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Open Source and the Modern Data Center: How {code} by Dell EMC enhances ScaleIO software-defined block storage

Joshua Bernstein

VP of Technology, Emerging Technology Team at Dell EMC

Why has open source become such a big deal, even in the enterprise data center? If you answered “to save money”, you wouldn’t be in the minority. But, despite what many may assume, it’s not principally about cost savings – although that may be one benefit. The attraction of open source is in its name – that is, its ‘open’ nature, both in terms of access to the code and to the developers who maintain and enhance it.

To boil it down, open source enables you to run data centers through software, with better and easier integration opportunities between diverse systems than has ever been possible before with proprietary offerings.

Open Source Advantages for the Modern Data Center

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Emerging open source infrastructure software thrives on freedom, flexibility, innovation and integration. Integration is particularly important because it enables discrete components to seamlessly work together as a system. This software thrives through community involvement, and the ability to integrate with both modern and existing processes and infrastructure, which leads to quicker adoption.Enterprises are looking to data center IT transformations to help them meet the ever-growing and fluid expectations of their customers. Key to this is establishing a modern data center strategy, specifically one that is optimized for resource consumption. By embracing systems that are operated as software, organizations are more readily able to adapt to changing demands and opportunities.

{code} is Dell EMC’s open source initiative to deepen ties with the developer and open source communities. Through {code}, Dell EMC is enabling these communities to seamlessly fuse proprietary software with open source technologies.

Leveraging Container-Focused Solutions

Containerization is having its big moment in the world of enterprise IT – specifically with open source infrastructure and application platforms, such as Docker, Mesos, Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes. Container-based infrastructure represents a major evolution in the way applications are deployed and managed. Not since the appearance of the virtual machine has a technology been so transformative. Containers give IT more choice of infrastructure, since it gives teams greater control over application dependencies, which enables them to adopt more agile operational methods.

However, a big challenge for fully adopting container technology is that it’s not a one-to-one comparison to virtual machines. With containers, how can users run persistent applications inside of these lightweight, ephemeral constructs? We believe this is a key challenge that prevents the wider adoption of container-based infrastructure.

REX-Ray: Meeting the Persistent Storage Challenge

To solve for this challenge, {code} has been working for more than a year on developing REX-Ray to deliver persistent storage capabilities to container run times. It provides a simple and focused architecture for enabling advanced storage functionality across common storage, virtualization and cloud platforms. As an open source project, new features and functionality continue to be added to REX-Ray, aimed at continuing to lead and set the bar for providing persistence capabilities to containers.

Storage is a critical element of any IT environment. By focusing on storage within the context of open source and software, we’re able to offer users more functionality, choice and value from their deployments. One solution that works really well with REX-Ray is Dell EMC’s ScaleIO software-defined block storage.

REX-Ray and ScaleIO: Simpler Block Storage for Containerization

REX-Ray acts as the ‘glue’ between the container platform and ScaleIO – a software-defined storage solution that provides block level storage services on commodity hardware. This solution enables IT to move beyond purely stateless applications for containers, to confidently deploying critical stateful applications in containers as well.

ScaleIO is the gold standard for software-defined block storage platforms. It gives organizations the flexibility and freedom to provide storage through commodity servers in a range of deployment models – including hyper-converged architectures without a performance overhead. Through the seamless integration between REX-Ray and ScaleIO, the complete life cycle of storage is managed and consumed by container solutions such as Docker, Mesos, Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes.

Through {code}, Dell EMC has demonstrated its commitment to support the open source community. By ensuring that its software-defined storage solutions such as ScaleIO work seamlessly within a modern data center (which already integrates wide-ranging technologies such as virtualization, containerization, automation and cloud) and DevOps environment, we are making software-based storage technologies relevant in the open source community. Advanced integration, developer enablement and dynamic engagement all made possible by {code} are making ScaleIO an increasingly valued and attractive block storage option for the open source community.

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OLTP Power With EMC ScaleIO: Software-Defined Block Storage for SAP, Oracle & NoSQL Databases

Jeff Thomas

Global ScaleIO SE Director at EMC²

When it comes to getting the best from today’s enterprise OLTP databases, a powerful storage solution is vital. Let’s explore how EMC ScaleIO software-defined block storage gives DBAs all the performance, scalability and resiliency they demand – while also giving infrastructure managers the flexibility, ease of management and cost-efficiency they need.

You may be running traditional enterprise OLTP (on-line transaction processing) database applications from vendors like Microsoft, Oracle and SAP. Perhaps you’re exploring new in-memory databases like SAP HANA, or the latest scale-out databases based on NoSQL (including Cassandra, MongoDB, CouchDB, Apache HBase and so on).

When it comes to database storage, you may be using a high-performance purpose-built array to make it all work. Or, if you have economies-of-scale issues, that may drive you to building your own system with direct-attached storage (DAS).

But software-defined storage (SDS) now offers a third option that promises the best of both worlds. EMC ScaleIO uses smart software to connect multiple industry-standard x86 servers into a shareable pool of high-performance block storage – creating a server-based virtual SAN. Our customers are increasingly embracing ScaleIO as a next-generation block storage platform for their databases – and here are some great reasons why…

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Software-Defined Flexibility and Agility

ScaleIO software is agnostic to hardware and hypervisor, running on the x86 server infrastructure most organizations already use. ScaleIO can also be deployed flexibly – in a ‘storage-only’ model where storage and applications are on physically separate servers, or in a ‘hyper-converged’ model where each server hosts both applications and shared storage. ScaleIO’s tiny resource footprint means that running hyper-converged has minimal impact on database performance, making this an increasingly popular option.

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The EMC Portfolio Approach to Next-generation Storage Technology

Suresh Sathyamurthy

Sr. Director, Product Marketing & Communications at EMC

EMC is approaching the emerging revolution in storage technology development with a portfolio of advanced tools and solutions. These storage solutions are engineered to adopt and grow with the next-generation of big and unstructured data generated from diversified industries.

As data begins to inundate the marketplace, file types and sizes are becoming more extreme, mutative and mountainous than ever before. IT departments are tasked with managing constant streams of data from the cloud, social platforms, mobile devices and the web, as well as other sources never before realized by traditional BI and on-premise content management infrastructures. Software-defined storage (SDS) represents the leading edge of storage solutions, and EMC is positioned at the helm.

EMC’s depth of industry expertise SDS Portfolioand emerging tech software development experience have informed the creation of a suite of solutions that can be tailored to meet the needs of organizations transitioning to SDS, those working to incorporate SDS technology into their existing storage infrastructure, or those looking to redefine how they use, gather, maintain and manage the constant influx of data on which their businesses depend.

What sets EMC apart is a grander vision for SDS as a driving concept that should span how storage will be delivered now and in the future. EMC is embracing, redefining and disrupting the industry standards to deliver vendor neutral, open-standard APIs that allow products to be used as a standalone platform or part of a full cloud deployment, like OpenStack. Open source community editions increase flexibility and reduce risk.

EMC software-defined storage products improve and provide new means of organization and delivery models for file, block, object, HDFS and hyper-converged storage, as well as next-gen rack scale, data center and hyper scale-out storage. These products include IsilonSD Edge (scale-out file storage), ScaleIO (scale-out block storage) and ECS (cloud-scale object storage). The flexibility of EMC SDS solutions makes them available as appliances or free and frictionless downloadable software that can be installed on industry-standard hardware.

The sophisticated nature of EMC’s broad selection of SDS solutions allows easy integration into existing content management schemes without massive hardware replacement investments, new staff integration or performance downtime. SDS allows complete control over protocols, access, interface and data management within the systems, removing extraneous nodes, access points and machinery from the content management experience. This achieves more streamlined IT processes with reduced hardware, software, training and staffing costs and the ability to grow and adapt as the advancements in data collection and formatting continue.

The portfolio of SDS solutions developed by EMC allows organizations to not only better collect, protect and store next-gen data types and proportions, but to provide the possibility of streamlined growth as technology transforms, providing multi-generational, cost-effective options for the future of IT sectors everywhere.

Learn more about how EMC SDS solutions can prepare your enterprise for the future of big data. Stay up to day on everything SDS at www.emc.com/sds.

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