Permabit Albireo SANblox™ Data Sheet

Permabit Albireo SANblox™ is a high-performance data reduction appliance for SAN-attached primary storage arrays. SANblox delivers inline data deduplication, compression and thin provisioning to any flash, hybrid, or HDD environment within a matter of hours.

As a cornerstone technology for next-generation storage, data reduction makes it possible to deliver high-performance flash at the cost of spinning disk. As a result, storage arrays with data reduction are stealing market share from products that lack it. The message coming from your customers is clear — next-generation storage arrays must have inline data reduction technology to compete.

SANblox’s industry-leading capabilities enable any SAN array provider to deliver higher effective storage capacity at lower cost with unparalleled time to market.

The SANblox Advantage

For Storage OEMs and Resellers, SANblox incorporates Permabit Albireo VDO data deduplication and HIOPS Compression™ software into a 1U appliance capable of delivering typical 6:1 data reduction rates in primary storage environments. Permabit technologies are combined with Red Hat® Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability, and Emulex® Fibre Channel software to ensure compatibility, easy management, and supportability for any Fibre Channel SAN.

SANblox is able to deliver predictable, high-performance data reduction without impact to back-end storage operations because it operates as a separate physical appliance. And, the appliance can also be applied selectively to data sets that will benefit from data reduction, while remaining out of the data path of those that do not compress or deduplicate.

The unique modular approach of SANblox leverages the existing management features of the array (such as thin provisioning, snapshots, and replication) to minimize the number of new administration tasks required. Unlike gateway products that perform write-back caching to mask poor performance, SANblox always commits data to storage before a write is acknowledged. Writes are never acknowledged before being persistently stored, and both data and metadata are maintained in the enterprise storage device. This improves data safety because once a write completes, data is immediately under the protection of the array.

SANblox Architecture

SANblox delivers fine-grained (4 KB block) inline deduplication, and compression for a best-in-class combination of efficiency and performance. An easy to use, web-based interface allows administrators to aggregate storage array LUNs into a pool of deduplicated and compressed storage. This storage pool can be carved up and presented as SANblox LUNs for use by any application. When data is written to SANblox, Permabit’s software monitors all write requests that come down from the SANblox LUNs. Albireo VDO manages the new blocks and uses deduplication technology to identify duplicates. HIOPS Compression™ then compresses any unique blocks before they are written to the storage device. From then on, the software keeps track of stored data and manages it in a way that is seamless to the user. Data reduction through block-level deduplication and compression increases the amount of usable storage of the underlying device and accelerates performance by increasing the effective capacity of caching layers in the storage array.

SANblox is configured in HA pairs to provide transparent failover. Data reliability is assured because all data is immediately written to back-end block storage with no write caching.

A suite of management tools allows administrators to easily provision and monitor SANblox through command line tools, a web-based user interface, or using SMTP-based event monitoring.

 

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