06.23.16 / Semiconductor

Samsung Collaborates with Red Hat to Create High-performance Ceph Reference Architecture

SAN JOSE, CA – June 23, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that its NVMe (SSD) Reference Design will be used with Red Hat Ceph Storage, a software-defined storage platform, in a new high performance Ceph Reference Architecture by Samsung.

Samsung’s NVMe Reference Design platform, together with Red Hat Ceph Storage, can deliver a highly scalable, more efficient TCO reference architecture that supports unified storage for enterprise IT or cloud environments in handling transactional databases, machine-generated data and unstructured data.

The combined storage solution – referred to as the Red Hat Ceph/Samsung Reference Architecture – can be used as is or customized for a specific data center environment with an easier migration path, and can offer positive TCO impact. It can be deployed in an OpenStack environment to support the bandwidth, latency and IOPS requirements of high performance workloads and use cases, such as distributed MySQL databases, telco nDVR content retrieval and financial services.

“The data center community will appreciate the importance of the Red Hat Ceph/Samsung Storage Reference Architecture, as the harvesting of data analytics becomes a priority for businesses that want to better understand their customers and stay ahead of their competition,” said Jim Elliott, corporate vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. “Data-driven companies in search of performance optimization in an OpenStack environment can benefit from the high performance offered by Red Hat Ceph Storage software and our NVMe Reference Design as a compliment to existing capacity-optimized infrastructure,” he added.

“We see Samsung as a key partner in our efforts to optimize software-defined storage solutions in the data center,” said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, storage division, Red Hat, Inc. “Our collaborative Ceph Reference Architecture, based on the Samsung NVMe Reference Design, can help customers improve bandwidth, and enable high scalability and low latency. Combined with high IOPS performance, it offers an optimal OpenStack storage solution for many use cases,” he added.

The Samsung NVMe Reference system is engineered to provide a well-balanced storage server node that includes matching CPUs, networking, and storage-PCIe connectivity to deploy large amounts of NVMe SSDs and maximize the performance of Ceph.

Based on Samsung testing, the Red Hat Ceph/Samsung Reference Architecture can deliver 690K IOPS and 30GB/s in a three-node cluster to meet the requirements of IO-intensive and high-performance workloads. Performance can scale higher with additional nodes. As a result, it offers an optimized pool of high-speed storage designed for OpenStack deployments, virtual infrastructures, and financial service providers, as well as private and public clouds. In addition, the reference architecture can help increase storage efficiency in test or development environments that need to be deployed and dismantled quickly.

Designed to improve the provisioning of data center storage in high IOPS Ceph storage clusters, the Samsung NVMe Reference system is a high performance all-flash NVMe scale-out storage server with up to 24 x 2.5” hot-pluggable, advanced NVMe SSDs to provide extremely high capacity in a small footprint. It is based on PCIe Gen3 NVMe SSDs designed to offer the lowest latency in the industry today with an optimized data path from the CPU to the SSDs. Each SSD slot provides power and cooling for up to 25W to support current and future generation, large capacity SSDs, as well as SSDs with varying endurance and performance levels.

The Samsung NVMe Reference system is a dual-socket Xeon-based system with an EIA-compliant, 2RU chassis. It uses 4x 40Gb/s networking connectivity with remote direct memory access (RDMA).

To learn more about the Samsung NVMe Reference Design in conjunction with the Ceph Reference Architecture, visit the Samsung booth (#529F) at the Red Hat Summit June 27-30 at Moscone Center West in San Francisco. Also, for more information about the Samsung NVMe Reference Design, please visit http://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/support/tools-utilities/All-Flash-Array-Reference-Design/

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com.

* Editors’ Note: Often shortened as NVMe, NVM Express (Non-Volatile Memory Express) is an optimized, high performance, scalable host controller interface, with a streamlined register interface and command set designed for enterprise, data center and client systems that use non-volatile memory storage. For more information, please visit www.nvmexpress.org.

Red Hat and Ceph are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries


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