All-flash storage vendor Violin Memory claims to be closing the gap between the cost of solid state drive (SSD) storage and that of traditional spinning disks media with the launch of its latest array.
Announced today, Violin's 6264 flash memory array fits 64TB of flash memory into a 3U rack-mount chassis. With this capacity, it delivers twice the density and three times the economics of its predecessor, according to the firm, while significantly reducing power consumption as well.
Thanks to Violin's partnership with Toshiba, the new array is based on Toshiba's latest generation of 19nm flash technology, which enables it to deliver the performance and reliability needed to enable an all-flash product to replace traditional hard drives.
The Violin 6264 is capable of 750,000 4KB-sized input/output operations per second (IOPS), compared with 500,000 for its predecessor. However, its power consumption has actually been reduced to 1500W from 1750W in the earlier model.
Don Basile, chief executive of Violin Memory said that the firm's Violin Memory Operating System (VMOS) that its arrays run enables it to offer the reliability and performance that customers require.
"Violin's unique flash management IP enables us to increase performance and capacity in the same footprint while ensuring the data resiliency required in Tier 1 enterprise storage deployments. Our goal is to deliver memory storage at the cost of legacy disk," he said.
The Violin 6264 supports 8Gbps Fibre Channel, 10Gbps Ethernet iSCSI, and 40Gbps Infiniband host connectivity options.
Violin declined to disclose the exact price of the Violin 6264, and instead told V3 that the array would cost under $5 (£3.22) per gigabyte street price.
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