Ethernet storage solutions developer, Coraid, recently partnered with Big Switch Networks to develop a networked storage solution that could deliver enhanced end-to-end security, dynamic flexibility and simplicity.
Both companies will work together to introduce a solution that will utilize the Big Virtual Switch, a data center network virtualization application running on the Big Network Controller from Big Switch Networks (News - Alert) and Coraid’s EtherCloud, to help the administrators tend to the underlying storage capacity as flexible storage cloud services with one-click storage provisioning.
"The modern datacenter is going through the biggest transformation it has seen in more than a decade," said Kevin Brown, CEO at Coraid. "Datacenter architects today are taking a fundamentally different approach to building infrastructure, one that combines scale-out commodity hardware, pooling and abstraction through software, and the ability to programmatically control every aspect of the infrastructure. This is the software-defined datacenter, combining the best elements of cloud self-service and enterprise capabilities."
By utilizing Big Virtual Switch, administrators can easily outline network flows that control storage traffic from the host down to the storage systems. In addition, these flows enable network traffic isolation in a multi-tenant environment for security, QoS, and resource management.
Making storage aware of traffic patterns and hotspots in the storage network offers immense power and potential.
"The industry is just starting to understand the immense potential of software-defined networking to enable a range of novel networking applications, including software-defined storage," said Guido Appenzeller, CEO and cofounder of Big Switch Networks. "Big Switch is excited to partner with Coraid to further tap into the combined benefits that SDS and open SDN offer. SDN and SDS make it possible to control infrastructure programmatically in an integrated manner which radically simplifies network storage management and enables enhanced security, QoS and flexibility."
Recently in VMworld, Coraid and Big Switch revealed the power of combining software-defined storage (SDS) and software-defined networking (SDN) in the storage network.
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Edited by Braden Becker