Wednesday, May 7th 2014

HGST To Demonstrate An Open Ethernet Drive Architecture

Enterprise storage leader HGST, a Western Digital company, will demonstrate a new open Ethernet drive architecture offering new flexibility and capabilities for developers and operators of OpenStack cloud software at the OpenStack Summit, May 12-16 in Atlanta, GA.

The open Ethernet drive architecture demonstration will show for the first time how data centers can seamlessly scale-out storage infrastructures and run new and existing applications distributed directly onto hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) for next generation big data processing, analytics, research queries and other applications that require long-term retention of active data. This open drive architecture has integrated CPU and memory resources running Linux, and can be mixed with existing data center infrastructure, allowing applications the option to run as close to the storage resource layer as possible.

As shown in the demonstration, software-defined storage solutions, including OpenStack Object Storage (code named Swift), Ceph and Red Hat Storage Server (aka Gluster), run in the open architecture without modification. An open approach gives developers the flexibility they prefer and require to take advantage of Ethernet drives versus forcing them to modify their software to a vendor-specific API and architecture.

Additionally, HGST is announcing its support of an initiative to deploy a publicly available community test cluster for OpenStack Object Storage, including 6TB Ultrastar He6 helium-filled HDDs. More information on this cluster can be found at the SwiftStack booth, #E22.

HGST is also presenting in the Summit Demo Theater on Wednesday, May 14 from 12:40 - 12:55pm. This presentation will discuss how software-defined technology has driven new requirements in storage architectures, and new opportunities for optimization when distributing storage services in an open architecture.
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