In order to respond quickly to the requirements of the rapidly changing infrastructure and realize the high scalability and flexibility of IT system, virtualization, private cloud and container technology are widely used in IT infrastructure, and the enterprise data center architecture is becoming increasingly complex, so the traditional SAN + NAS storage scheme can not meet the complex application requirements any more.
The traditional storage is a single structure with software and hardware closely coupled and the proprietary hardware is sold together with software, which has not only brought high construction and maintenance costs, but also brought a heavy burden to storage and data management due to the silo architecture of
SandStone USP as a brand-new software-defined storage system can provide block and file storage services, support various database workloads, virtualization applications and cloud native applications at the same time, and meet the requirements of key businesses and various applications for storage. So far, bimodal IT has become the new normal of enterprise IT; the elastic software-defined architecture enables SandStone USP not only support a wide range of multi-virtualized scenarios, but also integrated well with the ecosystem of mainstream container platforms, so it can provide applications with high-performance snapshot, cross-data-center disaster recovery and other enterprise-level storage services. Moreover, its software system can be deployed in a general server, able to constantly update the hardware so that the system could always be kept in the best state and could quickly respond to the requirements of complex and dynamic business in the future.
Build large storage resource pools and integrate distributed storage systems
SandStone USP organizes the hard disks and SSD in commercial servers into EB-level large-scale storage resource pools through distributed technology to provide standard service interfaces for enterprise applications, solve the imbalanced resource utilization caused by island storage systems in traditional data centers and enable the storage resources to provide on-demand service. Moreover, it can support small and medium-sized deployment with controllable cost and also expand horizontally to large-scale storage clusters with thousands of nodes, so as to replace the existing centralized storage facilities in the middle end and support various business applications accordingly.
Provide block and file interfaces to meet the requirements of critical business for flexible and efficient storage
On one storage platform, Sandstone USP can provide block and file service capacities at the same time to meet the requirements of the business system for storing structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, help users easily cope with the challenges of ever-growing composite data storage and enable traditional businesses to be seamlessly migrated to the cloud ecosystem.
Match the mainstream virtualization platform, so that one storage platform could meet the requirements of multi-cloud and container applications
SandStone USP can be integrated with VMware ESXi, XenServer, KVM and other mainstream Hypervisors, able to match VMware, Citrix, Hyper-V, OpenStack and other virtual architectures, provide complete infrastructure support and vertical optimization for virtualization environment of all platforms, satisfy the requirements of multi-hypervisor, cloud and container platforms on one storage platform at the same time, and thus help easily build enterprise private cloud.
Enterprise-level storage can always refresh systems free of data migration
SandStone USP can provide rich enterprise-level data service features, such as high-performance snapshots, automatic thin provisioning, real-time QoS management and cross-data-center disaster recovery. Besides, SandStone USP can support new-and-old-hardware pool sharing and multi-platform-hardware cluster sharing. The hardware can be continuously undated with no need of traditional “forklift upgrade” or data migration at the end of its life cycle, so that the application could have its storage system updated in a senseless manner. At the same time, SandStone USP continues to maintain an open architecture, able to greatly enrich its functional features and provide users with intelligent storage most suitable for business needs and solutions for data processing by means of integration with mainstream virtualization platforms, third-party data processing services and other ecosystems.
Large storage resource pool
SandStone USP leverage commercial server to build a unified storage resource pool, so that one storage platform could provide both block and file storage interfaces to meet the requirements of various enterprise applications, such as critical business databases, mail server, file sharing, unstructured data storage, backup archiving and virtualization platforms.
Private cloud storage
SandStone USP has the advantages of public cloud technical architecture, able to provide enterprises with scalable and highly reliable data storage capacities, and match various applications in an open manner without changing users’ habits and customized development by virtue of its flexible management and high security, so that it could help business applications seamless access to the public cloud ecosystem.
Container cloud platform
Compatible with various container composition platforms, block and file storage resources can be provided to container applications via CSI (container storage interface) plug-ins as persistent data services, so as to meet the requirements of the cloud native environment for storage.
Hyper-converged infrastructure are designed on the basis of distributed storage systems. SandStone USP is compatible with various mainstream virtualization platforms and can be deeply converged with VMware ESXi, XenServer, KVM, Hyper-V and other Hypervisor to help customers build hyper-converged infrastructure and create a simple, flexible and efficient environment for full-stack cloud computing.