Software Defined Storage

Software Defined Storage

Storage is Changing; analytics, file stores, research data, disk to disk backups and other new workloads are placing a strain on traditional IT storage technology. New workloads demand new protocols and APIs like S3, Swift and Hadoop, but it’s not always silos. Sometimes traditional apps need to access the same spaces. A whole new level of flexibility is required.

Emerging Technology Partners has researched and validated a range of innovative open source software-defined storage solutions that offer flexibility and resilience to meet those new workloads.

Software defined storage can take a number of different shapes; it can be a simple as a gateway, which “modernises” your existing storage investments, or it can a completely new storage platform based around a replicated ring of commodity servers, each with internal disk pools.

We have the skills and experience to deliver real gains based on our innovative open source product partnerships:

  • StoRidge Software Defined Storage for Docker
    • Available as either a storage gateway, reusing your existing storage investment, or as a complete converged solution where Docker hosts also act as storage nodes.
  • Minio S3 super-flexible S3 Gateway
    • Available as a Docker Container or VM to deliver S3 capability to existing on-premises Storage, or Azure Blob Storage.
  • Red Hat Gluster
    • Complete converged scale-out file, object, and Hadoop storage solution. Based on commodity servers with internal storage operating as a single cohesive virtual pool of replicated storage.
  • PetaSAN scale-out iSCSI storage
    • Complete converged scale-out block storage solution. Based on commodity servers with internal storage operating as a single cohesive virtual pool of replicated storage.
  • Basho scale-out S3 on-premises storage
    • Complete converged scale-out S3 compliant storage solution. Based on commodity servers with internal storage operating as a single cohesive virtual pool of replicated storage.

In addition to the software defined storage options above, ETP have also partnered with Pure Storage. Pure’s all-Flash array includes native support for Docker containers, and are the first storage vendor to integrate the Docker engine into the storage controller itself (meaning containers can run on the storage controller, giving micro-second latency). Pure also provides a Docker storage volume plugin, allowing long-running containers to store persistent storage outside of the Docker environment on the Pure arrays.

Perhaps you need a small S3 gateway on premises or in Azure, or something large-scale and low-cost for analytics, files, objects, or Hadoop? Maybe you're OK trusting community support? Whatever your non-traditional requirements, we can help.