SoftIron’s HyperDrive Storage Node is our custom-designed, dedicated Ceph appliance, purpose-built for software-defined storage.

It takes more than generic hardware to get outstanding performance for storage, and because HyperDrive is custom built for Ceph, all components integrate with, and exploit Ceph’s outstanding functionality. The result is a high-performing, scale-out storage solution that runs at wire-speed, yet at less than 100W per 1U appliance.

Coupled with HyperDrive Storage Manager, all this is delivered via a sleek and intuitive online interface which is ideal for storage administrators or help desk personnel who are responsible for managing storage configuration or shares.

With HyperDrive Storage Nodes, you can easily and confidently:

  • Deploy your Ceph storage cluster on custom designed hardware that’s purpose built and optimized for storage
  • Seamlessly integrate HyperDrive into your existing Ceph environment
  • Simplify and centralize the management of your storage hardware and Ceph software
  • Run your data center at true wire-speed
  • Futureproof your data center with an infinitely scalable SDS solution, free from vendor lock-in
  • Manage your budget with a flexible, pay-as-you-go subscription model
  • Optimize your rack and reduce cooling costs with low power, 1U from factor appliances that use less than 100 watts under full load
  • Take advantage of our end-to-end, one vendor support for assistance with software and hardware

HyperDrive storage models


Spinning-media HyperDrive products with our lowest cost per terabyte.

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Reduce your rack footprint with our highest density HDD HyperDrive products.

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Hybrid technology combines HDD and SSD, delivering high-performance and cost efficiency.

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Our all-flash HyperDrive products for demanding environments and ultimate performance.

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Get a better ROI

We’re transforming storage from an expensive capital expenditure into an affordable and predictable operating expense that’s easy to justify. You’re never locked in to a contract, so buy only what you truly need for your data center − all for a very affordable price.


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Realize scalable storage at wirespeed

Every HyperDrive ships with optimized storage server hardware, designed by us, and pre-installed with Ceph, a leading open source, distributed, scale-out platform. The modular hardware is specifically optimized for storage-specific functions such as monitoring drives, controlling power and temperature, and providing quick responses through remote support, if required. It also inter-operates easily with any other solutions running Ceph in your data center.


More storage/unit than other vendors

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No commitment, pay-as-you go

Say goodbye to expensive contracts and steep upfront capital outlays. With HyperDrive, you get scale-out software-defined storage for a low monthly payment of less than 1 cent per GB per month.
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Freedom from Software Vendor Lock-in

Traditional storage vendors’ lock-in and lack of interoperability means a raw deal for you. HyperDrive is truly open so you can finally build a data center that meets your needs, not the vendor’s.
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Complete One-Vendor Solution

SDS on commodity hardware is great until you have to deal with multiple vendors to support your software and hardware. We design, build, and support HyperDrive, so you’re covered end-to-end.

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Try a pre-configured HyperDrive cluster for 90 days - risk free.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Ceph, and why are you using it for your storage platform?

    Ceph is a leading open-source distributed scale-out software platform. Many experts in the industry expect Ceph to win the battle (much like Linux did) for open-source software defined storage, because of its feature-rich and extremely flexible platform. Ceph, as a distributed, scale-out storage service, caters best to high bandwidth, medium latency types of applications such as content delivery, archive storage, or block storage for virtualization.

  • Is HyperDrive truly interoperable with anything else in my data center?

    Yes, HyperDrive works with any other device that runs Ceph.

  • Can HyperDrive really run at wire speed?

    Absolutely. Storage is an I/O problem, not a compute one. We tune for wire speed on every product. If the product has a 10Gbps port, the throughput performance will be just that less packet overhead. In independent customer tests, HyperDrive delivered wire speed throughput for each node, and the performance scaled up linearly with each additional node.

  • How exactly is HyperDrive optimized for storage?

    We designed HyperDrive from the ground up to be specifically optimized for storage. This is a big difference when compared to the typical commodity hardware that you might run with another SDS solution.

    HyperDrive has these storage-specific features:
    - Hard drives are housed in caddies to make replacement easy and to ensure better cooling.
    - There are NO cables inside the box. Cables are susceptible to an increase in bit error rate which could compromise reliability and performance. The result is that you get perfect data transmission.
    Everything is tuned for I/O. We right-size the processor and all connectivity, and we make sure the drives are kept cool with precision air flow.

  • Who do I contact if I have questions about HyperDrive?

    Just email us at or call us.