INFINIDAT: Storage Performance, Capacity and Cost are No Longer a Tradeoff
Eran Brown, CTO EMEA
INFINIDAT’s strategy is to reimagine industry-standard features and implement clean sheet designs that raise the bar." That is exactly what the company has been doing. The founders vowed to offer a new storage architecture that is fundamentally different from the consumer-centric cloud storage platforms of the last decade and the legacy enterprise storage systems that came before them. INFINIDAT sells its flagship InfiniBox solution,which consolidates large numbers of legacy enterprise systems onto a more efficient, higher performance platform. "When you ask enterprises about the ever-growing size of data that humanity has generated, the most common response is— they have seen an explosion of data, like no other year before,” says Eran Brown, CTO EMEA of INFINIDAT. The world is just approaching a time where data will be the new currency, and most vendors in the world are shifting their focus to Flash storage. “Flash is not cost-effective,and the worldwide flash manufacturers cannot manufacture enough for the future to be all-Flash. As of right now, we are only manufacturing about 15-20 percent of the world's data”, says Brown.
Flash is a potential solution for the performance requirements. However, customers require better performance while keeping their budget under control. Israel-based INFINIDAT was founded to find an architecture that would disrupt the cost structure for the market—true software-defined storage for enterprises facing hundreds of Terabytes and fast capacity growth. INFINIDAT develops the software and uses commodity off the shelf hardware components. “We provide fully integrated products so that customers know their exact configuration, every single part of hardware and software integration were tested for thousands of hours in our lab,” continues Brown.
INFINIDAT's flexible model is a decision maker's delight and helps enterprises avail storage spaces at their convenience
InfiniBox is available in three variants, the F2000, F4000 and F6000, and offers 99.99999 percent uptime while being extremely reliable at petabyte scale. It is built on an architecture that uses N+2 redundancy for the critical components and an advanced dual-parity data layout and fast self-healing capabilities. These, together with operational telemetry for predictive and proactive support offers unparalleled risk management. Designed for easy compatibility with modern workloads, InfiniBox supports SAN and NAS storage protocols in the same platform and uses an intuitive HTML5-based interface for easy usage. Complex actions such as volume provisioning or setting Quality of Service (QoS) policies can be performed with ease. The system is built on RESTful API, making integration and management straightforward.
The Working Model
INFINIDAT also offers a ‘capacity-on-demand’ business model, where customers buy only portions of the system. The company, however, installs an entire array at the customer’s location so that when the customer generates more data, the capacity is already present. INFINIDAT monitors the systems remotely, so it is aware when the customer accesses the additional storage. Pricing for this extra storage is negotiated at the time of signing the first deal, negating the need for any re-negotiation. Brown says that it is this level of agility that INFINIDAT brings to customers’ businesses that sets it apart from competitors as it is something most storage vendors do not do today.
The company works with its clients to show them how to build automation into their processes. INFINIDAT offers a whole set of automation tools that could be anything from software development kits to simple tools that orchestrate a lot of the storage-related processes from the host such as backups or provisioning new capacity. Hardware and software integration is a big part of INFINIDAT’s offering; this allows customers to just power up their InfiniBox and work without any issues or hiccups. Brown’s final thought is that companies are in for a rude awakening, moving away from ‘the software will run on any hardware’ approach to the point where they will require more integration.