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Smart businesses are turning to IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage from IBM


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  1. 1. IBM Systems and Technology Group System StorageSmart businesses are turning toIBM Scale Out Network AttachedStorage from IBM
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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 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. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Implementing and managing a scale outNAS systemCorrectly designing and implementing a strategic scale outNAS solution at high scalability—that is, at the level of hun-dreds of terabytes, or even at the petabyte level—can demand © Copyright IBM Corporation 2010experience with high-end server environments and multipleoperating system platforms, in addition to storage design and IBM Systems and Technology Group Route 100management expertise. This is expertise that many organiza- Somers, NY 10589tions may not have in-house. U.S.A. Produced in the United States of AmericaIBM offers broad expertise in these areas to help you quickly February 2010implement SONAS, providing you with access to IBM’s broad All Rights Reservedbase of highly skilled professionals and expertise in large scale IBM, the IBM logo, and System Storage are trademarks orout NAS, digital media, high-performance computing and registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation incloud storage. the United States, other countries, or both. If these and other IBM trademarked terms are marked on their first occurrence in this information with a trademark symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicateFor more information U.S. registered or common law trademarks owned by IBM at the time thisTo learn more about how IBM Scale Out Network Attached information was published. Such trademarks may also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. A current list ofStorage can centralize your storage management, provide cost IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright and trademarksavings and improve efficiencies in your organization, contact information” at IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or marks of others. This document could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. IBM may not offer the products, services or features discussed in this document in other countries, and the product information may be subject to change without notice. Consult your local IBM business contact for information on the product or services available in your area. Any statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. The information contained in this document is current as of the initial date of publication only and is subject to change without notice. All performance information was determined in a controlled environment. Actual results may vary. Performance information is provided “AS IS” and no warranties or guarantees are expressed or implied by IBM. Information concerning non-IBM products was obtained from the suppliers of their products their published announcements or other publicly available sources. Questions on the capabilities of the non-IBM products should be addressed with the suppliers. IBM does not warrant that the information offered herein will meet your requirements or those of your distributors or customers. IBM provides this information “AS IS” without warranty. IBM disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including the implied warranties of noninfringement, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose or noninfringement. IBM products are warranted according to the terms and conditions of the agreements under which they are provided. * Designates future support Please Recycle TSB03016-USEN-02