HyperDrive Storage

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.

90-day risk-free trial

Try a HyperDrive cluster with our unifying Storage Manager, commitment free. You’ll get an appropriately configured cluster, for your own site-specific validation. If it doesn’t stay, you don’t pay.

Get to know HyperDrive®

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 info@softiron.com or call us.