Syneto expands Roman empire with flash, hybrid and hyper-converged storage

You don’t get so many storage vendors coming out of Europe, but one that’s making a push to expand beyond the Romania-Italy connection where it started out is Syneto, which offers storage arrays (including hybrid- and all-flash), software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure appliances.

Syneto used to specialise in networking hardware and built on a combination of Romanian IP and Italian market opportunities. But around 2009 it looked to openings in storage and developed a storage operating system based on Sun’s Solaris, which also was the root of the ZFS file system.

Hardware arrays are divided into three series that all offer unified (block and file) access (NFS, CIFS, iSCSI and Fibre Channel).

They are: The Ark series for backup and archive, which use SAS and Nearline-SAS HDDs in two models that range from 10TB to nearly 1PB.

The Ultra series is the hybrid flash variant aimed at mixed workloads and comes in five models that differ according to the mix of SATA and SAS hard drives of varying performance plus flash drives. Capacities range from 10TB to near 1PB.

The Extreme series is for high performance use cases and is all-flash, with one model that can scale from 2TB to 144TB.

All configurations can come as software with customer-preferred hardware. Recommended deployment is for two nodes with disaster recovery provision coming from automated incremental replication between the two.

Hyper-converged infrastructure options are essentially Syneto storage products with a hypervisor deployed, either KVM or VMware ESX.

How does CEO Vadim Comanescu think Syneto can compete against the armies of storage startups from the other side of the Atlantic?

“We’re a European company that understands the dynamics of the European market. And we’re built in a different way too from the US companies,” he said.

“We never used stealth mode. We’ve supplied to customers from the beginning with the minimum viable product at the start and have built on the feedback we’ve got as we’ve gone along.”