With today’s relentless growth of unstructured data, businesses large and small are challenged with cost-effectively storing data while using a traditional storage architecture rooted in layers of complexity and cost. This is a particularly pressing issue for Web-scale cloud providers and data-rich large enterprise organizations, who are accumulating vast amounts of this unstructured data.
Companies must be able to rapidly deploy enormous quantities of storage capacity to keep up with dynamic business needs, and do so without exceeding tightly-constrained IT budgets. To accomplish this requires storage solutions that do not incur costs for additional physical space to house that storage, or for the associated server hardware needed to scale that storage—costs all imposed to conventional storage solutions.
Kinetic Hard Drive for Scale-Out Object Storage
The world’s first Ethernet-connected HDD with an open source object API designed specifically for hyperscale and scale-out environments. Seagate Kinetic HDD simplifies storage hardware and software architectures to reduce TCO and enable rapid response to a growing cloud storage infrastructure.
- Reduce TCO up to 50% with lower server costs and power use
- Improve drive and rack-level performance up to 4×
- Scale-out flexibly and rapidly to meet changing storage needs
- Incorporate future HDD innovations without host software changes
Over the past decade, the explosive growth of large-scale, data-driven applications has begun to shift the nature of enterprise storage infrastructure fundamentally. The traditional paradigm of hardware-centric, file-based systems is moving aside to make way for new software-defined, object-based approaches.
The new paradigm is an object-oriented one: a world of pictures, movies, ecommerce and Web data, search, and games, and archives of all of these. In this world, objects (information) are written, read and deleted but never modified. Increasingly, systems and data centers are designed for capacity rather than performance. Tiering and distribution have become imperative. Analytics have become both routine and essential.
In addition, because Ethernet is the undisputed fabric of data centers and application traffic, it has unsurprisingly emerged as the backbone of storage infrastructure. This can be seen by the phenomenal growth of virtual server and desktop infrastructure, as well as the rampant adoption of Amazon Web Services to validate this latter point.
Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform (what it does)
The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform helps to improve drive and rack-level performance by eliminating the need for legacy file systems and by shifting hard drive storage media space management to the drive itself.
-Enables streamlined storage architecture by allowing storage applications to talk directly to the Kinetic HDD in objects with no translation to internal drive format
-Helps increase I/O performance by eliminating file system software complexity
-Bypasses storage server bottlenecks with direct communication to each Kinetic hard drive
This growth is driven by the increasing prominence of mobile, social, cloud computing and big data. These applications rely on data that is primarily unstructured (or semi-structured), and easy and inexpensive to create. As a result, the value of analytics, regulation and personal expectations for data preservation will fuel the growth in storage infrastructure now and in the foreseeable future.
The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage developer tools do exactly this. It implements and enables the most efficient stack (devices, protocol, interface, software, systems) to optimize for current and future application demands, uniquely enables object-oriented applications to take direct advantage of storage, and fuels scale-out data center innovation. In doing so, it enables significant gains in performance, manageability and total cost of ownership (TCO).
The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Data Center vs. the Traditional Model: Disintermediation, Disaggregation, Security
The Seagate Kinetic Storage platform represents an opportunity to substantially address the inefficiencies of traditional data centers whose legacy architectures are not well-adapted to highly distributed and capacity-optimized workloads of exploding unstructured data and applications.
The Seagate Kinetic Storage Stack
Scale-out is simplified, cost-effective and unconstrained by legacy architectures and infrastructure. Information is now just an IP address away.
Current data centers are characterized by multiple layers of software and hardware stacked together in order to enable a data path between two poorly compatible systems: an object-oriented application layer and a hardware layer (spanning HDDs, SSDs and tape) based on block-storage. The transit path from application to storage requires multiple layers of manipulation from databases, down through POSIX interfaces, file systems, volume managers and drivers. Information passes over Ethernet, through Fibre Channel, into RAID controllers, SAS expanders and SATA host bus adapters.
Seagate Kinetic APIs are designed to provide developers with direct access to essential and optimized storage features and functionality in an open and extensible way. Developers using multiple software stacks—open source and proprietary—and, working within the data center architecture, can build upon the Seagate Kinetic Storage foundation to tackle the most difficult storage challenges. The design is intended to fuel open innovation in software, enabling unique problems to be solved flexibly and optimally.
Furthermore, many long-desired capabilities of hard disk drives are now possible. For example:
- Data Sharing—Data sharing between drives has actually been very difficult. With Kinetic Storage APIs, data can be easily shared between applications from multiple sources. One application can write a key and value to a drive, while another has the ability to read the data.
- Drive-to-Drive Data Transit—Traditionally, moving data from one drive to another required routing it through expensive storage servers. With Kinetic Storage APIs, data can now be moved directly between drives with peer-to-peer data copy commands where ranges of keys can be moved between drives.
- Data Integrity—Unfortunately, silent data corruption is a fact of life. With Kinetic Storage, data can be stored with comprehensive end-to-end integrity checks that ensure the data was received at the drive correctly, allowing the drive and the ultimate recipient to be able to guarantee that the data is still correct.
The schematic below shows the basic architecture.
The Seagate Kinetic Storage platform allows implementation of new data center architectures. This is because Seagate Kinetic Storage drives can interface directly with the applications, thereby eliminating an entire tier of hardware.
The Seagate Kinetic Storage platform represents a fundamental and important leap forward in storage architectures. The demands of the always connected network and mobile systems along with massive cloud storage requirements creates the mandate to reinvent and re-envision the future of storage. Seagate’s Kinetic Storage platform delivers and allows the industries to meet the demand for the future.
— Bahram Khandan (@PivotalStorage) November 9, 2014
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