Storageless Data – agility at its finest

Detach your data from bare-metal machines with a global file system from Hammerspace.

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Storageless Data – agility at its finest

Detach your data from bare-metal machines with a global file system from Hammerspace.

We should write the word agility everywhere to remind ourselves how crucial it is for businesses these days. It is tough to build a big and powerful organization; it takes time to find people you trust with the skillset, knowledge, and experience that you need. But even if you do it, constant market changes force you to react fast to succeed! The road to success is built on a good team and a fast, precise reaction.
IT can always help with the speed of things if the approach is correct. It can be a jet engine speeding up your business if you choose the right way to attach it. With the right approach, IT can deliver the agility that your business needs to answer the market’s demands. We always think what the one thing that slows us down the most is. For data, the machine is the culprit that holds data down, making it attached to the bare-metal storage machine, trapping it on the specific location. Moving the from If we could imagine data without storage, detach it from bare-metal devices, we could imagine sky-high speed and agility for your business.

 

Of course, we are far from having data stored on anything other than bare-metal storage drives, but a new term, storageless data, is something the industry has recently started to use. There is a lot of ambiguity in the term; some consider it a marketing hype while others consider it a real thing. The contradiction in terms originates from the inability of the data to exist outside of the storage. So the question is: what is storageless data then?
Using the term storageless doesn’t mean that your data doesn’t live on storage. Ultimately, compute must run on servers, and data must live on a bare-metal storage device. As far as serverless computing goes, the term’s contradiction emphasizes that we do not need to care about the mapping-to-server if we want to get our jobs done. In the same way, the term storageless data is a slap in a face contradiction that tells that even if I need to work with my data, I don’t want to think about the underlying storage infrastructure. It is a consumer-centric approach because it puts in front the perspective of the users who works with the data, rather than the perspective of the IT operative who works with infrastructure. With Hammerspace, you will get your job done without the need to think about mapping to storage and the underlying infrastructure. Essentially, this concept can be described as data as a service.

Of course, there is a lot more to Hammerspace than ultimate data agility. It overcomes the siloed nature of hybrid cloud storage and delivers global data access, enables the use of any storage in hybrid cloud infrastructures, and is built for high performance. Hammerspace is a global file system that grants you access to your data from any cloud and across any infrastructure. It serves, manages, and protects data on any infrastructure… anywhere. Ultimately, Hammerspace is modernizing data workflows so they can move from IT-centric to business-centric data.

The HAMMERSPACE advantage

1. Cost profiling

Hammerspace platform constantly monitors available storage infrastructure and data behavior to predict the cost of different tiering scenarios, whether on-premises or in the cloud. It provides you with valuable and accurate information that allows you to concentrate on your infrastructure costs, allowing you to make informed business decisions.

 

2. Business objectives oriented automation

Now it is possible to teach your infrastructure about the nature of your business. With Hammerspace, you can define your business objectives, and the software will create extensible user-defined metadata that will help the machine learning mechanism to tier and automate the data across storage, sites, and clouds in the best way for your business.

 

3. Multi-site, multi-cloud

Universal global namespace, virtualized and replicated at a file-level granularity, enables active-active data accessibility across all sites. It allows access to your data from any cloud and across any infrastructure.

 

4. Data management at a file-level

Hammerspace enables you to manage your data to the level of a particular file. But the real benefit of this technology is that file granular data management is the only way to efficiently scale across complex mixed infrastructure without making unnecessary copies of entire data-volumes.

 

5. No disruptions

There are two aspects of the non-disruptiveness of Hammerspace. Zero-downtime assimilation that quickly brings data online and live data mobility technology that eliminates migration disruptions. Those two technologies combined make your data highly accessible and secure at any time.

 

6. High performance

Hammerspace delivers high-performance across hybrid clouds by simplifying performance and capacity planning. The planning is simplified through parallel and scale-out filesystem with direct data access.

 

Aside from mentioned features and advantages, Hammerspace offers a long list of useful features:

1. Native Kubernetes Support
2. Share-level snapshots
3. Undelete
4. Data replication
5. Real-time analytics
6. Support for NFS, SMB, and S3
7. Global dedupe & compression
8. WORM data-lock
9. Data-in-place assimilation
10. Data virtualization
11. Programmable REST API
12. Kubernetes CSI driver
13. Third-party KMS integration, etc.,…

We recommend you to check out this (link) awesome video of Hammerspce CEO David Flynn explaining the concept of storageless data. Braineeing engineers are happy to work directly with Hammersapce to ensure that the infrastructure you receive is custom-tailored for your business. If you have any additional questions, want our engineers to estimate the state of your infrastructure and its compatibility with Hammerspace technology, or just want to chat, feel free to call us!

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Storageless Data – agility at its finest

Detach your data from bare-metal machines with a global file system from Hammerspace.

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Storageless Data – agility at its finest

Detach your data from bare-metal machines with a global file system from Hammerspace.

We should write the word agility everywhere to remind ourselves how crucial it is for businesses these days. It is tough to build a big and powerful organization; it takes time to find people you trust with the skillset, knowledge, and experience that you need. But even if you do it, constant market changes force you to react fast to succeed! The road to success is built on a good team and a fast, precise reaction.
IT can always help with the speed of things if the approach is correct. It can be a jet engine speeding up your business if you choose the right way to attach it. With the right approach, IT can deliver the agility that your business needs to answer the market’s demands. We always think what the one thing that slows us down the most is. For data, the machine is the culprit that holds data down, making it attached to the bare-metal storage machine, trapping it on the specific location. Moving the from If we could imagine data without storage, detach it from bare-metal devices, we could imagine sky-high speed and agility for your business.

 

Of course, we are far from having data stored on anything other than bare-metal storage drives, but a new term, storageless data, is something the industry has recently started to use. There is a lot of ambiguity in the term; some consider it a marketing hype while others consider it a real thing. The contradiction in terms originates from the inability of the data to exist outside of the storage. So the question is: what is storageless data then?
Using the term storageless doesn’t mean that your data doesn’t live on storage. Ultimately, compute must run on servers, and data must live on a bare-metal storage device. As far as serverless computing goes, the term’s contradiction emphasizes that we do not need to care about the mapping-to-server if we want to get our jobs done. In the same way, the term storageless data is a slap in a face contradiction that tells that even if I need to work with my data, I don’t want to think about the underlying storage infrastructure. It is a consumer-centric approach because it puts in front the perspective of the users who works with the data, rather than the perspective of the IT operative who works with infrastructure. With Hammerspace, you will get your job done without the need to think about mapping to storage and the underlying infrastructure. Essentially, this concept can be described as data as a service.

Of course, there is a lot more to Hammerspace than ultimate data agility. It overcomes the siloed nature of hybrid cloud storage and delivers global data access, enables the use of any storage in hybrid cloud infrastructures, and is built for high performance. Hammerspace is a global file system that grants you access to your data from any cloud and across any infrastructure. It serves, manages, and protects data on any infrastructure… anywhere. Ultimately, Hammerspace is modernizing data workflows so they can move from IT-centric to business-centric data.

The HAMMERSPACE advantage

1. Cost profiling

Hammerspace platform constantly monitors available storage infrastructure and data behavior to predict the cost of different tiering scenarios, whether on-premises or in the cloud. It provides you with valuable and accurate information that allows you to concentrate on your infrastructure costs, allowing you to make informed business decisions.

 

2. Business objectives oriented automation

Now it is possible to teach your infrastructure about the nature of your business. With Hammerspace, you can define your business objectives, and the software will create extensible user-defined metadata that will help the machine learning mechanism to tier and automate the data across storage, sites, and clouds in the best way for your business.

 

3. Multi-site, multi-cloud

Universal global namespace, virtualized and replicated at a file-level granularity, enables active-active data accessibility across all sites. It allows access to your data from any cloud and across any infrastructure.

 

4. Data management at a file-level

Hammerspace enables you to manage your data to the level of a particular file. But the real benefit of this technology is that file granular data management is the only way to efficiently scale across complex mixed infrastructure without making unnecessary copies of entire data-volumes.

 

5. No disruptions

There are two aspects of the non-disruptiveness of Hammerspace. Zero-downtime assimilation that quickly brings data online and live data mobility technology that eliminates migration disruptions. Those two technologies combined make your data highly accessible and secure at any time.

 

6. High performance

Hammerspace delivers high-performance across hybrid clouds by simplifying performance and capacity planning. The planning is simplified through parallel and scale-out filesystem with direct data access.

 

Aside from mentioned features and advantages, Hammerspace offers a long list of useful features:

1. Native Kubernetes Support
2. Share-level snapshots
3. Undelete
4. Data replication
5. Real-time analytics
6. Support for NFS, SMB, and S3
7. Global dedupe & compression
8. WORM data-lock
9. Data-in-place assimilation
10. Data virtualization
11. Programmable REST API
12. Kubernetes CSI driver
13. Third-party KMS integration, etc.,…

We recommend you to check out this (link) awesome video of Hammerspce CEO David Flynn explaining the concept of storageless data. Braineeing engineers are happy to work directly with Hammersapce to ensure that the infrastructure you receive is custom-tailored for your business. If you have any additional questions, want our engineers to estimate the state of your infrastructure and its compatibility with Hammerspace technology, or just want to chat, feel free to call us!

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Compose Bare-Metal Machines in Seconds!

Liqid's concept of disaggregated composable infrastructure

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Liqid's concept of disaggregated composable infrastructure

IT infrastructure and its subsistence on the market play a significant role in a company or an organization. IT infrastructure enables the company to develop value in a particular time required to deliver what the market wants. To achieve this, the company or its IT department must overcome two main challenges:

  1. The span of services IT needs to perform; i.e., the capacity that produces complexity,
  2. The time it needs to change to answer the challenges the market produces, i.e., the flexibility.

Today, the company strives to reduce both the complexity and the time to establish an IT infrastructure that should meet the market’s needs. Liquid gives us the solution for both.

Composable infrastructure was born as a combination of some of the best parts of Converged and Hyperconverged infrastructure, unlike HCI, which inserts a software virtualization layer. Composable infrastructure maps bare-metal resources to create a server instance that can be configured in a short period, at the request of the user or application reconfigured if necessary. We take a building-block-based approach with composable solutions, where resources are implemented as disaggregated pools and managed dynamically through the software.

 

Picture 1. Liqid

 

Liqid is the global leader in software-defined composable infrastructure, delivering the optimal adaptive architecture for next-generation AI-driven applications in HPC environments. The Liqid Composable platform empowers users to manage, scale, and configure physical bare-metal server systems in seconds and then reallocate core data center devices on-demand as workflows and business needs evolve.

The adaptive breadth of the platform makes it the most comprehensive composable infrastructure solution in the market today. For example, Liquid use cases vary from AI and Deep Learning, HPC, Clustering, to Dynamic Cloud and 5G Edge.

Liqid Composable Infrastructure is designed to address and solve problems by enabling valuable resources to be deployed through software in just the right amounts and with a minimum time spent on IT operations across PCIe fabric. Liqid Composable Infrastructure is interconnecting pools of compute, networking, data storage, and graphics processing devices to deliver incredibly advanced results through the PCIe fabric. The IT resources required to support applications would be deployed on precisely the right hardware content and at exactly the right time and then redeployed to another application when no longer needed. Liqid made time to configure, for resource capacity and infrastructure complexity, lower than ever, preserving high precision.

 

Picture 2. Liqid Composable Disaggregated Infrastructure

 

Liqid enables the ideal use of IT resources. There are no idle steps due to setup configuration or expansion, saving time and money. The solution consists of three primary components:

  • Command Center to manage the whole system,
  • Fabric to connect various parts of the system,
  • and compute resources.

Picture 3. Liqid components

The MANAGEMENT

Liqid Command Center is the powerful management software platform that automates, orchestrates, and composes physical computer systems from pools of bare-metal resources. It provides administrators with a way to graphically and programmatically create the desired configuration systems using compute, storage, network, GPU, and other resources present on the Fabric.

https://www.liqid.com/products/composable-infrastructure/liqid-command-center

 

Picture 4. Liqid Command Center

 

 

The FABRIC

The Fabric is a crucial component of a Liqid solution. All components in a server (i.e., CPU, memory, storage, GPUs) are connected through the PCIe bus. The Liqid solution disaggregates devices, removing them from one physical point and placing them in designated physical enclosures.  The Liqid software maps this disaggregates devices across a PCIe fabric via copper or optical connection.  Liqid Fabric switches offer low enough latency and allow the components to be disaggregated. Port-to-port measurements showed that the latest PCIe 4.0 Liqid fabric switch has a low latency below 100 nanoseconds, small enough to be non-impactful to the complex application.

Picture 5. Liqid Fabric

 

In collaboration with Brodaccom, Liqid has developed new PCIe 4 generation switches, and the real example is Liqid Grid LQD9448 48 Port Gen 4 Fabric Switch. This scalable and highly available PCIe 4.0 switch doubles throughput regarding PCIe 3.0, which allows the bandwidth of up to 256 GT/s(Giga transfers per second) per port, which reduces latency and increases performance.

This communication method, via PCIe fabric, enables Liqid to avoid additional protocol translation and make easier and faster communication between components. Using the native PCie network allows Liqid to combine many different resources and dynamically assign them to the physical server that the user needs for a particular application.

 

The RESOURCES

The Liqid composable disaggregated infrastructure uses software to create bare-metal server deploys pools of resources using commodity hardware of Optane-based Memory, NVMe, NIC’s, GPU’s, FPGA’s. Compute resources are provided by commodity x86 servers containing both CPU and RAM. The Liqid Command Center software is responsible for the orchestration and connecting resources from approved hardware across ultra-low latency PCIe fabric and all major data center fabrics, including PCI-Express, Ethernet, and Infiniband.

 

Picture 6. Liqid resources

 

Components such as GPUs, FPGAs, NICs, SSDs, and AICs are placed in chassis, which can be connected via PCIe or Ethernet. There are several different ones, such as LQD300x20X Expansion Chassis, LQD300x04X Expansion Chassis, and LQD300x24X Expansion Chassis.

 

More information:

https://www.liqid.com/products/composable-infrastructure

https://www.liqid.com/products/composable-infrastructure/liqid-lqd300x04x-expansion-chassis

https://www.liqid.com/products/composable-infrastructure/liqid-lqd300x20x-expansion-chassis

https://www.liqid.com/products/composable-infrastructure/liqid-lqd300x24x-expansion-chassis

 

Liqid delivers improved resources with software-defined infrastructure composability for solid-state non-volatile memory (NVMe) solutions. Liqid enables IT users to compose NVMe devices alongside FPGAs, CPUs, GPUs, NICs, and other PCIe-connected technologies. Composable NVMe on Liqid intelligent fabrics expands the promise of composability, allowing IT users to create and maintain a more efficient data center infrastructure. Likewise, Liqid enables the clustering of dozens of GPUs for the most demanding workloads, real-time GPU to CPU allocation, and even CPU bypass for “peer-to-peer” data transactions. High-performance GPU resources are allocated through software at bare-metal across Liqid’s ultra-low-latency platform, simplifying scalability and resource orchestration. Composable Intel Optane Technology combines the unparalleled high throughput, low latency, quality of service (QoS), and endurance of Intel Optane SSDs with Liqid’s industry-leading PCIe fabrics. It provides composability with the scaling of capacity and bandwidth.  Achieving DRAM-like data speeds, Intel Optane SSDs are allocated directly across PCIe as bare-metal resources.

Composable NVMe, GPU, and Intel Optane unlock the performance and efficiency necessary for a wide variety of use cases in artificial intelligence and machine learning, high-performance computing, cloud, and edge computing environments.

 

More information:

https://www.liqid.com/solutions/expansion/liqid-composable-nvme-flash

https://www.liqid.com/solutions/expansion/liqid-composable-nvidia-gpu

https://www.liqid.com/solutions/expansion/liqid-composable-intel-optane-technology

https://www.liqid.com/products/composable-storage

 

 

 

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