How well do you know your scale-out storage architectures?

The clustered/scale-out storage world keeps getting more and more interesting and for some they would say more and more confusing.

There are too many to list them all here, but here are block diagrams depicting seven interesting storage or converged hardware architectures. See if you can decipher my diagrams and match the labels by choosing between the three sets of options in the multi-choice poll at the bottom of the page:

 

A VMware EVO: RACK
B IBM XIV
C VMware EVO: RAIL
D Nutanix
E Nimble
F IBM GPFS Storage Server (GSS)
G VMware Virtual SAN

 

Clusters3

 

A VMware EVO: RACK
B IBM XIV
C VMware EVO: RAIL
D Nutanix
E Nimble
F IBM GPFS Storage Server (GSS)
G VMware Virtual SAN

 

You can read more on VMware’s EVO:RAIL here.

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2 Responses

  1. XIV gives it away, you shouldn’t have made it multiple choice. Curious why no SimpliVity, they certainly have more market penetration than any of the VMware products.

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    • Thanks for your comments. There are lots of these types of products I thought about including, like Isilon and Ibrix as well, but I used the ones I knew well. The VMware Virtual SAN variants are new, but I expect them to become very dominant in the mid-market.

      I started with seven multi-choice options to make it harder, but it got a bit complicated. WordPress doesn’t make it all that easy to identify the technologies separately unless I get into some clever web programming.

      XIV gave it away for you, but not everyone is very familiar with XIV and it’s interesting as an exercise to see how similar or different some of these are. For example, it’s inherently lower cost to manufacture using add-on storage trays to each node, but cost and price to the buyer are not the same thing. Generally the most price-effective option is the one that is the most commoditized.

      There are of course whole other layers to the discussion not just around basic scale-out architecture. It would be hard to compete against Nimble’s performance achievements for example with some of these other architectures.

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