DAILYHOSTNEWS, November 14, 2011 – CloudSigma, an international, pure-play cloud server and virtual data center provider, launched the solid-state drive (SSD) storage solution for a public cloud IaaS environment at the 2011 Cloud Computing Expo.
The Company said the new solution is designed to help eliminate the storage bottlenecks and variable performance in the cloud brought on by traditional magnetic-based storage solutions’ inability to keep pace with the requirements of a multi-tenant environment.
With CloudSigma’s SSD storage product, companies can achieve higher performance than dedicated or private cloud arrangements, even in a public cloud, multi-tenant environment. Being able to handle the explosion of input/output (I/O) operations caused by the increasing adoption of server virtualization was identified by CloudSigma at an early stage as a key success factor for its cloud.
According to a release, the growth in large-scale virtual deployments has caused a surge in the amount of random I/Os between virtual machines (VMs) and magnetic storage systems. As I/O operations become even more random in multi-tenant, public cloud environments, magnetic storage solutions that rely on physical, spinning disks simply cannot keep up. Additionally, pathways to storage systems are only so big and this rise in errant I/Os causes a massive performance bottleneck for storage systems and networks.
With a solution like CloudSigma’s SSD storage, however, CloudSigma noted that companies have the ability to create a tiered storage system by staging critical application data and files on SSD, which effectively gets rid of the CPU wait time. This multi drive-to-server model significantly enhances system performance, as eliminating CPU wait time results in better resource utilization and cost performance.
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Additionally, since SSD storage doesn’t have physical moving parts like magnetic storage solutions, it can handle the more random nature of I/O loads in public cloud environments, while sustaining a higher level of performance and without slowing down. This allows for significantly higher I/O bandwidth with lower, more stable data access latencies. To support higher bandwidth and lower latency requirements, CloudSigma has already upgraded its cloud to 10GigE networking.
CloudSigma is a pure-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that offers highly-available, enterprise-class cloud servers and cloud hosting solutions, both in Europe and the U.S.