If a hard drive fails, you need to change it out right away. Or do you?

Picture this:
It’s mid-morning on a lovely Sunday. You’re at brunch with some friends and making the most of a well-earned weekend. The jokes and mimosas are flowing, life is grand!

Your phone rings. It’s the office. Disaster strikes.

A hard drive in your storage stack at work has failed and the proverbial is hitting the fan in a big way. Brunch comes to an abrupt halt as you dash out to deal with the mess.

Sound familiar?

Traditionally, if a hard drive fails, the IT team responsible are up to their elbows trying to identify the drive and swap it out as fast as possible for a fresh one. The problem with doing this is that drives don’t tend to fail between 9 and 5 on a work day.

Can this be mitigated….? It can now, thanks to the intelligence of HyperDrive, and so this particular myth is ripe for busting.

Our HyperDrive appliance utilizes a concept we call “fail in place”, and basically, it saves your hide no matter when a drive decides to kick the bucket, even before it fails.

Since Ceph utilizes distributed storage, even if a drive does fail, the other appliances in the cluster will pick up the slack and your storage infrastructure still functions as if the drive failure never happened.

Plus, HyperDrive detects the failed drive for you, and our Shadow Nodes are ready and waiting to snap into action if you need the backup.

All of this allows you to make repairs and replacements when it suits you.

This is just one of many ways we do things differently at SoftIron. Read more about how we’re turning enterprise storage on it’s head as we combat the most common myths about SDS in our 3-Part series “The Misconceptions of SDS” – starting with Part 1: Economics.

Got a question about anything SDS-related? Feel free to drop us a line and we’ll gladly look into it.

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