DataON Launches S2D-3110 Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliance and MUST Visibility/Management Framework Certified on Windows Server 2016

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New Hyper-Converged Solution Delivers Scale-Out Infrastructure, Optimized Storage and Enhanced Visibility and Management for Hyper-V, Storage Space Direct & Storage Replica

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DataON’s new S2D-3000 family of hyper-converged appliances leverages Intel’s latest Xeon processors and NVMe high performance flash to create an interesting new entry into the hyper-converged market.” - Eric Slack, senior analyst, Evaluator Group

DataON™, the industry-leading provider of Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliances (HCCA) and optimized storage system for Windows Server® environments, today, announced the first product in its S2D-3000 family of Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliances (HCCA). The S2D-3110 and DataON’s new MUST™ (Management Utility Software Tools) Visibility and Management Framework provide advanced cluster monitoring, performance metrics, system health statistics, and diagnostic analytics for Microsoft® Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica. These new HCCAs and expansion storage systems are Microsoft certified for Windows Server 2016; which are ideal for deploying Microsoft Hyper-V®, Microsoft SQL, VDI, Hekaton, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint® and Microsoft Dynamics® ERP.

“As a pioneer of Microsoft clustered storage platforms, DataON has delivered resilient, high-performance and scalable solutions for over 500 scale-out software-defined storage (SDS) deployments,” said Howard Lo, vice president of sales and marketing, DataON. “The new DataON S2D-3110 HCCA is built with the single purpose of automating and optimizing Microsoft environments and infrastructure. DataON is focused on customers who have made the “Microsoft Choice” for their data centers.”

The new S2D-3110 is a high-performance, cost effective and modular Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliance enabling IT teams to rapidly and seamlessly deploy Microsoft’s enterprise virtualization and hybrid cloud services. The S2D-3000 Family of HCCAs is based on the DataON ClusterBlock Architecture™ (CBA), which was announced at IDF16 in August 2016. The CBA was created with Microsoft and Intel® to provide scale-out infrastructure and management services for key Microsoft-based environments, such as Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct, and Storage Replica. The DataON S2D-3000 family is comprised of solutions that are performance and IOP optimized, balanced IOP and density optimized and capacity optimized for the delivery of core Microsoft services and enterprise applications.

“Microsoft has a long history of building certified, turnkey solutions with DataON for Storage Spaces Direct (S2D). As we move to Windows Server 2016, we are expanding this relationship to provide Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliances that support Hyper-V, Microsoft enterprise applications and Storage Spaces Direct deployments,” said Siddhartha Roy, Group PM Manager, Microsoft Corp. “Customers leveraging DataON’s Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliances and MUST Management Framework will have both an optimized infrastructure and increased operational visibility and reliability into their new Microsoft-based Software-Defined Data Center.”

The integrated S2D-3110 HCCA platform and DataON’s MUST Visibility and Management Framework delivers:

  •     Preconfigured 4-Nodes S2D-3110 HCCA Cluster – Expand performance and capacity with scalability and operational flexibility
  •     Industry Leading Application Performance – The S2D-3110 HCCA with four (4x) cluster nodes is capable of providing over 2.4 million IOPS (running VMFleet) using the latest all flash NVMe™ based SSD technology to scale I/O intensive workloads.
  •     Hyper-V Virtualization Hosting – Each S2D-3110 HCCA can support up to 40+ Hyper-V virtual machines per node up to 16 nodes per cluster.
  •     Storage and Network with SMB 3.0 over RDMA – Delivers highest throughput, lowest latency and increase CPU efficiency
  •     Hyper-Converged Scalability: Incremental compute, networking, and storage resources provides near-linear scalability. Each HCCA can also be expanded in capacity via 12G SAS JBODs for further storage expansion.
  •     Automated Deployment – Automated out-of-box workflow accelerates time to deployment for Windows Server 2016, Storage Spaces Direct, and Storage Replica environments.
  •     Integrated Data Protection and Guarded Fabric - Fully support Windows Server 2016 with Shielded VM and TPM 2.0 trusted attestation for security and business continuity

DataON’s MUST provides a new level of advanced monitoring, visibility, analytics and management tools, leveraging the open Windows® Storage Management API (SM-API). DataON’s MUST is a stand-alone management framework which provides three tiers of visibility:

  •     SDDC & Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Tier: With the initial focus on storage monitoring and visibility, MUST provide system level information for performance, capacity, hardware inventory and faults/alerts. With MUST you will have dashboard level view of your operational visibility, analytics, infrastructure health management, storage systems metrics and event logging insights.
  •     Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliance/Node Tier: At the Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliance (HCCA) node level MUST provides a deeper level of visibility and management. At this tier we provide node and device level performance, health and operational analytics for the HCI cluster. This enables you to provide proactive systems maintenance and understand requirements for workload migrations.
  •     Systems and Storage Services Audit Log Tier: At the systems and storage services audit level we provide the detailed logging level visibility for events to do root cause analysis and export analytics source data.

Evaluator Group
“IT organizations are looking for alternatives to VMware®. Hyper-V running in Windows 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct provides this alternative and brings a new hyper-converged solution option for companies that have decided on Microsoft,” said Eric Slack, senior analyst with Evaluator Group. “DataON’s new S2D-3000 family of hyper-converged appliances leverages Intel’s latest Xeon® processors and NVMe high performance flash to create an interesting new entry into the hyper-converged market.”

IT BrandPulse
“DataON is the only Hyper-Converged infrastructure provider solely focused on Windows Server 2016. Their focus on optimized deployment, monitoring and management with the new HCCA and MUST visibility software have enabled them to deliver a premier solution for Microsoft-based environments.” said Frank Berry, senior analyst and founder of IT BrandPulse. “By combining Intel NVMe-based SSDs, the latest Intel Xeon Processor Family and high-performance, low-latency RDMA-based networking, DataON demonstrated over 2.4 million IOPS on 4 node Storage Spaces Direct Cluster using the new S2D-3110 HCCA at IDF16.”

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
"High-performance, low latency networking provide the backbone of Hyper-Converged solutions for next generation data centers,” said Motti Beck, senior director enterprise market development at Mellanox® Technologies. “We are pleased that DataON™ has integrated our end-to-end RDMA-capable networking solutions, which enables up to 100Gb/sec data communication speed in their Hyper-Converged Cluster appliances. This delivers IT managers to maximize their data centers efficiency and to meet the networking and storage demands of Microsoft’s Software-Defined Data Center.”

EVGA (customer):
"Building on our mission to use the latest technology, EVGA™ continues to invest its IT Data infrastructure using faster hardware with the latest Microsoft software. These new Hyper-Converged systems offer additional features and functions and most importantly increase reliability at an affordable cost," said Joe Darwin, Chief Branding Officer for EVGA Corporation™. "Working with companies like Microsoft, Intel and DataON, gives our IT team a good foundation to provide a solid infrastructure for future growth planning.”

The new DataON S2D-3110 HCCA and MUST Management Visibility Framework is available now and will be showcased next week at Microsoft Ignite® in the DataON Storage booth #2052.

About DataON Storage

DataON is the industry leading provider Hyper-Converged Cluster Appliances (HCCA) and storage systems optimized for Microsoft Windows Server environments. Our solutions are built with the single purpose of rapidly and seamlessly deploying Microsoft applications, virtualization, data protection and hybrid cloud services. Our company is focused on customers who have made the “Microsoft Choice” and we provide the ultimate platform for the Microsoft Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). DataON is the division of Area Electronics. More information can be found at or call +1 (714) 441-8820.

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