The rise of scale-out Network Attached Storage!

Demand for Scale-out network attached storage or scale-out NAS in simple terms is picking up in such a way that vendors and startups are showing a lot of interest in releasing new and upgraded products.

Although, the demand for scale-up or traditional NAS appliances is still intact in storage marketplace. Applications involving large files such as video can see performance downgrades while using a scale-up NAS appliance. This is where scale-out NAs comes to rescue.

The expandable nature of scale-out network attached storage devices makes them a valuable resource while saving on data center space. For environments where there’s a never ending flood of unstructured data-from documents and spreadsheets to photos and videos; a special attention to a file based storage infrastructure makes complete sense.

While traditional NAS boxes have fixed capacity, scale-out NAS systems can expand to store and manage multiple Petabytes of data.

Getting further into the technicalities, a traditional scale-up NAS consists one or two controllers, or NAS heads and a pre-set amount of CPU, memory and drive slots. Once the NAS device reaches its limits, the user needs to buy a new and separately managed system to boost capacity and performance.

But with a scale-out NAS, clustered nodes can be added with the storage needs of NAS. These are often x86 servers with a special operating system and storage connected through an external network. Users administer the cluster as a single system and manage the data through a global namespace or distributed file system, so they don’t have to concern about the actual physical location of the data.

According to IDC, traditional NAS will play a pivotal role in virtualized server environments, while scale-out is the foundation for many cloud and large archive environments.

IDC predicts that more than 83% of the shipping capacity for enterprise storage systems will accommodate file-based data within three years, and the growth rate for file storage will be 2.5 times greater than the rate for block-based storage capacity.

Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Inc. based in Massachusetts., forecasts that by 2015, scale-out storage will make up 70% of all net-new networked storage shipments from a revenue standpoint and 75% of all networked storage capacity. The forecast says that an increase in shipments by 8% is expected in 2016.

However, ESG doesn’t distinguish between NAS and SAN because it assumes that all scale-out systems will ultimately support file and block storage as Unified Concept is also proportionally driving the storage world.

Based on current storage trends, StoneFly is offering Scale-Out NAS appliances in its product catalog. StoneFly SSO™ “Super Scale Out” NAS Storage Appliances deliver unprecedented performance, redundancy and scalability. SSO Super Scale Out NAS nodes scale up to 36 drives and 288 TeraBytes of storage per chassis, up to 256 drives per node, and easily scale out to multiple nodes on demand. Perfect for managing large quantities of unstructured (file-based) data within a single global namespace and a single file system. SSO was designed for markets that require vast quantities of high bandwidth throughput or fast parallel throughput for very large files required by high performance computing in media and entertainment.

The Scale out NAS feature of the SSO allows users to “scale out” as per their business growth by adding nodes without losing performance. With the SSO users can expand one or more volumes across multiple nodes using no metadata and a single namespace. Usable bandwidth increases as new nodes are added. Best of all, users can manage multiple nodes with just a single user interface. Each time the SSO is scaled out, it adds more capacity, more throughput, and more concurrency. Installation, management and scaling are simple to achieve at any size.

Content creation, transformation, production and archive, as well as unstructured data (documents, presentations, pictures, and music also video files) are best stored in large Scale out NAS appliances like the StoneFly SSO. SSO is often used for ultra fast primary storage for visual effects and high IO-intensive media production applications that require high-concurrent sequential throughput, post-production transcode and streaming media. It drives down the overall cost of storage while increasing performance for applications that need it when they need it, and reduces costs and floor space requirements. Capacity can be quickly provisioned, shared, and managed with fewer resources.

StoneFly SSO is efficient to operate since it leverages all of its resources, maximizes utilization, and integrates nearline SAS, enterprise SAS, and SSD tiering within the storage nodes.

To know more call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly Super Scale Out NAS appliances

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