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DriveScale

May 19, 2016 07:30 ET

DriveScale Introduces Composable Infrastructure Platform That Makes Commodity Servers and Storage Flexible and Responsive in Scale-Out Deployments

Novel Software-Defined Approach Disaggregates Existing Storage and Compute Resources and Recomposes Them for Greater Flexibility and Resource Management

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - May 19, 2016) - DriveScale, the company that is pioneering flexible, scale-out computing for the enterprise using standard servers and commodity storage, today announced a new architecture that moves data center infrastructure from standard rack server deployments into flexible, composable infrastructure capable of handling Hadoop deployments of any size and other modern application workloads. DriveScale enables a scale-out architecture previously only found in webscale organizations, allowing for more flexible scaling of data center assets. DriveScale customers include AppNexus, ClearSense, DST Systems and Foxconn's Ingrasys.

Using the DriveScale platform, data center administrators can deploy independent pools of commodity compute and storage resources, automatically discover available assets, and combine and recombine these resources as needed. The solution is provided via a set of on-premises and SaaS tools that coordinate between multiple levels of infrastructure. DriveScale's platform is ideal for organizations looking to future-proof their infrastructure, maximize data center efficiency and deliver higher services to internal customers.

"The DriveScale founders invented the technology that few, if any, thought to build," said Scott McNealy, Cofounder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems and advisor to DriveScale. "That's because it takes decades of experience in production-grade server, storage and networking technology development to create something that actually simplifies provisioning and creates new efficiencies, rather than make it all more complicated."

"Scale-out infrastructure has the potential to completely remake the data center, but existing challenges to adoption remain. Current scale-out still employs traditional rack servers, which are not designed to handle modern big data applications," said Tom Lyon, Chief Scientist and Cofounder at DriveScale. "DriveScale helps enterprises more quickly adopt an effective scale-out infrastructure by providing flexibility and basic tools that let data center administrators modify their infrastructure more quickly in response to changing application requirements and, as a result, say yes to more big data workloads."

The Growing Need for Independent Resource Scaling
The rigid marriage of compute and drives in the same chassis results in a loss of infrastructure flexibility that is forcing scale-out operators to make difficult trade-offs that include saying no to business requests or over-provisioning and underutilizing resources. What's worse, modern applications, changing business needs and rapid scale-out ecosystem evolution mean that the need for independent resource scaling has only increased. With DriveScale's disaggregation and recomposition technology, data center admins can now manage compute and storage resources as separate pools and then flexibly bind together these elements in any ratio required by an application.

"It is important to me that when we deliver our healthcare analytics solutions to our customers, we've done everything possible to ensure a productive, scalable and economically viable environment. We spent a lot of time engineering our software environment around real-time needs. Now, with DriveScale, we have the ability to do the same thing with hardware," said Charles Boicey, Chief Innovation Officer at ClearSense. "DriveScale helps us build a 'future-proof' infrastructure. The ability to maximize our existing hardware resources means that we aren't forced into making long-term predictions about what we may need in the future and instead can concentrate on responding only to what we need in the very short term. This means that as our customer needs increase, we can respond more quickly and without having to make massive capital expenditures."

DriveScale's platform consists of a tightly integrated combination of on-prem software, hardware and cloud-based services which together provide the manageability, flexibility and optimization that are a base requirement to manage scale-out data center operations.

DriveScale Goes to Market with Foxconn's Ingrasys
In related news today (see announcement), Ingrasys, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer, announced a strategic partnership with DriveScale. Ingrasys has co-developed the DriveScale product line and is the company's hardware equipment manufacturer.

About DriveScale
DriveScale is leading the charge in bringing hyperscale computing capabilities to mainstream enterprises. Its composable data center architecture transforms rigid data centers into flexible and responsive scale-out deployments. Using DriveScale, data center administrators can deploy independent pools of commodity compute and storage resources, automatically discover available assets, and combine and recombine these resources as needed. The solution is provided via a set of on-premises and SaaS tools that coordinate between multiple levels of infrastructure. With DriveScale, companies can more easily support Hadoop deployments of any size as well as other modern application workloads. DriveScale is founded by a team with deep roots in IT architecture and that has built enterprise-class systems such as Cisco UCS and Sun UltraSparc. Based in Sunnyvale, California, the company was founded in 2013. Investors include Pelion Venture Partners, Nautilus Venture Partners and Ingrasys, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foxconn. For more information, visit www.drivescale.com or follow us on Twitter at @DriveScale_Inc.

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