Do you have the right storage infrastructure to accommodate constant change?
IT vendors love their superlatives… you’ve heard it before… “Data is growing at an exponential rate and by the year 2020, we’ll have a gazillion zeta-bytes of new data created every day." But if you look past the hyperbole, the creation of data is growing. But beyond just transporting and storing that data, what’s more important is the value that’s embedded in the data and how businesses are able to extract that value in real-time. That holds true across industries: manufacturing companies deploying IoT solutions, financial services companies trading securities and managing risk, enterprises looking for and preventing cyber threats, eCommerce companies with real-time marketing, and the list goes on and on.
The common thread across these real-time digital businesses is the fact that the data flows, and the applications that extract value from them, are ever-changing. The days of static solutions operating on relatively static data are long gone. Both the software and infrastructure have to accommodate real-time change in the new world – i.e. real-time data and real-time applications dictate real-time composable infrastructure.
At the 2017 VMworld show in Las Vegas in the US, Attala Systems, Ericsson and Intel® demonstrate the industry’s first “high performance composable storage infrastructure” solution that rises to this challenge. The three companies have been collaborating on this disruptive technology for the last twenty months and now we’re ready to present it to the industry.
Technology for the real-time digital business
The combination of the Attala solution with Ericsson’s Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 creates fully composable cloud infrastructure that delivers bare-metal NVMe SSD performance and capabilities along with full cloud efficiency, agility, flexibility, and scale-out automation. The solution is also the industry’s first data center solution wholly based on an Intel® SOC FPGA fabric which enables cost and power efficiencies, and bare-metal performance and operation.
The combined solution disaggregates SSD storage from compute resources into a networked-connected pool using Intel® FPGAs with highly efficient, 100% hardware paths. Used together, virtual compute pools - called vPODs - and virtual storage pools are deployed and managed from a single pane of glass using industry standard protocols and APIs: NVMe-over-fabrics, DMTF Redfish, SNIA Swordfish and more.
High-performance vPODs and storage can be rapidly deployed and optimized as needed to meet the ever-changing requirements of the incoming data flows and real-time analytics workloads running above. In addition to its agility, the solution helps maximize utilization of hardware resources, which can reduce power, cooling, and footprint in the data center to help businesses drastically increase the efficiency of their physical infrastructure resulting in lower TCO.
Rest assured that we are unrelenting in our mission to change the industry with infrastructure that is both high-performance and perfectly agile and composable.
Tomas Fredberg contributed material to this post (along with Taufik Ma; see below). Mr. Fredberg, Senior Expert IT & Telco Datacenter Infrastructure, has more than 15 years of experience within system development for hardware infrastructure platforms. He is a long-time Ericsson employee with more than 30 years working in Ericsson’s Research and Development, holding managerial positions in line, project, product and systems management. The last 5 years Mr Fredberg has held the role of Chief Architect for the Ericsson Blade System and now the Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000. Apart from working in Sweden he also has experience from working in other countries, having worked both in Germany and Australia.