SolidFire flash arrays now appeal to enterprises

A maker of all-flash storage systems used by cloud service providers has updated the operating with enterprise-class features.

SolidFire said version 6 of its Element OS will be available in the second quarter with four new capabilities.

They include:

–FiberChannel connectivity. Adding to the 10Gb iSCSI connectivity, the SF3010, SF6010, and SF9010 arrays will have 16Gb active / active Fibre Channel  connectivity. This added functionality enables enterprise customers to easily transition current FibreChannel workloads and take advantage of SolidFire’s storage performance, system automation, and scale-out architecture, the company said.

–Real-time replication. The capability enables the quick and cost-effective creation of additional remote copies of data, the company said. It delivers  disaster recovery capabilities to providers and enterprise customers without the need for third party hardware or software. Each cluster can be paired with up to four other clusters and replicate data in either direction allowing for failover and failback;

–Mixed-node cluster support. Storage nodes of different capacity, performance, and protocols can be supported within a single cluster. Capacity and performance are managed as two global and separate resource pools. When new storage nodes are added to a cluster, additional capacity and performance are made immediately available to both existing applications and new workloads, the company said. Enterprise customers can continually leverage the economics of the most current flash technology in the market while providing long term investment protection, SolidFire added.

–Integrated backup and restore. Provides native snapshot-based backup and restore functionality compatible with any object store or device that has an S3 or SWIFT compatible API. This eliminates the cost and complexity of third party backup and recovery products, the company says while accelerating backup performance for thousands of hosts and applications.

“Storage is at the core of the next generation data center, and neither traditional disk systems nor today’s basic all-flash arrays are supporting this transformation in resource allocation and management,” SolidFire CEO Dave Wright said in a release. “Our customers expect great performance from us, but they also expect us to support their broader business objectives to deliver internal storage services that are more agile, scalable, automated, and predictable than ever before.”

The new capabilities will be available in the second quarter.

SolidFire arrays are made as self-contained storage and can be combined over a 10 GB Ethernet network in clusters up to 100 nodes, with capacity from 60TB to 3.4PB.

The model SF3010 can hold up to 10 300GB 2.5-in solid state drives, the SF6010 up to 10 600GB drives and the SF 9010 up to 10 960GB drives.

Canadian customers include hosting and cloud providers iWeb Technologies of Montreal and Peer 1 Hosting of Vancouver. SolidFire sell direct to customers as well as through local partner. When asked it refused to name Canadian partners.


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