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Before HyperDrive Storage Manager takes all the limelight at CloudFest 2019, the other announcement we have to make today is that we’re also launching the HyperDrive Storage Router: the first real, unified solution for using Ceph across the enterprise, seamlessly incorporating all of your existing storage protocols

Our HyperDrive Storage Router is a highly intelligent services gateway for software-defined storage (SDS) that supports multiple protocols and enables enterprise-wide adoption of Ceph. By consolidating user shares, virtualization and any other storage technologies onto one scaleable, high-performance platform, the power of Ceph is unlocked for the entire organization, no matter the end user.

SDS is an attractive enterprise storage solution due to its’ ability to scale as an organization grows, and Ceph is widely considered to be the leading open-source software that underpins SDS. However, one of the biggest challenges for Ceph-driven SDS is its’ inability to support all of the necessary services an enterprise may need. Whilst Ceph caters to Block, Object, and File storage protocols, it is unable to simultaneously provide for end-users such as iSCSI, NFS, SMB/CIFS, until now

HyperDrive Storage Router acts as the intermediary between all of these different protocols, finally allowing businesses to leverage Ceph as their unified storage solution. As you can imagine, this massively reduces the complications, delays, and costs that administrators would have had to deal with in the past” says Tim Massey, SoftIron’s CEO. “It unlocks the exponential potential of Ceph and SDS and allows the entire enterprise to benefit from this technology, regardless of the end-user.

“HyperDrive Storage Router has been built as a services gateway that can have different services modules added as features or requirements grow over time. The benefit for our customers is long-term scalability and considerable cost reductions.  A great example of this is support for VMware. You may want to consolidate all of your storage on Ceph and that is where you would use a storage router. It exposes iSCSI block services to VMware while at the same time storing all data within the Ceph cluster maintaining all of the benefits of Ceph for the enterprise” says Tim. “It will do for SDS what Uber did for transport.

Coupled with the HyperDrive Storage Manager, all of this can be managed via a unified, online system, vastly reducing the management complexity and overhead of your storage.

Learn more about HyperDrive Storage Router here, or contact us to book a demo here.