StorONE's Products and Solutions
Software-Defined Storage Consolidation
Storage is hard. It is expensive, complex to manage, and in constant need of upgrades. StorONE rewrote key storage algorithms to deliver better storage capabilities while requiring substantially less hardware. The result is a better storage environment that costs less, improves data integrity, and accelerates performance. With StorONE's Enterprise Storage Platform, you can start small, solving today's problems while laying the foundation for a complete storage consolidation strategy.
When considering how to protect from media failure, most IT professionals assume they must use some form of RAID. The problem with RAID is it limits levels of redundancy to one or two drives per RAID set. It also is inflexible and not ready for the future. RAID groups can't typically intermix drives of various sizes and still can't use each drive's full capacity. The lack of flexibility means as drives (both flash and hard disk) become denser, the customer can't fully adopt them without creating a whole new volume. Another problem for RAID is its time to bring a volume back into a protected state, especially because of increasing drive density. Customers tell us that they are experiencing multi-day rebuild times.
StorONE's vRAID eliminates the problems with RAID using erasure coding, but this is not some off the shelf erasure coding. We rewrote erasure coding from scratch and redeveloped the algorithm to perform levels to satisfy the most demanding workload. vRAID enables customers to intermix drives of various sizes. Also, vRAID does not require capacity wasting hot spares. All drives are active at all times. vRAID also provides rapid parallel rebuilds, reducing recovery times to one minute for flash drives and three to four hours for high capacity hard disk drives. vRAID is simply better than RAID.
Enterprise storage systems all provide some form of snapshots, and despite their claims of unlimited snapshots, they all have limitations. Despite their claims, most support a finite number of snapshots, and all storage systems suffer a performance impact if IT wants to retain more than a few versions. The result is that snapshots are only practical for feeding the backup process instead of replacing it. These limitations also force customers to purchase separate copy data management solutions and count on bloated deduplication to reduce storage capacity requirements.
The StorONE Enterprise Storage Platform can execute a truly unlimited number of snapshots, measured in the millions. Most importantly, you can retain those snapshots indefinitely while not impacting performance. As a result, StorONE's snapshot technology S1:Snap can replace backups or significantly reduce an organization's dependence on the backup process. Our snapshots, combined with our replication capabilities, create bulletproof data protection and disaster recovery strategies. S1:Snap can also replace standalone copy data management solutions and provide read/write images to test, development, QA, and analytics processes. Finally, because there is no performance impact on maintaining millions of snapshots, many of our customers use snapshots where they used to use bloated deduplication. They can create one Golden Master windows server and then make thousands of VMs from that server's image.
Most enterprise storage solutions also have replication. They can asynchronously and synchronously maintain a mirror image of the storage system. The problem is that even though most vendors today include replication in their solution, the hardware cost of the second or third system is so expensive they are forced to count on the backup as the disaster recovery strategy, which is slow and cumbersome.
StorONE's S1:Replicate provides both synchronous and asynchronous replication. Unlike our competitors, it can replicate from any hardware to any hardware. For example, an all-flash array in the primary location can replicate to a hard disk system in the DR site, significantly reducing DR storage cost. S1:Replicate can also simultaneously replicate synchronously and asynchronously to multiple sites and cross replicate between site. Your data has never been more protected, nor has disaster recovery ever been more affordable.
Moving data and running applications in the cloud is the hardest part of a cloud-first strategy. The major cloud vendors' storage software capabilities do not provide the features that enterprise IT has come to expect. They are often missing basic features like snapshots and automated tiering to less expensive storage. On-premises storage vendors have raced in to fill the void, but their bloated software doesn't run efficiently in the cloud. Migrating data to the cloud often requires a different solution which the only purpose is to migrate data.
StorONE's S1:Cloud, starting with S1:Azure, not only makes cloud storage better, it makes a cloud-first strategy a reality. Customers can transparently migrate data from on-premises to the cloud and then cut over to the cloud instance when ready. Because StorONE's Enterprise Storage Platform powers S1:Cloud, all of the features of S1 are now available in the cloud, like tiering, replication, and multi-protocol support.