ProphetStor, GIGABYTE, and Mellanox Partner

ProphetStor, GIGABYTE, and Mellanox Join Forces to Power the Next Generation Cloud Computing

MILPITAS, CA, TAPIEI, TAIWAN AND SUNNYVALE, CA, December 21, 2015 — ProphetStor Data Services, Inc., Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. and Mellanox Technologies, Inc. today announced that they have joined forces to build and promote a reference cloud computing platform based on the open-source projects OpenStack and Ceph, leveraging each company’s respective strength in software-defined-storage, state-of-the-art server hardware, and high-speed networking.

Based on ProphetStor Federator® SDS, this joint project addresses the key issues of OpenStack’s storage management solution as well as improving the functionality and performance of Ceph, the de facto storage backend for OpenStack.

Federator is a suite of data services software that includes storage management and orchestration, storage virtualization, I/O traffic modeling, elastic resource control, business continuity, disaster recovery, data migration, and copy management. When integrated with Ceph, Federator offers the following benefits to cloud service providers:

  • Automatic deployment of Ceph clusters through PXE (Preboot Execution Environment)
  • Simplified OSD and pool management with disk striping and grouping
  • IOPS performance classification and provisioning
  • Enterprise-grade features such as decompression, deduplication, thin-provisioning, RAID, snapshot, clone, and rollback
  • Trending graphic reports with an analytics engine
  • Optimized journal performance with SATA or NVMe SSDs
  • Much lower latency with iSER (iSCSI Extensions for RDMA) enabled by Mellanox switches and network adapter cards (NICs)

As a part of its effort to transition to a full cloud-based backend to support its dev-test environment and all future mobile applications, One of the largest investment banks in the People’s Republic of China had conducted a thorough evaluation of this reference platform in terms of deployment, management, enterprise storage features, fault tolerance, recovery, performance, monitoring and analytics metrics. As indicated in its 68-page lab report, the sample deployment satisfied, and in most cases, surpassed all success criteria. The Ceph cluster achieved random read performance of up to 40,000 IOPS per node and random Read-Write (70-30%) performance clocked in at 20,000 IOPS per node.

ProphetStor, GIGABYTE, and Mellanox will engage in product integration and technology validation, prior to co-marketing the bundled solution through their perspective sales teams and channel partners worldwide next year (2016).

“Cloud computing represents a paradigm shift for the server hardware manufacturers,” said Etay Lee, General Manager, Network & Communication Business Unit, GIGABYTE. “The hardware infrastructure is only as powerful as the software it runs, and vice versa. As a hardware company, we strive to identify first-class software vendors and collaborate with them to create tried-and-true total solutions for our customers. We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity to work with ProphetStor Data Services to broaden our reach in the marketplace of software-defined data center and together bring cloud computing to a whole new level.”

The end user application requirements represent only a fraction of the overall bandwidth needed. The Ceph network must handle OSD heartbeat, data replication, cluster rebalancing and recovery traffic. As a result, cluster (back-side) traffic significantly exceeds public (front-side) traffic under normal operating conditions and creates a large burden on the network fabric.

“Ceph is a perfect use case for Mellanox’s high-speed Ethernet switches,” said Kevin Deierling, Vice President Marketing, Mellanox Technologies. “Our SX1012 40Gb/s Ethernet switches and adapters increase Ceph performance while lowering the deployment costs. We are excited to be an enabling partner of ProphetStor and GIGABYTE for the scale-out cloud computing project. This is one of the best opportunities to showcase our networking capabilities in areas where they really count.”

“When it comes to cloud platforms, enterprise customers are looking for total solutions instead of individual hardware and software components,” said Eric Chen, ProphetStor CEO. “Teaming up with leading server and networking hardware manufacturers such as GIGABYTE and Mellanox allows us to recommend a select sets of hardware-software configurations that are fully integrated, optimized and validated so we can deliver to our mutual customers a converged OpenStack solution with expanded features and much improved scale-out storage performance.”

About GIGABYTE Technology

GIGABYTE is a leading brand in the global IT industry with employees and business channels in almost every country. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world’s motherboard and graphics card markets. Drawing from its vast R&D and manufacturing capacities and know-how, GIGABYTE had further expanded its product portfolio to include PC components, PC peripherals, laptops, desktop computers, network communication devices, servers and mobile phones, with a goal to serve each facet of the digital life in homes and offices. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with innovative technology, exceptional quality, and unmatched customer service.

Visit http://www.gigabyte.com for more information.

About Mellanox Technologies, Inc.

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services.

More information is available at http://www.mellanox.com.

About ProphetStor Data Services, Inc.

ProphetStor Data Services, Inc., a leader in Software-Defined Storage (SDS), provides federated storage and data services to enable both enterprises and cloud service providers to build an agile, automated, intelligent, and orchestrated storage infrastructure.

ProphetStor was founded in 2012 by seasoned storage experts with extensive experience in cloud computing platforms, software-based networked storage, data services, business continuity and disaster recovery.

Headquartered in Milpitas, California, ProphetStor has branch offices in Asia-Pacific regions to serve international customers. For more information, visit https://www.prophetstor.com.

Additional Resources

ProphetStor Federator is a registered trademark of ProphetStor Data Services, Inc. in the US and other countries. All other company and product names contained herein may be trademarks of their respective holders.

Media Contacts

GIGABYTE Technology
Sean Chen

Mellanox Technologies
Allyson Scott
McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications
Seetha Subramany
ProphetStor Data Services, Inc.