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Scale your containerised microservices with SoftIron’s platform streamlining management of the storage layer underneath

Containers have afforded greater portability between platforms, faster enhancement delivery and app start-up times, along with easier scaling. But they aren’t going to solve your storage management issues alone. That’s where our HyperDrive appliances come in; providing efficient, scalable block, object and file storage, while minimising your management overhead.

Bottlenecks begone

Want to implement a distributed file system for microservices? CephFS’ efficient file metadata server allows workloads to scale without a hit to I/O, with obstacles to performance reduced even further by HyperDrive’s task-specific engineering. By ensuring every single hardware component works to its full potential, unhindered by any other component in the same wire speed chain, we remove the I/O bottlenecks that plague generic hardware.

Backup with immutability

Kubernetes offers built-in redundancy, but this alone won’t tick the boxes for your organisation’s backup, data recovery and archiving policies.

HyperDrive’s support for data immutability (also known as S3 Object lock) provides WORM (write once, ready many) capability, by “locking” a known data set from change – ideal for resilience against ransomware attacks.

Multi-protocol storage for your microservices environment

Protocols available include S3 and Swift compatible RESTful HTTP API, iSCSI, SMB, and NFS.

Since NFS does not have load balancing and redundancy built into the protocol, this is implemented via HyperDrive by using a floating IP address that is shared between service nodes.

You can also create your own interface for accessing Ceph block, object and file storage using Ceph’s native protocols with LIBRADOS.

Integration with SUSE Rancher

SUSE Rancher provides a centralised management interface for your Kubernetes clusters, addressing the issue of deploying containerised, consistent and easily-tailored solutions across multiple environments.

To help you easily get started with container management on your HyperDrive Ceph clusters, we’ve released a SoftIron HyperDrive app on the Rancher marketplace. With this combination, you can streamline your administration activities to manage users, projects and clusters consistently.

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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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