The Reduxio HX550 is a dual controller hybrid storage array within a 2U chassis. The system frontends sixteen 7.2k 2TB hard drives with eight 800GB SSDs to create a 38.4TB raw data pool in each system. Stopping there makes the HX550 sound just about like any other midrange hybrid offering that's trying to appeal to the needs of the SMB and enterprise markets. However, Reduxio is much more, in that it offers several unique twists that are uncommon or even entirely novel in this class of storage. Primary amongst these is Reduxio's raison d'être which is that data should be protected at all times. Reduxio executes on this mission by offering BackDating, which offers one second RTO and RPO, effectively letting an organization roll back at second granularity at any time. Reduxio customers have found this methodology to be effective at dealing with all sorts of data loss or access issues, especially in the face of the burgeoning issue of ransomware.
This approach to data recovery is one pillar of TimeOS, the storage operating system that enables all of Reduxio's unique capabilities. TimeOS also includes real time, fully automated adaptive tiering activities for hot data in addition to real-time data reduction, which is a feature not often found in hybrid arrays. While the system offers 38.4TB raw, Reduxio figures customers with an HX550 will see up to 120TB+ of usable space. Reduxio's global dedupe and compression is done in-memory and inline, which is important architecturally as rapid data migration between boxes or between Reduxio and the cloud is another fundamental selling point.
As the HX550 continues to set itself apart from the other arrays on the market, it comes with its own data protection and mobility capability with NoRestore. The NoRestore feature combines primary and secondary storage management into a single platform. This built-in copy data management is an important feature, as most organizations are dealing with a growth in copy data and the need to have a disaster recovery solution. NoRestore allows customers to eliminate their existing data protection tools. NoRestore works by continuously sending incremental updates of deduped and compressed data to a repository which may be another Reduxio system, any iSCSI storage or cloud storage. To restore data, any Reduxio system can create a volume from data stored in the background. The ability to make the volume available before all the data is copied back leads to faster restores with the company making the bold claim of restoring 100TB in seconds. When a Reduxio system uses a repository, customers get a one-stop-shop solution with no need to add secondary storage or the different management that would entail.
Along the line of other “instant” ability that typically takes a fair amount of time investment, is the NoMigrate feature. This feature promises a drag-and-drop near-instant migrate ability from Reduxio to Reduxio or from a third-party vendor to Reduxio. Instant migration seems like a difficult pill to swallow for anyone that has migrated large volumes of data before. Reduxio claims that it can pull this off by being configured as a host to the source storage system, allowing it to virtualize resources from the source system and migrate them. If there are any I/O requests during migration, the requests will be sent to the Reduxio system as if the data were already there. If users attempt to read data that hasn’t made it to the Reduxio system yet, it will prioritize the copy of those blocks so they are immediately available for normal application operation.