From: Daniel Lynn, Platform Engineer
Hosting.com’s Upcoming Network Attached Storage Offering (Or IP Storage)
In the coming months, Hosting.com will be releasing its new IP Storage offering. We’ve redesigned the offering from the ground up to improve 4 key areas: availability, scalability, accessibility, and performance.
We have built out our IP Storage infrastructure to ensure that every component of the system is redundant, leaving no single point of failure from your server to the disks where your data resides. At Hosting.com, we have the understanding that hardware and software will inevitably fail and Hosting.com guarantees high availability with our solution; there is no single point of failure.
Hosting.com has changed the platform our IP Storage runs on to a more hardware-agnostic system. What this means for scalability is that we can upgrade the components of the system in zero-downtime maintenance windows to account for heavier load as the need presents itself. We can transparently switch to new, larger servers for the IP Storage nodes as the environment grows. Being able to keep ahead of demand with zero-downtime maintenance means our customers will never need to experience trouble due to resource constraints. Hosting.com is the innovator of the future of IP-based storage.
Our scalability is also increased substantially by the capabilities of the file system: ZFS. To illustrate, imagine if the surface of the Earth were covered with 1 TB drives. The Zettabyte File System (ZFS) could theoretically accommodate 2,363,284,800 (the surface area of the earth in Inches) TBs of data. One single ZFS file system can grow to 16,777,216 terabytes (16.7 Exabytes) and ZFS can support over 264 file systems. Might as well throw in Jupiter and Saturn and we might be pushing ZFS’ capacity limitations.
Our new IP Storage offering can be provisioned and attached to servers quickly through our customer portal. Shares in our IP Storage can be created, edited, and deleted at the click of a button. Additionally, upcoming automation in networking will allow us to connect a share to most customer servers immediately without manual intervention.
In addition to our robust, scalable IP Storage, our solution leverages varying drive levels including solid-state drives to deliver the best read and write performance possible to our customers. Our solution uses the most forward-thinking, yet stable technologies: from the file system, solid state drives, 6 Gb/s SAS controllers and massive parallelism, you can be assured performance will never be an issue.