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BlackStor - Software-defined storage

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Software-defined storage for virtualization and cloud

BlackStor is the world’s fastest & most reliable cloud-native software defined storage. It is also the world's first fully cloud-aware, policy-driven software-defined storage solution on the market.

BlackStor has been designed to meet the highest stability and reliability demands and provide extreme, predictable “performance under pressure” with unlimited scaling, deep insight and analytics, and many other unique features, such as deduplication, multi-tenancy, and advanced security.

Blackstor

Key Benefits

  • First cloud-aware storage solution
  • Integrated with OpenStack, Kubernetes, Docker and other clouds
  • Unique policy-driven feature set
  • Deep insight, analytics & monitoring
  • End-to-end data protection
  • Next-gen security features
  • Unlimited scaling
  • “Always On” architecture
  • No downtime planning
  • Lower TCO
  • Integrated backup & restore
  • 24/7 support and tight SLAs

Software-Defined Storage

Software-defined infrastructure is driven by the IT industry’s need for scalability, infrastructure cost reduction, time-to-market, and lowered maintenance impact. By combining a software-defined architecture, high-performance system design with hardware flexibility, BlackStor gives you a flexible yet rock-solid storage system with extreme on-the-job delivery and a superior price:performance ratio as compared to other available storage alternatives.

Cloud-Aware

BlackStor is the first cloud-aware storage solution on the market. It enables its users to seamlessly integrate storage with cloud infrastructure while providing key enabling features. BlackStor is not just a backend: it fully understands your cloud infrastructure by using bi-directional connectors, giving you the ability to control storage policies according to your logical infrastructure needs.

Performance

BlackStor provides unbeatable performance by leveraging the latest underlying technologies and effective in-kernel data path. Compared to Ceph, its largest competitor in the OpenStack domain, BlackStor offers more than 20 times higher combined performance & effectiveness while simplifying storage operations and administration without impacting reliability.

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Components of this product gained support from Eurostars funding under project name DRBD4CLOUD - Extending DRBD for Large Scale Cloud Deployments.

The goal of this project is to integrate the high-reliability storage solution DRBD, the de-facto standard for distributed replicated block devices, which is also part of the standard Linux kernel, into cloud platforms such as OpenStack or Kybernetes, thereby addressing network and computational performance as well as scalability in large cloud installations.

The extensions will allow DRBD to reach out to new markets by cutting storage overheads by 50-80% while guaranteeing practically equivalent levels of redundancy. Furthermore, adopting erasure coding and secret sharing technologies also researched in Archistar will allow confidential data to be securely stored on semi-trusted cloud providers. Simplifying the deployment, enabling monitoring, as well as integrating DRBD into cloud platforms, will allow cloud providers to pick up the technology.

The results of DRBD4Cloud will be delivered as software implementations which, similar to DRBD, will (mostly) be published under an open source licence.

Facts:

  • Project start: October 2018
  • Project duration: 24 months
  • Project costs: approximately EUR 1.2 million
  • Funding: Funded through national funding organizations with approximately EUR 675,000
  • Coordination: LINBIT HA-Solutions GmbH
  • Partners: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (Austria), LINBIT HA-Solutions GmbH (Austria)

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