The Pivot3 N5 storage architecture was designed from the ground up to maximize the business value of data for customers.
The Pivot3 N5 storage architecture was designed from the ground up to maximize the business value of data for customers. Pivot3 storage team recognized that with flash becoming pervasive in the datacenter, a new storage architecture was needed to amplify its impact on workload performance. Customers have continued to struggle with managing their storage resources and where their data should reside. Painstaking planning is required to prioritize data into specific categories for performance, availability, reliability, backup, etc., and then even more effort is spent designing and implementing storage systems that can meet those goals.
Pivot3 N5 designed a storage architecture that makes it simple for customers to prioritize their data, and let the storage system take care of managing the data to meet those prioritizations.
Quality of Service and Service Levels
Quality of Service (QoS) is a data management tool that enables users to input the relative value of a customer’s data to be managed. A comprehensive storage QoS design encompasses all data value management objectives, including Performance, Availability, Data Protection and Security.
Service Levels govern how the storage system makes decisions on behalf of the customer once the data value has been prioritized, whether in steady-state or degraded mode.
Flash is more like memory than disk. The most effective flash integration is on the PCIe bus, as close to the processors as possible. By designing a flash-first datapath with PCIe flash at the core, the Pivot3 product ensures optimal performance for the customer data.
Dynamic Data Path
Managing where data resides should be a real-time, automatic process of the storage system itself. Multiple storage media types (RAM, PCIe Flash, Disk (HDD or SSD), etc.) can host data. Based on the value of the data, the storage system should locate it in the appropriate location, in real-time to meet the QoS objectives.
Data reduction technologies are key to getting the most out any storage investment. The Pivot3 data reduction technologies include IO Reduction for performance, IO Consolidation for endurance and Data Reduction for capacity.
Active-Active High Availability and Performance
Active-Active Storage Processors are required to provide the full benefit of available performance and availability offered by PCIe flash storage. To let a Storage Processor sit idle (Active-Passive) during steady-state operations wastes critical resources.
A powerful storage system is one that requires the least amount of attention and management. Simple, intuitive storage management integrated with applications is now an expectation.
Being able to scale performance and capacity independently of each other is required to allow customers the flexibility they need. If they need more performance, install more PCIe flash. If they need more capacity, add more disk (HDD or SSD) storage.