Software - FibreJet - Cluster

Fibre Channel Fabric
Connects cluster nodes and data sets through high-speed fibre optic cabling.

Mixed Storage Pool
Consolidate all storage resources in one place. All cluster nodes can access cluster data sets concurrently.

Cluster nodes
The cluster nodes crunch the data with direct high-speed access over Fibre Channel. If more computing power is needed they can also serve as NAS heads.

Ethernet cluster nodes
For more computing power, NAS heads serve the data set to additional nodes in the computational mix.

FibreJet lets you build bigger clusters than other solutions. Others are limited to as few as 64 nodes. FibreJet has no such limitation. Furthermore, FibreJet doesn't degrade in performance simply because more nodes are added. Gain supercomputing power by consolidating your server and storage resources into a cluster.

The superior way to access a cluster data set. Whether deploying clusters for scientific analysis or distributed rendering, using FibreJet to access the large data set over the SAN is much better than coping with the traditional NAS file sharing method, which limits both scalability and performance. The way to manage large storage in the previous software generation was to design the management architecture similar to NAS, and then optimize it to move the data directly by the SAN clients. The bottleneck in all this is the need for the metadata controller; it is the traffic cop for I/O in the SAN when the storage management software is designed in this fashion. All the metadata is moved similar to a traditional NAS this is why it suffers from similar limitations, and ultimately another layer of failure. FibreJet with its elegantly simple approach eliminates the need for a metadata controller and data flows more efficiently with substantially greater integrity and security.

Crunch a single data pool with as many processors as you can muster. Using pure Fibre Channel architecture, you can add as much storage capacity, as many computer processors, and as much network bandwidth as the hardware limitations will allow, and have FibreJet manage it all for an extremely large, extremely fast cluster to crunch that data set. All nodes can mount the same SAN file system and read directly from the same files no replication whatsoever.

Want even more computing power?
If you've done all you can on the Fibre Channel side and still need more processing power, then you can turn those SAN nodes into NAS heads or special servers and serve the data set out to even more processors over Ethernet, and on to the Internet, if that is what you want. Because FibreJet is a truly distributed architecture, with no metadata controller bottlenecks, it can serve out more and not bog down.

Save money, while doing more. Bottom line, FibreJet costs less, much less than all those brand name solutions with no history in true SAN storage management. You can save tens of thousands of dollars on even a small SAN solution. Give us a call here at CommandSoft and see what the FibreJet solution can do for you.

More flexible Volume Management and far superior to any other solution, FibreJet uses standard disk utilities to control volume management. This allows multiple storage pools with different characteristics to be constructed on portions of the same storage LUNs at the same time, and reconfigured later without affecting other data on the LUNs. In contrast, with other solutions, you can only use entire whole LUNs at a time to create storage pools. And what's worse, with these solutions, once a LUN is committed for a purpose, it must be used for that single purpose unless you destroy all the data on the entire volume that the storage pool is a member. That's why these alleged volume expansion features are worse than ineffective. You can actually only add capacity to a volume in terms of another storage pool, which must be constructed again from entire whole LUNs. This means the expanded volume fails to benefit for example from more LUNs working together for a stripe set, rather only that additional storage pool, which is isolated, ultimately ends up working in it's own subset. This does nothing to improve volume availability, performance or workflow, nothing for the rest of the volume.


Server and storage consolidation using FibreJet gives you the tools to aggregate storage pools, without committing forever what and how they are used. FibreJet reduces unutilized storage. With FibreJet you can redeploy storage assets with a click.

Volume-level locking. FibreJet allows multiple servers to safely connect to a shared volume with read access, while enforcing a single writer at a time. You can still have multiple writers at the same time; they are just restricted to different parts of the storage. This avoids issues, which so often arise in so called file level locking solutions, where multiple people will overwrite each others work without warning; such as often happens with Final Cut Pro in such an environment.

No Metadata Controller. A best of class feature of the FibreJet SAN in all its elegant simplicity is the absence of the need for a Metadata controller. Because FibreJet has no metadata controller, it can scale in performance and capacity without limit. In contrast, with even the most sophisticated file level solution, the metadata controller is the most significant single bottleneck to every I/O in the SAN. The metadata controller is the traffic-cop in every file level solution to date. As a result, such solutions have similar limitations to those found in virtually all network attached storage devices (NAS). *


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