Software-defined storage (SDS) vendors claim tremendous costs savings and administrative efficiencies of “converged” and “hyper-converged” storage products enabled by their preferred storage topologies and software-defined storage stacks.
“Whether direct-attached (converged) or internal (hyper-converged), software-defined storage vendors go on and on about how they provide the tools to consolidate, simplify and automate storage infrastructure so that fewer administrators are required.” Jon Toigo
“Gartner (2016) states that over the last five years, storage utilization efficiency has declined by 10%. With the tools provided by most hypervisor vendors and SDS independent software vendors, a server administrator with relatively little storage smarts can do a decent job of managing the storage he or she sees – that is, what’s in the same chassis or in the same rack as the server host they manage. Consequently, the admin may feel pretty good about the efficiency he or she is achieving, maybe maintaining a lean extra capacity of, say, 25% to 30%. However, if every server is underutilizing bundled storage by 25% to 30% across all servers in a large data center, that’s a lot of wasted space.”
Toigo and Gartner point out that, in many cases, SDS products do not measure up to the hype. The main argument is that many SDS products do not solve utilization efficiency while adding a complex layer of management. This is not the case with the Leonovus SDS.
Efficiency is at the core of the Leonovus architecture. With a headless install across the corporate network – on primary data storage devices through to servers, desktops, and even laptops, Leonovus seeks out and manages the idle storage resources across the corporate network. The system scales to an infinite number of storage nodes. The hyper-converged Leonovus solution has a micro-storage controller running as a Web Integrated Services Environment (“WISE”) service on each storage node – all controlled by the Leonovus Central Authority (“LCA”).
According to Gartner’s IT Key Metrics Data 2016 report, the average cost per raw terabyte — not including facility costs – is $2,009. As noted above, Gartner estimates that under-utilization of storage space, by almost 25%, might be the norm for most IT departments.
Assume the IT department has 25% under-utilization, a total storage environment of 1 Pb, and needs to add 100Tb of storage, which amounts to a potential new expenditure of $200,900 for raw storage. The Leonovus solution will seek out, find and convert the underutilized storage for a fraction of the cost of new raw storage. The payback is virtually instantaneous and our customer’s ROI is massive.
So, unlike the competition, the hyper-converged Leonovus architecture and LCA, improve utilization, security and the efficiency of data storage. Leonovus eliminates the siloing of storage that happens with typical hypervisor-controlled SDS models. Silos are inefficient because they restrict the ability to share resources and obfuscate the ability to manage storage assets across the enterprise in a holistic way.
Seamlessly, Leonovus enables customers to manage their storage even when it’s deployed behind heterogeneous hypervisors without any extra cost or need to purchase and add a hardware kit. Leonovus has adopted a No Lock-In strategy.
Leonovus understands IT’s fears of monolithic proprietary storage and has developed a Software Defined Storage solution that works both in monolithic environments and complex multi-platform distributed environments. Moreover, the Leonovus solution has touchless auto-recovery and auto-adoption with tunable security and efficiency. The Leonovus SDS manages storage simply, efficiently, securely with instant payback and an amazing ROI.