Accelerating object storage with the Intel SSD Data Center family
To manage massive data growth, organizations are increasingly choosing object storage solutions, allowing them to scale storage flexibly while controlling costs. Ceph is a popular solution, letting organizations deploy cost-effective industry-standard hardware as a part of proven software defined storage infrastructure.
With this shift, the storage media itself has become a key consideration. Traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) are affordable, but often lack the desired input/output (I/O) performance for demanding workloads, such as storing large numbers of objects. Proprietary all flash arrays offer performance, but can be cost-prohibitive for large-scale deployments.
Red Hat® Ceph Storage combined with Intel® Solid State Drives (SSDs) Data Center family and Intel® Cache Acceleration Software (CAS) has emerged as a compelling option. Organizations can use Intel CAS to selectively classify key portions of a given I/O workload for acceleration with the high-performance and low latency of flash storage.
The performance difference can be remarkable. When testing large object-count storage workloads, Red Hat saw performance improvements of up to 400% for small-object writes when using Intel SSDs and Intel CAS.1 The solution is also cost-effective, achieving strong performance results with only 2-4 SSDs per system.
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