vCACHE combines NFS caching software from Gear6 and DRAM into Violin's bread-and-butter NAND Flash Memory Array.
Cache-based storage specialist Violin Memory
on Nov. 16 unveiled vCACHE, a new solid-state array that the company claims has the first multi-terabyte capacity Network File System cache.
vCACHE combines patented NFS caching software from Gear6 -- a bankrupt
storage company with progressive technology that Violin acquired
earlier this year -- and DRAM into Violin's frontline NAND Flash Memory
The result is the industry's first multiterabyte-capable, cache-based storage array, Violin CEO Don Basile told eWEEK.
vCACHE systems work alongside new or legacy network-attached storage
(NAS) arrays by centralizing massive pools of memory that serve data 10
to 50 times faster than spinning disks, which helps eliminate I/O
bottlenecks and hot spots, Basile said.
High-speed arrays like these are designed for vertical markets such as
software and electronic design, energy and exploration, media delivery,
information analytics, databases and video animation/production.
Violin's vCACHE can expands to 15TB of usable cache and delivers more
than 300,000 NFS operations per second over eight 10GbE ports, Basile
said. Traditional NAS filers need about 2,000 disk drives to deliver
similar performance, he said.
Violin's vCACHE systems are available now and priced starting at $40,000, Basile said.