Converged infrastructure technology developer Maxta on Tuesday came out of stealth mode with the unveiling of software the company said eliminates the need for storage arrays in virtualized data centers.
The company's Maxta Storage Platform, or MxSP, software is aimed at overcoming issues related to tying traditional enterprise storage solutions to virtualized infrastructures, said Yoram Novick, founder and CEO of the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based developer.
"Our mission is to simplify and streamline IT by going after what we believe is the primary pain point: enterprise storage in virtualized environments," Novick said.
Maxta's MxSP is a software-only virtual storage solution that leverages a server's storage, whether internal or direct-attach external capacity, for use as a global pool that can be accessed by virtual machines on the server, Novick.
Multiple servers can also be clustered together to provide a larger storage pool, allowing any virtual machine on one server to access any storage across the cluster, he said. All the storage can be managed with the same user interface used to manage the virtual machines, regardless of which hypervisor is used.
The software automates access of the storage capacity by the virtual machines, Novick said. "While the storage connects to one server, all the storage in a cluster can be accessed by any virtual machine based on which storage is fastest for the application," he said.
Performance is competitive with midrange storage arrays, Novick said. "Partners can tune performance by choosing a mix of flash and hard drive capacity. We suggest using SATA hard drives for capacity with consumer-class flash for performance."
Steve Thomsen, a solution consultant at Sequel Data Systems, an Austin, Texas-based solution provider that sold its first Maxta implementation before the vendor came out of stealth mode, said his company has had experience with various other virtual storage appliances but found them underwhelming in terms of performance.
"Most virtual storage appliances are not designed to be intelligent enough to offer good performance," Thomsen. "We've actually banned them from our business."
Maxta, however, is different, Thomsen said. "It can use cache or SSD for performance while storing data on SATA drives or whatever else is connected," he said. "And it performed very well. We installed it for one customer on older HP ProLiant Gen6 servers and it was still impressive."
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