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All of the MADSness: Maxta actually does it and goes full LUN-free

App-specific parameters divvy up the storage pool

Maxta Application-Defined Storage (MADS) can optimise storage in its pool for multiple and concurrent applications like VDI, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and Oracle Database.

The company provides MaxDeploy hyper-converged infrastructure appliances, which integrate compute, storage, networking and hypervisor system software in one scale-up and scale-out box architecture, using its MxSP software and third-party sever-based hardware, such as Cisco’s UCS, and systems from Dell, HPE, Lenovo and Supermicro.

Both VMware and KVM hypervisors are supported as well as OpenStack. All storage functionality is incorporated within the virtualisation UI.

Tim Stammers, a Senior Analyst at 451 Research, provided a prepared quote about this: “Traditional storage allows parameters to be set to suit individual applications by carving out specific LUNs for each application … As well as reducing costs, hyper-convergence promises to simplify storage management, but it involves a single storage pool with a single set of parameters for all applications. Maxta’s hyper-converged storage now allows different parameters to be set for different applications running inside virtual machines – but without the complexity of LUN management.”

In effect Maxta’s single storage pool is carved up into individual, vaguely LUN-like puddles for applications, which can vary the number of replica copies, block size, rebuild priority, whether to enable data striping or data locality, compression, and read caching.

Users can create their own policies or use pre-defined templates.

Maxta’s boss man, CEO Yoram Novick, also had a canned quote. “Our Application-Defined approach takes hyper-convergence one step further by allowing organisations to fine tune their IT resources to meet the needs of multiple applications within a single cluster.”

If you could be mad about MADS it’s available via download for existing customers and with all new deployments of MxSP and MaxDeploy appliances. Check out Maxta datasheets, white papers, etc. here. ®


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