KIOXIA KumoScale software v3.18 delivers support for OpenStack infrastructure Wallaby release

Includes BGP network support for NVMe-oF storage – an industry first

Düsseldorf, Germany, 22 June 2021

KIOXIA Europe GmbH has released version 3.18 of its KumoScale storage platform built around the NVMe-oF (NVM Express over Fabrics) protocol. Designed for deployment at data center scale, the KumoScale storage platform delivers high performance NVMe (NVM Express) flash storage as a disaggregated networked service. Major features in KumoScale software version 3.18 include native integration with OpenStack infrastructure Wallaby release and BGP-based multipath networking.

OpenStack Infrastructure Wallaby Release Support


KumoScale storage system version 3.18 includes native integration with the latest OpenStack infrastructure Wallaby release. An active member of the OpenStack Contributor Community, KIOXIA has made several enhancements to this popular open source infrastructure environment to integrate high-performance NVMe-oF storage resources seamlessly and reliably. KIOXIA contributions address two significant issues related to NVMe-oF storage in the OpenStack environment:

 

  1. In prior versions, the OpenStack infrastructure NVMe-oF connector opened a new resource-intensive connection for each and every volume, even if they shared the same target. This made NVMe-oF deployments compute and network intensive.
  2. In prior versions, the OpenStack os-brick module did not take advantage of client md-raid capabilities to write directly to replicated volumes across multiple storage backends.

 

KIOXIA code contributions to OpenStack infrastructure Wallaby release for NVMe-oF native support include:

 

  1. KIOXIA refactored the OpenStack os-brick NVMe-oF connector (nvmeof.py) and upgraded it to support more recent NVMe-oF protocols.
  2. KIOXIA contributed an enhancement to the OpenStack infrastructure Wallaby release connector that supports client-side replication via md-raid.
  3. KIOXIA contributed a KumoScale software Cinder driver that seamlessly integrates KumoScale storage backends into OpenStack environments.

 

"As the adoption of the NVMe-oF protocol in modern Data center storage network architectures continues to accelerate, we are glad to offer the latest release of Kumoscale as part of the software stack," said Frederik Haak, Head of SSD Marketing at KIOXIA Europe GmbH. "With the code contribution to the OpenStack project, we ensure more efficient deployment of NVMe-oF based infrastructure to our customers."

According to Brian Rosmaita, OpenStack Cinder Project Team Lead (PTL) and a principal software engineer at Red Hat, "The Cinder development team and user community is excited that KIOXIA has made these technical contributions to the Cinder project, which provides the OpenStack Block Storage service. These new features will enable the OpenStack community to take advantage of the fast-evolving NVMe-oF protocol. Other driver maintainers are already looking at leveraging the updated os-brick connector to offer NVMe-oF with TCP, so the KIOXIA contribution, in addition to bringing KumoScale into the OpenStack family, is a real benefit to the entire OpenStack community of users."

BGP L3 Multipath Networking Integration


Version 3.18 also includes a technical preview of its native support for the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), implemented via integration of the Free Range Routing (FRR) network routing software. It delivers the industry’s first multipath networking for NVMe-oF storage over TCP/IP networks1. A Clos network topology is often used by data center operators to build high-performance, scalable, cost effective, robust networks. Such networks use IP routing as the primary packet forwarding mechanism, and BGP is a very popular routing protocol used in this type of environment. Storage system support for the BGP protocol enables storage resources to participate as a first-class citizen in a Clos network, allowing resilient, high bandwidth connectivity between client initiators and storage targets. Traditional storage interconnect uses layer 2 technologies, such as port channels, to connect into IP networks. By participating instead at layer 3 (i.e., IP routing), KumoScale storage systems enter the modern data center network as a native cloud service. Running BGP as the routing protocol allows KumoScale storage systems to provide reliable and dynamically reroutable L3 level multipath network connectivity between client initiators and KumoScale storage targets.

"BGP is commonly used in cloud native data center environments, where a small group of people can support a very large network due to the operational simplicity and network stability it provides," said Dinesh Dutt, author of the recently released book 'Cloud Native Data Center Networking.' "Native support of BGP for NVMe-oF traffic enables storage to embrace IP routing to provide robust, high-performance connectivity for customers who wish to push the boundaries of storage networks."

KumoScale software version 3.18 also includes several enhancements to its install and upgrade processes, end-to-end security and reporting telemetry, and a sample KumoScale software reporting dashboard built on Prometheus telemetry frameworks and Grafana platforms.

 

Notes:

[1] As of June 8, 2021. Source: KIOXIA Corporation

[2] The following trademarks, service and/or company names are not applied, registered, created and/or owned by KIOXIA Europe GmbH or by affiliated KIOXIA group companies. However, they may be applied, registered, created and/or owned by third parties in various jurisdictions and therefore protected against unauthorised use:

OpenStack
OpenStack Foundation
Grafana Labs
Prometheus
Linux Foundation
KUBERNETES
Red Hat
Red Hat, Inc
PCI Express
PCIe
PCI-SIG
FRRouting Project
Linux
Linus Torvalds
NVM Express
NVMe
NVMe-oF
NVM Express, Inc

 

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About KIOXIA Europe GmbH

KIOXIA Europe GmbH (formerly Toshiba Memory Europe GmbH) is the European based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of flash memory and solid state drives (SSDs). From the invention of flash memory to today's breakthrough BiCS FLASH 3D technology, KIOXIA continues to pioneer cutting-edge memory solutions and services that enrich people's lives and expand society's horizons. The company's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers.