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A new, innovative, cost-effective and scalable storage solution from HP Converged Systems

By Michael St-Jean – HP Converged Systems


As a result of the proliferation of unstructured data growth, HP and Red Hat are introducing an innovative solution that provides a cost-effective scalable storage solution; the HP Converged Systems RA for Red Hat Storage on HP ProLiant SL4540 Gen8 Server. HP and Red Hat provide a purpose-built, scale-out solution to meet your datacenter challenges of reducing space, energy consumption and deployment time to support scalable data growth quickly and easily.


The HP ProLiant SL4500 Gen 8 Storage Server running Red Hat Storage Server will take scalability to a whole new level of volume economics to effectively store and manage petabyte-scale data growth.


The impact of growth
The proliferation of sensors and mobile devices along with the move to cloud computing models has only accelerated the explosion of unstructured data growth. New regulation and data retention requirements have and will continue to further exacerbate the problem. In fact, according to IDC, from 2005 to 2020, the digital universe will grow by a factor of 300, from 130 Exabytes to 40,000 Exabytes with 30 billion connected devices by 2020.


As a result of this rampant growth, storage costs are having an adverse impact on enterprise IT budgets. While use of storage is expected to grow dramatically each year, the price for storage continues to remain high. The HP ProLiant SL4540 Gen8 server running Red Hat Storage represents a purpose-built solution that takes scale-out storage to a new level of density and volume economics that allows organizations to effectively store and manage petabyte-scale data growth.


Traditional storage is really optimized for structured data, and with all its features, performance, and tools, it does a great job for databases, warehouses, etc., but the economics of a scalable solution is not feasible for the growth we are seeing for unstructured data. This is really where the SL4500 Server Series comes in. This is the first purpose-built server for delivering a scalable environment for these types of workloads.


Also, this is an innovative design making use of all the technologies we are building into our ProLiant solutions, so you can rest assured that you are getting the same great value that you would be getting in a general purpose ProLiant server, yet in a purpose-built design specifically for the challenges we see in big data.


Achieving scale and economics


Organizations can achieve massive scalability, high performance, and volume economics for storage of all kinds of unstructured data. In particular, we have identified a variety of use cases where Red Hat Storage Server running on two-node HP ProLiant SL4540 Gen8 Servers excel to offer scalable and cost-effective storage solutions:


  • Creating a large file and object store
  • Deploying an enterprise drop box or cloud storage for service providers
  • Establishing a near-line archive

Many industry applications have contributed to the growth of large file and object storage. Examples vary from patient records and digital imaging in Healthcare, to risk analysis and compliance data in the Finance industry, to a growing knowledge base for many service-related industries. Generally, these workloads can be characterized as write once, or a few times and read many.  File sizes are variable, ranging from a few kilobytes to several megabytes, and the storage requirements sometimes start small, but need the flexibility to grow seamlessly over time.  This is an example where the elastic scalability of Red Hat Storage can leverage volume economics, eliminating storage silos.


In addition, telecommunications providers and other content providers are offering more and more storage capacity to users to store pictures, share documents, and other media files in order to remain competitive. In fact, many organizations today are deploying their own internal file repositories or even social media sites that aggregate documents, media, and other objects.


With the growth of data, organizations and service providers are looking for innovative solutions to reduce the cost of enterprise drop box and content cloud storage. Again, combining multiple HP ProLiant SL4540 Gen8 Servers with Red Hat Storage Server to provide a unified namespace provides access from diverse devices in either an enterprise drop box or cloud storage setting.


Likewise, organizations will need to backup vast amounts of unstructured data, and quickly access archived data when it is needed. New regulations are also requiring compliance with multi-year data retention policies. This, along with demands for more stringent Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) has driven growth in Near-line archiving strategies.  Here, the HP solution with Red Hat Storage can provide an object store volume or a drop box volume for data storage and then use another Red Hat Storage Server-based volume for near-line archival.


The solution provides distinct advantages for near-line storage such as massive and linear scalability, simultaneous storage and retrieval of files and objects interchangeably, all while offering consistent, sustained, and predictable throughput performance.


While Enterprise Storage solutions still provide a robust environment to handle structured data needs, this new solution from HP with Red Hat Storage takes scalability and flexibility for Big Data to a whole new level.


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