Hyperconverged infrastructure firm Scale Computing has added a flash storage tier to its HC3 family of appliances, as well as updating its HyperCore software to support automated migration of data between tiers.
Announced today, this update to Scale Computing's portfolio adds hybrid storage using high-speed flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) in addition to rotating disks, plus a new feature called HyperCore Enhanced Automated Tiering (HEAT) to manage data placement within the tiers.
Scale's HEAT technology uses a combination of built-in intelligence, data access patterns, and workload priority to automatically optimise data across various storage tiers within the cluster, the firm said.
While tiered storage is not new, Scale Computing targets smaller mid-size businesses and organisations than those typically served by costly high-end storage array systems that have had automated tiering for some time, and even other hyperconverged infrastructure platforms such as Nutanix.
"With this release, we radically change the economics and maximise the value of flash storage for all customer segments, from the SMB to the enterprise," said Scale Computing chief executive Jeff Ready.
"Many vendors use a flash write-cache as a way to mask otherwise sluggish performance. Instead, we have built an architecture that intelligently adjusts to the changing workloads in the data centre, to maximise the performance value of flash storage in every environment," he added.
As with other hyperconverged systems, Scale's HC3 models combine compute, storage and virtualisation into an appliance-like node that can be scaled by adding more nodes.
Scale's HyperCore architecture dramatically simplifies virtual machine storage management without the need for storage area networks, the firm said. VMs have direct access to virtual disks, allowing all storage operations to occur as efficiently as possible. The HyperCore software stripes data across multiple physical storage devices in the cluster to aggregate capacity and performance.
Scale said it is adding the new HEAT technology across the HC3 product line, while introducing a flash storage tier as part of the HC2150 and HC4150 appliances. These include one 400 or 800GB SSD with three SAS hard drives in 1-6TB capacities and memory capacities up to 256GB; or two 400 or 800GB SSDs with six SAS hard drives in 1-2TB capacities and up to 512GB memory.
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