EMC has fleshed out its plans for a family of flash-based systems, based on its Xtrem technology, including new PCIe-based Flash cards capable of 1.13 million IOPS and an all-flash XtremIO array which is shipping to select customers.
Flash is becoming an increasingly critical element in today's datacentres, as firms deploy virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and expand their public and private cloud capabilities, Richard Gordon, flash business development manager for EMC in Europe, told V3.
“In the past firms were fixated on the cost per terabyte; with VDI it's the cost per I/O,” he said.
EMC's new XtremSF range of server-based PCIe flash cards come with between 550GB to 2.2TB for its eMLC versions or between 350GB and 750GB capacities for its SLC versions.
When deployed with EMC's XtremSW Cache software, the devices can be used caching devices for applications such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Exchange, the company claimed.
“For a broad range of applications, we're seeing huge demand for I/O,” said Gordon. “With XtremSF, you can get right next to the CPU, thereby reducing latency.”
The XtremSF 550GB and 2.2TB eMLC capacities are now available globally, with the 700GB and 1.4TB capacities expected to be available in the second quarter of 2013. Further higher capacity offerings are expecting in the future.
The pricing of the eMLC cards will range from $8,780 for the 550GB version to $29,840 for the 2.2TB version.
The release of XtremSF forms part of EMC's wider push to deliver comprehensive flash-based platforms for its storage customers.
Its XtremIO platform – formerly known as its Project X appliance – is an attempt to design storage systems using flash from the outset. This is intended to improve its ability to do guarantee the quality of service, or do things such as in-line data deduplication, which are far trickier when using approaches built for hard disk drives.
According to Gordon, the XtremIO array fits perfectly for customers that want turbocharged IOPS capabilities today.
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