Primary data is growing at over 75% per year and organizations are demanding new solutions that reduce primary storage expense. The market for Linux-based OEM storage has grown 300% over a 3-year period. But things are about to change. By leveraging data optimization techniques, “Big Storage” providers are beginning to deliver highly efficient storage at extremely low realized costs per GB, enabling them to be increasingly competitive. The challenge facing today’s value-oriented, Linux-based storage OEM is: how can they continue to leverage open source to compete effectively with larger competitors who have data optimization capabilities?
The Albireo COMPRESS product works in conjunction with deduplication technology provided by Permabit’s Albireo Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) to provide inline, block-level compression for Linux-based storage OEMs. Many of the leading enterprise storage products include both data deduplication and compression. Delivering COMPRESS with VDO is the best option for OEMs looking to provide deduplication and compression and strategically align their offerings with the “Big Storage” providers.
Complete and Easy Implementation
COMPRESS provides a plug-in solution for Linux-based storage OEMs that utilize VDO. Like VDO, COMPRESS supports all major Linux versions used by the storage industry. The solution delivers everything needed to deploy enterprise data optimization capabilities: binaries, management scripts, and full documentation. The Permabit development team provides full technical assistance to ensure rapid and seamless integration. Typical OEM customers have an operational solution on the first day of receiving the kit and can immediately begin tuning and testing for their specific configurations.
How it Works
COMPRESS and VDO work together. Deduplication is the first step, with VDO analyzing data to determine if it has previously been seen. Compression is then applied to the remaining unique data. Using deduplication as the first step ensures that redundant copes are dealt with efficiently, without requiring an additional compression step, thus saving CPU cycles.
VDO analyzes each block to determine if it has been seen before. Blocks that have been previously stored are not written again. Instead, deduplication is applied and the index is updated to make note of the duplicate block. If the block represents unique data, COMPRESS analyzes it and uses a best-fit packing algorithm to find multiple compressed blocks that can be written within a single physical block. This saves processing cycles, reduces storage consumption, and increases compression throughput efficiency.
- Advanced data optimization technology substantially reduces effective storage costs
- Provides substantial savings in “big data” environments across structured and unstructured data
- Enhances the industry-leading efficiency of Albireo VDO
Fast Route to Market
- Operates in concert with Abireo VDO deduplication and thin provisioning. “Just works” out-of-the-box with existing file systems and data management features.
- Supports existing Linux-based unified storage solutions without modification
- Works with a wide range of Linux distributions including CentOS, Debian, Red Hat, SuSE and Ubuntu
- COMPRESS leverages the industry-leading data optimization capabilities of Albireo VDO to provide an efficient and scalable data optimization solution
- Industry-leading scalability grows with the OEMs’ storage product lines as their scale and capabilities expand to penetrate mid-market and enterprise accounts.
- Albireo COMPRESS and VDO enable storage OEMs to implement leading data optimization technology today with an out-of-the-box solution for Linux.
- Enhances the out-of-the-box data optimization provided by Albireo VDO deduplication
- Delivers incremental data reduction benefits competitive with Big Storage vendors
- Avoids requirements for proprietary hardware compression cards
- Provides “plug-and-play” integration with Linux environments
- Substantially improves data optimization capabilities of Albireo VDO in “big data”, database and mixed-use environments
- Leverages VDO to minimize performance overhead
- Allows the OEM to offer significant cost savings to end-user customers
- Extends and complements existing Linux storage features