TurboIO is our new storage technology we have spent the last 12 months working on.
It blows away all of our old SANs in performance and reliability. Best of all, there is no extra charge to be on it!
Turbo I/O is free to all GigeNET Cloud Customers.
Simply create your VM in the Chicago location; all new Cloud Machines created in Chicago will be on the new storage platform. LA will be brought online soon. Doing an OS reload will not load you up on the new SAN platform, it has to be a completely new Cloud Machine.
This new platform is a truly scalable platform with disk space, spindles, and performance. We can scale this cluster to over a petabyte, while increasing the performance as we go.
Significantly faster, the platform currently has bursting capabilities over 100k IOPS on a single cluster.
The new SAN platform is using a much more reliable High-Availability and fail-over system. We can lose an entire disk shelf (disk shelf contains around 45 disk drives) in a single volume group and the system will not even hesitate to keep processing your data.
The system is 100% redundant from the network to the HBA Controllers to the control units.
We have done extensive testing from unplugging disk shelves, to individual HBAs, to pulling power on control units and switching off switches and we have not skipped a bit yet.
With a combination of different technologies like making sure we use high speed SAS drives, SSD Caching technology and spreading load accross as many disk spindles as possible we have been able to do some pretty amazing stuff, combining it with some amazing software and we have our new platform.
Many cloud providers use SATA drives for their systems. There is a huge difference in reliability, SAS by far has a much higher life expectancy and is built for enterprise use in large SAN environments like ours.
We also use the fastest SSDs currently sold, they are not like regular SSDs, they are actually DDR3 based, so the SSD is as fast as volatile memory (RAM).
With using intelligence to move the most frequently requested data (hotspots) between physical drives and RAM SSD Drives this allows a significant boost in IOPS while keeping overhead as low as possible so we can pass on to you the savings and give you the performance benefit.