StorPool adds NVMe/TCP and NFS and ports to AWS – Blocks and Files

StorPool Storage has added NVMe/TCP entry to its eponymous block storage system, file entry with NFS, and ported it to AWS.

This v20.0 launch additionally adds extra enterprise continuity, administration and monitoring upgrades, and extends the software program’s compatibility. StorPool was began in Bulgaria in 2011 to present a digital SAN utilizing the pooled disk and SSD storage – StorPool – of clustered servers working KVM. It has been extensively developed and improved steadily over time since then. For instance, v19.3 got here alongside in August final 12 months including administration options and broad NVMe SSD help. v19.4 in February introduced sooner efficiency, up to date {hardware} and software program compatibility, administration and monitoring adjustments, and enhancements within the enterprise continuity space.

An announcement from CEO Boyan Ivanov mentioned: “With every iteration of StorPool Storage, we construct extra methods for customers to maximize the worth and productiveness of their knowledge. These upgrades provide substantial benefits to prospects coping with massive knowledge volumes and high-performance functions, particularly in advanced hybrid and multi-cloud environments.”

StorPool says its storage techniques are focused at storing and managing knowledge of major workloads akin to databases, net servers, digital desktops, real-time analytics options, and different mission-critical software program. The firm’s product was classed as a challenger in GigaOm’s radar report Primary Storage for Midsize Businesses in January this 12 months.


The added NVMe/TCP entry, which is turning into a block entry commonplace, supplies an improve for iSCSI entry, utilizing the identical Ethernet cabling. Customers expertise high-performance, low-latency entry to standalone NVMe SSD-based StorPool storage techniques, utilizing the usual NVMe/TCP initiators obtainable in VMware vSphere, Linux-based hypervisors, container nodes, and bare-metal hosts. The NVMe goal nodes are extremely obtainable. If one fails, StorPool fails over the targets to a working node within the cluster. 

The NFS server software program situations on v20 are additionally extremely obtainable. They run in digital machines backed by StorPool volumes and managed by the StorPool operations group. These NFS servers can have a number of file shares. The cumulative provisioned storage of all shares uncovered from every NFS Server could be up to 50TB. 

StorPool is cautious to say that NFS is for particular use circumstances, mentioning three. Firstly, this NFS helps moderate-load use circumstances for entry to configuration information, scripts, photos, and for e-mail internet hosting. Secondly, it will possibly help cloud platform operations, akin to secondary storage for Apache CloudStack and NFS storage for OpenStack Glance. Thirdly, it’s good for throughput-intensive file workloads shared amongst inside and exterior finish customers. Think of workloads akin to video rendering, video modifying, and closely loaded net functions.

However, NFS file storage on StorPool will not be appropriate for IOPS-intensive file workloads like digital disks for digital machines.

StorPool on AWS

StorPool storage can now be deployed in units of three or extra i3en.metallic situations in AWS. The answer delivers greater than 1.3 million balanced random learn/write IOPS to EC2 r5n and different suitable compute situations (m5n, c6i, r6i, and so on.). StorPool on AWS frees customers of per-instance storage limitations and can ship this degree of efficiency on any occasion kind with adequate community bandwidth. It achieves these numbers whereas using lower than 17 p.c of consumer CPU sources for storage operations, leaving the remaining 83 p.c for the person utility(s) and database(s).

A chart reveals latency vs IOPS of 4KB blended learn/write storage operations on an r5n consumer occasion. The StorPool storage system, when working on 5x i3en situations, delivers greater than 1,200,000 IOPS at very low latency, in contrast to io2 Block Express, which tops out at about 260,000 of the identical kind of IOs.

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Read the technical particulars about StorPool on AWS here.

StorPool on AWS is meant for single-node workloads needing extraordinarily low latency and excessive IOPS, akin to massive transactional databases, monolithic SaaS functions, and closely loaded e-commerce web sites. Also, workloads that require excessive bandwidth block efficiency can leverage StorPool to ship greater than 10 GB/sec of enormous block IO to a single consumer occasion. Several instances extra throughput could be delivered from a StorPool/AWS storage system when serving a number of purchasers.

ESG Practice Director Scott Sinclair mentioned: “Adding NVMe/TCP help, StorPool on AWS and NFS file storage to an already strong storage platform permits StorPool to higher assist their prospects obtain a excessive degree of productiveness with their major workloads.”


With its twentieth main launch, StorPool’s storage software program is mature, dependable, quick and feature-rich. Think of it as competing with Dell PowerStore, NetApp ONTAP, HPE Alletra, IBM FlashSystem, and Pure Storage within the small and medium enterprise market, the place prospects may have unified file and block entry in a hybrid on-premises and AWS cloud surroundings. Find out extra about StorPool v20 here.

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