SanDisk has teamed up with software-defined storage (SDS) specialist Nexenta to deliver all-flash storage arrays based on SanDisk's InfiniFlash platform with prices starting as low as $1.50 per gigabyte of raw capacity.
The offering is due to be available through selected channel partners, and brings together SanDisk's InfiniFlash hardware with Nexenta's NexentaStor SDS platform based on open source code. It has been certified for use with Dell PowerEdge R730 and Supermicro SuperServer SYS-6028U-TR4+ server systems, according to the two firms.
The hardware in question is the InfiniFlash IF100, one of the all-flash arrays that SanDisk launched earlier this year as part of a move to target the enterprise data centre market. This is a 3U rack-mount enclosure capable of holding up to 64 memory cards, each capable of holding up to 8TB of SanDisk's own flash memory components.
Meanwhile, NexentaStor is natively based on the scale-out ZFS file system originally developed by Sun Microsystems, and offers unified block (FC and iSCSI) and file (NFS and SMB) storage services for host systems. This ability to support block and file services allows customers to meet use cases such as VMware vCloud Air, OpenStack and CloudStack back-end storage, plus generic network-attached storage file services.
Key differentiators of the joint solution include NexentaStor's inline data reduction and high performance dual-parity raid support, as well as the InfiniFlash IF100's low space, power and cooling requirements, resulting in industry-leading total cost of ownership, according to the two firms.
"The coupling of our NexentaStor software and SanDisk's InfiniFlash systems delivers the lowest cost solutions for high performance (ultra low, consistent, sub-millisecond response times and more than eight million flash IOPS in a rack) mature unified block and file services to cloud service providers and enterprise customers," said Nexenta chief executive Tarkan Maner.
SanDisk's aim with InfiniFlash is to deliver flash-based storage at a price that can compete against arrays based on enterprise hard drives while offering higher performance, according to Ravi Swaminathan, the firm's vice president and general manager for systems and software solutions.
"By design, InfiniFlash provides data centre customers with a seamless, simple to manage, cost efficient solution that delivers substantial performance gains over traditional hard disk drive-based systems," he said.
The joint solution is initially capable of scaling from 6TB to 2PB configurations, according to SanDisk and Nexenta. This will increase as higher density flash memory components become available in the near future.
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