Gridstore: Seamless Software-Defined Storage Solutions for Performance Starved Virtual Environments
Founded in 2009, the company's purpose built software-defined storage is speeding up application performance in virtual environments as it provides a network based scale-out storage solution allowing users to pay as they scale, ranging from 12 terabytes to three petabytes for Windows and Hyper-V markets.
George Symons, CEO of Gridstore emphasizes the challenges that customers face to run applications on virtual machines."The challenge ahead of the IT sector now is to deliver the necessary application performance, as applications on virtual machines do not approximate their performance when on stand-alone servers". Gridstore's grid architecture combined with their patented Server-Side Virtual Controller (SVCT) addresses this pain point as it automatically optimizes the performance of each virtual machine thereby delivering dramatically increased application performance. Through its process for eliminating the I/O blender effect, where virtual machines sending requests from different applications merge in the hypervisor, SVCT helps in streamlining the previously random requests. Additionally the system improves performance as the virtual controller tracks requests to know the source from a particular virtual machine and the specific I/O patterns coming from each application to automatically optimize the controller settings.
TrueQoS(Quality of service) allows the most important applications to get the storage bandwidth and IOPS they need for optimal performance while not letting less important applications slow them down.
Gridstore holds a distinct advantage in the market as they believe their price is market leading for the performance and scalability needed in a virtual environment. The company provides two types of storage nodes, cost-effective capacity nodes for backup, archive, file storage and average performance requirement environments and hybrid nodes using flash as a cache for the high-performance needed by applications in virtual environments.
Testimony to Gridstore’s Industry-Leading Solution
The company's highly economical solutions have found traction as they serve the mid-market enterprises in higher education establishments, law firms, technology companies, oil and gas firms and many other verticals. A testimony to Gridstore's industry-leading offering is demonstrated through its Gridstore 3.0 software-defined storage solution adopted by ETTE (Empowerment Through Technology & Education) as an integral component of updating their data protection infrastructure as a service business.
Moving forward, the company looks to continue to improve on manageability and performance with the focus being on ODX support for windows environments and improved management for enterprises with full integration with Windows Systems Center.