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Coraid announces support for serial-attached SCSI SSDs

Posted: 05 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Coraid  serial-attached SCSI  SSD  data center  cloud storage 

Coraid has recently released support for SanDisk Optimus 1.6TB, serial-attached SCSI (SAS), solid-state drives (SSDs) on the Coraid EtherDrive SRX6000 storage appliances. Aimed at the storage appliances at data centers and cloud storage applications, the company claims that they now offer five times the IOPS compared to previous-generation products (delivering more than 700,000 IOPS per enclosure).

In Coraid's EtherDrive press materials, the company explained that its customers can mix SATA and SAS SSDs in each array, putting this product firmly in the "flexible" category. The reason behind this is to provide a single storage solution that can address a company's different storage needs, instead of configuring a storage array for each application. For example, for backup applications, the need is for capacity, while for financial trading, the need is for high-performance, high-availability storage. Now, instead of having two separate servers, these can be handled with a single array that mixes SSD and SATA drives, thus avoiding the use of high-performance storage for tasks that don't require it.

The EtherDrive SRX6000 series with Optimus 1.6 TB SAS SSDs delivers more than 700,000 IOPS, sustained transfer rates in excess of 4,800MB/s and 38.4TB flash capacity in a 2U form factor.

In terms of capital expenses, the company said the storage is built using off-the shelf hardware, commodity drives and standard Layer-2 Ethernet connectivity, enabling cost savings for the customers. Coraid also said the storage is easier to deploy and manage at scale, compared to Fibre Channel or iSCSI solutions, thus saving in operating expenses, and that the flexible configuration can reduce the footprint of the data center.

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