FlashSoft SE, which essentially turns SSD and PCIe flash into server-tier read-write cache, enables flash disks to become more cost-effective computing resources.
brand-new software company that deals strictly with the optimization of NAND
flash in enterprise servers made its debut June 28.
View, Calif.-based FlashSoft
positioning itself as "The Flash Virtualization Company," launched
both itself and its first product with the announcement of its Series A funding
of $3 million from Thomvest Ventures.
software, FlashSoft SE, which essentially turns SSD and PCIe flash into
server-tier read-write cache, enables flash disks to become more cost-effective
computing resources, CEO Ted Sanford told eWEEK.
call it Tier Minus One," Sanford said. "It sits right beside the DRAM
[dynamic random access memory]. The SSD itself would be Tier 0; a SAS hard disk
drive would be Tier 1; and a SATA hard drive would be Tier 2."
SE, using algorithms that identify the hottest data and maintaining them on
Tier Minus One so they are readily available for use, can turn 100MB of NAND
flash into the equivalent of 1GB of flash, Sanford said.
Uses Capacity Only for Hottest Data
this new software, an IT shop can provide databases, applications and virtual
machine environments with the performance benefit of having the entire data set
on flash, with only a fraction of the data actually stored in flash, Sanford
said. This makes enterprise flash-normally a much more expensive storage
medium-much more cost-effective as it works with existing storage
contends that only 15 percent to 20 percent of business data should be
considered "hot" data and needs to be kept on a Tier Minus One or
Tier 0 flash disk. That's a major part of how FlashSoft works; it identifies
hot data quickly by file type on its own, without needing human interaction.
SSDs have always been known for high performance, but they commonly have two
inherent integration problems with standard HHD servers, Sanford said.
when used as primary data storage, flash memory cannot easily integrate with
and leverage the benefits of existing storage systems infrastructure,"
Sanford said. "Secondly, storing all of an application's data on
server-attached flash memory remains expensive. FlashSoft solves both of
fact, Sanford said, FlashSoft actually reduces the processing burden on storage
within a stand-alone server, across server clusters and throughout the data
center because of the way it filters and stores only the most important data.
said the company is busy building a new technical
was founded by an experienced team from companies that include Veritas (now
Symantec), Oracle and Symantec. Managing Director Don Butler of Thomvest
Ventures will join the FlashSoft board of directors, Sanford said.