OpenFlex D3000 Composable Infrastructure
Highly Scalable and Flexible Resource Utilization
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The Future of Data Infrastructure
Composable infrastructure is a new architectural approach that uses NVMe™-over-Fabric to dramatically improve compute and storage utilization, performance, and agility in the data center. With the exponential growth in data, along with the increasing diversity of workflows and demands on IT infrastructure, businesses need to increase speed, agility and time-to-value for their customers. OpenFlex architecture and products allow storage to be disaggregated from compute, enabling applications to share a common pool of storage capacity. Data can easily be shared between applications, or needed capacity can be allocated to an application regardless of location. Western Digital will initially offer two composable storage options — a high performance, low latency fabric device for mission-critical applications and data, as well as a high-capacity fabric device for tiering, data protection, and disaster recovery.
The Realization of Open, Scalable, Composable IT Infrastructure
With the exponential growth in data, along with the increasing diversity of workflows and demands on IT infrastructure, businesses need to increase speed, agility and timeto-value for their customers. Emerging as a solution for this, composable infrastructure is a new architectural approach that—using NVMe™-over-Fabric—will vastly improve compute and storage utilization, performance, and agility in the data center.
Freeing Data From the Server
NVMe-over-Fabric, or NVMf, is a networked storage protocol that allows storage to be disaggregated from the compute to make that storage widely available to multiple applications and servers. By enabling applications to share a common pool of storage capacity data can be easily shared between applications or needed capacity can be allocated to an application regardless of location.
Exploiting NVMe device-level performance, NVMf promises to deliver the lowest end-to-end latency from application to shared storage. NVMf enables composable infrastructures to deliver the data locality benefits of NVMe DAS (the low latency, high performance) while providing the agility and flexibility of sharing storage and compute.
Multiple Storage Tiers Over the Same Wire— Disk and Flash Accessed via NVMf
In addition to enabling NAND flash media access over NVMf, Western Digital has enabled disks to be accessed via NVMf so that all data center storage can be addressed in the same way. The Western Digital NVMf architecture is a huge step towards the software-defined data center—allowing storage to be assigned to applications without regard for where it is physically located. This is the essence of “composable infrastructure” where physical resources (compute, networking, storage) can be logically and dynamically configured and treated as a service for a specific application without the need for physical configuration.
The OpenFlex D3000 can be considered as a network addressable drive, behaving like a single large HDD. It presents NVMf namespaces, configurable by the user. Emerging Quality of Service features in the NVMe specification will allow NVMf connected disk to support QoS policies not present or possible on standalone SAS disks. Also, as a network device, the D3000 can be hot plugged from the network with no data loss just as individual storage drives can be hot swapped without data loss.
In addition to supporting standard block access magnetic media, the D3000 can transparently support internal SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) media. The SMR complexities will be abstracted and not visible to any client applications which can read and write in a random fashion and not be burdened with Zone Block Command (ZBC) syntax.
- Composable, shareable high-performance storage
- Access data from anywhere in the data center
- Lower CapEx and OpEx by reducing resource over-provisioning
- Manageable through existing data center orchestration frameworks
- Reduce stranded or underutilized resources
- Dynamic provisioning: scale down resources as easily as you scale up
Applications and Workload
- High-Performance, Low-Latency Apps
- Data Analytics
- Rack-Scale Flexible Infrastructure
- Software-Defined Storage Environments
- Private Cloud
- Big Data Applications
|OpenFlex D3000 Hybrid Storage Platform|
|Ports||Dual SFP28 (2x25Gb)|
|Physical Dimensions||Height: 43.69mm (1.72”) (1U)
Width: 449.6mm (17.7”)
(Fits in a standard rack)
Depth: 813mm (32”)
Download the OpenFlex D3000 Composable Infrastructure Datasheet (PDF).
- Pricing and product availability subject to change without notice.
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