Should You Go All-flash with Your Storage?

Should You Go All-flash with Your Storage?

Should you use all-flash storage for your system? Ramesh Balan, VP Engineering for StorageCraft, answers in June’s TWiT TV’s show: “This Week in Enterprise Tech – A Storage Drive to Rule Them All”. Ramesh discussed the Exablox OneBlox and its innovative object storage system. He also offered some tips on how to efficiently manage storage with OneBlox tiered data architecture. Watch the recording of the show below!

Smart Object Storage With Exablox OneBlox

Ramesh explained the fundamentals of how the Exablox OneBlox uses object storage to create a seamless experience. The OneBlox system leverages object storage to increase system flexibility, at the same time servicing customers who use file systems as well.

“We leverage object storage in an unique way. Underneath the storage layer, as the files come in, we break it all up into objects. That allows us flexibility in building a true scale-out peer to peer cluster where we have content addressability and object immutability. At the same time, the vast amount of applications in the world are still running on file systems. We still want to serve all those customers using file systems, but provide the flexibility of object storage,” said Ramesh, on the show.

Exablox OneBlox supports NFS and SMB protocols, however data is stored as objects, explains Ramesh, adding that this is an unique value proposition for the syste.

Should You Use All-flash Storage?

Ramesh detailed how system administrators are able to increase efficiency and maximize their investment, when purchasing SSD or HDD drives. He added that the Exablox file system interface allows tiering data for optimal system performance.

“The object storage allows you to tier data in fine granularity. So you could apply policies in terms of least recently used objects – or, the files that are really important to you can keep on the flash. It allows you to seamlessly have a tiered storage where you have SATA, SAS, and even MVME which has sub-millisecond latency, and then you have hard-drives, which have 40-52 millisecond latency. When you go to the cloud, you have a half a second latency or more,” he said.

Users who are generating a lot of data need to manage everything seamlessly, and computers should do the job, added Ramesh. “That’s what the file system interface lets you do – have policies and tiering of data. It’s one of the opportunities that this kind of an architecture does for you,” said the StorageCraft VP.

SSD vs HDD Storage

During the interview,  Ramesh also discussed the versatility of the Exablox object storage and how data protection plays a crucial role in today’s storage architecture. Watch the entire recording of the show to see how Exablox works!

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