ioFABRIC Inc. is a software-defined storage company that increases business agility and enables the data-driven organization through better linkages between storage and the rest of the business. Its vision is to transform storage into something a business can simply depend on, eliminating admin demands, and freeing IT time to focus on true business innovation.

Vicinity enables the data center of the future. It is Software Defined Storage that shifts the complicated world of storage into the able hands of any sys-admin. Simply specify per workload objectives (how big, how fast, and how protected), and Vicinity will monitor, analyze and continually optimize the entire storage infrastructure to ensure it meets those objectives.

Admin costs are reduced by adapting in real time to changes in application workloads, infrastructure availability or device loading. In all cases, data is transparently redistributed to restore performance, or replicated to restore protection. Vicinity allows growth from cloud storage or commodity performance hardware significantly lowering storage capital costs.


Why ioFABRIC Vicinity is Needed?

The industry promised software-defined storage decades ago. What was delivered was more complexity in storage systems, more requirements for management, and higher CAPEX and OPEX all resulting in storage silos and anxiety for every storage admin.

ioFABRIC is the first company to deliver true software defined storage. ioFABRIC Vicinity creates a storage fabric that:

  • Eliminates vendor lock in
  • Seamlessly migrates data to any storage media including the cloud
  • Increases performance with existing storage hardware
  • Enhances data security
  • Intelligently automates all features
  • Is managed from a central dashboard for all storage resources

The Vicinity Adaptive Data Fabric

ioFABRIC Vicinity is software-defined storage that incorporates any storage into your system, and presents file and block services with application specific performance, capacity and protection characteristics. Tell Vicinity what you want and it will continually analyze and optimize your infrastructure to deliver these service level objectives. Storage becomes something you simply can depend on, adapting in real time to changes across disparate hardware saving both time and money.

ioFABRIC Vicinity:

  • Vicinity is hardware agnostic. Use any storage media avoiding vendor lock-in
  • More life of out existing storage thus reducing CAPEX and OPEX
  • One central dashboard to manage all storage resources easing administration and stress, often eliminating the need for specialized storage personnel
  • Ability to set workload specific objectives for capacity, performance and security
  • Easy on ramp to the cloud with no downtown or risk of data loss
  • Alerts and notifications when hardware is down or service objectives are not met

Vicinity’s patented pending software uses Adaptive Data Distribution to make all of this happen. Adaptive Data Distribution is a combination of three key features: data locality, data motion and adaptive optimization.

Data Locality: Fundamental to SLO assurance is FABRIC spatial and temporal locality awareness. Temporal locality satisfies performance characteristics by moving data closer to a CPU, which reduces network hops, and to faster media, which reduces device latency. Spatial locality assures the position of data within a node, rack or data center for protection characteristics as might be required by data compliance

Data Motion: Fundamental to adapting to changes in the environment is the ability to live migrate data between systems, disks or the cloud transparently to applications. Data motion is done to satisfy performance characteristics by moving active data closer to the CPU and stale data further away. Data motion is done to satisfy protection requirements when network or storage hardware inevitability fails. Both of these adaptions happen automatically and in real time taking the human middleware (and stress) out of the way.

Adaptive Optimization: Vicinity measures performance and protection alignment, adapting the use of infrastructure in real time. Performance alignment is about ensuring that the applications full data path, from CPU to storage, meets the SLO. Protection alignment is about data being high availability and safe enough to satisfy the SLO. When performance or protection suffers, the adaptive algorithms optimize the use of resources as well as the distribution of active and passive data across the infrastructure to restore SLO. Vicinity enforces requirements across the infrastructure with specific access to resources for each workload. Adapting the distribution of data among designated resources then individually optimizes workloads.


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last modified: October 13th, 2016 by Editor: Edward Haletky