Specializing in hybrid storage arrays combining flash components and hard disks, the start-up Infinidat relies on standard equipment and has proven itself associated with an advanced software platform in SDS mode, the development of which is piloted by a storage vtran.
Among flash / hybrid storage solution providers appeared these last years, Infinidat differs from lot thanks to sonCEO and co-founderr : Moshe Yanai at the origin of the code Symmetrix at the house of EMC (VMax today at Dell EMC) and berries XIV (Nextra) now in the hands of IBM.Infinite, that we were to meet as part of a IT Press Tour in Israel last March, turned its press conference into a virtual meeting on Zoom.Moshe Yanai was able to return to the origin of the creation of berriesInfinibox, what’Israeli presents as Symmetrix modern, and on the ambition of start-up in the storage market.
At coeur of the hybrid storage proposal ofInfinidat, we find sisberries series Infinibox F63xx, presented last year, which are based on three servers x86 (96 hearts in all) to which are associated eight JBOD.This storage platform resembles the one inaugurated in 2017 by Facebook – Bryce Canyon – for his internal needs, but with 3 microservers and six JBOD.Tvery flexible to user, the machine Infinibox F63xx can be mounted in several configurations racks 42U, with possible extensions for future deployments.The berries d’Infinite support up to 4.1TB of DRAM, 368 To de Flash and 816 hard drives.That is a storage capacity of 10 PB per rack.Infinidat still relies on hybrid storage with a combination of RAM, flash and hard disks finely controlled by the home OS and its data modestly baptized engine neural.Infinidat claims performance of 2 millionIOPS and a latency of less than 130 milliseconds in a solution that unifies blocks and files (FC, iSCSI, NFSv3 and SMB).Legacy Symmetrix oblige, Moshe yanai proposed high availabilityIt’s (the famous 99.99999%) with enterprise class functions.The grind 5.0.11 of the home OS improves replication with groups of cactive coherencee-active, support for the federal data protection standard FIPS-140-2 and a cache engine update (Neural Cache Engine) in order to speed up the reading and writing of data on DRAM /NAND.
In a standard 42U rack, Infinidat integrates three servers and eight JBODs. (Credit Infinidat)
But, as ofothers market suppliers, Infinidat relies on services to stand out in a very crowded market (HPE, Dell EMC, NetApp, PureStorage, Kaminario, DDN, Huawei, Fujitsu, Panasas, Qumulo …) with a proposal segmented into three offers: Capex, CFROM (Capacity On Demand) etFLX (Opex).The idea is to support companies, even more so with this thorny phase of pandemic, by offering them more flexible billing possibilities: from the traditional model to the sale capacity on demand or subscription.“We can increase or reduce the available capacity according to the needs requested”, nexplained to youIt’s And ShprungPlease EMEA .There is of course a minimum of storage to start with extensionif necessary.“Today, 50% of our pipeline is made with the offer Flex (Opex) for a question of price, but also flexibility without worrying about material availability or security ”.And billing for storage consume on the cloud (partner suppliers) is provided by Infinite.
During this same virtual conference on Zoom, Eran Brown, CTO EMEA we have Explain that European customers sought to better defend the sovereignty of datavis à vis American requirements (Cloud Act).“And certain DSI are even ready to pay a little more to benefit froma greater responsiveness.Companies want to have the choice between Capex and Opex.With us, it is possible to start with COD, then switch to another model, and then further reduce the storage capacity.Companies will not become agile, if they do not combine cloud private and public ”.During its presentation, Infinidat explained to us that he sold more than 6 Exabytes from data in the world of which 3.7 EB in North America, 1.9 EB in EMEA and 388 PB in Asia.The growth ofInfinidat is very real since the start-up created in 2010 increased from 3.7 EB delivered in September 2018 to 6 EB in December 2019.