ScaleFlux, Inc. announced its CSD 2000 solution, aligned with Super Micro Computer, Inc.‘s FatTwin, a high-density 4U multi-node system, delivers an integrated high performance, cost-effective platform that is uniquely suited to Redis on Flash (RoF) deployments.
RoF increases the capacity of a Redis cluster by utilizing performance flash memory as a storage tier below RAM, and its performance is influenced by data access patterns. The higher the flash-to-RAM ratio, the more dominant the flash storage layer becomes to database performance, and in many cases the intensive workload can wear out ordinary SSDs. To address this challenge, users are required to either buy and deploy 2-3x the capacity of SSDs that their database really needs, or replace worn out SSDs after 18 months.
The combination of the CSD 2000 with FatTwin creates a compelling solution to this problem. CSD 2000 meets the endurance and performance needs of RoF workloads and FatTwin delivers high-density compute through its half-width design. Benchmarking data shows consistent, low-latency performance with RAM hit ratios as low as 60% using just 2 CSD 2000 devices per node. The half-width architecture of the FatTwin platform slashes physical space requirements, while transparent datapath compression featured in the CSD 2000 cuts the storage space requirements – all while addressing the key workload concerns of a RoF deployment: write endurance and read performance.
“The small number of SSDs required by RoF deployments leads to some critical design considerations, as users require SSDs to individually offer high endurance mixed with excellent workload performance,” said Tong Zhang, co-founder and chief scientist. “Our collaboration with Supermicro addresses these needs and appeals to a variety of use cases. We look forward to astounding customers with the performance and cost efficiency.“
Benefits of CSD 2000 with FatTwin for RoF deployments include:
- Data center optimization: RoF requires a small number of SSDs to achieve the needed capacity, FatTwin is designed to enable 2 nodes per rack unit, doubling the compute density compared to full-width systems.
- Aligning service intervals and reducing TCO: The compression capability in the CSD 2000 enables SSDs to last 3 years or more in the write intensive RoF environment.
“We’re excited to collaborate with ScaleFlux and other ecosystem players to enable solutions for improving data center density and application performance,” said Vik Malyala, SVP, Supermicro. “As a global leader in high performance, high-efficiency server technology, and innovation, our goal is to work with industry leaders offering leading computational storage solutions.“
The company’s Computational Storage Drive CSD 2000 Series brings performance, scalability, and TCO savings to mainstream flash deployments. The firm’s drives combine up to 8TB of the latest 3D NAND flash technology with hardware-accelerated compute engines, achieving data R/W speeds and low latency.
“This high performance, innovative combination of ScaleFlux computational storage and high-density next gen systems based on Supermicro FatTwin server platforms clearly delivers enhanced scalability and performance for Redis,” said Joel Wineland, CTO, Racklive, data center division, ASA Computers, who provided resources for this testing. “We expect to see many customers in a variety of verticals including Ad tech benefit from such implementation. Looking forward to incorporating these elements into our portfolio of rack-level roll in solutions to maximize value and enhance performance.”