StorTrends, the data storage division of American Megatrends Incorporated (AMI), has introduced a line of all-flash storage arrays that are designd to meet the needs of performance-intensive applications at half the price of any other platform, hitting a price of 50 cents per gigabyte.
Available now, the StorTrends 3600i all-flash array family is based on two different types of solid state drives (SSDS); one designed for write performance and the other optimised for read performance. It also uses state-of-the-art deduplication and compression to achieve "amazing capacity savings", according to the firm.
Thanks to this, StorTrends is able to hit a new low price point of 50 cents per gigabyte. The news comes after Sandisk launched its own InfiniFlash line of all-flash arrays, claiming to break through the $1 per gigabyte mark for the first time.
"Until today, the vast majority of customers have been shy of all-flash storage primarily due to the cost. AMI has broken down this barrier by offering all-flash storage for less than $0.50 per GB," said the director of AMI's StorTrends division, Justin Bagby.
"This is due to the highly efficient data deduplication, compression and Enlift caching technology that is offered within the StorTrends 3600i series."
Another unique feature that AMI claims for its storage platform is the ability to optimise performance for the specific needs of each environment. To achieve this, it uses the StorTrends iDATA Analysis Tool to profile capacity utilisation, IOPS usage, network bandwidth and the volume of reads versus writes in a customer's IT environment to classify the amount of "write data" versus "read data" required.
StorTrends' platform also supports snapshots, automated data tiering, active/active or active/passive failover configuration, WAN optimisation for replication and SSD-based data encryption.
The StorTrends 3600i series is available with Write Tier SSD capacities of 200GB, 400GB, 800GB and 2TB, as well as Read Tier SSD capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
Pricing starts at $24,999 (about £17,000), including 24 x 7 phone technical support and next business day on-site replacement.
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