EMC® ScaleIO® is software that creates a server-based SAN from local application server storage to deliver flexible and scalable performance and capacity on demand. It converges storage and compute resources into a single-layer architecture, aggregating capacity and performance, simplifying management and scaling to thousands of nodes. As an alternative to traditional SAN infrastructure, ScaleIO combines HDDs, SDDs, and PCIe flash cards to create a virtual pool of block storage with varying performance tiers. In addition, it provides enterprise-grade data protection, multi-tenant capabilities, and add-on enterprise features such as QoS , thin provisioning, and shapshots.
For organizations that choose to build their own infrastructure, architecting an enterprise-grade server SAN deployment based on ScaleIO can be a daunting task. Dell Validated System for ScaleIO streamlines that process by providing a complete prescriptive reference architecture based on a validated design built on Dell PowerEdge servers, and standard networking infrastructure. This architecture includes information on configuration of the software stack, the server platform for compute and storage, the management server and network infrastructure,
The overall network design plays a larger role in defining the performance of software-defined storage/HCI-based solutions and the applications that run on them. The goal of this document is to identify best practices for the software-defined storage/HCI solution from EMC ScaleIO (ScaleIO). This best practice guide not only mitigates network-induced performance problems, but also sets the foundation for a network with scalability engineered from day one. This provides a stable and predictable foundation for the future growth of any software-defined storage/HCI solution.