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    Software: LizardFS Software Defined Storage
    Submitted by Mark Mulrainey; posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2017

    Open Source solutions can provide a greater return on your storage investment by opening the path to competitive technology procurement. Automated data management unifies the end-to-end storage footprint and enables our users to spend a far greater proportion of their time and budgets on accelerating science and research (changing the world).

    LizardFS is an example of Open Source Software-Defined Storage. It provides enterprise-class storage using commodity hardware and specialized software to deliver storage services, advanced features, and management capabilities. Compared to traditional enterprise storage that requires proprietary or custom storage systems, open source software-defined storage platforms such as LizardFS have much lower up-front and ongoing operational costs.

    This solution removes the complexity that historically has burdened organizations who struggle to keep up with massive data growth, and simplifies the storage processes for IT professionals in all types of industries. LizardFS increases IT agility by enabling organizations to leverage hardware from any vendor, as well as the option to use existing IT infrastructure to create a custom storage solution to any storage need. It adjusts well to new technologies giving the opportunity to tune and increase performance by integrating SSD, Flash, NvME, etc. Organizations can achieve massive scale by increasing storage capacity and performance as needed, up to 8192 chunkservers and 1 Exabyte of data.

    In one use case, Vang Qu Le, the bioinformatician in charge of the storage facility was tasked with finding a replacement for the the existing NFS setup. They are bound with the same budget restrictions like most of the scientific and research community, so the replacement had to be scalable but cheap . "We have existing workstations, with internal 10TB storage, and other hardware, we need to make use of them, for cost effectiveness." Since installation and familiarization with the system he has had no issues with projects or meeting deadlines.

    Some examples of our latest innovations that are being tested and about to be launched for LizardFS, are a Hadoop plugin to allow you to connect your LizardFS storage to a Hadoop cluster and NFS 4.1 giving you native support for NFS.

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