Starline is set to offer data centre users two new Scale-Out SAN systems based around Ceph, a unified, distributed storage system designed for performance, reliability and scalability.

The modular cluster of Ambedded Mars 400 SUSE Enterprise Storage 6 appliances combines eight power-saving ARM microservers in a 1u rackmount unit. Each comes with one fast SSD and one big HDD, providing a cluster in a box.

Starline: Offering data centre users new options

Starline: Offering data centre users new options

With three of them the company claims users gain higher availability than a single server-based architecture. One 3u cluster requires 380W of power, and has 24 CPUs, 24 SSDs and 21 HDDs. This reduces the initial investment needed to build a SUSE Enterprise Storage 6 cluster with a minimum of 7~8 x86 servers and promises to reduce the barrier-to-entry for organisations that would like to deploy Ceph clusters but have limited engineering resources.

The new PetaSAN is another Ceph-based system, this time built on x86 hardware with an easy-to-use interface, which Starline promises allows users to “easily build a growing high-performance iSCSI cluster”. The open source PetaSAN software includes all important components: The Ceph modules required for the complete installation, including the activation of true MPIO iSCSI and true automatic failover for iSCSI paths.

Starline Computer is exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 7.D51.