ScaleIO, the leader in software-defined storage, today emerged from
stealth mode and announced the release of ScaleIO ECS v1.1 scale-out
storage software. With ECS v1.0 already successfully deployed by leading
enterprises and managed service providers, such as SAP (NYSE:SAP), Check
Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP), Aer Lingus (LSE:AERL), OCF
accounts, and Colt (LSE:COLT), ScaleIO brings unprecedented operational
flexibility and cost savings to high-performance databases, virtual
servers, end-user computing, and high-performance computing.
ScaleIO ECS eliminates the dependence on complex, expensive external SAN
storage and fabric by presenting business application servers' local
disks as a robust, high-performance, shared virtual SAN. ECS provides
hyper-scalability and enterprise-grade resilience while also reducing
storage costs by more than 80%, delivering a direct savings of over 28%
on an organization's total IT budget.
"As enterprises consolidate into mega-data centers and SMEs move to
cloud and hosting infrastructures, data centers are rapidly expanding to
many thousands of servers. As a result, data center operators face
constantly increasing levels of complexity and costs," explained Boaz
Palgi, CEO of ScaleIO. "ECS helps organizations manage these challenges
by providing a scale-out storage solution that was designed for
hyper-scalability, high performance, unprecedented elasticity, and low
total cost of ownership. ECS makes storage as inconspicuous as CPU and
RAM. Running seamlessly alongside business applications, ECS enables
data centers to be built wall to wall from commodity servers only."
With ECS, any administrator can add, move, or remove servers and
capacity on demand during I/O operations. The software responds
auomatically to any infrastructure change and rebalances data
accordingly across the grid. ECS helps ensure the highest level of
enterprise-grade resilience by deploying advanced clustering algorithms
whose distributed rebuild capabilities achieve the quickest handling of
failures while maintaining maximum storage performance.
Breaking traditional barriers of storage scalability, ECS scales out to
hundreds and thousands of nodes. Performance scales linearly with the
number of application servers and disks. Deploying ECS in both
greenfield and existing data center environments is a simple process and
takes only a few minutes.
ECS can be managed from both a command-line interface (CLI) and an
intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). ECS v1.1 natively supports all
the leading Linux distributions and hypervisors; works agnostically with
any SSD or HDD, regardless of type, model, or speed; and runs on x86,
ARM, and other chipsets-giving organizations complete freedom of choice.
Additional functionality includes encryption at rest and quality of
service (QoS) of performance.
"Software-defined storage enables IT organizations to break out of the
traditional SAN model that requires a staff of minions to perform
mundane storage tasks," commented Matthew Brisse, storage research
director at Gartner. "Software-defined storage enables the promise of
storage elasticity to match storage needs for traditional, virtual, and
service-oriented cloud strategies in response to the ever-changing
business requirements found in most IT organizations."
"ScaleIO offers an innovative solution enabling customers to utilize
capacity on hundreds of compute nodes and to aggregate that capacity
into a single shared LUN," said Julian Fielden, managing director, OCF.
"OCF has deployed and tested ScaleIO ECS on a cluster with several
hundred nodes in a large customer's high-performance computing
environment. The software made previously unused capacity available to
the business applications and to a distributed file system while
demonstrating impressive performance and resilience."
ECS has been successfully deployed in a variety of other environments,
including development and testing, virtual desktop infrastructures,
high-performance databases, private clouds, and environments competing
with Amazon EBS.
ScaleIO ECS v1.1 is available immediately. To see a demo, sign up for a
trial, or purchase ECS, go to www.scaleio.com.
ScaleIO is the leader in elastic converged storage. ECS, the flagship
ScaleIO solution, enables data centers to cut storage costs by over 80%
and streamlines storage operations by converging storage into compute.
Founded in early 2011 by a team of storage industry veterans who set out
to revolutionize enterprise data storage, the company is funded by
top-tier venture capital firms, including Greylock Partners and Norwest
Venture Partners (NVP). ECS is in use at large data centers in the
United States and Europe. For more information, visit www.scaleio.com.
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