Author: Ziv Serlin, VP Architecture & Co-Founder

When we founded E8 Storage in 2014, it was based on the premise that in order to get the best performance from the emerging NVMe SSD protocol, without sacrificing reliability or availability, we needed to take a new approach to storage system architecture.

One of our main talking points was very similar to that of centralized storage many years ago….why couple storage with compute for high performance applications?  Disaggregating storage from compute into a shared storage system allows for storage purchases to be deferred until needed which enables customers to take advantage of lower prices as cost curves decline.  However, in the initial adoption curve of NVMe SSDs, we were seeing many customers reverting to internal drives inside compute servers in order to get the lowest possible latency for data hungry applications, but at a high price.

Over the past year and a half, since our products went into full production, I’ve had the privilege to work closely with our great customers, partners, and sales team as E8 Storage expands further into the EMEA market.  In addition to demonstrating our amazing performance (check out our awesome SPEC SFS2014 results with IBM Spectrum Scale), one of the key considerations for many customers is understanding how adopting shared NVMe storage will benefit their total cost of ownership.  It’s a conversation that we have often, so we created an internal tool to help us demonstrate to our customers what their potential savings could be.

The time has come to make our tool readily available to anyone who wants to explore an NVMe TCO on their own.  E8 Storage isn’t the only vendor bring NVMe storage solutions to the market, but we are one of the leaders in this emerging space.  TCO calculations can be complex, but we are always happy to take on new challenges to help our customers understand the potentially huge TCO improvements E8 Storage’s shared NVMe storage solution can bring to their datacenter.

The online version of our TCO tool is available now for any customer to explore to validate the benefit of moving to shared NVMe storage.

TCO calculations depend on a variety of inputs, but we realized that we were able to standardize most of those inputs, and only expose the most pertinent questions that impact our customers.  These basic questions explore:

  • How to improve storage utilization – By understanding how you utilize your flash storage today, we can show how much we can improve storage utilization.
  • How to reduce storage costs – By exploring how much you spend today, and how much of that spend can be deferred until a later date when flash pricing is lower
  • How you protect your data – Because no amount of cost savings can make up for the cost of losing data, we provide cost reduction without sacrificing on reliability or availability

What our TCO tool shows is not only your immediate cost savings from disaggregating storage from compute, but also future savings depending on whether you refresh your systems every 3 years or 5 years.

Granted, in the interest of making the online tool apply as broadly as possible, we made some assumptions that may not match your specific situation.  The tool itself is very feature rich and we’re happy to have a conversation with you to customize a TCO scenario that better fits your needs.

To give an amazing example, one of our customers was using replicas among many servers in order to achieve his nightly data analytics throughput requirements.  By moving to E8 Storage with shared volumes, all the servers were able to reference a single copy of data.  With RAID-5 data protection in the E8 Storage appliance, and RAID-10 application level protection, the customer is going to realize more than $10M in cost savings over the lifetime of his data center.

E8 Storage is happy to provide this tool to customers, partners and prospects to explore how you can achieve cost savings with E8 Storage.