With the number of virtualized servers on the rise (74% of all servers), storage requirements in datacenters are growing at the unsustainable rate of 40% per year. This means that datacenter storage requirements will double every two years, creating significant operational and financial challenges. While organizations are buying more storage to meet the capacity and performance demands of each application, the utilization rates of existing storage remains low due to the performance and capacity constraints of physical storage that forces the separation of applications into separate storage silos.
Atlantis ILIO USX is the first in-memory software-defined storage solution that pools existing SAN, NAS and DAS from across the datacenter and then optimizes how server applications and VMs consume this storage. This unique combination of pooling and highly-effective optimization enables customers to deploy up to 5 times more VMs on existing storage, while delivering superior performance to each VM (IOPS, latency and throughput).
The Atlantis ILIO USX In-Memory storage optimization technology uses local server RAM and flash to accelerate storage performance for the application or VM — even delivering this requirement from a lower class of storage. Using Atlantis ILIO USX, customers have the flexibility to combine and abstract existing shared storage arrays and local server resources to dynamically create high-performance enterprise-class storage.
The Atlantis ILIO USX platform integrates policy-based controls that deliver the right level of performance, capacity and availability to each application. With consistent performance across all VMs and storage, IT organizations no longer need to purchase specialized and dedicated storage for each type of application — even performance intensive ones. To provide reliability and ensure application resiliency, Atlantis ILIO USX provides integrated high availability and data protection with no single point of failure to ensure that storage volumes will continue operating in the event of a server failure.
Atlantis ILIO USX Fast Cloning and Provisioning functionality provides an ultra-fast, efficient and consistent way of provisioning server VMs across the datacenter — a single VM can be provisioned in a matter of seconds.
By abstracting all storage hardware across the datacenter and through integration with existing provisioning and orchestration systems, Atlantis ILIO USX provides the ultimate in datacenter storage flexibility, management, and efficiency.
With application storage capacity and performance requirements growing exponentially in the virtual datacenter, many IT organizations are finding it hard to keep up with storage demand while staying within their storage budgets. CIOs are mandating that their teams get more out of existing storage and budgets. Atlantis ILIO USX addresses this challenge head-on.
Atlantis ILIO USX enables customers to pool and abstract their existing shared storage arrays, optimize all storage volumes using ILIO USX Data Services and accelerates performance using server RAM. It can reduce capacity consumed by up to 80% while boosting each VM performance — even with older arrays or lower performance storage tiers. The result is that IT organizations can get up to 5 times more VMs on their existing storage, while solving application performance problems. Policy-based controls enable IT organizations to deliver the optimal storage capacity, performance and availability to meet the needs of each application and VM.
Atlantis ILIO USX uses server RAM or flash in combination with optimizations including IO processing, inline deduplication, compression and coalescing to accelerate any existing SAN or NAS storage and dynamically create the equivalent of an enterprise-class hybrid storage array without purchasing any additional hardware. The RAM or flash memory layer acts as an accelerator for the back-end capacity pool created from shared storage. By simply combining a small amount of RAM or flash into a performance pool with the SAN/NAS capacity pool, customers can achieve hybrid-array performance and reduce the storage capacity consumed on their SAN/NAS. Atlantis ILIO USX extends SAN or NAS storage to deliver performance to support any application across the datacenter.
All IT organizations have local SAS, SATA, SSDs, RAM, and flash built into their existing servers but can’t use this low cost storage for many applications because it is difficult to manage at scale, has limited data protection and lacks enterprise-class storage features such as high availability.
Instead of replacing existing servers with hyper-converged appliances, Atlantis ILIO USX enables customers to pool their existing local storage (SAS, SATA, SSD, flash) across all servers, accelerate it using server RAM and reduce the capacity consumed by up to 80%. The result is that IT organizations can unlock this low cost storage resource and create a new tier of enterprise class storage with policy-based controls that deliver the required performance to applications and VMs.
Atlantis ILIO USX pools and optimizes server RAM, SAS, and/or Flash to create a highly scalable, hyper-converged platform using existing servers. Atlantis ILIO USX provides the flexibility to pool commodity local storage with RAM and/or flash across multiple server farms. By doing so, customers can seamlessly scale out their architecture to create a hyper-converged infrastructure and manage their applications without having to rip out their existing infrastructure.
Storage-intensive applications such as databases, big data and real-time analytics require extremely high performance storage that can be costly. Many applications vendors such as SAP, with HANA, are starting to re-architect these applications to run “In-Memory” to solve this problem. This is costly, time consuming and is only applicable for specific applications, often requiring dedicated hardware.
Atlantis ILIO USX unique In-Memory storage technology uses server RAM in combination optimizations such as inline deduplication and compression to present applications with a cost-effective RAM-based storage tier that provides significant performance benefits for any server application or VM. Atlantis ILIO USX optimization will decrease latency and amplify the capacity of the server the server RAM by up to 5 times. In addition, Atlantis ILIO USX provides management, high-availability, cloning and provisioning functionality for these In-Memory storage volumes. Policy-based controls allow customers to choose the level of redundancy and high-availability to meet the service level agreements for their applications.
Atlantis ILIO USX pools local server RAM, flash or “flash on Dimm” resources across multiple servers to create a high-performance In-Memory storage volume that can be used as primary storage. Data is protected by replicating it between multiple hosts and, optionally to shared storage in a capacity pool.
Many organizations have made investments in all-flash arrays. These flash arrays have ample IOPS and storage performance but limited capacity. In addition, networking bottlenecks often make it difficult to get access to the full performance available from these arrays.
Atlantis ILIO USX pools and optimizes all-flash arrays to support up to 5 times more VMs per terrabyte. The Atlantis ILIO IO optimization technology also offloads writes from the flash arrays; extending the life of the SSDs inside the array.
Atlantis ILIO USX pools multiple all-flash arrays and applies inline deduplication and compression at the compute layer to extend the capacity and increase utilization of the all-flash arrays.Atlantis ILIO USX extends All-Flash arrays to deliver capacity to support any application across the datacenter.
Hadoop decentralizes the processing of mixed complex and structured data. Data is broken into multiple server nodes to process large data sets in parallel. With Atlantis ILIO USX In-Memory storage optimization, processing computationally extensive analytics becomes easier and more cost effective. This model allows customers to increase the amount of data being processed per node and reduce the time to complete these IO intensive jobs. Other real-time analytic applications that benefit from this model include Splunk, Casandra and MongoDB.
Atlantis ILIO USX optimizes how storage is consumed by the application or VM by inserting a transparent software layer between the application and storage. The Atlantis ILIO USX software resides on the hypervisor platform as a set of virtual machines that can abstract any storage hardware into pools of virtual storage that can be combined together to form an Application Defined Storage Volume (ADS Volume). There are two types of storage pools:
These Capacity and Memory pools are combined together automatically to create Application Defined Storage Volumes (ADS Volume) with policy-based controls that apply the ideal combination of storage capacity, performance and availability for the application. The ADS Volume provides enterprise-class storage functionality including high-availability, data protection, thin provisioning and cloning. Multiple ADS Volumes can be created from a single Capacity and Performance Pool, enabling true application-centric storage for the first time.
The Atlantis ILIO USX platform applies multiple storage optimization technologies to boost the performance and increase the available storage capacity provided to the application. At the same time, Atlantis ILIO USX dramatically reduces the impact of application IO traffic on storage resource utilization (disk, storage controller, network).
Atlantis ILIO USX storage volumes are policy-based, allowing customers to optimize capacity, performance and availability based on application requirements, while benefiting from lower storage costs, better performance and increased flexibility across the datacenter.
Atlantis ILIO USX provides either Block or File based storage to the application via iSCSI or NFS irrespective of how the underlying storage is presented to the hypervisor. This allows far more flexibility at the application layer without having to introduce storage silos to meet the requirements of an individual application or virtual machine.
Atlantis ILIO USX provides High-Availability across all of the storage presented to the application or VM. This HA service is one of the key features that allows for the creation of an enterprise-class storage system using local storage. In the event of a storage, hardware or component failure, Atlantis ILIO USX reduces application downtime by protecting both the ADS Volume and Pools. Atlantis ILIO USX HA provides additional protection for the storage layer beyond the functionality of the hypervisor, while also preserving the ability to leverage hypervisor HA to restart virtual machines in the event or network or host outage and DRS to balance resource utilization. Atlantis ILIO USX HA works together with the hypervisor to provide an even more resilient platform.
Atlantis ILIO USX In-Memory storage technology enables organizations to abstract any SAN, NAS, DAS, flash or server RAM to create capacity and performance resource pools, which are then used to dynamically create the optimal type of storage characteristics for each application:
The Atlantis ILIO In-Memory Storage technology uses the hypervisor’s abstraction of server resources to convert server RAM into a storage resource, forming the foundation for all Atlantis ILIO software-defined storage solutions. RAM access latencies are measured in nanoseconds, while spinning disk access times are measured in milliseconds, making RAM roughly 100,000 times faster than spinning disk. This unique use of server RAM creates abundant and inexpensive IOPS that are critical for storage performance. In order to turn RAM into cost-effective enterprise-class storage, intelligent software with HA, data protection, monitoring are required to ensure reliability, while pooling between servers and optimizations such as inline deduplication and compression are critical to providing enough storage capacity and lowering the cost per gigabyte of storage.
Atlantis ILIO In-Memory storage technology includes storage optimization services such as IO processing, inline de-duplication, compression, coalescing, thin provisioning that are automatically applied at the compute layer. High Availability is delivered with Atlantis ILIO USX to provide the data protection required by enterprise applications. These data services all deliver additional performance (IOPs) to any application regardless of the underlying storage. They also reduce storage capacity requirements by up to 80% and ensure the reliability of each storage volume. This In-Memory architecture delivers the performance of Memory to any application without re-architecting the application.
Simple Automated Deployment with Instant Provisioning
Atlantis ILIO USX is deployed automatically as a set of VMs on the hypervisor layer that run alongside the server application VMs. Applications connect to Atlantis ILIO USX either through a standard datastore presented to the hypervisor or, for non-virtualized applications, directly to the storage volume presented by Atlantis ILIO USX over the network. In both cases, the storage volume is presented over NFS or iSCSI, preserving existing provisioning and management workflows. Atlantis ILIO USX Fast Clone provides the capability to instantly provision VMs in seconds. Atlantis ILIO USX management and data services seamlessly integrate into existing management and orchestration systems using REST APIs to automate and accelerate deployments.
Identify and Pool Datacenter Resources
Atlantis ILIO USX integrates seamlessly with the hypervisor platform to create an inventory of the available resources in the datacenter, aggregate them into pools of storage resources and the create the optimal type of storage volume for each application and VM:
Enterprise-Class High Availability and Data Protection
Atlantis ILIO USX has integrated High Availability and data protection at each layer of the solution. Atlantis ILIO USX storage volumes have active-active high availability that is comparable to dual controllers on physical storage to ensure that IT organizations can meet their recovery time objectives. At the pooling and aggregation layer, Atlantis ILIO USX provides data protection using proven techniques equivalent to different levels of RAID in a physical storage system. Both HA and data protection are highly configurable for each storage volume and pool of aggregated resources to ensure that IT organizations can deliver the appropriate level of data
Seamless Integration Into Data Center Orchestration Systems
Atlantis ILIO USX was purpose-built for the Software-Defined Data Center by exposing management, datastore creation and monitoring functions to existing provisioning and orchestrations systems through REST APIs. This enables orchestration systems such as VMware vCloud Automation Center, Open Stack, IBM SmartCloud and custom-built provisioning systems to integrate Atlantis ILIO USX into the workflow of storage and VM provisioning.