In this blogpost I'm going to discuss some of the unique features of Spectrum Scale and also review some of the key enhancements in Spectrum Scale 5.0.
So what is Spectrum Scale? It's a high performance clustered file system developed via IBM that can be deployed in 3 models:
Enterprises and organisations are creating, analysing and keeping more data than ever before. 2.5 billion gigabytes of data is currently being created per day and 90% of data was created in the last 2 years!
Organisations that can deliver insights faster while managing rapid infrastructure growth have a commercial advantage over competitors and typically become leaders within their industry.
To deliver those insights an organisations underlying storage must support both new-era big data and traditional applications with security, reliability and high-performance. IBM Spectrum Scale meets these challenges as a high-performance solution for managing data at scale with the distinctive ability to perform archive and analytics in place.
Some of the unique features of Spectrum Scale that enable it to manage data at scale are:
If you have any of the following workloads running and are experiencing issues with scalability, feel you should be delivering faster insights from your data or have a planned refresh coming up then have a look at Spectrum Scale and see what it could do for you
The overall goal of the product from my perspective is to provide a single scale-out data plane for the entire data centre. Which it has certainly enabled in all the deployments we have completed.
Let's take a look at what the key enhancements in Spectrum Scale 5.0 bring to the table.
A new level of storage performance and efficiency resulting in dramatic improvements in I/O performance
Support for newest low-latency, high bandwidth hardware such as
NVM. Which means significantly reduced communication latency between nodes.
Improved performance and space efficiency for mixed workloads.Small and large block size workloads running simultaneously in the same file system.Optimised large block performance via new 4MB default block. This means you can fit 512 8k files in a single 4MB block! Simultaneously optimised small file space efficiency with variable subblock size.
Improved IOP/sec and metadata performance. IOP/s can improve 3x to 5x over previous releases!
Simpler, more powerful system administration
A Faster and simpler out-of-the-box experience.
Enhanced GUI features for many capabilities including Active File Management (AFM), Transparent Cloud Tiering (TCT) & performance and capacity management.
Enhanced security and compliance
Integrated file audit logging capabilities within the Data Management edition. That enables you to:
I can't wait to get our next Spectrum Scale deployment completed in the near future. If you want to learn more about Spectrum Scale please feel to reach out to the team at Tectrade.