StoneFly, a wholly owned business unit of Dynamic Network Factory(DNF) and a leading supplier of integrated IP SAN systems offers USS hyper converged appliances for virtual computing in software defined data centers. These hyper converged appliances are populated with SSDs for faster IOPS driven performance and greater flexibility. Each node in a new StoneFly cluster includes flash based storage along with enterprise class hard disk drives for low cost high capacity storage adhering to the principles of software defined storage.
The highlight of StoneFly USS is that each volume can be provisioned as iSCSI, FC, or NAS (CIFS, SMB and NFS). The hypervisor allows multiple Virtual Machines to run on a single physical host and mediate all I/O operations including read and write requests to centralized NAS and SAN storage arrays which are typically used to provide shared storage for all of the VMs.
StoneFly USS enterprise class solid state drives are run by a software based service driven control logic. Virtual storage controller run on each cluster node improve scalability and resilience, while preventing performance bottlenecks since the storage and control logic are now local to the guest Virtual Machines.
Expensive centralized storage or dedicated storage networks are no longer needed since the Distributed File System for StoneFly NAS aggregates local storage across all of the nodes. There is no metadata database to limit the quantity of StoneFly USS nodes participating in the NAS cluster allowing it to easily expand.
StoneFly USS appliances use a hash based algorithm in each node to accomplish this task and so users using this appliance will never experience latency issues that are otherwise seen in competing NAS cluster solutions that do utilize metadata databases.
The intuitive software of StoneFly allows users to create a single storage pool that can be partitioned into one gigantic NAS volume or several smaller volumes and these data stores are then presented to the hypervisor. The created volumes are fully POSIX compliant for seamless integration with any applications requiring this capability. Thus, software developers designing their programs to be easily ported to Portable Operating System Interface for UNIX- standard set by IEEE and ISO can use a StoneFly USS NAS volumes for their storage capacity needs as the appliance is compatible with any application running on most varieties of UNIX.
StoneFly USS Hyper Converged appliances can begin with a single node configuration and then nodes can be added in increments as small as 2U to 4U form factor. Additionally, these appliances can be scaled up to support of total of 256 drives per node. Cluster nodes and their expansion nodes can be seamlessly added one at a time with zero downtime.
The deployment time of this appliance in your data center is just 30 minutes and that too with no disruption to ongoing operations.
So, why don’t you go for it?