploying either a software only solution or an appliance based solution from the same vendor. This would afford the greatest flexibility as businesses may opt to change their implementation strategy over time.
Software-defined private cloud storage solutions, like Cloudian’s HyperStore 5.0 solution, enable data centers to create highly cost-effective unstructured data storage repositories built on commodity hardware, that can span both across the enterprise and out into public cloud environments. With the release of HyperStore version 5.0, Cloudian has now come to market with their cloud storage appliance family. The “HyperStore Appliance” is available in three models, each of which has been designed to address various use cases and application workloads. Read more about The HyperStore Appliance in part two of this product analysis.
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