A visual look at the offerings from up-and-coming storage companies
As the sheer amount of content on the web has continued to increase exponentially, so too have the storage needs of large enterprises. We’ve reached the point where companies’ data storage needs can’t be solved solely via traditional physical storage servers and thus require solutions such as moving to the cloud or implementing large-scale caching operations on solid-state drives. The following companies' products are among the most intriguing around.
1. Storage companies to watch
As the sheer amount of content on the web has continued to increase exponentially, so too have the storage needs of large enterprises. We've reached the point where companie' data storage needs can't be solved solely via traditional physical storage servers and thus require solutions such as moving to the cloud or implementing large-scale caching operations on solid-state drives. The following companies' products are among the most intriguing around.
2. Amplida's AmpliStor Optimized Object Storage
When it comes to storing data, Belgium-based Amplidata is thinking big - its specialisation is helping enterprises store petabyte-scale masses of unstructured data. Amplidata says its AmpliStor Optimized Object Storage system is able to store massive amounts of data that can be quickly recalled by using its patent-pending BitSpread Codec algorithms to eliminate redundant data. Essentially, the technology breaks up the data into unrecognisable chunks and tags them so they can be reconstituted at will.
3. NexGen Storage n5 Storage System
NexGen says companies traditionally have faced a choice when it comes to storage: They could either have more speed or more capacity. Or put another way, they could get a speedy SSD that delivers speed but creates bottlenecks or they could use a hard disk drive that will give them more space but less speed. The reason for this has to do with how SSDs are typically integrated into storage architecture. The company says its PCIe-based offering, the n5 Storage System, can deliver 22 times more I/O than standard SSDs that are located behind storage controllers and are 43% less expensive than SSDs behind storage controllers. The boxes start at 32TB of storage and scale to 480TB. The NexGen n5 Storage System costs $88,000 (£56,000), though pricing varies based on the reseller.
4. Nutanix Complete Cluster
Nutanix builds data centre building blocks that can be used for both computing and storage. What makes the company's building blocks unique is that they're relatively small in comparison to other building blocks and are thus easier to scale if you find yourself in need of more storage. Simply put, Nutanix's boxes are compact enough that you can easily stack them on top of one another to provide storage. Each block contains four complete x86 servers that total 48 cores, 192GB of RAM and a 1.3TB Fusion-io PCle SSD. Tiffany To, the director of product marketing at Nutanix, says the company wanted to combine computing and storage in their building blocks to drastically improve overall performance and reduce the time it takes for storage to interconnect with computing. The product starts at $75,000 (around £50,000).
5. Pure Storage FlashArray
While hybrid cloud storage may be trendy, Pure Storage is still convinced that it can deliver an all-flash storage system that can deliver storage space at a price that's competitive with standard disk solutions. Similarly to Amplidata, Pure Storage uses data-reduction algorithms that compress and de-duplicate redundant data. Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen says eliminating redundant data allows the Pure Storage FlashArray to reduce the total amount of data stored by five to 20 times.
6. Tintri VMstore
Tintri wants to be the go-to storage service for virtualised environments, as its VMStore appliance was designed only to work on virtual machines. Tintri provides 13.5TB of usable storage in each datastore and uses an architecture that delivers 99% of IO from flash. Chris Bennett, Tintri's vice president of marketing, says that one of the appliance's key features is its ability to auto-align virtual machines to improve performance. The box starts at $65,000 (£42,000).