Flash storage firm SanDisk has struck a partnership with IBM to combine its InfiniFlash flash-based arrays with IBM's Spectrum Scale software-defined storage (SDS) platform to deliver clustered scale-out storage for demanding applications such as in-place analytics.
SanDisk launched the InfiniFlash enterprise storage portfolio almost exactly a year ago, claiming that it can deliver a breakthrough price of less than $1 per gigabyte for the all-flash arrays, which can pack up to 512TB of flash storage into a 3U rack-mount enclosure.
The firm has now joined forces with IBM to combine this hardware with the latter's Spectrum Scale SDS and create a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution based on IBM's General Parallel File System technology.
This is a distributed parallel filesystem for high-performance, large-scale workloads with the ability automatically to tier data based on application needs, and featuring integrated data analytics.
The combination will enable SanDisk, or rather its channel partners, to offer a storage system designed to meet the demanding requirements of high-performance, large-scale workloads on-premise or in the cloud, the firm said.
"By combining these solutions, we bring the best of flash, unified storage and SDS together. This solution is a high-performance, POSIX-compliant, multi-protocol (NFS, CIFS, HDFS and object) storage system that can cater to a broad range of workload requirements and leverage compute from an ecosystem of industry leading partners," said Shailesh Manjrekar, SanDisk's director of product and solutions management.
Meanwhile, Eric Herzog, vice president of product marketing at IBM's Storage Systems Division, said that the combination of the two products will make all-flash storage cost-effective for a wide range of uses, from high-performance databases to virtualised environments and big data analytics.
"The market-leading combination of IBM Spectrum Scale and SanDisk's InfiniFlash solution delivers key differentiators for our mutual clients' applications and workloads," he said.
The InfiniFlash for IBM Spectrum Scale Solution will be promoted directly to customers and delivered by selected channel partners that already sell and support SanDisk and IBM Spectrum products, the two firms said.
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