Two of the core factors that have largely driven cloud storage technology in recent years are high availability and performance. While guaranteeing the two often comes with a big price tag, advancements in technology have allowed for more cost effective configurations. Nexenta, a leader in software-defined storage and a Seagate Cloud Builder Alliance Partner, recently announced a new offering that achieved 1.6 million input/output operations per second without a single point of failure.

“Our customers can now reach well over one million IOPS and capitalize on big data opportunities without breaking the bank on proprietary storage technologies that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Bridget Warwick, CMO at Nexenta Systems. “This is further proof that Nexenta’s software-defined storage is changing the economics of the enterprise storage market.”

The solution leverages Nexenta’s ZFS file system and is built on a best-of-breed hardware, including dual Intel Xeon E5-2643 3.3GHz processors and enterprise-grade solid-state technology. The full 9.6TB SSD solution is an estimated $75,000. The same setup using proprietary storage architecture would cost significantly more and may not have the same advantages such as high availability as the Nexenta-powered solution.

The movement toward software-defined solutions for is not isolated to cloud storage technology. GigaOM contributor Jordan Novet credits software-defined infrastructure as one of the causes of “the golden age of IT.” Although Novet recognized larger IT factors such as bring-your-own-device, he suggested the combination of widespread IT trends with advancements in both hardware and software would create many opportunities for technology investment. Navin Chaddha, managing director of the Mayfield Fund, predicted growing interest in software as a service and more traction for cloud computing in general over the next 10 years.

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