DataON Storage introduced us to the low-latency, high throughput technology from Mellanox", stated Rechi Relatores, system architect, Hitachi Solutions America Ltd. "By combining the Microsoft certified solution from DataON Storage and the ConnectX-3 network adapters, were able to achieve a scalable solution with exceptional efficiency and storage density."
DataON's Windows Server 2012 R2 certified Cluster-in-a-Box storage system provides scalable shared tiered storage capacity, lower power and ease of deployment in a low TCO, resilient footprint. When coupled with Mellanox RDMA - Remote Direct Memory Access - enabled I/O adapters, the CiB appliance enables small- and mid-size businesses to maximize ROI by consolidating hardware costs, simplifying deployments and providing ideal resiliency, while at the same time delivering economical scalable storage with industry-leading networking performance and resource efficiency.
"Windows Server 2012 R2 includes groundbreaking networking functionality, called SMB Direct, which supports the use of network adapters that have RDMA-capability", stated Jose Barreto, principal PM manager, Cloud and enterprise, at Microsoft. "The collaboration between DataON Storage and Mellanox has potential to deliver impressive end-to-end storage and networking performance improvements."
The Mellanox-supported DataON CiB appliance utilizes the server failover and resiliency features of Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces to achieve high availability (HA) dual-node clustering with shared storage capacity. Currently shipping in two variants, the CiB-9220 12-bay 2U is purpose-built for Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) deployments and the massively dense CiB-9470 with up to 420TB capacity in a 4U enclosure, requiring 75 percent less rack space than legacy storage. With a power savings of more than 30 percent, the solution delivers IT data centre administrators a cost-effective private Cloud appliance solution.
"DataON Storage has a strong history of working closely with software-defined storage communities", stated Trenton R. Baker, vice president business development, DataON Storage. "We're excited to bring the DataON CiB platform leveraging RDMA enabled adapters from Mellanox to the software-defined Windows Server 2012 R2 community, by providing the optimal throughput needed for successful auto-tiering storage deployments."
Mellanox offers industry-leading end-to-end latency and infrastructure flexibility with adapters supporting RoCE. RDMA technology offloads data transport to free up CPU for virtualized networks, data intensive Cloud applications and data analytics. Mellanox RDMA-enabled InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnects provide a high-performance and cost-effective solution that scales easily with the DataON Cluster-in-a-Box platform, leveraging RDMA offloading with SMB Direct to accelerate data access and provide the throughput needed to satisfy high Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) SSD devices present in Windows Server 2012 R2 hot data tiering.
"As the amount of data continues to grow exponentially, the market needs to adopt advanced technologies that enable faster and more efficient access to storage", stated Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "We are pleased to see DataOn among the first companies to recognize this need and to integrate our RDMA interconnect solutions in their Storage CiB-9220 appliance."