Why LizardFS ?

Reduce:

  • downtime of your storage to 0
  • time required for maintenance tasks by 90%
  • TCO by up to 50%

Get even more added value:

  • exit vendor lock-in
  • choose components for high performance or low cost/TB
  • scalability of up to 1 Exabyte

Servers instead of an expensive Disk Array

Outdated solution – Disk Arrays

In the field of data storage, the most popular solution until now has been a Disk Array. However, this technology turned out to be costly, generating large costs for ongoing maintenance and scalability. Once the storage capacity of a Disk Array was full, the only way to continue to store more data was to buy another costly “shelf” from the same producer. When the possibility of adding additional elements was fully exhausted, one had to migrate all the data to a larger, usually much more expensive Disk Array. Thus, one was left with an old and now redundant Disk Array.

Modern solution – Software Defined Storage LizardFS

LizardFS makes it possible to build storage on multiple servers, regardless of their manufacturer. Increasing storage capacity is accomplished by adding additional server(s) with hard drives to the cluster. This type of solution ensures readiness for exponential growth of storage whilst using servers from your preferred vendor. Thus significantly decreasing overall data storage costs.

Faster and safer data recovery – LizardFS vs RAID

If one values data accessibility and security, it is important to pay attention to how long a hard disk recovery takes in case of failure, and what the risks are associated with that recovery process.

Outdated solution – RAID groups – hard drive recovery time increases with the growth of storage capacity

RAID groups are a very common solution presently. Unfortunately, the time to rebuild a RAID group after a hard disk failure increases with the capacity of the disks. Currently with the popular 4TB+ hard drives the recovery of a RAID6 group can take between 2 and 20 hours. Moreover there is a risk another hard drive will fail during this process. This can lead to irreversible loss of the entire data set stored on hard drives.

Modern solution – SDS LizardFS – hard drive recovery time decreases with the growth of storage capacity

With a Distributed Software Defined Storage solution, such as LizardFS, this process has a completely different progression. Data Recovery from a damaged or failed hard drive is done by replicating the data from other hard drives. Consequently the system always keeps a previously set number of copies of the same data in different physical locations. Thanks to the distribution and dissemination of data, an individual hard drives’ workload is lightened during the recovery process, which in turn makes the whole operation quicker and more secure – thus with the growth of storage capacity hard drive recovery time decreases.