Infinidat - Enterprise Data & Cloud Storage Solutions https://www.infinidat.com/rss.xml en Genomics Research and Cancer Treatment - Empowered by Infinidat NAS https://www.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://www.infinidat.com Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A Better Vision! - Part 3 https://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.infinidat.com Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A Better Business Model! - Part 2 https://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.infinidat.com By the Numbers: Countless Ways to Win with Infinidat at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco https://www.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://www.infinidat.com Infinidat’s InfiniBox - What’s the Big Deal? A Better Product! - Part 1 https://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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%20Infinidat%20Always%20On%20Data%20Availability%20Guarantee.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.infinidat.com The Myths and Realities of Software-Defined Storage https://www.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://www.infinidat.com IBM XIV and A9000 Users - Don’t worry, you’re not abandoned, Infinidat is here to rescue you and your data! https://www.infinidat.com/blog/infinidat-data-rescue-program <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">IBM XIV and A9000 Users - Don’t worry, you’re not abandoned, Infinidat is here to rescue you and your data!</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/Data%20Rescue%20Program.png?itok=Vq2Sb_jQ" width="330" height="330" alt="Infinidat Data Rescue Program" 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, 06/04/2019 - 8:30am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>If the thought of replacing your XIV or A9000/R systems with a storage architecture that you already rejected when you chose your XIV or A9000/R system is less than appealing, we are ready to help! We are offering you a free migration onto Infinidat’s InfiniBox with our <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/data-rescue-web.html" title="Infinidat Data Rescue Program">Data Rescue Program</a>, and the super-easy option of using our InfiniBox FLX program to move storage from CapEx to OpEx. Our InfiniBox FLX allows you to only pay for the storage that you need, when you need it, and only for as long as you need it.</p> <p>In the early days of computer systems, the few original vendors that were in the market tended to allow new and rapidly-changing technology to define each new system that they would introduce, each one usually with new software, and a new product name. IBM’s rise to early dominance in the computer industry was primarily driven by an innovative change: the concept of an architecture, and specifically the System/360. The S/360 used a microcode abstraction layer and allowed for different models to be built with different technologies to implement the same architecture, enabling software investment and staff skills to be protected and carried forward. </p> <p>When it comes to systems, IBM’s track record for architectural investment protection has been excellent - not only evolving the S/360 into today’s Z Series but doing the same with the AS/400 into the iSeries and the RS/6000 into the Power series. However, when it comes to storage, IBM customers have experienced a very different legacy and reality. </p> <p>If we just restrict ourselves to the era of RAID protected storage arrays, IBM has launched and withdrawn the following mix of acquired and organically developed storage systems: </p> <ul><li>RAMAC 1, 2, and 3</li> <li>RVA</li> <li>RSA</li> <li>9337</li> <li>7135</li> <li>7137</li> <li>7133 (SSA)</li> <li>FasT500, FasT700</li> <li>VSS (Tarpon)</li> <li>MSS (with Compaq!)</li> <li>ESS (Shark)</li> <li>DS4000, DS5000 </li> <li>n-series </li> <li>XIV</li> </ul><p>Do you remember some major IBM publicly-touted storage projects that never became what was originally described at all, such as <a href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/10/13/ibms_storage_tank_arrives_missing/">Storage Tank</a> and <a href="https://searchstorage.techtarget.com/news/1263835/IBM-washes-hands-of-IceCube-storage-project">IceCube</a>?</p> <p>On February 27, 2018, <a href="https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/8/897/ENUS918-028/index.html&amp;request_locale=en">IBM announced the withdrawal of XIV</a> systems, with a suggested replacement going forward to be the A9000. Now, just over a year later, it appears that the A9000 as well may not have much of a future, with <a href="https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-ibm-israel-laying-off-dozens-in-storage-division-1001286937">IBM confirming staff reductions</a> at a facility that supports it, and with last year’s announcement of the newer 9100 product.</p> <p>If you are one of IBM’s existing XIV customers, there are probably some things you really like about XIV. XIV revolutionized storage interfaces with its simplicity and graphical elegance. XIV found a way to get unexpected higher performance out of inexpensive SATA disks and could rebuild a failed drive faster than any system the industry has ever seen before.</p> <p>At Infinidat, we know what made the XIV popular. Moshe Yanai, our founder, and much of our original core team that created our InfiniBox were the same people that created XIV as well as EMC’s Symmetrix. They’ve taken the concepts people liked about XIV (and Symmetrix) and expanded it massively with InfiniBox. It’s like having the best of both worlds without the limitations, and more. Consider moving up to multi-PB scale in a single rack, 100% availability, faster-than-flash performance, all with the industry’s best TCO &amp; ROI.</p> <p>We’d never want to see anyone or their data abandoned, so let’s make this easy for you. </p> <p><strong>If you are an existing IBM XIV or A9000 customer, we’d like to suggest you move up to our Infinidat InfiniBox, with free data migration, with the option of using our InfiniBox FLX subscription as a low-risk strategy for leaving IBM storage behind and joining the Infinidat family.</strong></p> <p>Please contact your Infinidat partner, or contact us directly at Infinidat to learn more about the <a href="https://info.infinidat.com/data-rescue-web.html" title="Infinidat Data Rescue Program">Data Rescue Program</a>, <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/products-technology/infinibox" title="Infinidat InfiniBox">InfiniBox</a>, or <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/resource-pdfs/InfiniBox_FLX%20DS-INFBXFLX-190331-US.pdf">InfiniBox FLX</a>.</p> <p>When it comes to protecting your investment with enduring storage architecture and innovative features, at Infinidat, we “get it” and we won’t let you down!<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="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> Tue, 04 Jun 2019 12:30:42 +0000 Drew Schlussel 462 at https://www.infinidat.com 12+1 Reasons That I Joined Infinidat https://www.infinidat.com/blog/12plus1-reasons-i-joined-infinidat <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">12+1 Reasons That I Joined Infinidat</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/stanley%20zaffos%20infinidat%20headshot.jpg?itok=cSWDuSAu" 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, 05/22/2019 - 3:33pm</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 an industry veteran - someone with 40+ years experience, the last 22 as a VP of Research at Gartner, find himself back working with a vendor? The short answer to the question is that I became a believer in Infinidat: its people, culture, vision, products, development and support capabilities. It also helped a lot that the position they offered me sounded like it would be a lot of fun. </p> <p>So, what led to me becoming a believer? I will walk you through my thought process by listing the insights, market and technology trends, and end-user buying behaviors that led to my decision to join Infinidat. </p> <p><strong>1. Ease-of-use, support effectiveness, ecosystem size, cloud integration, scalability, and financials will increasingly dictate future infrastructure refresh decisions</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: As traditional measures of product attractiveness (i.e. performance, availability, local and remote replication, multi-tenancy support, et al) increasingly fail to provide significant product differentiation, they are being replaced by the factors listed above. Performance in RAID or erasure protected storage arrays is a more scalable enabler than a differentiator, in its own right.  Ease of failover and failback capabilities are now more important than differences of minutes per year in predicted downtime.  Ecosystem size becomes a form of risk mitigation and deployment flexibility. Managing fewer, bigger arrays instead of many, smaller ones improves staff productivity. Lowering ownership costs frees resources to improve an organization’s competitiveness.<br />   <br /><strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> - By any or all of the following measures of product and supplier attractiveness: AFA like ease of use and performance with PB scale and HDD economics, superb Gartner Peer Insights reviews, non-disruptive data mobility (NDM), and near autonomic integration with the cloud, an NFS implementation that can store billions of files without performance imploding that could enable users to delay or avoid having to invest in object storage and converting applications to S3 or another RESTful protocol. Capacity on Demand (COD) and consumption-based pricing models (InfiniBox FLX and InfiniGuard FLX) that lower customer costs and risks.<br />  </p> <p><strong>2. Inertia, asset management policies, and budget constraints limit most customers’ ability to absorb new technology on a broad basis</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: With one exception, I’ve never spoken to a client that had more storage, staff or budget than they needed. I have talked with hundreds, possibly thousands, of clients that were pushed into infrastructure refreshes by high maintenance costs, performance and scale constraints, and architectural obsolescence. Large established vendors frequently restrict new features and functions to new arrays or delay the availability of these new capabilities to drive install base churn.<br />  <br /><strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> – InfiniBox’s 3-controller architecture has enabled Infinidat customers to benefit from the functional enhancements and code optimizations that characterize new versions of InfiniBox software. We do not use new software releases to obsolete our customers’ investments in our arrays. Nor do we use expensive capacity upgrades or expensive maintenance to drive install base churn. Our focus is on growing the install base and satisfying our customers’ needs better than our competitors.<br />  </p> <p><strong>3. Today’s product advantages are tomorrow’s standard features</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: There is a growing gap between new storage arrays’ active marketing lives and customers planned service lives. New arrays typically have a three-year active marketing lives because competitive pressures and technology improvements demand it, whereas customers now frequently plan on 5 or more years of service for their arrays. This creates a multi-year window of architectural obsolescence risk, especially for customers of large established vendors that depend upon install base churn for much of the revenues.<br />   <br /><strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> – Infinidat’s practice of allowing older (n-1, n-2 generation)  systems to run current software effectively protects our customers from architectural obsolescence for 5 to 7 years, or up to two times longer than our established competitors. And that is before considering the protections against architectural obsolescence provided by our FLX consumption model, which provides free hardware refreshes, and non-disruptive data mobility(NDM) between Infinidat arrays. With the addition of the Infinidat Elastic Data Fabric and transparent data mobility, customers will have immortal data without worrying about their storage hardware.<br />  </p> <p><strong>4. Unstructured data accounts for 80% or more of forecasted storage data growth</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: Data analytics and AI/ML applications need lots of data to provide useful insights and learn. The trade-off between IOPS, bandwidth, and cost often favors HDDs because these applications are more bandwidth intensive than IOPS sensitive. HDDs provide lots of low-cost bandwidth and capacity.</p> <p> <strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> – 25GB/s host visible bandwidth with our new F63xx, sub-millisecond latency, HDD economics, an NFS implementation that can store billions of files without performance imploding, and petabyte scale satisfy a huge percentage of the requirements for analytics and AI/M without forcing the customer to utilize the cloud.<br />  </p> <p><strong>5. Approximately 66% of data residing on primary storage arrays is stale data, meaning that it has not been accessed in 60 to 90 days</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: Storing stale data in AFA storage wastes money and is a luxury that most organizations can no longer afford. Deploying an archiving solution adds complexity to ongoing operations and D/R testing. Both increase costs, which can make hosting these applications in the public cloud an appealing alternative. However, if over time it resulted in the loss of critical IT skills, it could become a poor long term business decision.</p> <p> <strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> – Storing both active and inactive data in the same array with HDD economics removes or greatly reduces the economic justification for deploying an archiving storage solution, even as it delivers on the previously listed benefits of scale, performance, and ease of use. It also buys time for new technology to solve the archiving, migration, and cost problems associated with retaining stale data.<br />  </p> <p><strong>6. Clever software running a hybrid array configured with a massive second level cache creates a storage array that can deliver flash performance, HDD economics, and scale to petabytes without complexity by offloading data traffic between SSDs and HDDs from the SAN</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: InfiniBox beats AFAs on scale, economics, and protection against architectural obsolesce. It is competitive against AFAs [aka SSAs] on ease of use, IOPS, latency, and bandwidth. The only areas where hybrid arrays are arguably deficient relative to AFAs are in hostile environments, characterized by high vibration, large temperature swings, poor humidity control, lots of airborne contaminants, and dirty power: military vehicles, manufacturing floors, and edge deployments are some examples.</p> <p><strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> – Self-evident in data center environments.<br />  </p> <p><strong>7. Disk will maintain at least a 5:1 to 10:1 raw $/TB advantage over flash through 2027</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: Implementing data reduction technologies down to the HDD tier in hybrid arrays takes away the ability for AFAs to compete with hybrid arrays on an effective $/TB basis because of the HDD cost advantage relative to NAND flash. Other risks to data reduction include the limited value of deduplication outside of virtualization, VDI, and as a backup target. The fact that server-side encryption and rich media (video, medical imagery, audio) is essentially irreducible eliminates the benefits of deduplication.<br />  <br /><strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> – self-evident in data center environments.<br />  </p> <p><strong>8. Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations is eroding the staff productivity advantages enjoyed by public cloud providers</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: Tightly integrating AI Ops with an intelligent infrastructure will further narrow the skills gap and improve usable availability by continuously monitoring infrastructure performance.</p> <p> <strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> – InfinBox is an intelligent storage system. It manages data placement and performance tuning for itself, and per previous “Why it matters” insights, it’s a very highly available petabyte (PB) scale, affordable speed demon that has few, if any, surprise “gotchas” vis-à-vis competitors with ad hoc collections of dissimilar storage arrays or storage services.<br />  </p> <p><strong>9. Hyperconverged integrated systems are generally not being deployed at PB scale </strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: HCIs are providing users with very good ease-of-use and availability. However, they do suffer two architectural shortcomings compared to HCI or reference architectures: their inability to scale performance and capacity independently and their inability to cost-effectively scale to PB capacity because of higher hardware costs and hypervisor licensing fees.</p> <p> <strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> - InfiniBox’s near autonomic operation and quality software provide users with an ease-of-use that is competitive with market leading HCI solutions. A consistent sub-millisecond performance that doesn’t depend upon the locality of reference or internode bandwidth; PB scalability, and the ability to scale compute and storage separately without incurring additional licensing fees favors the Infinidat approach.<br />  </p> <p><strong>10. The perceived cost advantages of public clouds are eroding</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: Much of the early interest in the cloud was driven by the desire to lower costs and shift CapEx to OpEx. Today it's driven by early access to new platforms, agility, and scale. Cost savings has declined as a reason to move to the cloud because of competitors’ responses to the cloud and lower than anticipated savings due to variable costs, complex bills, and the relative immaturity of cloud data services.</p> <p><strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> – InfiniBox’s COD and FLX consumption-based pricing models, AFA like performance, and ease of use, make Infinidat an easy choice for mission-critical and exploratory applications. InfiniBox’s scale and high performance make it possible to solve the ETL (Extract Transform, and Load) or integration problems that often plague data analytics projects by enabling them to easily share storage at scale.<br />  </p> <p><strong>11. Microprocessor performance improvements are improving faster than data transfer rates for  SSDs or HDDs</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: The delta between microprocessor and storage media bandwidth improvements gives scale-up storage an inherent cost of goods advantage relative to scale-out arrays by driving down the microprocessor to capacity ratio needed to avoid performance bottlenecks, even at PB scale.</p> <p><strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> – Dropping the controller to capacity ratio lowers frequency of repair activities and advantages scale-up arrays because fewer controllers also mean there are fewer electronics to support - HBAs, power supplies, blowers, etc. - than scale-out arrays of equivalent capacity. This advantage generally increases with capacity because scale-out arrays frequently add capacity by adding nodes that include controllers and their support electronics. These and the environmental advantages of scale-up vs scale-out arrays help explain the continued success of scale-up arrays in the marketplace.<br />  </p> <p><strong>12. Hyperscale cloud providers putting their technology into customer data centers is an unmistakable indication that on-premises infrastructure is not going away and that hybrid cloud infrastructures will become a common deployment topology</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: it removes the illusion that large on-premises IT operations will give way to the cloud; that the relationships between on-premises and cloud providers will be anything but contentious for the foreseeable future; and that solid-state data centers are just around the corner.</p> <p><strong>Advantage Infinidat</strong> – Infinidat has created storage solutions with high product attractiveness and the ability to compete on price as necessary, a simple comprehensible hybrid infrastructure vision (EDF), and a highly satisfied customer base. Cloud providers entering the on-premises storage market accustomed to supporting relatively few data centers will have to invest heavily in their support infrastructure to handle hundreds or thousands of customer data centers.<br />  </p> <p><strong>13. Co-location facilities and consumption-based pricing models are giving organizations a cloud-like cost structure without the security and variable cost risks that are inherent in cloud usage</strong></p> <p><strong>Why it matters</strong>: Co-lo facilities enable users to avoid infrastructure refreshes, upgrades, and/or replacements. Co-lo facilities also provide facilities on a consumption-based pricing model,  reduce the time needed to allocate space, power, and communications links to new hardware, and the ability to reduce communication costs for many colo clients and in the process reduce bring up times.  </p> <p><strong>Advantage Infinidat </strong>– InfiniBox’s COD and FLX consumption-based pricing models, EDF vision, Neutrix Cloud, InfiniSync replication technology, near autonomic operation, and use of standard 19” NEMA racks make InfiniBox  an appealing storage solution to install in a co-lo rack or cage, particularly if the co-lo facility is also hosting Amazon, Azure, or Google because it eliminates latency caused by distance and lowers bandwidth costs.<br />  </p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong>: Time and economics are on Infinidat’s side because we are doing a better job in the important measures of product attractiveness, customer satisfaction, and enabling the economic transformation that gives a competitive advantage to our customers.</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, 22 May 2019 19:33:42 +0000 Drew Schlussel 459 at https://www.infinidat.com Storage Class Memory Demo - Faster than All-Flash, Part 3 https://www.infinidat.com/blog/storage-class-memory-demo-faster-all-flash-part-3 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Storage Class Memory Demo - Faster than All-Flash, 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/InfiniBox%20SCM%20Ready.png?itok=XYyq8Bti" 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, 05/15/2019 - 8:00am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The first two posts in this series were about why InfiniBox is faster than all-flash arrays. This post is about an InfiniBox being faster than itself. Thoroughly confused? Read on!</p> <p>InfiniBox systems are guaranteed SCM ready, and our engineering team was looking for a cool way to demonstrate this capability. Around this time we learned there are certain applications that require 100% of IOs to come off silicon - when it is an immutable requirement from the application vendor. These customers consolidate 99.9% of their workloads onto InfiniBox, but then have to go buy, and then manage, a small hardware AFA for that .1% of their workloads.</p> <p>We think there’s a better way, and it’s also a perfect way to demonstrate SCM support: <strong>a software-defined solid-state-array</strong> running inside InfiniBox.</p> <p>Seeing is believing, here’s a video demo:</p> <script src="https://fast.wistia.com/embed/medias/hg0uo0fjo5.jsonp" async=""></script><script src="https://fast.wistia.com/assets/external/E-v1.js" async=""></script><div class="wistia_responsive_padding" style="padding:56.25% 0 0 0;position:relative;"> <div class="wistia_responsive_wrapper" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;width:100%;"> <div class="wistia_embed wistia_async_hg0uo0fjo5 videoFoam=true" style="height:100%;position:relative;width:100%"> <div class="wistia_swatch" style="height:100%;left:0;opacity:0;overflow:hidden;position:absolute;top:0;transition:opacity 200ms;width:100%;"><img alt="Image removed." data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" onload="this.parentNode.style.opacity=1;" src="https://www.infinidat.com/core/misc/icons/e32700/error.svg" style="filter:blur(5px);height:100%;object-fit:contain;width:100%;" title="This image has been removed. For security reasons, only images from the local domain are allowed." height="16" width="16" class="filter-image-invalid" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>  </p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="225" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/SCM%20latency%20graph.png" width="1271" /><em>Volume 1 with the Quality of Service Policy for 100% of I/O from SCM</em></p> <p>This capability is an engineering preview, mostly to demonstrate our SCM roadmap.</p> <p>However, given InfiniBox’s AFA-crushing performance, we’re not convinced there is yet a huge market for this feature, and there are many other roadmap features competing for near-term QA cycles. </p> <p>We’re super interested in customer feedback on this feature; if you have any opinions on this, please let your account team know, or shoot an email over to <a href="mailto:product@infinidat.com">product@infinidat.com</a>.</p> <p><em>This is part 3 of a 3-part series. Read part 1 <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/all-flash-is-not-fast">here</a> and part 2 <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/dell-please-stop-calling-powermax-worlds-fastest-storage-array">here</a>.</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="52" role="article" about="/node/52" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/52" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Brian Carmody</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>Brian is Chief Technology Officer at Infinidat.<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/initzero">Follow Brian on Twitter</a>.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Wed, 15 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Drew Schlussel 438 at https://www.infinidat.com Dell, Please Stop Calling PowerMax The World’s Fastest Storage Array - Faster than All Flash, Part 2 https://www.infinidat.com/blog/dell-please-stop-calling-powermax-worlds-fastest-storage-array-faster-all-flash-part-2 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Dell, Please Stop Calling PowerMax The World’s Fastest Storage Array - Faster than All Flash, 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/InfiniBox%20NVMe-oF%20Ready.png?itok=geL0mozI" 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, 05/08/2019 - 8:06am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p dir="ltr">If you follow what has been going on in the world of computer storage over the last few years, you’ve certainly been hearing the <a href="https://blog.purestorage.com/a-new-era-of-storage-with-nvme-nvme-of/">growing</a> <a href="https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13935/314707/dell-emc-powermax-a-deep-dive-into-the-all-new-nvme-based-all-flash-platform">excitement</a> <a href="https://www.netapp.com/us/info/what-is-nvme.aspx">about</a> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXcxOrpBoj8">Non-Volatile</a> <a href="https://blog.architecting.it/end-to-end-nvme/">Memory</a> <a href="https://www.nextplatform.com/2019/02/26/bringing-nvme-over-fabrics-into-the-storage-big-tent/">Express</a>, or NVMe. It might have seemed like almost everyone associated with storage has been talking about NVMe - vendors, analysts, press, and of course the source itself; the nonprofit industry organization that oversees NVMe, <a href="https://nvmexpress.org/">nvmexpress.org</a>.</p> <p>What’s the big deal? In the most basic of terms, NVMe is a protocol that was designed to enable higher performance for communication between applications (or host systems) and solid state components. In <a href="https://nvmexpress.org/resources/faqs/">the words of the NVM Express organization</a>: “NVMe was formed to remove the bottlenecks in legacy storage infrastructure designed for hard drives, with a streamlined protocol, scalable performance, and industry standard software and drivers.”</p> <ul><li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">It’s faster</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">It’s more efficient</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">It’s parallel</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">It has well-defined industry standards</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">It was architected for memory technologies rather than disk</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">It can work well with existing open interconnect technologies</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">It is extensible to work with future technologies</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Most major IT vendors are using it</p> </li> </ul><p dir="ltr">But what will it take for NVMe to truly show its potential? NAND flash technology, which is commonly found in most SSDs, has a minimum latency somewhere around 100 microseconds. So when all of the other inherent latencies required to deliver an I/O in most all-flash arrays are considered, the total minimal latency is probably close to about 200 microseconds.</p> <h3 dir="ltr">Second Time Around</h3> <p>Two years and one month ago, I wrote a <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/all-flash-is-not-fast">blog post </a>showing InfiniBox delivering much higher performance than two wildly popular all-flash-arrays. I’ve been asked not to curse, so let’s say there was a lovestorm on social media and our web server got the hug of death. Today, with an upgraded CDN, I’m delighted to share some news around NVMe-oF. The latest generation of InfiniBoxes are NVMe-oF ready, and we plan GA roll out for NVMe-oF as a non-disruptive software update within a year. For customers who are not part of the early access program, here’s a video demonstration of what’s coming:</p> <script src="https://fast.wistia.com/embed/medias/q476wyu0v4.jsonp" async=""></script><script src="https://fast.wistia.com/assets/external/E-v1.js" async=""></script><div class="wistia_responsive_padding" style="padding:56.25% 0 0 0;position:relative;"> <div class="wistia_responsive_wrapper" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;width:100%;"> <div class="wistia_embed wistia_async_q476wyu0v4 videoFoam=true" style="height:100%;position:relative;width:100%"> <div class="wistia_swatch" style="height:100%;left:0;opacity:0;overflow:hidden;position:absolute;top:0;transition:opacity 200ms;width:100%;"><img alt="Image removed." data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" onload="this.parentNode.style.opacity=1;" src="https://www.infinidat.com/core/misc/icons/e32700/error.svg" style="filter:blur(5px);height:100%;object-fit:contain;width:100%;" title="This image has been removed. For security reasons, only images from the local domain are allowed." height="16" width="16" class="filter-image-invalid" /></div> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">That’s right - <strong>32 uSec reads and 38 uSec writes</strong> - roundtrip, full stack, measured by fio. Woof.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="330" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/NVMe-oF%20Performance.png" width="619" /><span title="Click and drag to resize"> </span></span></p> <p>Let’s compare this with our old friends and add NetApp, since the A800 is a great hardware-based array that NetApp customers I speak with absolutely love.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="430" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/storage_performance_latency2.png" width="1380" /><span><span title="Click and drag to resize"> </span></span></p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p class="small">*  <a href="https://www.dellemc.com/resources/en-us/asset/data-sheets/products/storage/h16891-powermax-family-ds.pdf"> Dell EMC PowerMax Data Sheet</a> <br /> ** <a href="https://www.netapp.com/us/media/ds-3931.pdf">NetApp AFF 800 Data Sheet</a><br /> *** <a href="https://www.purestorage.com/content/dam/purestorage/pdf/datasheets/ps_ds_flasharray_03.pdf">Pure FlashArray//X Data Sheet</a> (pre-NVMe-oF, claiming 250 uSec) and <a href="https://blog.purestorage.com/pure-delivers-directflash-fabric-nvme-of-for-flasharray/">Pure Blog claiming up to 20% faster with NVMe-oF</a><br /> Note: per the public sources listed above, these are what we believe to be the best performance floor latency claims currently listed by these vendors for these products.</p> <p class="small"> </p> <h3>Surprise, InfiniBox wrecks the all-flash-arrays, again.</h3> <p>I want to be clear that InfiniBox is not mopping the floor with PowerMax and friends (again) because we write better code; it’s because of physics. No matter what anybody does in software, a NAND cell can’t recall its data any faster than around 100 uSec, and an all-flash-array therefore cannot deliver IO latency less than 100 uSec + fabric + software stack latency. This is why, for over five years when customers ask when Infinidat is going to build an all-flash-array, we say “never” because NAND flash is 1000x slower than the DRAM that powers InfiniBox.</p> <p data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" style="text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="562" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/latency%20chart.png" width="461" /><span title="Click and drag to resize"> </span></span></p> <p>AFA vendors know this too, and that’s why everybody’s racing to implement Storage Class Memory (SCM), such as 3DXpoint, as the next “big thing” to improve their latency performance. And it probably will reduce latency compared to NAND flash. But it still won’t catch up to DRAM. By using DRAM cache as our primary technology to send and receive I/Os to and from storage networks and servers, Infinidat will continue to have a tangible performance advantage over AFAs - even those with SCM.</p> <p><strong>NVMe-oF is a perfect match for InfiniBox</strong>, and we’re expecting rapid adoption, not only by Infinidat customers but by the industry as a whole. We still have plenty of work to do before NVMe-oF on InfiniBox will be ready for GA, but I hope you enjoyed the demo, and stay tuned for updates!</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>This is part 2 of a 3-part series. Read part 1 <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/all-flash-is-not-fast">here</a> and part 3 <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/faster-all-flash-part-3-storage-class-memory" title="Faster Than All-Flash, Part 3 - Storage Class Memory">here</a>.</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="52" role="article" about="/node/52" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/52" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Brian Carmody</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>Brian is Chief Technology Officer at Infinidat.<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/initzero">Follow Brian on Twitter</a>.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Wed, 08 May 2019 12:06:35 +0000 Drew Schlussel 436 at https://www.infinidat.com