DataON and Intel Set a Record with 2.4M IOPs on Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct at IDF16

Aug 16

DataON and Intel Set a Record with 2.4M IOPs on Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct at IDF16

So like with all tradeshows, many things come together better than you thought though usually at the last minute and IDF16 was no exceptions.  The DataON team worked furiously with Microsoft and Intel in the weeks leading up to the show, all to demonstrate our new all Flash-based Hyper-Converged Storage Cluster Appliance the S2D-3110 which leverage Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 family and their newest NVMe-Based 3D NAND SSDs.  Enterprise IT organizations that have committed to a Windows Server environment for their private and hybrid cloud deployments will benefit from Microsoft’s new Storage Spaces Direct* (S2D*) and software defined storage (SDS) technology in Windows Server* 2016. To optimize Windows Server 2016 and S2D’s performance, manageability, and scalability, DataON is introducing their S2D-3000 family of purpose-built Hyper-Converged storage cluster appliance (HCSA) for S2D deployments.

We are glad to say that all of our hard work has paid off and we were able to show over 2.4 Million IOPS with our new S2D-3110 based ClusterBlock Architecture.  DataON’s ClusterBlock Architecture (CBA) focuses exclusively on providing optimized Hyper-Converged storage cluster appliances and management systems for deploying Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct on private clouds and Azure. The architecture has three main capabilities:

DataON Storage: Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Data Center Vision

1. Scale Out—Provide the ability to support Windows Server 2016’s cloud-inspired infrastructure and key features, such as S2D’s scale-out file system (SoFS). As IT managers deploy each HCSA in the cluster, they are adding incremental compute, networking, and storage resources that provide near-linear scalability.

2. Scale Up—Provide additional scaling resources to each appliance in the form of 12G SAS expansion JBODs (Just a Bunch of Flash/Disk).

3. Visibility and Management—Deliver advanced monitoring and management capabilities that expand upon the services provided by Windows Server 2012 and 2016.
This three-pronged strategy ensures growth can be supported, costs can be managed, and improved performance.

In our booth here at the Intel Builders pavilion we were able to show the performance first hand. Our test included running four hyper-converged appliances with Intel’s latest NVMe based 3D NAND drives.  The just opened today, but we have received very positive feedback from attendees who could not believe we could get so many IOPS out of a configuration this size.  This is just the beginning for us in building scale-out Hyper-Converged infrastructure.  The S2D-3110 is proving itself as a high-performance platform designed to maximize input/output (I/O) transactions per second (IOPS) for demanding in-memory applications Microsoft Hekaton* for analytics, Microsoft SQL*, Microsoft Exchange and Hyper-V VMs. The DataOn Hyper-Converged model provides scale out services, on demand, with a linear growth in performance.

One of the best parts of any show is when you get to see your name in lights, our in this case PowerPoint. Microsoft made a point to provide us some special acknowledgement on the DataON S2D-3110 demo and how it demonstrates proof that DataON’s Hyper-Converged Storage Appliances are “The Microsoft Platform.”
We will have a more complete wrap up of IDF 2016 after the show. We wish to thank our partners at Intel and Microsoft for giving us the latest technology and providing major support to pull off this demo and together.

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