Seagate and DriveScale have partnered to deliver a solution to customers looking to optimize their storage performance while gaining manageability and significantly reducing costs by separating compute and storage with no degradation to performance. We recently held a joint webinar describing the benefits of composable infrastructure and the disaggregated data center.
While Mohamad Elbatal of Seagate and I covered a fair bit of ground describing directions and emerging standards for disaggregation, the more important point that I want to emphasize is that a joint solution is available today, and is already deployed in large scale production. By default, the Seagate/DriveScale solution provides for redundant pathing from servers to the Exos AP 5U84 over standard high-speed Ethernet. The multipathing is automatically configured on discovery by the DriveScale software and provides for both high availability in the face of NIC, switch, or path failures. The DriveScale software automatically provides load balancing to the Seagate Exos array for optimal performance.
Why move towards a disaggregated architecture approach? The traditional data center is beset with problems grounded in tired monolithic approaches to critical infrastructure deployment and management:
- Provisioning times are long and labor intensive
- Inflexible purchase time decisions result in excessive over-provisioning and subsequent poor utilization
- No independent scaling of compute and storage lead to coupled component life cycles resulting in costly technology refreshes
- The inability to respond to change by balancing available resources between application silos
- Hands-on operations are too often required to perform simple common tasks such as failed component replacement
The disaggregated or composable data center addresses these problems and provides increased flexibility and operational efficiency. Rather than defining many specific platform configurations for each application, a composable approach allows you to define custom instances on-the-fly specifically tailored for each application out of a common set of compute, storage and GPU building blocks. As you move through the lifecycle of your application and gain users and experience, you may find that you want to tune your configuration’s ratio of compute to storage and GPU. No problem. Redefine your application policy templates and push the new configuration out to your application platform.
The benefits gained from moving to a composable approach to your data center are many:
- Right-size compute and storage per workload
- Increase resource utilization
- Move resources to where they needed, instantly – no more silos
- Scale/upgrade compute and storage independently
- Keep SSDs and HDDs through 2 or 3 compute node upgrades
- Simplify capacity planning
- Easily compose everything from small set of building blocks (SKUs)
- Smoothly plan capacity needs globally across all workloads
- Improve uptime by quickly and easily replacing failed components via software
- Deploy new workloads faster
- Compose new application clusters from resource pools in minutes
The Seagate and Drivescale solution is available today. Supporting fast NVME fabric access to Seagate storage from your industry-standard compute nodes, it provides the flexibility of decoupling compute from storage while maintaining local disk performance.
For new users, an intuitive GUI allows fast deployment of this technology and your applications. For the experienced user, APIs allow customization and scripting and deep integration of DriveScale and Seagate into data center operations.
The DriveScale GUI provides rich diagnostics and troubleshooting capabilities to keep your data center running smoothly.
The DriveScale Composer automates all of the end-to-end setup of compute to storage, in a production deployment. The Seagate EXOS platform can be configured to provide a simple tiering of capacity and performance capabilities to match each application’s requirements.
By default, the Seagate/DriveScale solution provides for redundant pathing from servers to the Exos AP 5U84 over standard high speed Ethernet. As stated above, the load balancing multipathing is automatically configured on discovery by the DriveScale software and provides for both high availability in the face of NIC, switch or path failure.
Seagate is a great partner for DriveScale to bring composable infrastructure solutions to our customers today.