FUJITSU PLANS TO SHIP software defined storage appliances based on Intel Xeon hardware and the open source Ceph data storage software to offer highly scalable systems to customers dealing with large volumes of data.
The Japanese firm will preview the new storage systems at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco next week, which is a strong hint that the appliances will be based on Intel's upcoming Xeon E5v3 processors, versions of which are optimised for network and storage applications.
Fujitsu disclosed that its new appliances will use the open-source Ceph software, are based on Intel Xeon processors, use Intel solid-state disk (SSD) drives for storage, and ship with the Intel Virtual Storage Manager (Intel VSM), software that Intel has developed specifically to help manage Ceph clusters.
Target customers for the new appliances are service providers and cloud operators, as well as public sector organisations responsible for large online data volumes, for which cost is a significant factor. Fujitsu also said it is targeting financial institutions requiring ad hoc access to historical data such as contractual documents.
Exponential data growth is pushing today's storage architecture to its limits, according to Fujitsu. For this reason, switching to a software based distributed storage system that can scale easily and cost effectively is seen as the answer.
Because Ceph integrated with the Linux kernel and the Openstack cloud computing framework, Fujitsu claimed that its new appliances also serve as the ideal storage architecture for Openstack users.
Other vendors agree, with Red Hat acquiring Ceph developer Inktank earlier this year and releasing an enhanced version, Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.2, to support its Red Hat Enterprise Linux Openstack Platform.
However, as Ceph is open source, organisations that find it fits with their requirements could just as easily deploy Ceph themselves onto commodity server hardware. Fujitsu must be hoping that pre-integration of all the components, plus service and support, will make its appliances appeal to corporate buyers. µ
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