SoftNAS Engineers Detected an Issue That Caused a Delay of Cloud NAS 3.5 Release


SoftNAS’s engineers detected a problem that produced an interruption in the release of the SoftNAS Cloud NAS 3.5. While doing quality assurance testing on pushing petabyte the engineers hit a hidden obstacle with the help of the SoftNAS primary storage filer. The chief executive officer of SoftNAS, Mr. Rick Braddy said, “When you are moving massive amounts of data in the cloud, you have to have parallel I/O streams”. Further, he added, “When you do that, start stiff-arming you and telling you to slow down. When you start sending data too fast, they start penalizing you. You get error messages and you have to do a retry”. The problem enforced engineers to invent out of necessity, just because at the pace the cloud algorithms were dictating. The company integrated invented patent-pending ObjFast technology into the latest version of SoftNAS Cloud NAS.

The software defined storage product writes to the cloud twice faster than previous SoftNAS Cloud NAS versions, the company claims. Mr. Braddy said, “This basically delayed our whole product release by a quarter, so we ended up finishing the testing in the second quarter”. The team of engineers exposed that each public cloud has its own pace for ingesting as well as the pacing varies depending on demand, Braddy said. Braddy said, “It’s a shared service”. Further, he added, “So the amount of throttling is based on everyone’s usage. What happens is if you don’t pace them correctly, they send you error messages and have to go into the retry loop”. The modern ObjFast technology works on huge parallel input and output of object data streams joined algorithm to pace the data absorb rate for I/O stream. Mr. Braddy said, “We are not pacing their algorithm”. Further, he added, “We invented a proprietary pacing that adapts. Based on our testing, we found that Microsoft Azure’s overall ingests rate is faster than Amazon S3”.