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Get Flexible, Scale-Out Storage for Massive Data Growth With Software-Defined Storage (SDS)

Software-defined storage (SDS) can give customers a comprehensive array of out-of-the-box features and capabilities, and enable efficient use of storage resources.

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In today’s information age, as the amount of data being generated explodes, businesses are faced with a challenge of storing, accessing, and analysing a staggering amount of data from a variety of sources. To overcome this challenge, a revolutionary approach to storage is needed. And software-defined storage (SDS) from Lenovo delivers exactly that — a new approach that cuts complexity, improves performance, scales rapidly, and reduces costs.

Software-defined storage (SDS) abstracts storage capabilities dynamically derived from physical or virtual devices and/or services — independent of location or class of storage — to offer agility and deliver quality of service (QoS), while optimising costs. Traditional storage is built with proprietary technology and is overly complex. It is typically architected around scale up models which are costly to increase capacity, even for small amounts of storage which can lead to over-provisioning. In addition, many legacy storage systems force customers to take an a la carte approach to enterprise storage capabilities, such as de-duplication which also drive up long term cost.

Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is all about improving IT agility, storage performance, ease of use, and TCO. SDS solutions help automate decisions about storage based on application and data needs and characteristics that reduce the reliance on storage administrators and external management tools.

Today, every business depends on its digital data to provide insights and analysis into its business. Whether it be structured or unstructured, optimal storage and management of this data is a challenge for most organisations due to the following reasons:

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Explosive Data Growth
IDC forecasts that by 2025 the global data-sphere will grow to 163 zettabytes. That’s ten times the 16.1 ZB of data generated in 2016. As a result, a paradigm shift is occurring in how data is utilised, putting pressure on existing storage infrastructure.

A lot of data is captured and stored, but its value is dependent on:
• Being accessible to the right people.
• Being accessible at the right time.
• Being available on a device of their choice.

Complex Storage Architectures
Storage architectures are becoming increasingly sophisticated with different options depending on the need. However, choosing one isn’t as easy as one might assume.

Deciding on the right storage solution and approach depends on:
• The type of workload: Light, heavy, simple or complex.
• The type of storage: Block, file, or object.
• The storage tier - tier 1 (high performance) to tier 4 (low performance).

Confusing Storage Landscape
The vendor landscape, meanwhile, matches the increasing complexity of storage architecture. At best, the vendor landscape is confusing.

Navigating it to find the right solution can be a nightmare as a business has to consider:
• Saving legacy investments and reducing TCO.
• Integration of different storage architectures in a single datacenter.
• Performance tuned to the application and capacity.

47% of customers say greater agility is a factor for considering a SDS investment.

Lenovo’s Leadership in Block, File and Object Storage

Different workloads have different characteristics and hence require distinct approaches. Lenovo offers multiple options to ensure the right fit for your business application, irrespective of the complexity of the workload. As complex workloads become the norm in enterprises, storage solutions that can handle this well are preferred for the flexibility they offer. SDS can provide benefits such as easy application management, virtualised storage, and cloud-based access at low TCO. Lenovo’s Software-Defined Storage (SDS) appliance model focuses on customer requirements to produce the best solution for meeting specific needs and solve different problems.

Block StorageFile StorageObject Storage
Block-storage is mainly used for transactional databases, email, and virtual machines. Leading the industry on many metrics, below are a few business benefits that enterprises can derive when using Lenovo’s block-based software-defined storage (SDS).File-storage is mainly used for storing large files, sharing, and local archiving. Leading the industry on many metrics, below are a few business benefits that enterprises can derive when using Lenovo’s file-based software-defined storage.Object-storage is mainly used for storing data analytics, videos, photos, document records and online collaboration services. Leading the industry on many metrics, below are a few business benefits that enterprises can derive when using Lenovo’s object-based software-defined storage.
TCO DS2200 & DS4200 support intelligent real-time tiering capabilities that help optimise system performance, reduce costs, and simplify management. DX8200D offers not only all the features of advanced storage like deduplication, compression, auto-tiering, caching, QoS, thin provision, and data migration, but also synchronous 3-site replication.TCO The DX8200N, an affordable, highly efficient and durable storage platform, easily integrates into any existing cloud set-up and offers large capacity storage at very low $/TB. The DX8200N Nexenta appliance from Lenovo provides data management functionality and supports inline data reduction for additional storage cost savings.TCO The DX8200C makes it easy to build full-featured, on-premise Amazon S3-compliant storage at the cost of pennies per GB per month. Besides, it offers affordable, high-capacity storage to meet the growth of unstructured data. The DX8200C uses Cloudian’s efficient architecture, and industry standard components save 70% on CAPEX and its massive scalability and lights-out management results in 95% less overhead.
Scalability The DX8200D DataCore appliance from Lenovo solves storage silo issues with storage virtualisation for block storage and allows scaling from tens to hundreds of terabytes of managed storage. The DX8200D enables scaling to hundreds of terabytes of managed storage and avoids rip and replace by automatically adding additional storage capacity to existing pool.Scalability The DX8200N appliance utilises the D3284 84 drive JBOD to scale up to 6.72PB in addition to offering both file and block storage in a single cluster. The DX8200N Nexenta appliance from Lenovo offers massive scalability with the ability to run on all-flash, hybrid, and spinning disk configurations to meet your specific workload needs.Scalability The DX8200C can start small and scale to hundreds of petabytes. Its HyperStore peer-to-peer architecture allows almost endless scaling from as few as three servers to many hundreds of servers, across data centers and geographic regions. Automated data-tiering to the cloud is easily possible with the DX8200C. It is also 100% compatible with AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google GCP.
Performance The DX8200D offers flexible virtualisation of internal and external storage with automated storage tiering to accelerate transactional databases, anaytics, and enterprise applications. The DX8200D uses DataCore parallel I/O technology, in combination with high-speed RAM caching, to service read/write requests quickly to optimise performance.High Availability The DX8200N is designed for always-on data storage with multiple levels of protection and availability, including end-to-end data integrity, multi-parity RAID, multi-pathing, and replication. DX8200N Nexenta Appliance from Lenovo offers true high availability with full active/active clusters with the ability to failover without disconnecting the client and having the ability to self-heal failed disks.Reliability & Performance The DX8200C powered by Cloudian automates failure avoidance with Dynamic Object Routing. Additionally, it offers up to 14 nines data durability, or more, with configurable data protection. DX8200C processes multiple requests in parallel, across all nodes in HyperStore’s shared nothing cluster, thus eliminating bottlenecks and allowing performance to grow as nodes are added.
DataCore's survey found that amoung customers who deployed SDS

Lenovo’s Leadership in Scale Out Very High-Performance Storage

Deploying solutions for technical computing, HPC, analytics and cloud environments can place a significant burden on IT. The Lenovo Distributed Storage Solution for IBM Spectrum Scale (DSS-G) reduces the complexity of deployment with integrated, delivered and fully-supported solutions that match best-in-industry components with optimised solution design.

Ease of Deployment
Lenovo DSS-G is delivered as a pre-integrated, easy-to-deploy rack-level solution that dramatically reduces time-to-value and TCO. It gives the choice of shipping as a fully integrated unit with the Lenovo 1410 rack cabinet or with the Lenovo Client Site Integration Kit. The solution is tested, configured, and ready to be plugged in and turned on.

Extreme Scalability
Lenovo DSS-G for IBM Spectrum Scale can scale both performance and capacity with no bottlenecks, providing users with extreme scalability. Lenovo DSS-G combines the performance of Lenovo servers with IBM Spectrum Scale software to offer a high performance, scalable building block approach to storage needs.

Lenovo’s DSS-G solution for IBM Spectrum Scale allows for very low latency and its performance increases linearly when adding nodes. Lenovo’s DSS-G is a high-performance, low latency solution for managing data at scale with the distinctive ability to perform archive and analytics.

Real Stories from Real Customers to Start Your SDS Journey

Lenovo is the leader in scalable, affordable storage solutions to meet enormous data capacity needs. Lenovo understands customers’ needs and makes the solution and technology play well together. Here are some testimonials from Lenovo’s Software-Defined Storage (SDS) customers.

"“With the Lenovo Storage DX8200C solution, we can offer extremely flexible data storage services that deliver all the benefits of public cloud storage from our own datacenter.”"

Arthur Olshansky, CTO, Federal Hill Solutions

"“Everything that is mission-critical to the running of the hospital is supported by the DataCore virtualised storage platform. Users not only receive faster access to data, but they benefit from more server capacity as well.”"

Rog Fe de Leon, Head of the Storage Group, Maimonides

"“We are very satisfied with DataCore software-defined solution that complements the virtual server environment with VMware and Hyper-V perfectly. It gives us the storage flexibility to set up performance and highly available customer environments quickly, run stable and be easy to handle. It helps us to cover the various needs of our clients in a cost-efficient manner.” "

Håkon Svendsen, CTO, Braathe Gruppen AS

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