The fundamental factor to this seriously impressive scalability and performance is the fact that control and data path operations, between the E8 Controller software and the host-side E8 Agents, are separated. While the E8 Controller software delivers centralised management and control, the E8 Agents manage data path operations with direct access to shared storage volumes.
The system is capable of scaling up to 126 host servers per E8 Controller, with each connected concurrently to shared storage. Support is present for shared read/write volumes, applications can be deployed with the performance acceleration of file systems and clustered parallel databases.
Featuring super-fast performance, this software accelerates mission critical applications. Accuracy is improved, as you get blisteringly fast access to real time data.
E8 Storage was designed specifically for NVMe drives. With this system you are able to fully unleash the power of NVMe SSDs with zero compromises on availability or reliability.
As scale-out software architecture, E8 scales-out through the application servers. Via taking up a few cores on the application servers, a highly distributed multi-core controller is implemented, which can achieve 10 times the RAID6 write bandwidth of classic dual-controllers or HW RAID controllers.
The performance is tuneable, able to unleash the full power of NVMe SSDs. The software’s performance scales up with the quantity of drives installed.
The system is highly scalable, for petabyte scalability connection to multiple E8 Storage controllers by hosts can be made.
The software is ideal for mission critical workloads. Uses can include real-time analytics, business intelligence, financial/trading applications, transactional processing and more.
Exceptional performance is the key accomplishment of E8 Storage. Utilising the newer technology of NVMe over Fabrics, it is capable of record-breaking speed. If scorching fast speed is an important factor in your decision, then you will struggle to find a better option for software-defined storage.
Missional critical applications need high performance with extremely low latency to match the requirements of today’s businesses. This software excels in intense environments which call for high performance.
The software architecture was designed for high availability. The host-side E8 Agents will operate completely independently of the other agents in the E8 Storage System. They will be performing data path operations for that host only. If any host server loses its access to the E8 Controller, there won’t be any impact to the availability of the data stored on the E8 Controller. The remaining host servers continue operations with zero impact on performance.
Data protection and disaster recovery features are absolutely vital for todays data centres and E8 Storage delivers both. There are many layers of protection against hardware failures. Distributed RAID protects against drive failures. Each E8 Agent contributes to RAID parity calculations in order to boost the system’s performance. The E8 Controller software is deployed in pairs, the E8 Agent software manages writes to a multitude of controllers to deliver disaster recovery capabilities.
Configuring your Broadberry appliance with E8 Storage means you will be taking advantage of NVMe over Fabrics, a new and potentially game changing technology.
NVMe is a relatively fresh and innovative way of accessing storage media. Increased momentum behind NVMe has been in effect since 2011 and NVMe is expected to continue its growth over the next few years. Two areas in particular are enhancements in latency and the scaling up of the amount of NVMe devices in large solutions.
NVM Express over Fabrics specifies a typical architecture supports a large number of storage networking fabrics for NVMe block storage protocol. This includes scaling out to the large amounts of NVMe devices and extending the distance within a data centre over which these devices and subsystems can be accessed. The key objective of this technology is to provide distance connectivity to NVMe devices with nothing over 10 microseconds of additional latency over a native device in a server.
NVMe over Fabrics has the potential to extend the low-latency efficient NVMe block storage protocol over fabrics and deliver large-scale sharing of storage over distance. NVMe over Fabrics maintains the architecture and software consistency of the NVMe protocol across differing types of fabric, delivering the benefits of NVMe regardless of the fabric type or the type of non-volatile used in the storage target.
There are a huge range of advantages that you enjoy with the Broadberry range of CyberStore Storage Appliances. If you configure your appliance with E8 Storage, you will be forever free from vendor lock-in.
If you are free from vendor lock-in, you will keep control over your appliance and the additions you are able to make to it. The freedom to make the additions to your data centre that you choose, without vendor restrictions, gives you the flexibility to react to changing circumstance and constantly keep moving your company forward.
Most of the brands in this field vendor lock their servers, keeping you locked into their ecosystem. If you end up wanted to make an addition to your server you will be required to purchase from your original vendor. As your options are severely narrowed, you will have little ability to find the what best fits the requirements of your business.
When you order a Broadberry CyberStore Storage Appliance, you can rest assured that this will never be an issue. All of our servers are completely free from vendor lock-in and you will always be able to utilise third party hardware with your servers however you see fit.
Broadberry solutions also feature wide ranging compatibility to all major storage server software. With this outstanding level of compatibility, you will be able to switch to a different operating system whenever you choose to. Allowing you to stay flexible and reach to changes in your circumstances and in the market as soon as possible.
After 30 years of experience in this industry, Broadberry has served some of the largest organisations on the planet. This includes the likes of the BBC, ITV, NASA, CERN, Virgin, Toyota, Toshiba, Sky, Google, Tesco, Disney and a lot more.
E8 Storage is software-defined storage that features performance as the key factor in its success. Capable of incredible speeds within the right set up, it’s an ideal option for anyone looking to add some real speed to their data centre.
The Broadberry CyberStore range of enterprise-grade storage servers are designed and built for a wide-range of storage applications.
Completely customisable from processing to storage type and capacity, to operating system - the CyberStore range is your go-to storage platform.
The CyberStore range of storage servers are used by the world's largest organisations from the BBC, to the CERN project, governement institutions, universities and much more.
Year-after-year, the Broadberry CyberStore range of unified storage appliances has beaten the likes of Dell and HPE to be crowned "Best Storage Appliance" by PC Pro magazine.
When compared to the likes of DELL, HPE, EMC etc, the Broadberry CyberStore range of enterprise-grade unified storage appliances is up to 60% cheaper, although using the same quality components such as Seagate drives and Kingston RAM.
The Bradberry CyberStore range has been built from industry-leading commodity hardware, and carefully designed to ensuure full compatibility with leading storage operating systems and database engines.
Broadberry enterprise storage appliances are on average 86% lower cost than EMC and 55% lower cost than DELL although built using the same leading-brand server components such as Intel processors and Samsung memory. HPE hard drives are rebadged Toshiba enterprise-class drives, the exact same models as found in Broadberry storage appliances.
When you buy a Broadberry storage appliance all drive bays are supplied with caddies - so if in 6 months time you decide to expand the storage you can source it freely from the marketplace or ourselves if you wish. The only way to add hard drives to HPE servers is to buy the drives along with caddies from HPE for 200% the price of Broadberry's price.
Broadberry storage appliances come with enterprise-grade features like IPMI included, whereas HPE charge large fees for perpetual licences for the same features.
Our website allows you to configure your server online with accurate prices, as opposed to NetApp who require several face-to-face meetings with them before they'll give you a price.
Over recent years there's been a massive move from the world's largest organisations such as Google to purchase their servers from the likes of Broadberry rather than DELL and HPE. This move is fuelled by the rise in commodity hardware.
Before leaving our UK workshop, all Broadberry server and storage solutions undergo a rigorous 48 hour testing procedure. This, along with the high-quality industry leading components we use ensure all of our server and storage solutions meet the strictest quality guidelines demanded from us.
Our main objective is to offer great value, high-quality server and storage solutions, we understand that every company has different requirements and as such are able to offer un-equaled flexibility in designing custom server and storage solutions to meet our clients' needs.
We have established ourselves as one of the biggest storage providers in the UK, and since 1989 supplied our server and storage solutions to the world's biggest brands. Our customers include: