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Startup Skyera releases all-flash array for $3 per gigabyte; HP rebrands VSA

Skyera launched its Skyhawk series of consumer-grade MLC all-flash solid-state storage systems last week for less than $3 per gigabyte. Plus, more news.

Skyera unveils all-flash iSCSI array for $3 per gigabyte

Startup Skyera Inc. entered the all-flash enterprise storage market last week with a series of iSCSI arrays that use consumer-grade multi-level cell (MLC) NAND to bring the price to less than $3 per gigabyte. And that price is before deduplication and compression.

CEO and founder Radoslav Danilak said the vendor dropped the price to about one-third or less than most enterprise flash storage systems by improving the life of the consumer-grade MLC instead of using more expensive single-level cell (SLC) flash. He said Skyera employed techniques such as lower write amplification and adaptive error correction codes (ECCs) to improve the life expectancy of the consumer-grade flash to five years of enterprise use.

Read the full story on Skyera's $3-per-gigabyte all-flash array.

HP VSA rebranded, expanded

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) last week rebranded its virtual storage appliance (VSA), expanded its server support and capacity, and lowered the starting list price.

The virtual storage appliance is now known as the HP StoreVirtual VSA, and it can be deployed on any x86 server connected to heterogeneous storage while supporting a mix of VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors. HP first launched the virtual appliance in 2007 as the LeftHand P4000 VSA.

The HP VSA resides as a virtual appliance on the server and is sold as a software kit that gives customers the flexibility to choose any server and hypervisor platforms. HP claims it has distributed more than 150,000 VSAs in four years.

Read up on virtual storage appliances vs. traditional shared storage.

Tegile adds all-flash array to multiprotocol storage lineup

Tegile Systems last week added an all-flash array and a higher-end hybrid solid-state drive (SSD) system to the startup's Zebi lineup of multiprotocol storage arrays.

Tegile upgraded its controller to support an all-SSD array, and its metadata-accelerated storage system (MASS) now includes the option to pin volumes to SSDs to improve performance and minimize delays due to caching algorithms or tiering policies.

The Zebi HA2800 all-flash array includes 192 GB of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and 4.4 TB of SSD capacity. Rob Commins, Tegile's VP of marketing, said the HA2800 can handle 200,000 IOPS. Tegile offers hard-drive expansion shelves to expand the HA2800 to 146 TB of raw capacity, and customers can use the flash array as a cache in front of the spinning disk.

Get contributor Jeff Byrne's take on whether flash storage can meet cloud service providers' needs.

Upcoming Nimbus all-flash storage array to offer 10-year warranty

Nimbus Data Systems Inc. this week said its third-generation all-flash storage array will include a new process and significant improvements in speed and capacity when it is released later this year.

The Gemini flash array can scale to 48 TB in a 2U device. Nimbus claims it can sustain 1,000,000 IOPS and will offer a 10-year warranty -- about twice as long as the expected maximum life of most flash systems.

"We have always been major proponents of our own hardware. In the new [Gemini system], we've actually gone a step further and designed our own storage processor," Nimbus CEO Tom Isakovich said, adding that the company has designed its own flash drives since 2010, and it also developed its HALO management and optimization software.

Read the full story on Nimbus' all-flash array.

Cleversafe enhances plans for big data storage, 10 exabyte cloud

Cleversafe Inc. last week announced its 3000 series appliances, the next generation of its object storage systems the vendor claims can be used to build a 10 exabyte storage cloud with throughput of 1 TB per second.

The new devices consist of the Slicestor 3510 storage system, the Accesser 3100 router and the dsNet Manager 3100 management appliance.

The 3000 series is the architecture Cleversafe referred to last January when it promised a 10 exabyte storage system within a few years. Of course, the 10 exabyte mark remains theoretical because it’s unlikely anyone will build a storage cloud close to that size in the near future.

Read up on "big data" opportunities for VARs.

SanDisk releases FlashSoft flash caching software for vSphere

SanDisk Corp. last week introduced the VMware vSphere server virtualization version of its FlashSoft flash caching software, which is designed to accelerate application performance and virtual machine (VM) density.

FlashSoft released Windows Server and Linux versions of the flash caching software prior to its acquisition by SanDisk in February 2012.

Rich Petersen, SanDisk's director of marketing management for the company's FlashSoft product team, said the software works with any solid-state device – a PCI Express (PCIe) card installed on the server, a separate SSD, multiple SSDs in a RAID configuration, or a logical unit number (LUN) assigned from an array.

Learn about the benefits of using SSD in a caching appliance.

Astute Networks improves ViSX G4 VM storage box with speed, dedupe 

Astute Networks Inc. this week said it will deliver its next-generation flash storage systems designed to speed performance of storage for virtual machines and virtual desktops.

The ViSX G4 appliances have improved performance and more capacity than the G3 systems Astute launched last year, and the G4 platform includes inline data deduplication.

The ViSX G4 is a 2U iSCSI appliance that comes in three models. All use 400 GB hot-pluggable enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) flash. The G4 2400 has six flash modules for a total of 2.4 terabytes (TB) of capacity, the G4 4800 has 12 modules and 4.8 TB, and the G4 9600 has 24 modules and 9.6 TB of flash. The appliances include two 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) or four Gigabit Ethernet ports for network connectivity.

Read the full story on Astute Networks' ViSX G4.

SimpliVity prepares 'hyper-converged' OmniCube 

SimpliVity Corp. came out of stealth this week, promising an integrated stack of storage, compute and networking in 2U appliances that can be managed through VMware's vCenter console.

SimpliVity CEO and founder Doron Kempel hailed his company's OmniCube as a VM-centric system that can handle most of the functions of enterprise storage and networking.

OmniCube is a 2U system consisting of compute, software, a PCIe flash acceleration card and flash memory. It has eight 3 terabyte (TB) hard drives and four 200 GB solid-state drives (SSDs) to accelerate hot data.

Read the full story on SimpliVity's OmniCube.

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