Improve Data Center Management with Datera’s Elastic Data Fabric 2.0

Around three years ago, a group of extremely sharp and talented technical minds gathered together and imagined a new world. A world where data center infrastructure could be separated from specific hardware infrastructure to provide ultimate flexibility and composability in software. As they dreamed, they imagined a data center infrastructure that could quickly understand and adapt to app requirements expressed in the language of the application, not the other way around. In this new world, a data center infrastructure would support any app and any orchestration framework. CIOs and VOs of IT understand the operational benefits of cloud technologies which are typically only available to Google, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon.

With these ideas in mind and the knowledge that we’re entering an “Era of Data,” this group came together and launched Datera. A recent product release signifies a pivotal step for the Datera team in building their vision.

What we’ve created at Datera is a true Universal Data infrastructure providing optimal flexibility to run any and all applications and ecosystems.

Enterprise Applications (packaged or home-grown, built on Oracle and MS SQL) running in large-scale virtualized environments require the highest performance, five nines of reliability. Datera’s software, Elastic Data Fabric™, offers better reliability and better performance than monolithic scale-up storage array. This includes the data center management services customers expect from a Tier-1primary storage platform. All this for less than 20% of the cost of your typical all flash array!

We’re excited to announce, DateraElastic Data Fabric™ is now VMware Ready for Storage™ with VAAI certification, and integrated with VMware vCenter for provisioning and vRealize for cloud scaling. This creates automated, high-performance, and cost-effective private cloud deployments for all enterprise applications.

MongoDB, Modern Cassandra, and other NoSQL based apps built on distributed microservicearchitectures need massive sale and complete automation. As the DevOps revolution demands zero-click, application-driven instant provisioning of the data center, Network and Compute made great strides but storage has been slow. Datera also recently announced integration with Mesosphere DC/OS allowing for seamless scalability and fast provisioning for container-based, cloud-native applications. Datera’sElastic Data Fabric™(EDF) is already integrated with Google Kubernetes and Docker Swarm, offering the ability to now support all major container ecosystems.

In addition, in the era of “instant everything,” real-time analytics are the next frontier of business intelligence and a basis for a competitive edge. These apps ingest a data lake at high rates and Datera’sEDF offers a low-latency, fully automatic, high throughput data center infrastructure. It’s seamlessly integrated into the Yarn scheduler for streaming analytics with Spark and Kafka based Kappa and Lambda architectures.

We understand there are other software defined solutions on the market and ours isn’t the only option. A variety of solutions offer similar scale-out characteristics with some better than others. However, none offer the level of performance and scalability of Datera’s Elastic Data Fabric™.

From the beginning, Datera engineers have focused on rewriting the Linux kernel stack to reduce significant latencies in the IO Path. For example, we added the open-source Linus IO (LIO) stack which became an industry standard for block storage systems. With these optimizations and efficient use of auto-tiering within the server, we developed an efficient data plane providing 100K IOPs performance per node at 1msec latencies — even in a hybrid node. We’re thrilled to announce in our 2.0 release that we can now build a data plane fabric out of up to 50 physical nodes delivering up to 5PB raw capacity and 5 million IOPs all at the same 1msec latency. All this available within a single management and service domain.

Our advanced product offers all the robust data lake services you want and need from a Tier-1 primary storage platform and data center. Since product GA, we’ve had Synchronous Replication, Thin Provisioning, Snapshots and Clones, and QoS. Now, with 2.0 we’re adding Live Instant Volume Resizing, Compression, Role-based Multitenant Management, and Data-at-Rest Encryption.

In addition, Datera’s Elastic Data Fabric™ gets rid of the expensive three-year forklift upgrade cadence governing the industry. This frees IT from handling risky and complex data migrations.

The new platform allows diverse server HW technologies and capacity in one fabric across all technology generations. From the beginning, we’ve offered and supported multiple capacity hybrid nodes. Now, we can support all flash nodes in one fabric. This allows customers to grow at any time as needed with one scalable system across performance and capacity vectors.

Not only that, our product supports zero-click online insertion and decommissioning of nodes. This enables rolling upgrades and continuous infrastructure delivery. With one simple click, you have non-disruptive, fabric-wide software upgrades.

Apps have different capacity, performance, and backup requirements which can change over time. App owners may seem like they’re speaking a different language when sharing requirements with their IT Ops colleagues who understand the underlying infrastructure and simply select and deploy the necessary storage to support these requirements. The development and deployment DevOps models need continuous and automatic infrastructure delivery. This means the data center infrastructures of the future must learn the capabilities of the underlying data center, adapt to the intents as published by app developers, orchestrate the placement of data lakes and data paths based on the intent of apps, and balance the two — all in real time! This all translates to a self-learning storage infrastructure. When anything changes, it rebalances automatically to run applications at maximum performance in the most cost-effective way possible.

To date, the Datera Elastic Data Fabric™ was available in the form of HW appliances based on SuperMicro server notes from channel partners near and far. Now, we have Dell server nodes and a new software-only licensing model for customers who want server hardware directly from suppliers. We offer unmatched flexibility and licensing options including an all-inclusive perpetual license and a pay-as-you-go model with SW and support — all for one low price. Combined, customers receive unparalleled cloud-like procurement as well as operational and consumption flexibility.

Welcome to the Data Lake Infrastructure of tomorrow. Visit to check out all the good things we have in store for you. We believe we’re sharing the most advanced data center infrastructure solution which challenges both technology and business norms of data center management. Once again, we’re raising the bar for fellow providers to aspire to achieve.