Advanced Storage Software for Cloud & Virtualization Data Center Services

Cloudlayer8 (CL8) is a state-of-the-art Tier-III data center and Cloud services provider from Cyprus. The company needed a new software solution for its configurations of two off-site backup server setups, one of which was already using a Veeam Cloud Connect solution and the other, using a VMware VDC solution. Their previously used data storage software solution was generating errors on a regular basis.

The main requirements for a suitable storage solution included:
  • Low latencies and high IOPS performance
  • High Availability and load-balancing functionality
  • Good price-performance ratio
  • Support for Virtualization (VMware and Veeam)
  • Convenient usage with easy data access
  • Reliability and scalability of the software solution
  • Platform-independence, use with commodity hardware
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Challenges Faced

Due to their customers’ evolving needs, CL8 keeps on adding new and innovative functionalities into what their solutions offer. That is why it became essential to find a software solution that would match the data center virtualization and advanced cloud features their company offered. This included compatibility with both of the VMware and Veeam software solutions that they used.

The Chosen Solution

Thanks to the company’s previous experience with Open-E JovianDSS and its proven reliability, scalability, and price-performance ratio, the choice of the software solution was obvious. Since the Pre-Deployment process included the transition of both active production servers from one software solution to the other, there was a need to keep the data on them available to customers without any downtime. With the assistance of Open-E engineers, the data was smoothly migrated to Open-E JovianDSS servers without any complications. Additionally, both the data storage solutions using the VMware Virtual Data Center and the Veeam Cloud Connect virtualization software were expanded to a second node, forming High Availability Clusters.

Satisfied Customer

Since the systems started operating on Open-E JovianDSS, no more errors were recorded. The software solution has proven to work flawlessly with both CL8’s VMware Virtual Data Center and Veeam Cloud Connect Offsite Backup Services. The systems gained additional performance thanks to being properly configured and ZFS’ inherent file system characteristics. CL8 was very impressed by how well Open-E JovianDSS worked, especially on the servers using VMware VDC. So much so, that after some time had passed, they requested the VMware VDC configuration’s extension.

Hardware details

Configuration used for the VMware VDC (VMware Cloud Provider™ Program)
Configuration per cluster node
Server: SYS-2029U-TR4T
Chassis: CSE-219U2TS-R1K62P-TN20
Motherboard: X11DPU
Power supply: 1600W Redundant Power Supplies Titanium Level Certified
Processor: 2x Intel® Xeon® Silver 4215 8 cores/16 threads 2,50 – 3,50GHz
RAM: 256GB DDR4 2933 ECC (8x32GB) Micron 36ASF4G72PZ-2G9E2
RAID: 1x Intel® RAID modules RMS25CB080
HBA: 4x LSI SAS 9300-8E SGL, 8-Port ext. 12Gb/s SFF-8644, SATA + SAS
Network connection: 2x Broadcom NetXtreme E-Series P210TP, Dual-Port 10GBase-T,
1x 4-port 10GBase-T adapter Intel® XL710 and X557
Boot: 2x 240GB SSD (Mirrored – RAID 1)
Write-Log: RAM/SSD tiered Read Cache: RAM/SSD tiered
Configuration used for the Veeam Cloud Connect Offsite Backup Service
Configuration per cluster node
Server: SYS-2028U-TR4+
Chassis: CSE-219UTS-R1K02P-T
Motherboard: X10DRU-i+
Power supply: 1000W Redundant Power Supplies Titanium Level Certified
Processor: 2x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2667 v4 8 cores/16 threads 3.20 – 3.60GHz
RAM: 256GB DDR4 2657 ECC (8x32GB) SK Hynix HMA84GR7CJR4N-VK
HBA: LSI SAS 9300-8E SGL, 8-Port ext. 12Gb/s SFF-8644, SATA + SAS
Network connection: 4x Dual-Port 10GBase-T Intel® X540
Boot: 2x 240GB SSD (Mirrored – RAID 1)
Write-Log: RAM/SSD tiered Read Cache: RAM/SSD tiered

Storage configuration

Configuration used for the VMware VDC (VMware Cloud Provider™ Program)
JBOD: 4x SuperChassis 216BE2C-R741JBOD
SSD: 96x Seagate Lange 3.8TB SAS 12Gb/s, 15mm, 1DWPD SSD
Zpool: 12x Raid Z2 (8 Disks per group)
ISCSI Multipathing: Active-Passive configuration
Storage capacity: 352TB usable in one zpool
Configuration used for the Veeam Cloud Connect Offsite Backup Service
JBOD: 2x SuperChassis CSE-946SE2C-R1K66JBOD
NL: 90x Seagate 8TB 7.2k SAS 12Gb/s
Zpool: 9x Raid Z2 (10 Disks per group)
SMB: Active-Passive configuration
Storage capacity: 518.68TB usable in one zpool

About Cloudlayer8

With over 10 years of cumulative experience, cutting edge facilities, tailored made solutions and round-the-clock support, CL8 is designed to scale with business; offering unsurpassed reliability and peace of mind, and allowing to set up and optimise IT infrastructure and operations based on individual business needs. As the first independent, carrier-neutral, state of the art Tier-III Data Center in Cyprus, they pride themselves in providing a wide range of Data Center and Cloud services to the local and international markets.

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