When your data keeps growing, with no end in sight, how do you consistently manage it across different media, systems, and sites (or clouds)?
We talked with Peter Washburn and Trevor Pott from Technicare Imaging about how they solved this problem with ioFABRIC.
Technicare Imaging handles hundreds of gigabytes of images on a daily basis. Each image must be stored and made accessible for editing, either by an automated process or by hand.
Technicare was facing several data storage challenges:
- Too many types of storage, including whitebox solutions, custom-built servers, hyperconverged compute nodes
- Unused storage space scattered across the different systems
- Too many different experimental or purpose-built systems to solve the growing-data problem, including Starwind, Nexenta, ScaleIO, and others
Technicare had previously invested in whitebox storage solutions, custom-built servers and hyperconverged compute nodes to serve its workloads.
“With an ever-increasing amount of imaging data to store and manage, it’s imperative that we have a solution in place that provides us with the protection we need for long-term backup storage,” said Peter Washburn, System Administrator at Technicare Imaging Ltd.
“We are trying to simplify the datacenter to make it easier to manage. Whatever storage solution we choose, it has to be something that your average virtualization administrator could administer without a steep learning curve.” – Trevor Pott, Systems Administrator
“In a perfect world, the storage solution would be able to consume storage from bare metal Linux or Windows servers as well as from virtual servers using any hypervisor. It would serve up iSCSI, NFS and SMB, be resilient against failures, have built in monitoring and alerting, a full suite of enterprise data services and be able to back up data off site,” Pott highlighted.
“Technicare’s storage needs never stop growing. Vicinity’s primary function related to IT expansion is to ensure that we have the maximum possible options open, hardware-wise, to meet those needs,” said Pott.
ioFABRIC Vicinity is a software-defined storage platform that unifies all forms of storage – DRAM, flash, hard drives, SANs and NASes, and cloud storage. By melding all available storage into a single data fabric, Vicinity provides a platform for growing performance and capacity independently.
“The two things that really made Vicinity stand out for Technicare were the ability to add every last byte of storage we already have into the fabric for use, and the ability to add anything we wanted in the future. We get maximum value from our existing IT and we don’t place any restrictions on future purchases.” – Trevor Pott, Systems Administrator
“This level of flexibility is important to an SMB where you don’t know when you’ll next have budget for hardware, or what hardware will be ideal to buy when that time comes. We could add whitebox servers full of disks or flash, buy an SMB-focused NAS, or pick up top-end enterprise gear either new or used.
“Any and all of it can be added to the fabric, and we won’t have to migrate workloads or do any of the traditional disruptive dancing that comes with storage upgrades. That’s huge,” said Pott.
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