CHIPMAKER Intel has announced its Cache Acceleration Software (CAS) to boost solid state disk (SSD) drive performance in datacentres.
Intel's recent acquisition of Nevex Virtual Technologies has been packaged with Intel's logo to create CAS for both Windows and Linux. The firm claims that the software will significantly improve I/O intensive SSD performance in dedicated servers or virtual machines through its policy based caching techniques.
Intel said CAS establishes a cache hierarchy in both RAM and SSD to tier performance and caching capacity. Although the firm touts CAS policy based caching, most modern caching is done using some sort of policy to optimise for either workload or data usage patterns.
Nevertheless Intel claims that CAS, when used along with its 910 series SSDs, can deliver an up to 50 times increase in throughput.
Chuck Brown, product line manager for Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group said, "Intel CAS complements our SSD data center family by providing a total caching solution that delivers even more value and capability for our customers. Intel CAS delivers a multi-level cache across the SSD and DRAM for optimal performance.
"Compared to short-stroked hard-drive technology, we've seen up to 50 times the improvement in I/O performance throughput for read intensive workloads by adding Intel CAS with the Intel SSD 910 series [SSD]."
Intel has already launched CAS for Windows but said its Linux version will be out within the next 30 days. µ
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