Sons of Sun DriveScale tempt cloud-lovers with composable infrastructure rig

 Analysis Composable infrastructure startup DriveScale believes composability is not primarily about hardware. Its CEO told us: “Hardware doesn’t drive software any more” and “SoCs are everywhere now”, so “use the network as your backplane” because “100Gbit Ethernet is faster than PCIe 4 lane”.

“It’s all about the software. The box is a necessary evil… Big system vendors don’t make anything anymore – they just sell things. It’s not a pleasant business to be in.”

We spoke to the startup at its Silicon Valley HQ in early December, where we heard a bit about its view on the rackscale IT situation.

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DriveScale has pioneered the concept of disaggregating direct-attached storage for servers as a unique way to architect and build data centers for Big Data applications.

DriveScale’s system gives a data center the ability to combine servers with any mix of disk drives on demand and in real time. With DriveScale’s system management software, administrators can deploy Hadoop clusters on the fly in very few steps, manage several racks as one and create clusters that span multiple racks.

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DriveScale has pioneered the concept of disaggregating direct-attached storage for servers as a unique way to architect and build data centers for Big Data applications. DriveScale’s system gives a data center the ability to combine servers with any mix of disk drives on demand and in real time. With DriveScale’s system management software, administrators can deploy Hadoop clusters on the fly in very few steps, manage several racks as one and create clusters that span multiple racks.

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