IBM Systems and Technology Group System StorageSmart businesses are turning toIBM Scale Out Network AttachedStorage from IBM
2 Smart businesses are turning to IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage from IBMWelcome to the Petabyte Age in a Smarter Traditional monolithic ﬁbre channel or network attachedPlanet storage (NAS) arrays were not originally designed as high-Today’s businesses are operating in a smarter planet, where bandwidth rich media, constant bit rate, large object ﬁle serv-business customers are demanding, creating and sharing busi- ing, inﬁnitely clustered, dynamically load-balanced, centrallyness and social digital content and large rich media ﬁles over a deployed, petabyte-level storage entities. As a result, they canbroadband Internet that reaches to every corner of the globe. have limitations in scalability and numbers of ﬁles and objects;Smarter users are creating and using smarter data that is and when more capacity is required, additional separatelyredeﬁning our business and social world in real time. managed traditional arrays have to be installed. This creates storage management complexity and labor intensity, and thereUnlike traditional IT data, this rich digital content is almost is still no ability to dynamically balance service delivery andentirely ﬁle- or object-based, and it is growing ever larger in workloads globally across the storage environment.size, with highly diverse and unpredictable usage patterns.Innovative IT applications in business analytics, digital media, IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storagemedical data and cloud storage are creating requirements for (SONAS)data access rates and response times to individual ﬁles that SONAS is designed to address the new storage challengeswere previously unique to high-performance computing posed by the continuing explosion of data. Leveraging matureenvironments—and all of this is driving a continuing explosion technology from IBM’s High Performance Computing experi-of business data. ence, and based upon IBM’s ﬂagship General Parallel File System (GPFS™), SONAS is an easy-to-install, turnkey,Traditional IT workloads and traditional storage will continue modular, scale out NAS solution that provides the perform-to excel for the traditional applications for which they were ance, clustered scalability, high availability and functionalitydesigned. But these solutions were not intended to scale to the that are essential to meeting strategic Petabyte Age and cloudhigh levels and extremely challenging workload characteristics storage requirements.required by today’s Internet-driven, Petabyte Age applications.
IBM Systems and Technology Group 3Consolidating storage to improveefficiencies HTTP NFS CIFS SCP Management FTPThe high-density, high-performance SONAS can help your Clients Clients Clients Clients Clients Clientsorganization consolidate and manage data affordably, reducecrowded ﬂoor space, and reduce management expense associ- IP Networkated with administering an excessive number of disparatestorage systems. With its advanced architecture, SONASvirtualizes and consolidates multiple ﬁlers into a single,enterprise-wide ﬁle system, which can translate into reduced Global Namespacetotal cost of ownership, reduced capital expenditure, andenhanced operational efficiency. Management Multiple Horizontally scalable Multiple Node Interface Nodes I/O Performance Interface NodesSONAS provides a global namespace that enables your storage IP Management Network InfiniBand Clustered Networkinfrastructure to scale to extreme amounts of data, from ter-abytes to petabytes. Within the solution, centralized manage- Storage Storage Storage Storage Node Node Node Nodement, provisioning, control, and automated informationlife-cycle management (ILM*) are integrated as standard Storage Horizontally scalable Storagefeatures to provide the foundation for a truly cloud storage- storage capacityenabled solution. Storage StorageSONAS provides extreme scale out capability, a globally Storage Pod Storage Podclustered NAS ﬁle system built upon IBM GPFS. The globalnamespace is maintained across the entire global cluster ofmultiple storage pods and multiple interface nodes. All inter- The advanced architecture of SONAS virtualizes and consolidates your ﬁleface nodes and all storage nodes share equally in the cluster to space into a single, enterprise-wide ﬁle system.balance workloads dynamically and provide parallel perform-ance to all users and storage, while also assuring high availabil- Providing infrastructure for cloud storageity and automated failover. IBM has designed SONAS to embrace cloud computing by providing the dynamic scale out capability, centralized deploy-SONAS supports a full complement of standards-based net- ment and management, security, and service elasticity neces-work protocols, including Common Internet File System sary to meet today’s cloud storage requirements.(CIFS), Network File System (NFS), Secure Copy Protocol*(SCP), Hypertext Transfer Protocol* (HTTP) and FileTransfer Protocol (FTP).
4 Smart businesses are turning to IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage from IBMIt is designed to deliver cloud storage at petabyte scale, Automated, integrated tiered storage andenabling cloud applications and services to be uncoupled from information life-cycle managementthe underlying storage infrastructure, which allows the busi- When ﬁle systems grow from terabytes to petabytes and toness to adjust quickly to change. As a result, SONAS can eas- millions and billions of ﬁles, the task of managing and migrat-ily integrate with your organization’s strategies to develop a ing this scale of data can become an immense challenge.more dynamic enterprise. Backup and archive becomes complex, expensive and slow because of the large amount of data that must be scanned toCentrally managed, centrally deployed identify what must be backed up. SONAS is designed to solveSONAS enables you to cluster and centrally deploy and man- these problems by providing extreme scale out capability in aage a large scale out NAS storage environment, in order to single global namespace, with automated, integrated policy-gain a uniﬁed centralized management capability for security, driven ILM* and hierarchical storage management built in.provisioning and conﬁguration. The integrated ILM* capability allows you to manage a petabyte-level global namespace in logical storage pools instead of individual disks. The architecture enables easy Classic Filers IBM Unified Scalable Storage – dynamic growth and transparent data migration, supporting Enterprise Edition the ability to make changes to your storage infrastructure without having to plan weeks in advance. You can centrally provision storage nearly instantaneously, on a quota basis, by user, group or location. Extensive global reporting and global access control capabilities are standard features. SONAS provides a powerful high-performance scan engineThe clustered architecture of SONAS enables a uniﬁed management view. that makes ILM* possible at the level of petabytes of data with millions and billions of ﬁles. The high-performance scanThe global cluster provides intelligent load balancing, engine enables fast searches, with ILM* data movement, back-dynamic thin provisioning, geographical distribution, per- ups, and restores done in parallel by all nodes in the system.formance optimization, and advanced replication—all globallyapplied and centrally managed.
IBM Systems and Technology Group 5 migration and recall to and from tape, is transparent to the global namespace and to the logical user paths, directory loca-Tiered storage Databases tions and applications. Protocols CIFS NFS HTTP Protecting data and replicating between FTP SCP sites High-end workstations SONAS offers data protection through space-efficient snap- Management shots that protect against accidental deletion or modiﬁcation Central Administration of ﬁles and that enable you to restore at the ﬁle level. The Monitoring End users solution also provides for synchronous replication as well as File management bandwidth-optimized asynchronous* replication. Availability Data migration Application servers Leveraging unique capabilities and Replication Backup modular hardware In addition to extreme scale out capability and integratedAutomated ILM ILM*, SONAS enables your organization to utilize an array ofbetween pools Virtualization and uniquely scalable, globally clustered hardware capabilities. consolidation technology The solution is self-tuning, with all data automatically striped across all disks in a logical storage pool for high performance.SONAS supports end users across the organization with a comprehensive All nodes share equally in the reading and writing of ﬁles insuite of storage capabilities, including tiered storage and ILM*. parallel from all disks, thus providing intelligent load balanc- ing, eliminating of hot spots, and ensuring very high perform-The clustered architecture means all nodes share in perform- ance. Storage capacity is only allocated when written,ing the high-performance scan, and all nodes can participate providing dynamic thin provisioning.in the transparent movement of ILM* data or backup data toother storage pools or external removable media. The solution is also self-healing, providing automatic failover, failback, and fully dynamic load balancing. The modular con-ILM* is performed at the individual ﬁle level, thus greatly ﬁguration of interface nodes and storage node building blocksoptimizing storage usage while enabling maximum business can be upgraded or downgraded dynamically, giving you theﬂexibility. Physical data movement between pools, or ability to scale in real time.
6 Smart businesses are turning to IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage from IBM suit your requirements. Storage pods range from 4 to 16 U in size. Each pod can provide reliable storage from 27 to 480 ter- abytes of data. Storage pods and interface nodes can be com- External IP LDAP All interface nodes and storage bined into one globally clustered scale out NAS system, Active Directory nodes can directly access all network storage and all files storing up to 14.4 petabytes of data. This provides extreme ﬂexibility in conﬁguring, adding and subtracting interface Global namespace Management nodes and storage nodes in any way your workload requires. nodes For example, a system for archival might be conﬁgured with CIFS SCP NFS HTTPS FTP Scalable to large Clustered NAS services numbers of interface 2 interface nodes and 20 storage pods, whereas a system for nodes Interface nodes e-mail might be conﬁgured with 20 interface nodes and Interface nodes InfiniBand switches for node cluster, 2 storage pods. data transfer 1 GbE switch for management nodes IBM Scale Out Network Attached SONAS provides extreme high density storage, and exploits Storage Storage nodes leading-edge technology such as InﬁniBand. Two storage nodes per Scalable to large numbers Driving a dynamic infrastructure storage pod Logical storage pools of storage pods Organizations in every industry can gain signiﬁcant competi- Physical disk storage tive advantages by implementing dynamic infrastructures that Storage pod Storage pod Storage pod enable them to improve service, reduce cost and manage risk. IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) from IBM is designed to serve as a highly dynamic, ﬂexible, elastic storage element of your infrastructure, driving greater levelsSONAS provides high levels of storage performance, scalability, andﬂexibility. of responsiveness through consolidation, resiliency and scalability.Your organization can take advantage of numerous ﬂexible,modular, hardware conﬁguration possibilities. The initial ver-sions of SONAS will support any combination of up to30 interface nodes and 30 storage pods, ﬂexibly conﬁgured to
IBM Systems and Technology Group 7 Reaping the beneﬁts of scale out NAS By implementing IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) from IBM, your organization can gain signiﬁcant cost savings due to less wasted disk space, and less administra- tive effort required to manage fewer ﬁle systems and Tens of thousands of users authorizations. The solution helps improve productivity by providing automated ILM*, automatic storage allocation, user management by storage quota, and universal reporting and Global Namespace performance management. With these integrated tools, SONAS can help improve your business processes, reducingIBM Scale Out Network errors associated with ﬁle system management, out-of-spaceAttached Storage conditions, and performance tuning and out-of-date copies of data. It minimizes time to access data across the WAN, and it can increase your ability to scan all data in a single search. High-speed It provides the ideal infrastructure for a cloud storage environment.Remote office Disaster A solution for the most demandinglocation recovery location industries High-speed IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) from IBM can help optimize storage environments, save costs, and improve efficiencies in a wide range of industries. IBM’s scale out NAS solution has been developed to support: Application cluster ● Medical imaging for active data and archive. ● Digital simulations in pharmaceutical, automotive, and aero- space applications.SONAS supports the most dynamic infrastructures, including remote office ● Rich content records in insurance, construction, and realty.and disaster recovery infrastructures. ● Video capture for security, process management, and education. ● Media and entertainment content distribution. ● Web 2.0 and social networking. ● Financial services analytics.