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OpenFlex Composable Infrastructure
- Composable Infrastructure. Physical resources can be organized, accessed and managed with a common interface and open API.
- Scalable. Provides independent scalability of compute and storage resources to maximize efficiency.
- Disaggregated. Physical disaggregation of compute, network and storage resource pools that can be then composed for use by application workloads.
- Extensible. Flash, disk and future composable entities can be managed and shared over the same fabric using the same APIs.
With the exponential growth in data, along with the increasing diversity of workflows and demands on IT infrastructure, businesses need to increase speed, agility and time-to-value for their customers. Emerging as a solution for this, composable infrastructure is a new architectural approach that – using NVMe™-over-Fabric – will vastly improve compute and storage utilization, performance, and agility in the data center.
Built on industry standard NVMf technology, Western Digital’s OpenFlex architecture creates independently scalable pools of flash and disk that can be connected to computing resources via common networking technologies, such as Ethernet. Western Digital’s new Kingfish API enables the flash and disk pools to be presented as software composable infrastructure that can be quickly and easily orchestrated into logical application servers. When compared to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCIs), which has fixed ratios of compute, storage and networking, the OpenFlex architecture and products can reduce total cost of ownership by up to 40 percent by eliminating underutilized resources.
The fine-grain scalability of OpenFlex can also reduce initial infrastructure investment by nearly 50 percent. Additionally, with the disaggregated resources being directly connected, application performance can be more predictable since the logical servers are less susceptible to “noisy neighbor” workloads that compete for the same resources or data paths.
Western Digital’s Phil Bullinger, SVP of Data Center Systems, and Dave Tang, SVP of Corporate Marketing, on the OpenFlex™ Architecture, explain why OpenFlex is such an important architectural advance in this video.
Western Digital’s family of OpenFlex fabric-attached products are now available in a variety of performance levels and capacities to enable data center architects and IT managers to purpose-build a scalable and flexible data center for their unique needs.
- OpenFlex™ F3000* Series Fabric Device: For performance intensive Fast Data applications. Available in capacities up to 61TB4, it delivers low-latency NVMe flash performance over two 50Gb5 Ethernet ports.
- OpenFlex ™ E3000 Series Fabric Enclosure: A 3U enclosure that houses up to ten hot swappable F3000 fabric devices.
- OpenFlex™ D3000* Series Fabric Device: For capacity intensive Big Data applications. The 1U device offers up to 168TB of hard disk capacity over two 25Gb Ethernet ports.
* OpenFlex F3000 and OpenFlex D3000 can be hot-plugged to and from the network.
For a closer look at the OpenFlex product line and architecture, please view this video.