CloudSigma Introduces Innovation in Cloud Computing with Solid State Devices (SSDs)
Now, Switzerland can add innovation in cloud computing to its list of achievements that include banks, chocolates, cheese and fine watches. The country’s leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider CloudSigma (www.cloudsigma.com) recently set the cloud computing world buzzing by announcing the addition of solid state drive (SSD) storage to its public cloud portfolio. SSD, or flash memory as it is better known, has significantly faster access capabilities and reduced energy consumption as compared to the traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) that sit inside servers powering cloud computing.
It’s only a few weeks ago that I had mentioned SSDs in passing (See: Thailand Floods May Cause Problems for Cloud Computing). While SSDs are a niche product even in laptops, CloudSigma’s move opens up whole new possibilities in cloud computing.
The use of SSDs can address one of the concerns that experts predict will occur with the growth of cloud computing – input-output (I/O) bottlenecks. As things stand today, CPUs in servers that process data run much faster than HDDs that store data. Consequently, in times of high traffic, CPUs have to wait until the I/O transactions have completed, thereby holding up data access, resources and performance. Some theorize that this may become a serious problem and even end up discouraging cloud migrations.
However, with CloudSigma’s new offering, businesses will be able to create a tiered storage system by staging critical application data and files on SSD which allow faster read-write of data. Additionally, since SSD storage doesn’t have physical moving parts like HDDs, it can handle the more random nature of I/O loads in public cloud environments, while sustaining a higher level of performance and without slowing down. The result is a high-speed, low-latency, stable storage configuration.
“Many companies try to tackle storage problems in the cloud by adding more servers with magnetic storage; however, this only creates a disparity in computing resources with under-utilized servers, over-provisioned storage drives, excessive costs and storage sprawl,” said Patrick Baillie, CEO of CloudSigma.
“With our new SSD storage product, companies can, for the first time, easily handle the random nature of I/O loads in public clouds while minimizing necessary servers and realizing significant cost savings. Because the storage performance of hard drives has not kept pace with server performance or networking bandwidths, incorporating an SSD storage solution was a necessity, and will significantly expand the breadth of computing tasks that our public cloud can handle effectively,” he added.
This is not the first time CloudSigma has shaken up the cloud computing space. Earlier in January, CloudTweaks had recognized the company as one to watch out for, with a platform that could potentially challenge the likes of Amazon and Rackspace (See: Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: CloudSigma). With this SSD announcement, it seems to be living up to that promise.
By Sourya Biswas