Ultimate Software is a leading cloud provider of comprehensive human capital management (HCM) solutions in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model to more than 2,800 customers with employees in 150 countries. “Storage has always been Ultimate’s biggest technology challenge" according to Senior Director of Cloud Operations, Steven May. The company’s storage goals revolve around managing growth while combining the economics of leveraging shared resources on demand with the performance and predictability of dedicated infrastructure. Seeking high IOPS performance, fault tolerance, and scalability, along with a high availability solution that supports both VMware and OpenStack, Ultimate's search led them to SolidFire.
This document includes general information about the Pure Storage architecture as it compares to SolidFire. Not intended to be exhaustive, it covers architectural elements where the solutions differ and impact overall suitability for the needs of the Next Generation Data Center (NGDC).
This document provides an overview of EMC’s XtremIO architecture as it compares to SolidFire. Not intended to be exhaustive, this overview covers select elements where the solutions differ and presents their impact to overall suitability for data center needs.
When comparing the architecture for Ceph and SolidFire, it is clear
that both are scale-out storage systems designed to use commodity
hardware, and the strengths of each make them complementary
solutions for datacenter design.
Founded in 1992 as a provider of integrated network, voice and data centre solutions, Colt’s business today has grown to encompass a wide range of IT services, spanning enterprise application hosting, business critical cloud and end-user computing solutions. Colt has 29 data centre locations supporting thousands of customers across 28 countries in Europe and Asia, including Swiss International Airlines, Shurgard, Berenberg, and Jaguar Land Rover. Colt’s award-winning solution portfolio is based on end-to-end data centre, network and IT services capabilities; its aim is to help its customers compete and win in their markets without being held back by hardware, licensing and resource limitations.
Ultimate Software is a leading cloud provider of comprehensive human capital management (HCM) solutions delivered via Software as a Service (SaaS). More than 2,800 customers with employees in 150 countries count on Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro® suite to unite all aspects of HR, payroll, and talent management throughout the employee life cycle, all supported by powerful reporting and analytics.
So you’ve chosen OpenStack for your cloud infrastructure. Now another big decision needs to be made: Block storage or object storage? OpenStack has sub-projects that deliver both block (Cinder) and object (Swift) storage. A variety of performance-focused primary storage and optimized secondary storage solutions are on the market, and they provide flexible, highly scalable storage services for OpenStack.
Quality of service (QoS) is a critical enabling technology for enterprises and service providers wanting to deliver consistent primary storage performance to business-critical applications in a multi-tenant or enterprise infrastructure. The type of applications that require primary storage services typically demand greater levels of performance than what is readily available from traditional storage infrastructures today. However, simply providing raw performance is often not the only objective in these use cases. For a broad range of business-critical applications, consistent and predictable performance are the more important metrics. Unfortunately, neither is easily achievable within traditional storage arrays.
This paper introduces five architectural principles guiding the development of the next generation data center (NGDC). It describes key market influences leading a fundamental enterprise IT transformation and the technological trends that support it. The five principles are: scale-out, guaranteed performance, automated management, data assurance, and global efficiencies. Cloud infrastructure delivery models such as IaaS, private clouds, and software-defined data centers (SDDC) are foundations for the NGDC. In an era where IT is expected to ensure productiongrade support with a plethoric flow of new applications and data, these models demonstrate how to eliminate bottlenecks, increase self-service, and move the business forward. The NGDC applies a software-defined everything (SDx) discipline in a traditional, hardware-centric business to gain business advantage.
With increasing demands being made on enterprise IT
departments to keep up with the accelerating pace of business,
infrastructure has to enable more dynamic, eficient application
and IT service delivery. Unfortunately, more ofen than not, IT
provisioning can be a bottleneck. Traditional means are ofen
ineficient. When developers plan their projects and estimate the
server, networking, and storage resources they need, they ofen
overestimate and pad their requests to ensure what actually
gets provisioned is adequate. The formal request comes via an IT
ticket, and then the waiting begins. Days, possibly weeks go by
before they get the resources they need, and all the while they’re
unable to iterate on and evolve core business oferings.
It’s no surprise that the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market is exploding; its benefits are evident and mounting. In fact, IDC predicts that the SaaS market will grow significantly by 2020. SaaS end users are reaping the benefits of greater software efficiency, agility, reduced operational headaches, and trading CapEx for OpEx. The SaaS model enables low cost to entry, scale, and no maintenance as opposed to traditional software which placed these burdens on the end user.
Der Eintritt von NetApp in den Hyperkonvergenzmarkt ist seit Langem überfällig, und die Lösung wird bei den wichtigsten Kunden des Unternehmens große Wellen schlagen. IDC ist der Meinung, dass die Entscheidung von NetApp für die Technologie von SolidFire als Grundlage der HCI beweist, dass es verstärkt auf die neue Generation von Speichertechnologien setzt, die den digitalen Wandel ermöglichen. Die Integration mit Data Fabric zeigt, dass NetApp fähig ist, seine Vision für die hybride Cloud und den Datenverkehr in all seine Lösungen einzubringen, damit Kunden ihre Pläne für eine hybride IT nahtlos vorantreiben können. Schließlich deuten die flexiblen Skalierungsmöglichkeiten darauf hin, dass NetApp nicht einfach in aller Eile ein „Me-too“ Produkt auf den Markt bringen, sondern vielmehr ernsthaft auf die kostenbezogenen Herausforderungen eingehen wollte, denen sich HCI-Kunden gegenübersehen.
This brief explains SolidFire's solution to the modern data center's struggle that exists between applications and storage, and how it offers a distinct scale-up storage application that intelligently dictates system performance in real time.
The SolidFire Definitive Guide: Guaranteeing Storage Performance covers the critical aspects of Quality of Service (QoS) in the evolving storage landscape, it’s importance as a component of storage architecture design, and worthy considerations when choosing designs in storage architecture to accommodate for an optimum QoS experience.
In order to achieve the five nines (aka, 99.999%), or higher availability, it is important to take a closer look at the design of your storage architecture systems. This paper offers a comprehensive method of assessing your current infrastructure, and provides insight into ways to transform your design to drive better outcomes.
An overview of EMC's ExtremIO architecture as it compares to NetApp SolidFire. Provides an overview of each solution's differences and their overall impact suitability needs of a next generation data center
A NetApp SolidFire pure storage architectural comparison brief. Covers each solution's architectural elements, where they differ and the impact on the overall suitability needs of a next generation data center.
Evaluate the four key design choices you need to consider when choosing your all-flash storage architecture. This report compares the design choices made by NetApp SolidFire and Pure Storage so you're better equipped to decide which product is best for your next-generation data center.