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New @ZadaraStorage Solution Using iSER RDMA Boosts Application Performance and Reduces Costs

Zadara Storage today announced a new high performance storage as a service (STaaS) solution offering for private clouds – using a first of its kind Ethernet transport mechanism for exceptional performance at reduced costs. The latest generation of its award-winning Virtual Private Storage Array services, iSER VPSA takes advantage of iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER) using 40 Gigabit Ethernet to cut latency and boost application performance. Zadara Storage is the first vendor to offer a storage array supporting this next generation Ethernet-based transport. While all block-based applications running on Zadara iSER VPSA will see significant improvements, latency-sensitive databases will see a marked improvement in their transaction per second (TPS) count.

Developed in collaboration with Mellanox, a pioneer in RDMA-based networking, the iSER VPSA works by delivering iSCSI storage traffic over 40 Gigabit Ethernet, with minimal overhead. Traffic goes directly to applications’ memory buffers, hence minimizing latency at every step. The Mellanox NIC based iSER VPSA solution offers significant application level performance improvements while being comparably priced to ordinary Ethernet solutions without RDMA capabilities.

Zadara Storage is the world’s only provider of fully-managed NAS and SAN in the cloud and on-premises with elasticity, high QoS, scalability, privacy and pay-as-you-go pricing. This latest offering, iSER VPSA, is available for customers of the recently announced OPaaS (On-Premise as a Service) offering who use Mellanox iSER compatible NICs on site at no additional charge. As with other Zadara Storage solutions, Zadara Storage’s iSER VPSA incorporates the same hallmark multitenancy, high QoS, dedicated, private drives, hourly metering, consumption pricing, and full suite of enterprise storage features. Zadara iSER VPSA is available in addition to the company’s existing Storage as a Service (STaaS) solutions deployed at public clouds providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Dimension Data, CloudSigma, and others.

“The Zadara iSER VPSA storage platform is an ideal solution to boost application performance using iSER over RoCE ( RDMA over Converged Ethernet),” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The combined solution of Zadara’s iSER VPSA with Mellanox RDMA-based 40 Gigabit Ethernet NICs delivers substantially improved latency and throughput compared to more costly interfaces like Fibre Channel, and thus delivers cost savings and converged enterprise storage for private clouds of all sizes.”

“Hot on the heels of our OPaaS announcement, which brings the power of a cloud business model to private storage, we are innovating again with our iSER VPSA solution,” added Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage. “With it we can now deliver to our customers more performance and potentially save them money. It is noteworthy that, thanks to our patented software defined storage architecture, we were able to be the first to deliver this breakthrough capability to the market.”

Zadara Storage is showcasing its new iSER VPSA as well as the recently debuted VPSA On-Premise as a Service (OPaaS) solution at the VMworld Innovator’s Pavilion.

Published Monday, August 25, 2014 5:09 PM by David Marshall
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