Friday, 15 July 2016

Gartner Research Report on Software-defined Storage: The CxO View

Download this complimentary Gartner report Software-defined Storage: The CxO View – featuring the Top Five Use Cases and Benefits of Software-defined Storage – and learn how it can help grow your business while reducing TCO.              
Agile, cost-effective data infrastructure for today’s business climate
Welcome Fellow CxO,                                                                                                            
Today’s business climate carries a great deal of uncertainty for companies of all sizes and industries.  To seize new business models and opportunities, systems must be flexible and easily adjusted in order to respond to growth spurts, seasonality and peak periods. Likewise agility helps us mitigate risk .With the sluggish economies across the world, there is a need to be prepared to react quickly to changing fortunes.  From cutting back when needed to rapidly growing when opportunities present themselves, companies are less focused on long-term planning in favor of quick decisions and meeting quarterly expectations.

Technology is changing business dynamics as well.  Social, mobile and cloud are impacting companies’ operations, meaning they need to be able to meet changing demand 24x7.  This has put a premium on companies’ ability to react quickly while being able to absorb and analyze all the data they are gathering.
In survey after survey, CxOs highlight the following challenges when it comes to IT:
+ Dealing with the rapid growth of data
+ High cost of storing this data
+ Delivering high-performance applications
+ Meeting Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery requirements

When looking at IT infrastructure, it’s pretty clear that compute and networking have taken the lead in meeting these demanding requirements.  But, storage is a laggard.

Enter Software-defined Storage (SDS).  Aside from being the latest buzzword, what is SDS and will it help companies like yours succeed?

Put simply, SDS delivers agility, faster time to respond to change and more purchasing power control in terms of cost decisions.  Gartner defines SDS as “storage software on industry-standard server hardware [to] significantly lower opex of storage upgrades and maintenance costs… Eliminates need for high-priced proprietary storage hardware”. 

Our own research based on thousands of customers real-world feedback shows a growing interest in SDS.  By separating the storage software from storage hardware, SDS is able to:
+ Pool data stores allowing all storage assets and their existing and new capacity investments to work together ;enabling different storage devices from different vendors to be managed in common
+ Provide a comprehensive set of data services across different platforms and hardware
+ Separate advances in software from advances in hardware
+ Automate and simplify management of all storage

The benefits to your company are potentially enormous.  In a recent survey of over 2000 DataCore customers that have deployed SDS, key findings include:
79% improved performance by 3X or more  
83% reduced storage-related downtime by 50% or more 
81% reduced storage-related spending by 25% or more   
100% saw a positive ROI in the first year

It’s these kind of results and the advances in performance and efficiency due to DataCore’s revolutionary Parallel I/O technology within our SDS solution that have led to over 30k customer deployments globally and 96% of CxOs surveyed stating they recommend DataCore SDS.

George Teixeira,

President and CEO, Co-founder

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

DataCore takes storage performance crown
Storage vendor DataCore has established a record for the SPC-1 benchmark, blowing the doors off the previous top performers despite its use of commodity hardware.
The Top 5 Best Results ever reported:
A pair of Lenovo X3650 M5 servers running the DataCore Parallel Server software has achieved 5,120,098.98 SPC-1 IOPS.
The previous top performers on this benchmark were the Huawei OceanStor 18800 V3 (3,010,007.37 SPC-1 IOPS) and the Hitachi VSP G1000 (2,004,941.89 SPC-1 IOPS).
While those two systems cost in excess of US$2 million, the DataCore-based system cost just over US$506,000.
...No other vendor in the top 10 comes close to matching DataStore's average response time under full load. The three systems managed 0.28, 0.10 and 0.22ms respectively. The only others with sub-millisecond response were the Huawei (0.92ms) and Hitachi (0.96ms) systems mentioned above
DataCore's high performance comes from taking full advantage of the parallelism available in modern multi-core CPUs, explained vice president of APAC sales Jamie Humphrey.
"We're redefining not only how storage works, but the economies inside the data centre," he toldiTWire.
What other vendors deliver in 48 or 72U of rack space, a DataCore-based system can provide in 14U, he said.
DataCore's approach makes high performance storage available to midmarket organisations as well as large enterprises, ANZ regional sales director Marco Marinelli told iTWire. Furthermore, the company offers a "highly mature product" currently on version 10.
Not every customer needs 5.1 million IOPS, but most would like the reduced latency that comes from being able to being able to fully utilise Fibre Channel's performance. Humphrey gave the example of a mid-sised organisation that just wants faster database access. With conventional systems it would need to over-engineer the storage to get the required response time, but DataCore provides "a very adaptive architecture" that can accommodate various workloads.
Customers need the flexibility to buy what they need, not what they're told they can buy, he said.
And where implementing software-defined storage is usually seen as a "rip and replace" project, that's not the case with DataCore, which can be used to augment an existing environment, bringing together various point solutions in a way their vendors cannot manage.
DataCore has hardware alliances with server, networking and storage vendors, said Humphrey, and publishes reference architectures for assembling the various products.