alternative for SAN
We provide a powerful solution to benefit from the advantages of high-end SAN at a fraction of its costs and by overcoming its limitations.
The three main benefits of SAN storage
Sharing of high performance block storage between servers is crucial for building highly available, vertically scaling clusters
Organizing storage in large resource pools significantly eases its management and improves its scalability and utilization and also decreases the critical risk of out-of-space incidents.
Replication further adds protection from site-level disasters and combined with storage snapshots provides a means for ultra-fast and disaster-proove backups.
Caveats of SAN storage
While most SAN systems support high capacity configurations, these limits are theoretical because performance limits are often reached already at a few million IOPS - an equivalent of what a few modern NVME SSDs can deliver.
Requirement for Ops Expertise
The day-to-day management of SAN storage as well as expansion and changes requires significant levels of expertise to avoid the occurence of critical incidents.
The accumulation of different proprietary hardware systems makes their management difficult over time , it is linked to steeply increasing maintainance costs for aging equipment and it can cause high switching costs at the end of service life.
High Lifecycle Cost
SAN storage typically accounts for only 10% of the storage capacity in the data center, but it makes up
0% of the costs. Per TB, it is now about 10 times more expensive than high performance directly-attached server storage.
Our Key Advantages over traditional SANs
Ultra-High Baseline Performance
We leverage on the ultra-high performance - IOPS and access latency - of modern data center NVME SSDs, passing it through the fabric to hosts without significant delays or overhead.
Networked storage from single rack units to multi-rack fabrics with linear scalablity of performance to 100,000,000 IOPS and more.
Any storage capacity changes, hardware maintainance and even replacement of complete nodes with the same or other hardware does not require any activities other than "hands" in the data center: the system will automatically keep the storage in perfect balance of capacity and load.
Total Cost of Ownership
We support most common data center NVME ssds and there is little overhead costs for OEM servers, RAM and CPUs. Different drive types and capacities can be flexibly combined. In total, lifecycle costs per TB are reduced by a factor of up to 10.
Typical Use Cases
Of course we come with all the good features of a reliable, modern SAN system. But we also deliver on critical functionality beyond SAN.