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Given wire speed is less about speed, and more about the absence of bottlenecks, component synergy is fundamental to our design and build process. We ensure every single component works to its potential unhindered by any other component in the same wire speed chain. This is true at a chip-and-circuit level, at an appliance level, and also within any SoftIron HyperDrive cluster, including the Managers and Routers. Join HyperDrive clusters using our data center specific HyperSwitch, and you get scale-out storage at wire speed right through your facility.

Reading and writing results

An independent evaluation was done by StackHPC, testing HyperDrive against a well spec’d data-center-cluster equipped with dual socket Xeon processors. The insta-worthy results are below. The full independent test makes for an interesting read – grab it here.

How we double density

We designed and built HyperDrive specifically for Ceph storage, not for compute, that’s how we achieve density increases of 2x to 10x. Most manufacturers assemble a multi-use unit around a motherboard and processor, adding software as an afterthought, but HyperDrive was built with a clear focus on scalable storage performance at wire speed.

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Wire speed without wires

Cables can increase bit error rate, compromising reliability and performance, so we created HyperDrive without wires. We designed and build onto, a monolithic high speed backplane designed to operate at up to 6 terabits per second so you get perfect data transmission at wire speed, with wire-free reliability 24/7/365 ++. Performance is nothing without reliability.

Why SoftIron?

Task-specific engineering that delivers power efficient performance

HyperDrive has been designed from the ground up for full interoperability with Ceph. This, combined with a form factor designed to maximise cooling efficiency, means that single racks can be densely provisioned while remaining within power limits. Filling racks in this manner, and distributing data evenly with powerful replication methods, can offer dramatic cost savings compared to traditional enterprise solutions.

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Fully auditable secure provenance

Where other manufacturers opt to cut costs by outsourcing manufacture to third parties (and therefore passing on the supply chain risks to their customers) SoftIron takes the opposite approach.

SoftIron has in-house, full control over the design and manufacture of our products. Because of this, we can readily enable appliance integrity audits and system verification at a granular level by third parties.

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Simplify infrastructure management tasks at any scale

Skilled network and data engineers are difficult to find, and not all organisations can afford to hire one even when they’re available.

HyperDrive addresses critical skills shortages around data infrastructure management, by simplifying common data centre administration and maintenance tasks. By using SoftIron’s products, customers can conduct many previously complex data management tasks via the dashboard provided by the HyperDrive Storage Manager, and our patented “Ceph button”.

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Comprehensive, cost effective support options

SoftIron’s superior, end-to-end support and professional services are designed to help your team get the maximum value from your storage environment. Improve your time-to-value by making use of our factory configuration services, or take advantage of our hardware support tiers for L2 engineer access and periodic service reviews.

And if you need access to industry leading expertise, our HyperSafe Ceph Support program is available to anyone running Ceph – not just those using HyperDrive.

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