BiTMICRO® Announces NEW MAXio® S-Series NVMe Low Profile 8TB Add-In Card

For Industrial and Enterprise Applications at the International Telemetry Conference in Las Vegas. Oct 23 through 26.

MAXio S-Series NVMe Low Profile Add-In Card delivers up to 8TBs of high performance SSD capacity and can withstand the rigors of industrial environments

FREMONT, Calif., Oct 20, 2017 – BiTMICRO® Networks, Inc. today announced the NEW MAXio S-Series NVMe low profile PCIe industrial grade PCIe x8 add-in card that can support capacities up to 8TB today.

The MAXio S-Series employs multiple NVMe SSDs in the M.2 form factor and in sizes ranging from 2280 to 22110.  Because we aggregate the performance and capacities from one to four BiTMICRO M.2 SSDs, the MAXio S-Series is not limited to 8TBs of maximum capacity in one half-height, half-length x8 PCIe add-in card.  Instead, we can easily expand our performance and capacity ranges by selecting different M.2 capacities or adjusting the number of M.2 SSDs used.  We anticipate that when we release our 4TB M.2 SSDs, the MAXio S-Series will support up to 16TB of wide-temperature, highly reliable solid-state storage.  Applications requiring expandable and on-demand SSD upgrades can benefit by using the MAXio S-Series Add-In Card to increase performance and capacity easily and cost-effectively.

“BiTMICRO has been providing ruggedized and secure solid state solutions to leading customers in enterprise, industrial and military markets for over 17 years.  And since our inception, we have had the passion for meeting the expectations of our industrial and military-focused customers, bar none,” said Stephen Uriarte, President of BiTMICRO.  “The new NVMe PCIe 8x Add-In Card, not only delivers easy and affordable SSD expansion, but is the first of our MAXio S-Series line of SSD solutions. BiTMICRO MAXio S-Series solutions are based on our tried and true SSD products.  MAXio S-Series solutions will range from simple adapters and peripherals to complete systems.  Our new add-in card is only the beginning of this new line.”

Advanced flash management features such as wear leveling, error correction, over provisioning, garbage collection technologies with TRIM support extend the drive life and ensures the high level of reliability required for enterprise and industrial applications.

Visit us at ITC Booth 2242 Oct. 23 through 26, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

About BiTMICRO

BiTMICRO®, a privately-held California corporation, was founded in 1995 and is a leading developer and manufacturer of flash-based SSD (solid state drive) technology, products and solutions. BiTMICRO has been shipping SSDs embedded with the company’s in-house developed patented technology uniquely designed for high reliability, durability, power efficiency and storage density.  BiTMICRO is best known for delivering the extreme ruggedness, durability, and security required for all industrial and military environments. BiTMICRO is headquartered in Fremont, CA, USA.

http://www.BiTMICRO.com

BiTMICRO® Announces NEW Rugged and Secure NVMe and SATA 2.5” SSDs

For Military and Industrial Applications at the International Telemetry Conference in Las Vegas. Oct 23 through 26.

E-Disk® Altima™ II and Ace Drive™ II SSDs set the standard for secure, rugged and reliable data storage in extreme environments and offer BiTMICRO PowerGuard® and SecureErase® Technology

FREMONT, Calif., Oct 23, 2017 – BiTMICRO® Networks, Inc. today announced the availability of its new industrial and military grade NVMe U.2 and SATA 2.5″ SSDs, which are available for the E-Disk Altima II and Ace Drive II product lines, respectively.

These new SSDs offer BiTMICRO’s PowerGuard and SecureErase Technology.  PowerGuard technology protects all data in the SSD cache by immediately writing it to flash memory in the event of power fluctuations or ungraceful shutdowns.  SecureErase technology erases all data in the SSD quickly and irretrievably.  Erasure of data can be done automatically via a command through the system interface. The new NVMe SSDs are available with TCG Opal compliance, provide AES-256 encryption and meet a broad range of military security specifications.

“BiTMICRO is an industry pioneer, delivering ruggedized and secure solid state drives to leading customers in the industrial and military markets for over 17 years, and has continually strived to meet the expectations of our customers.  This level of customer support coupled with our experienced team and proprietary technology differentiates our product offerings from the rest of the market,” said Stephen Uriarte, President of BiTMICRO.  “NVMe and SATA are the leading interfaces for solid-state storage.  We’re very excited to offer our new U.2 NVMe and 2.5” SATA line of SSDs to our existing and new, industrial and military contracting customers.”

The new SSDs are available with MLC or pSLC flash, maximum pSLC is 1TB, and maximum MLC is 2TB.  The new SSDs support a wide range of temperatures, altitudes of up to 120,000 feet, and 1500 G of shock.

Visit with us at ITC Booth 2242 Oct. 23 through 26, Las Vegas, NV. USA.

About BiTMICRO

BiTMICRO®, a privately-held California corporation, was founded in 1995 and is a leading developer and manufacturer of flash-based SSD (solid state drive) technology, products and solutions. BiTMICRO has been shipping SSDs embedded with the company’s in-house developed patented technology uniquely designed for high reliability, durability, power efficiency and storage density.  BiTMICRO is best known for delivering the extreme ruggedness, durability, and security required for all industrial and military environments. BiTMICRO is headquartered in Fremont, CA, USA.

http://www.BiTMICRO.com

BiTMICRO® Announces New E-Disk® Altima™ II Line of U.2 NVMe SSDs for Industrial and Military Applications

E-Disk Altima II SSDs set the standard for secure, rugged and reliable data storage in extreme environments and offer BiTMICRO PowerGuard® and SecureErase® Technology

FREMONT, Calif., June 13, 2017 – BiTMICRO® Networks, Inc. today announced availability of its new E Disk Altima II line of industrial and military grade U.2 NVMe 2.5” SSDs.

The new E-Disk Altima II line offers BiTMICRO’s PowerGuard and SecureErase Technology. PowerGuard technology ensures that all data in the SSD cache are stored onto flash memory without being lost in the event of power fluctuation or ungraceful shutdowns. SecureErase technology erases all data in the SSD quickly and irretrievably. Erasure of data can be done automatically via a command through the system interface or manually through external jumpers. The SecureErase feature can also be configured so that data is completely erased from flash memory in the event of external power degradation or loss. The new line is TCG Opal compliant, provides AES-256 encryption and meets most military specifications.

The E-Disk Altima U.2 NVMe SSD has the performance you would expect from an NVMe device. Unlike M.2 NVME SSDs, U.2 NVME 2.5” SSDs are usually installed in drive bays on the front of the host for simple maintenance and do not require any motherboard space. They can be stacked in rows or vertically mounted in one or two drive banks to deliver up to 96TBs of raw capacity in a 2U enclosure. Power consumption and weight are also very low to promote operational efficiency and portability for military and industrial applications.

“BiTMICRO is an industry pioneer, delivering ruggedized and secure solid state drives to leading industrial and military customers and prime contractors for over 17 years. We have a reputation for being dependable and quality focused,” said Stephen Uriarte, President of BiTMICRO. “NVMe is becoming the leading interface for solid state storage. We’re very excited to offer our new U.2 NVMe line of SSDs to our existing and new, industrial and military customers.”

The E-Disk Altima II U.2 NVMe SSD is available with MLC or pSLC flash. It is available in various capacities. Maximum pSLC is 1TB and Maximum MLC is 2TBs. It supports a temperature range of -60 to 95 degrees Celsius, an altitude of up to 120,000 feet and 1500 G of shock.

About BiTMICRO
BiTMICRO®, a privately-held California corporation, was founded in 1995 and is a leading developer and manufacturer of flash-based SSD (solid state drive) technology, products and solutions. BiTMICRO has been shipping SSDs embedded with the company’s in-house developed patented technology uniquely designed for high reliability, durability, power efficiency and storage density. BiTMICRO is best known for delivering the extreme ruggedness, durability and security required for all industrial and military environments. BiTMICRO is headquartered in Fremont, CA, USA and has a subsidiary in the Philippines.

Media Contact:
Zophar Sante
http://www.bitmicro.com
Zophar.sante@bitmicro.com
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Click here to view the E-Disk Altima II U.2 (2.5”) NVMe SSD product page.

4K Ultra HD requires Solid State Storage Arrays

4K Ultra HD requires Solid State Storage Arrays   

The broadcast industry is constantly being challenged with new demands. For example, formats like 4K Ultra HD require new equipment and infrastructures yet budgets continue to be constrained making it difficult to meet these new requirements. Creating, managing, and distributing broadcast content in the latest formats is complex from both the infrastructure and the budget perspective. However, falling behind is not an option.

A key element of any broadcasting infrastructure and budget is data storage hardware. More storage performance and capacity is required as: definitions continue to rise, more layers of color correction are used, and more graphic effects are added. Standard DV content requires about 13GB of storage per hour or approximately 217MB per minute. But with 4K Ultra HD, the raw production files are significantly larger. The cost of the camera pales in comparison to the cost of the storage hardware needed to edit, deliver, and archive 4K Ultra HD content. As an example, one hour of RAW 4K content requires close to 110GB of storage or approximately 1833 GB per minute. That’s nearly 8.5 times more storage for the same amount of time when compared to standard DV!

Storing Ultra HD is only part of the challenge in managing higher definition formats. Post-production processes, especially editing, require immediate access and playback for video editors. In many cases even standard DV content can bog down a system. You can only image what an Ultra HD file 8.5 times as large will do to the efficiency of creative video editors as they wait for files to be stored and played back. This problem becomes critical if the content is “on the fly” and is extremely time sensitive like sporting events or live convention coverage. In most cases, a significant system upgrade is required.

The 4K Ultra HD online editing and playback requires extremely fast random-access. Standard hard drive RAID systems can no longer support the performance required to edit and manage quantities of 4K Ultra HD within acceptable timeframes. To ensure efficient media production performance, use all flash arrays like the MAXio® All Flash Storage N1A6 or MAXio All Flash Storage N1C6 All Flash Storage Arrays.

The 12TB MAXio All Flash Storage N1A6 (iSCSI / NAS) or MAXio All Flash Storage N1C6 (FC) perform 20x faster on rendering production media and 26x faster on playback vs similar HDD arrays.

Writer: Zophar Sante, Business Development

Date: 1/13/2017

HA is not enough – The Demand for 24 x 7 Continuous Access with Solid State Storage

HA is not enough – The Demand for 24 x 7 Continuous Access with Solid State Storage   

Storing data on hard drives with RAID protection has been the norm for enterprise data storage for a very long time. High availability (HA) means keeping the hard drive based system up and running even if a component within the system fails.  These components include the network interface, hard drives, power supplies and fans.

But in the new 24×7 world of millennials, HA is not enough. The demand for 24×7 Continuous Access is forcing storage system suppliers to have “100% system level redundancy”. In other words two or more 100% fully synchronized identical data sets each with independent controllers and network connections.

System availability is measured in “9’s”. The number of 9’s indicates the percentage of availability.    Standard storage systems with RAID can guarantee 99.9% of availability or “3 nines”. The current standard for high availability is 99.99% or “four nines 9’s”.  The current standard of continuous access is 99.999% or “five nines”.

(Below is a chart of availability downtimes)

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Note on six nines – 99.9999% availability. 

This generally refers to mirrored independent systems in different geographies. This type of infrastructure is expensive if the interconnect between systems is not within a private campus LAN or MAN and requires purchasing lines from commercial carriers.  Industries that require this type of continuous access would include banking, national security and defense.  They would maintain continuous access even if an entire data center experiences an outage or lose its network connection.

99.9% available storage systems generally offer only disk level redundancy using RAID. The next level, 99.99%, has RAID and also includes redundant power supplies, network interfaces and cooling fans. Five nines, also known as the “holy grail” of continuous access, moves beyond component redundancy and adds 100% redundant data where there are two or more copies of the data being stored, in real-time, on two or more independent RAID sets. 99.999% systems also include 100% redundant system controllers to manage the client requests and RAID supported data sets. A 99.999% system is basically two independent, synchronously mirrored systems within the same chassis. The only way a 99.999% system could fail is if the backplane or controller interconnect were to fail.

Hard drive storage system manufacturers were faced with a huge problem when developing 99.999% systems – hard drives were too slow. To give you an example, in a two controller configuration, with synchronous data mirroring between the two controllers and RAID

sets, the host would write to one controller within the system and that controller had to write the data to its hard drives and send a copy of the write to the second controller. The second controller would write the data to its hard drives and then acknowledge the write back to the first controller before a complete write acknowledgement could be sent back to the host. Although the data remained consistent between both systems and continuous access was greatly improved, the latency in writing to hard drives was far too slow.

Some hard drive systems use memory to cache the writes. But during spikes or continuous heavy workloads, the cache is quickly overrun with write and read commands and becomes slow and unusable.

Hard drive systems are simply too slow to reliably support real time (synchronous) data mirroring across two or more storage controllers each with their own set of hard drives and data sets. To make 99.999% availability practical, especially under heavy workloads, a much more responsive storage technology is needed.

Solid State Drives and All Flash Storage Systems were the Answer

SSDs have been around for over 18 years and have become one of the most trusted technologies for storing data. SSDs are found in all environments as the preferred data storage technology when performance is critical.

In contrast to traditional hard drives which can handle about 300 I/Os per second, SSDs are able to handle up to 450,000 random I/Os per second. Solid state drives are also more energy efficient, consuming only one-half to one-third of power compared to HDDs. They also have extremely low latency and can deliver over 1000 times more I/Os per second, greatly improving operational efficiency by transacting substantially more client requests in a fraction of the time.

“SSDs – They will continue to rapidly replace HDDs into PCs and notebooks, and up to high-end storage systems. Without moving parts, they are more and more reliable, much faster, now even offering more capacity than HDDs in smaller form factors —-,  StorageNewsletter, January 9, 2017)

All flash arrays, sometimes referred to as Solid State Arrays (SSAs) are magnitudes faster than hard drive based systems. The typical write latency for an enterprise hard drive storage system is roughly 10ms (millisecond – thousandth of a second) but for a Solid State Array, the write times are measured in microseconds. SSAs have been tested to have a latency of approximately 50μs (microsecond – millionth of a second),   200 times faster on writes when compared to a similar hard drive system.

With its amazing low latency, solid state is the only practical technology for delivering real time 99.999% continuous data access under any workload. Solid state can deliver 99.999% availability across two synchronously mirrored independent controllers and mirrored data sets without compromising performance.

Note on the Interconnect between Controllers and Mirrored Data Sets

In addition to using solid state, it’s also important to use a low latency interconnection between the independent controllers. Most 99.999% mirrored solutions use GbE to perform synchronous mirroring between controllers and data sets. But there is a better choice.

InfiniBand (IB), is a computer-networking communications standard used in high-performance computing. IB features very high throughput and very low latency. It is used for data interconnect both among and within computers. InfiniBand is also utilized as either a direct, or switched interconnect between servers and storage systems. InfiniBand is the clear choice for interconnecting mirrored controllers and data sets. As you can see on the chart below IB is magnitudes faster than GbE.

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With IB, interconnect latencies are greatly reduced by a factor of 10x.

SSD storage systems combined with IB overcome the challenge of synchronous mirroring across multiple independent controllers and mirrored data sets. Clients and data center managers are ensured 99.999% continuous access without severely impacting overall system responsiveness under different workloads.

Writer: Zophar Sante, Business Development, BiTMICRO Inc.

Date: 1/5/2017

 

Classroom Heroes- integrate All Flash Arrays with Edu Apps

Classroom Heroes- integrate All Flash Arrays with Edu Apps   

Whether you’re a small college with a few thousand students or a large university with an enrollment of fifty thousand, IT infrastructures need to meet the demands of faculty, staff, and students. Patience is not a virtue for many users in higher education. Students, administrators, and teachers want immediate access to their applications and data. An IT infrastructure needs to improve capacity and performance to meet a diversity of needs such as new learning technologies, institutional analytics, and remote e‑learning.

Education is in the midst of a technological revolution. New platforms like mobile apps, tablet computing, game-based learning, and remote laboratories are becoming more prevalent across institutions. These technologies are intensive in terms of capacity and performance, and it’s frequently difficult to predict user demands. IT departments need to invest in extremely cost efficient, high‑performance storage to meet these needs while at the same time remain within constrained budgets.

In the past, data within a school district, college, or university was kept at the department level.  Data was kept in silos and rarely used to support broad university or district-wide decisions. But without all the data, many of these decisions were inefficient and needlessly wasted precious resources. Institutional intelligence deals with gathering and analyzing all the data to understand what’s occurring across the entire district, college, or university and then acting on the results. Data analytics is an ongoing process and the results can be used to develop better programs, ensure more efficient resource allocation, and solicit funding and grants. But data analytics is processing and storage intensive and requires potentially many compute nodes and high performance storage. Selecting the best components at the best cost is very important.

E-learning continues to be an important technology for institutions and universities who are increasingly under more pressure to keep up with the latest trends. Not all students learn the same way and not all faculties teach the same way and many students are beginning to prefer e-learning courses. It’s a great option for students who are located in other states or have obligations conflicting with class schedules.  Some universities have dozens of e-learning courses while others have hundreds, all with a countless number of enrolled students. In order to keep content streaming and ensure student interaction with course material in real-time, high performance servers and storage is a must.

IT leaders in education need to take a new approach to address the delivery of these new technologies. To ensure that storage performance can meet new and upcoming demands, use all flash arrays like the MAXio® All Flash Storage Array. With up to 12TBs of useable capacity and 560,000 IOPs at the lowest cost per IOP in its class.  The MAXio All Flash Array will make you a hero!

Writer: Zophar Sante, Business Development

Date: 1/12/2017

 

Business DBs Demand All Flash Storage

Business DBs Demand All Flash Storage   

An SSD (Solid State Drive) can deliver over 1000 times more performance than an HDD (Hark Disk Drive) depending on the application, NAND type, system, SSD interface, SSD model and manufacturer. ­Databases are performance hungry environments and are usually mission and business critical. A poorly performing database can negatively impact employee efficiency, customer satisfaction and revenue generation. It’s no wonder more and more companies are using all flash storage to host their database applications. Databases need to perform or the entire business suffers.

Hosting a database on a hard drive based system is usually out of the question. On average, HDDs deliver up to 400 IOPs while SSDs deliver up to an astounding 450,000 IOPs of random reads. This has an enormous impact to database performance.

We recently put together an Oracle performance benchmark to compare a server with 20 internal SAS RAID’ed HDDs to a 20-drive external iSCSI connected SATA SSD RAID storage system. We used HammerDB. HammerDB is a graphical open source database load testing and benchmarking tool for Linux and Windows to test databases running on any operating system. HammerDB is automated, multi-threaded and extensible with dynamic scripting support.

HammerDB includes complete built-in workloads based on industry standard TPC-C and TPC-H benchmarks as well as capture and replay for the Oracle database. HammerDB includes transaction and CPU monitors to complement the rich feature set that makes HammerDB the loading tool for benchmarking, testing and comparing the leading databases worldwide.

The 20-drive HDD system managed fewer than 480,000 transactions per minute, approximately 400 transactions per second per drive. While the 12TB SSD system, using mid-range 2.5 SATA SSDs that were saturated, managed nearly 2,400,000 transactions per minute. The SSD system could easily manage an Oracle DB workload which is 5 times larger than what the HDD system could support.

(NOTE: It is well known that SSDs lose performance overtime.  An SSD saturated with data will be much slower than a new SSD.  Most midrange SATA SSDs use trim and garbage collection technologies to maintain maximum performance.  Trim allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive (SSD) which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally.  Garbage collection works in the background with trim and systematically clears these blocks of data during off-peak times.)

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A quick note about hybrid systems for database applications

Hybrid systems use SSDs as cache and HDDs to store the majority of the data. This makes write operations more performant. Read operations are also more performant since recently written or frequently accessed data is kept on the SSD cache. But only the most expensive hybrid systems support this feature. In many other hybrid systems the SSD cache needs to be defined as a separate volume. Write and read caching now requires special virtualization software and a great deal of management by the IT staff. There is also the problem of a cache miss where the database application needs a certain block of data that is not on the SSD cache. This greatly degrades performance since the data needs to be retrieved from the much slower HDDs.

In order to have high and predictable performance, more and more companies are adopting an all flash array solution over a hybrid solution. And with the prices of all flash storage dropping (now only $5 to $6 per usable GB) it’s much easier to justify all flash storage for mission and business critical database applications. Moreover these systems are easy to configure and manage.

Supporting Business and Mission Critical Databases requires 24 x 7 x 365 System Availability

We live in a 24 hour a day world where data must be available around the clock. Mission and business critical databases need to be online to service a global community that needs access to data to complete their tasks.  Other applications, like data analytics, need the same level of uptime for segments such as security, trading, transportation, travel, emergency medical, national defense, social media, entertainment…the list goes on and on.  Databases need to be continually available to service the needs of clients and employees worldwide. Therefore the infrastructure and storage systems they rely on need the same level of 24 x 7 x 365 availability.

Some All-Flash Arrays, like those from BiTMICRO, are now featuring complete high availability. There is no single point of failure, everything is redundant: network ports and adapters, SSD drives, power supplies, system controllers. In fact even the storage is redundant.  There are two independent data sets on separate SSD RAID sets, each has a separate controller. The data is mirrored using InfiniBand. Even if an entire enclosure would go off line, the data would still be available. The only thing that is shared is the physical rack mountable chassis and backplane.

Moreover this level of high availability provides for more predictable performance. As an example, the database application does not have the added burden of providing protection such as mirroring data to ensure business continuance in the event a storage enclosure suffers a catastrophic failure. The database application can be focused on performance. Second, because any failure does not impact performance, user response times are always consistent even during a component failure.

In addition all flash arrays provided by BiTMICRO offer software RAID and performance enhancing technology.  All data and parity are evenly distributed across all the SSDs in the RAID set. To maintain performance during a drive rebuild, the SSDs are divided into two groups. If an SSD fails in the first group, this group will not accept any writes. All the writes and associated parity will be directed to the second group of SSDs within the enclosure. Although both SSD groups will continue to respond to read requests, only the SSD group not restoring a drive will be given writes. This provides the group restoring the drive with more resources to quickly bring the replacement SSD online with virtually no impact on performance.

HDD arrays are being replaced by SSD All-Flash Arrays to meet the ever increasing demands of performance hungry databases. There is no better time than now to discover the operational benefits of using solid state storage to accelerate your business, improve employee efficiency and greatly increase customer satisfaction.

Writer: Zophar Sante, Business Development

Date: 12/12/2016

The Unbeatable All Flash Arrays for VDI

The Unbeatable All Flash Arrays for VDI   

VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) runs user desktops inside a virtual machine that lives on a server. Each virtual desktop can be customized for a particular user yet has all the security, data protection, and simplicity of centralized management. With VDI, users have the freedom to access their virtual desktops at any time, from anywhere, on any device, plus administrators have the benefits of centralized management.

VDI is very flexible and used in countless applications across nearly all business segments and cloud infrastructures. It is essential when supporting a mobile workforce or cloud-hosting thousands of clients like software developers, game designers, college students, military and government personnel, insurance agents, etc.

The challenge is designing the hardware platform needed to support the VDI infrastructure. It’s not uncommon to find VDI deployments with hundreds to thousands of virtual machines.

So, let’s look at the numbers.

EMC reports that a typical VDI instance uses just 25 to 40 IOPS on average. This means one mid-range 1U all flash array could manage 10k to 15k users – that’s enough for a large enterprise! If you tried to deliver the same performance using hard drives, you’d need between 1,500 to 1,800 drives – equal to 62-75 2U RAID arrays – this would be between 3 to 4 array-packed racks consuming approximately 67,500 watts.

A simple mid-range all flash array, which can deliver the same IOPs as 1,800 HDDs is only 1U and 400 watts. Hundreds of times faster and hundreds of times more power efficient than hard drives, all flash arrays are ideal for VDI.

But how about Boot Storms?

Let’s say an all flash array can deliver 560,000 random 4k reads and you have a boot storm of 1,000 users. A typical boot storm lasting 10 minutes to an hour will place a demand of 100 IOPs (assuming Windows) per user. So a mid-range all flash array can sustain about 5,600 users simultaneously. Boot storms are generally 95% random reads so an all flash array will make quick work of a boot storm.   Another interesting bit of information from another report is that most users, once they are in work mode, only require 5 -10 IOPs. So an all flash array with 500,000 IOPs can support thousands of users, but if the application is write intensive, the IOPs drop to 360,000-370,000 IOPs, meaning about 3,000 users can be supported.

A single mid-range all flash array containing 12 terabytes provides about 12GBs per VDI instance assuming 1,000 users.  Multiple all flash arrays can be SAN connected to various servers if more capacity is required per instance.

What’s really important is the cost of a SAN-connected, mid-range 12TB array. The cost is $59,500. If you are supporting 3,000 VDI instances, the investment cost is only $20 per user and with an annual maintenance cost of only $10,000, less than $4 per user after the first year. These costs are quite difficult to beat.

The MAXio® All Flash Array meets all criteria for VDI

The BiTMICRO® MAXio All Flash Array is the perfect solid state storage solution for VDI deployments.  A single system supports either iSCSI / NAS or Fibre Channel connectivity. With 5TBs-12TBs of useable capacity and redundant drives and power supplies, it’s a solid, reliable solution for VDI.

The real key is the unique technology used to deliver extreme performance from the 20 RAID-protected 800GB drives. The MAXio All Flash Array delivers 560,000 random 4k read IOPs and 370,000 random 4K write IOPs. It can also deliver amazing responsiveness with read latencies as low as 738.72 nanoseconds (.738ms) and write latencies as low as 637.19 nanoseconds (.637ms) – all from a compact 1U enclosure!   All MAXio All Flash Arrays are VMware certified. BiTMICRO is a VMware Technology Partner.

Writer: Zophar Sante, Business Development
Date: 8/26/2016

Basic Solid State Storage: How it Changed eBay

Basic Solid State Storage – Perfect for the Cloud (and eBay)!   

The auction site eBay was one of the first online companies to gain notoriety for deploying basic solid state storage. In 2003 (nearly 14 years ago) eBay’s business had an amazing 5.6 million registered users and saw over 250,000 new items being put up for sale every day. Since it’s an auction-based model, eBay needed to react quickly to buyers. Their existing infrastructure had to be replaced to meet this growing demand so they adopted basic solid state storage to host I/O intensive Oracle table space and re-do logs. Back in 2003, the capacity of these solid state systems was around 13GBs and although the per unit storage capacity was small; they increased eBay’s performance by as much as 500%! They went on to be the leading online action company and today have over 165 million registered users.

The vast majority of companies that use solid state storage are Cloud (online) based. The demand for Cloud services is growing exponentially as more and more individuals, companies, and applications are moving to the cloud. There will be nearly 1.7 billion people using the Cloud by 2017, nearly 1 out of every 4.3 people on earth! Similar to eBay in 2003, the demand to keep customers satisfied is being met by solid state storage.

But there is a challenge in selecting the solid state storage system best suited for various Cloud applications.  Traditional solid state storage systems were not designed for the Cloud but for the corporate data center.  Those systems included all the storage features found in existing disk-based SAN systems. Features such as SNAPshots, replication, thin provisioning, volume concatenation, and so on were common among these storage systems which were mainly used to host databases.  These extra software features allowed storage vendors to sell their products at a higher price and drove the cost of solid state storage to a point where it was difficult to justify for many private and public Cloud deployments.  These infrastructures needed basic, highly reliable, solid state storage but didn’t require all the added storage features.

Another challenge traditional solid state storage systems have is that many of their data protection and volume management features are now being delivered by the file system or application.  As feature rich and flexible file systems, applications, and open source solutions are being developed and deployed to deliver Cloud services, the need for expensive storage centric features is being eliminated.

The additional software features not only double or triple the cost of a solid state storage system but even more notably, they induce more latency.  Basic solid state storage systems operate in the single millisecond to nanosecond latency range, where software laden systems operate in the multi-millisecond range.   Today, most Cloud infrastructure architects focus on performance and cost when selecting solid state storage.

Many Cloud infrastructures can use basic, reliable, and redundant solid state storage systems without all the added software services.  Don’t get me wrong, there is still a need for traditional, feature laden, solid state storage systems for database applications.  There are many environments that need these types of systems, but there are many environments that don’t.  Keep in mind that ‘one solid state storage system’ can’t meet all requirements.

Below is an example of public or private Cloud-based applications that can use basic but extremely fast solid state storage:

  • Big data and data analytics
  • Software development, compiling, & testing
  • Media rendering and post-production
  • Content delivery

Other applications include:

  • High performance computing (HPC)
  • Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

The MAXio® All Flash Array meets criteria for the Cloud infrastructure

The MAXio All Flash Array is the perfect solid state storage solution for Cloud deployments.  A single system supports either iSCSI / NAS or Fibre Channel connectivity.  With 5TBs-12TBs of useable capacity and redundant drives and power supplies, it’s a solid reliable solution for the Cloud.

The real key is the unique technology used to deliver extreme performance from the qty. 20, 800GB drives.  The MAXio All Flash Array delivers 500k random 4k write and 360k random 4k read IOPs.  It can also deliver amazing responsiveness with read latencies as low as 738.72 nanoseconds (.738ms) and write latencies as low as 637.19 nanoseconds (.637ms).  All this from a compact 1U enclosure!

Writer: Zophar Sante, Business Development
Date: 7/29/2016

 

The Storage Challenges of the Oil and Gas Industry

The Storage Challenges of the Oil and Gas Industry   

Big oil is making a comeback and it will require more investment in technology.

After slashing over a trillion dollars in costs amid plunging crude oil costs, Chevron, BP and Exxon are now collectively investing an additional $45 billion to expand existing drilling projects.

In order to stage the comeback, oil and gas companies need to obtain and analyze more information to remain competitive. Dozens of new data points such as 3D seismic charts, drill head statistics, historic well and field data and lease maps are readily available and need to be analyzed in real-time. The amount of data stored and in use by Oil & Gas firms is growing exponentially as better technologies become available to capture more detailed information. Data needs to be captured quickly, analyzed in real time and acted upon as soon as possible if a company wants to maintain its competitive edge, increase net worth and profitability.

To discover new fuel resources, investments are made in the latest seismic and visualization software along with other newly available technologies. These technologies help oil and gas compa­nies improve production by up to 10%, or millions of dollars of profits. The oil and gas industry uses data analytics to make strategic and tactical decisions.

The challenge is that data is coming in from many sources and needs to be collected, analyzed and made consumable for decision makers.

Data analytics delivers huge financial benefits to Oil and Gas but it places more demands on the IT infrastructure. The amount of data is significantly larger (2x to 5x). And the acceptable time to process this data has gone from hours, to minutes and is now real-time. These real-time analytical results need to be immediately delivered to the decision makers and to other processes to ensure an oil and gas company continues to profit.

As oil and gas companies expand their real-time analytical capabilities, IT departments are investing in more servers and faster networks. As it relates to storage, nearly all are adapting solid state storage systems.

High performance – low latency

The latest wave of storage systems are 100% comprised of solid state drives and no longer use hard drives. These solid state storage systems are considered the fastest systems available. A 1U solid state storage system is capable of supporting over half a million IOPs per second and has latencies under 500 nanoseconds (half a microsecond). Capacities range from a couple of TBs to a dozen TBs in 1U. This type of performance and capacity are critical for oil and gas companies as they search for technology that can convert raw data into consumable results for their decision makers.

Continuous access

Oil and Gas is, without question, a 24×7 industry. Whether deployed in the datacenter or in the field aboard exploratory ships or vehicles, IT systems need to be rugged, redundant and continually available.  An SSD’s physical reliability in hostile environments is clearly better than HDDs given SSDs lack mechanical parts like HDDs. SSDs will survive extreme cold and heat, drops, and multiple G’s. HDDs may fail prematurely under similar conditions.

BiTMICRO® is one of the premier suppliers of SSDs to the Department of Defense and Industrial Customers, including Oil and Gas

We understand why SSD durability and reliability are critical to these segments, but how about solid state storage systems? Larger capacity, higher performing storage systems may not need to withstand the same harsh environments as individual SSDs but they still need to be accessible 24×7. To help ensure continuous access, solid state storage systems should be equipped with dual redundant network ports, data redundancy with software RAID to protect against single drive failures and dual redundant hot swappable power supplies.  With this level of redundancy, solid state storage systems can ensure an extremely high level of continuous availability.

Simple to deploy and maintain

Whether located in the datacenter or in the field, solid state storage systems need to be simple. Many systems are very complex and require that staff be trained on how to use them properly. They also include service and maintenance agreements that can exceed the cost of the system itself.

Solid state storage systems deployed throughout the oil and gas industry shouldn’t be difficult to use and maintain. IT professionals may not be available to service systems, which mean local administrators will need to perform needed tasks. Systems should use ubiquitous interfaces like iSCSI or NAS for simple installation. Remote access is also an important feature so IT can gain access to systems and configure them from another location if needed.  For simple maintenance, solid state drives within the storage system should be replaceable from the front. Storage systems should rebuild the new drive without user intervention. Failed power supplies should not cause a system outage and be easy to replace. A well thought out system should have all these features to make deployment and maintenance very simple.

The BiTMICRO MAXio® All Flash Array meets all these criteria

The BiTMICRO MAXio All Flash Array boasts 12TBs of usable capacity powered by 20 x 800GB SSDs. It meets all the reliability and ease of user requirements and is simple to deploy and maintain.  Its performance is well over half a million IOPs using iSCSI/NAS or FC interfaces.  The 1U array is fully redundant and designed to meet the extreme demands of the oil and gas industry.

Writer: Zophar Sante, Business Development
Date: 7/16/2016