In my career as a storage veteran (yeah, I call myself that!), I have seen data centers evolve from the bad old days: an ad hoc collection of monolithic and proprietary solutions that were an integration and management nightmare through to the emerging wave of new systems: the application-centric software defined data centers of today.
I have seen disruptions caused in the compute layer with the commoditization of x86-based servers leading to the broad deployment of server virtualization. I have also seen disruptions caused by the advent of solid-state media on how storage subsystems have been designed and built.
And then there is Cloud! Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) have created infrastructures that are giving enterprise IT professionals new ideas for architecting data center environments. Companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook have storage environments that operate with scale in mind – to grow the environment – as a normal part of operations. Scaling in these kinds of environments is a routine task. Rather than scaling being something unusual, CSP’s can scale on demand for performance and capacity with low management overhead. CSP’s achieve this feat through the use of software defined storage architectures that easily grow. These architectures are managed by software that automates configuration, load balancing, and the addition of new resources.
Traditional “Big Iron” enterprise storage companies have struggled mightily to adapt their offerings to meet the enterprise needs around public cloud-like simplicity, secure multi-tenancy, and true scale-out that empowers customers to cost effectively transform their datacenter into a source of competitive advantage. Simplicity and Scale out specifically at any size has become the new expectation of an enterprise IT admin as without it they are wasting their organization’s time and money.
At Coho Data, we have spent the past five years working with creative and insightful enterprise IT teams on scalable, software defined data centers. Together, we've built some really exciting systems and solved some very real problems. The experiences that we've had in working closely with large service providers, enterprise private clouds and technology partners like Intel - who has made aggressive investment in nonvolatile memory technologies, has helped us address some of the challenges that face traditional datacenter designs. Coho Data is making the Software -Defined Infrastructure (SDI) a reality, bringing the simplicity, elastic scale and economics of the public cloud to the enterprise private cloud.
The Coho DataStream 2.8 platform offers an integrated SDI solution that uses the rack as its design paradigm, creating an entirely new foundational software stack that is better equipped to run, manage and optimize data center operations. Coho makes the entire infrastructure invisible, by abstracting storage, network and compute, thereby allowing for the right mix of resources for varied application demands.
Our unique Software Defined Network (SDN) integration is at the core of our rack scale architecture - a true Spine and Leaf architecture model that uses the rack as a design paradigm. A SDN integrated data path enables transparent scalability of a single IP address per tenant in a secure multi-tenant environment while preserving host and rack locality. The high performance scale-out distributed file system underneath that leverages technologies such as the Intel® Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK) to actually expose the raw performance offered by today’s enterprise NVMe allows us to deliver rich enterprise performance and data management services - multi-protocol, multi-tenancy, QoS and fault tolerance to support the most demanding needs of enterprise workloads.
To simply put it, we are witnessing the most exciting period in enterprise storage history. Seldom you get to see so much innovation in such a short period of time. It is forcing companies to think about radical new ways of addressing problems that are changing in front of our very own eyes. These disruptions have presented some exciting opportunities and we need to be mindful that the journey to a next-generation data center won't happen overnight ...but therein lies the challenge!
Coho Data, will be participating in The Intel® Builders Executive Summit on August 15 as part of Intel Developer Forum (IDF16) in San Francisco from, August 16 through 18. Come visit us at Booth #192 to learn about solutions.