High Available Cluster Appliance achieving over 2 Million IOPS

LogoDataOnHigh Availability System Achieving over 2-Million IOPS with 12Gb/s SAS in a Scale-Out File Server Cluster using Windows Server 2012 R2


2 million IOPS for 4 KB random reads
1,1 million IOPS for 4 KB random writes
11,5 GB/s sustained throughput READ
6,4 Gb/s sustained throughput WRITE


DataON Storage, the leading provider of OS-agnostic storage enclosures, announced the next generation Intel platform 12Gb/s Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB). Using Avago 9300 Family 12Gb/s HBA controllers, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors in a dual-node CiB-9224 and twenty-four HGST 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, the DataON CiB-9224 offers a throughput increase of over 50% compared to antiquated 6Gb/s flash pure storage systems. “Avago applauds DataON Storage for advancing the adoption of 12Gb/s SAS with its new Cluster-in-a-Box appliance,” said Jas Tremblay, vice president of marketing, Data Center Solutions Group, at Avago. “The CiB platform provides improved performance and efficiency for cloud and enterprise datacenters by doubling I/O storage performance and alleviating bottlenecks to help manage explosive data demands.”

The CiB family of storage appliances from DataON offers a series of storage building block innovations able to consolidate both server and storage into a single storage platform. Architected with a converged design the CiB-9224 provides VM and file server functions concurrently from the same appliance allowing 50+ virtual machines and up to 48TB of 12Gb/s shared storage.

“We’re pleased that our CiB appliance, in collaborating with Avago and HGST’s 12Gb/s SAS technologies, is a part of the first to demonstrate the next generation Intel platform,” states Trenton R. Baker, vice president business development, DataON Storage. “With the ability to deliver dozens of VMs and over a million IOPS from a tiered storage 2U clustered form factor positions the CiB-9224 to have storage professionals seriously rethink the validity of certain overvalued all-flash pure storage designs.” With a history of SAS leadership, Avago delivers 12Gb/s SAS host bus adapters and SAS expanders integrated in the CiB-9224 to significantly increase the much needed I/O performance and bandwidth for intensive applications. Coupled with industry leading HGST SAS SSDs and leveraging Windows Server 2012 R2 with clustering technology, the CiB-9224 is primed to deliver unparalleled performance and flexibility with auto-tiering hybrid SSD/HDD storage.

“Microsoft delivers an efficient and economically sound file-based shared storage foundation in Windows Server 2012 R2 with support for 12Gb/s tiered storage,” said Jose Barreto, principal PM manager, cloud and enterprise, at Microsoft. “Utilizing Windows Server 2012 R2 and Storage Spaces technology with the latest Intel Xeon platform, the DataON Cluster-in-a-Box delivers a compelling Wintel high-performance converged storage solution to help lower total cost of ownership and offer continuous uptime.” The CiB-9224 utilizes energy efficient DDR4 memory, integrated 10Gb Ethernet ports and can scale by adding external JBODs through Avago® DataBolt™ SAS expander technology. This unique architecture eliminates additional hardware costs, minimizes footprint requirements, and simplifies cabling and installation, enabling optimal uptime high availability (HA) and maximizes storage performance for I/O-intensive applications, cloud datacenters and virtualized server environments.

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