KumoScale Software Insights: New Data Services Further Enhance Cloud Data Center Architecture

KumoScale Software Insights

The cloud-focused infrastructure phenomenon is forcing an entirely new way of thinking about storage architecture that balances software-defined storage flexibility and affordability, with traditional enterprise features such as data resilience and mobility.  KumoScaleTM software continues to deliver advanced data management services on top of our efficient scale-out cloud storage service.  With KumoScale software, you can now realize a flexible, cost-effective cloud storage architecture with traditional enterprise-like features.  Specifically, the latest release of KumoScale software now includes Autonomous Self-healing and Online Volume Migration, expanding upon previously supported data services: Cross-Domain Replication, Snapshots/Clones, Thin Provisioning, and Container Provisioning Service.  This full suite of functionality contributes to efficient, reliable virtualization and management of high-performance flash at data center scale.

Autonomous Self-healing repairs replicated storage volume failures automatically. A KumoScale software agent located in the client monitors the health of each replica. The agent senses when a volume replica has become unavailable, and signals to the KumoScale Provisioner Service to instantiate and synchronize a replacement volume. The self-healing mechanism takes care of inconsistencies that may result from intermittent failures or temporary network partitions without the need for monitoring and intervention by a system administrator.  Traditional approaches to data resilience that focus on the failure of the storage element itself no longer suffice in the next-generation data center.

Online Volume Migration makes it easier and more flexible to manage on-prem cloud storage without interrupting the applications.  As opposed to offline migrations, the storage volume to be moved remains online and continues to serve I/O while the process of moving the data to its new location proceeds.   This enables more efficient storage management including capacity rebalancing, snapshot/clone expansion, and thin-provisioned volume expansion. In multi-tenant environments, volumes can be migrated as needed, including for noisy neighbor abatement and SSD performance management. For global SSD wear management, volumes can be migrated across physical drives and storage nodes to maximize the life cycle of individual drives according to their remaining endurance.  Finally, volumes can be moved off drives to simplify maintenance, enable software updates, or replace drives at the end of their lives.

Both new KumoScale software features increase storage management efficiency - which is a big deal:  IT downtime can cost organizations thousands of dollars per minute. Reducing the need for human intervention and keeping applications available during migrations are additional ways that KumoScale software helps to reduce cost while delivering a data center-level approach to resilience and mobility.

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