Time for a Storage SOFTWARE Refresh – StorONE Briefing Note

When the storage software becomes more efficient, the hardware it runs on suddenly loses the significance it once did. In other words, storage can then truly become software-defined. The problem is so-called software-defined vendors have to pre-configure their software on pre-approved hardware to ensure the best possible customer experience. If instead the software is efficient, high performance is achievable with almost any combination of hardware and the need for complex scale-out designs is essentially eliminated.

Introducing StorONE Storage Software

StorONE claims to have the most efficient storage software on the market. It took six years to write the software from the ground up, and it is designed for the multi-processor, multi-core, flash-based storage reality. As a result, the company claims it can deliver far more performance than competing systems on far less hardware.

The company’s test show it can achieve full end-to-end wire-speed performance. This means delivering hundreds of thousands of IOPS from just a few SAS SSDs, or over 1 million IOPS from a few NVMe drives. StorONE also supports full wire-speed efficiency on the network, maxing out 100Gbps Ethernet and 32Gbps fibre channel. The result is more performance with far less resources than IT is accustomed to requiring.

Despite all this efficiency, the software is still full-featured. It supports all the various drive types (HDD, SSD, NVMe), it also supports all the typical block and file protocols as well as object storage. The software provides integrated, unlimited read-write snapshots. Data protection is restriction free, including various drive sizes, and redundancies per volume. A StorONE implementation can start at any size and grow seemingly infinitely.

It is also price and designed for cloud-like operations. It has a RESTful API interface and is licensed at less than a penny per GB.

StorageSwiss Take

Two of the three storage system components have gotten significantly faster in the last few years, the media and the processors. However, in that time software became more bloated as features were added to try to differentiate systems. Few vendors have done the hard work of modernizing the storage software so it can fully take advantage of multi-core processors, high bandwidth networks and fast solid-state media.

StorONE is one of the few companies that didn’t race to market with old software to get on the flash storage bandwagon. Instead, it created storage software from the ground up to take advantage of the new capabilities of processors and media. Customers will benefit from this hardware as they can deploy StorONE on existing off-the-shelf servers and get performance that rivals, if not exceeds, the performance of their current system.

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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