Datera’s Elastic Data Fabric™ 2.0: May you live in interesting times.

3 Years ago – a group of extremely sharp technical minds got together and imagined a world where the data infrastructure could be separated from specific hardware infrastructure, and instead provide ultimate flexibility and composability in software. They imagined a data infrastructure that could understand and adapt to the application requirements expressed in the vernacular of the application and not the other way around. They imagined a data infrastructure that would support any application and any orchestration framework. A world where CIOs and VPs of IT could realize the economic and operational benefits of cloud technologies that were otherwise only available to the likes of Google, Microsoft Azure and Amazon.

With these goals in mind, and with the realization that we are entering the Era of Data they came together to create Datera. Today’s release marks a significant step for team Datera in realizing that vision.

What we have built here at Datera is truly a Universal Data infrastructure that provide utmost flexibility to run all applications and all ecosystems.

Enterprise Applications, either packaged or home-grown, built on Oracle and MS SQL, running in large scale virtualized environments require utmost performance, five nines of reliability. Datera’s software defined Elastic Data Fabric™ offers better performance and better reliability than monolithic scale-up storage array and all the data services that these customers can expect from a tier one primary storage platform. All this at less than 20% of the total cost of your typical all flash array. Today we are extremely proud to announcing that Datera Elastic Data Fabric™ is now VMware Ready for Storage™ with VAAI certification, and integrated with VMware vCenter for provisioning and vRealize for cloud scaling. This enables automated, highly performant and cost-efficient private cloud deployments for all enterprise applications.

Modern Cassandra, MongoDB and other NoSQL based applications built on distributed, micro-services architectures require massive scale and complete automation. The DevOps revolution demands zero-click, application-driven instant provisioning of the data center. Compute and Network have made great strides but storage has been the laggard on that front. Not anymore. Datera also announced this morning, integration with Mesosphere DC/OS, enabling seamless scalability and rapid provisioning for these container-based cloud-native application. Datera Elastic Data Fabric is already integrated with Docker Swarm and Google Kubernetes, thereby now supporting all major container ecosystems.

And finally, in the era of “instant everything”, real-time analytics become the next frontier of business intelligence and basis for competitive differentiation. These applications ingest data at extremely high rates, and Datera’s Elastic Data Fabric™ offers a fully autonomic, low latency, extremely high throughput data infrastructure. Datera’s EDF is seamlessly integrated into the Yarn scheduler for streaming analytics using Kafka and Spark based Lambda and Kappa architectures.


Now, there are other software defined solutions out there in the market. And ours is certainly not the only one. Many solutions from incumbents and upstarts alike offer similar scale-out characteristics, some more than others. But none offer the kind of performance and scale that Datera’s Elastic Data Fabric™ does. From the very outset, Datera engineers have had a strong focus on rewriting the Linux kernel stack to shave of significant latencies in the IO Path. For instance, we contributed the open-source LIO (Linux IO) stack, which has become an industry-standard for block storage systems. These optimizations, combined with efficient use of auto-tiering within the server, allowed us to develop a highly efficient data plane that provides 100K IOPs performance per node at 1msec latencies even in hybrid node. Today, with our 2.0 release, we are proud to announce that we can now build a data plane fabric out of up to 50 physical nodes that together deliver upto 5PB raw capacity and 5million IOPS all at the same 1msec latency.

All from within single management and service domain.


Our product offers all the rich data services that you have come to expect from Tier-1 primary storage platform in the data center. We have had Snapshots and Clones, Synchronous Replication, Thin Provisioning and QoS since product GA. Today with the 2.0 version we adding to the list Compression, Live Instant Volume Resizing, Role-based Multitenant management and Data-at-rest Encryption.


Datera’s Elastic Data Fabric™ also retires the expensive 3-year forklift upgrade cadence that is governing the industry, and thereby frees up IT from complex and risky data migrations.

The platform allows diverse server HW technologies and capacity in a single fabric, across technology generations. We have offered and support multiple capacity hybrid nodes from the beginning. Today we are announcing the support of all flash nodes in the same fabric, allowing customers to grow as they go, at any time to one unified scalable system, independently across performance and capacity vectors. Furthermore, the product supports zero-click online insertion and decommissioning of nodes, enabling continuous infrastructure delivery and rolling tech upgrades. All this with 1-click, non-disruptive, fabric-wide software upgrades.


Applications have disparate requirements (such as capacity, performance, backup), and these change over time. Application owners often speak a different language when expressing these requirements to their IT Ops counterparts who understand the vernacular of the underlying infrastructure, and then select and deploy the appropriate storage to support these requirements. The DevOps model of development and deployment requires continuous and automatic delivery of infrastructure. Hence, the data Infrastructure of the future needs to learn the capabilities of the underlying data center, adapt itself to the intents published by application developers, orchestrate the placement of data and data paths based on the intent of the applications, and continuously, in real-time, balance the two. In other words, a self-learning storage infrastructure. If anything changes, it automatically rebalances to always run your applications with maximum performance at minimum cost.


Thus far, the Datera Elastic Data Fabric™ product has been available in the form of HW appliances based on SuperMicro server nodes from channel partners around the world. Today, we are also announcing Dell server nodes as well as a new software-only licensing model for customers who prefer to acquire server hardware directly from their suppliers. We offer unmatched flexibility and licensing options ranging from all-inclusive perpetual license as well as pay-as-you-go model with SW and support built into one low price. All this offers unparalleled cloud-like procurement, operational and consumption flexibility to our customers.


This is Data Infrastructure of tomorrow, delivered today. So stop by and see what we have in store. We believe it’s the most radical data infrastructure solution that challenges the technology and business norms of the data center industry. With today’s announcements, we have once again raised the bar higher for others in this space to aspire to achieve.