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Netapp offers 2TB flash cache on SANs after signing up Fusion IO

Cites impressive IOPS boost
Wed Aug 22 2012, 14:49
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STORAGE VENDOR Netapp has announced Flash Accel, a flash based storage cache used to increase data IOPS, and has revealed enterprise SSD vendor Fusion IO as a partner.

Netapp's storage area networks (SANs) were traditionally based around hard drives, but the firm told The INQUIRER previously that flash based storage will play a role alongside spinning platters. Now Netapp has announced its Flash Accel technology that allows 2TB of active data to be stored on flash based storage.

According to Netapp, by using flash based cache storage users can expect an 80 percent increase in IOPS, the key performance metric for SANs. The firm also revealed that it has signed a reseller deal with enterprise SSD vendor Fusion IO, which hints strongly that Netapp's SAN boxes using Flash Accel will incorporate Fusion IO's PCI-Express SSDs.

Tim Russell, VP and GM of Netapp's Data Lifecycle Ecosystem Group said, "Creating an agile data infrastructure depends heavily on anticipating and managing application performance needs. Netapp Flash Accel and caching products from our partners add a persistent and durable storage layer on the server, which, when used as part of our Virtual Storage Tiering approach, leads to the automatic management of data from storage to the application based on affinity and workload. This results in dramatic application and server performance boosts that will accelerate how business is conducted using virtualised environments."

Netapp said Flash Accel will be available in December and that its reselling deal with Fusion IO has already kicked in, meaning that the firm is now peddling PCI-Express SSDs. µ


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