Next Gen system for Data Center Shared Block Storage 

Software-defined, shared block storage system with extreme baseline performance, unprecedented scalability and massively reduced cost of ownership

Why do the dramatic performance gains and cost reductions of Enterprise SSDs seen over the last years not reach data center storage systems?
And how can software-defined storage help to resolve this?
Which issues need to be overcome for that?

We transform a bunch of servers with NVME SSDs into high-end shared block storage systems.

Built for Virtualization and Cloud, Linux and OpenStack. 

Enormous cost-savings.

With our software we transform a bunch of units of regular i86 servers with hot-pluggable NVME SSDs into a storage system, saving up to 30 times the costs of  high-end SAN systems.

Perfect Simplicity.

It is a matter of minutes to install, configure and scale a complete system with our software. We design for zero-maintainance and self-healing with a minimum set of user options. We do without complex feature configuration.

Tailored for NVME.

Our software is built for NVME and NVME only. This allows us to take advantage of the many great performance enhancements and other features that come with this standard and the compliant hardware. 

Unprecedented Scalability.

We do not rely on a centralized controller architecture as most SAN systems, but build a distributed, highly performant and highly scaleable, software-defined control plane instead. Scaling is a matter of minutes and means just adding more of the same. 

Great Reliability.

Data Protection and High-Availability are  built-in through Replication and Erasure Encoding.  There is no compromise on reliability, but users can balance between performance and capacity efficiency.  We also use continuous data integrity checks and apply self-healing.

Extreme Baseline Performance.

For minimum latency and maximum performance, our distributed control plane is built upon native user-space drivers, completely bypassing the operating system kernel.  Moreover, we avoid write-amplification, in-memory data copies and lock-based synchronisation to use the full power of the NVME standard.

Clear Focus on Virtualization and Cloud.

We focus on building and integrating features important for virtualization and cloud platforms. For us, feature quality has precedence over broad platform support.

Our Numbers speak for itself

1 TERA

Achievable IOPS in a single storage system

50x

lower TCO per GB of SAN storage at comparable parameters

100x

cheaper per IOPS than high-performance cloud storage

0.5M

IOPS per TB - With constant scalability into PB range

50x

Improved IOPS Scalability over high-end SANs