Data Storage Trends in 2014: Pricing, Capacity, More Smarts - Page 2

Capacious Would Be the Word

All-NAND flash storage array maker Skyera is pretty good about finding ways to cram a lot of capacity into a flat, pizza box-type form factor. Two years ago, the San Jose, Calif.-based company got 44TB into one of those; last year it shoehorned 72TB into the same size box.

Now, its new second-generation array, Skyera's skyHawk FS, contains a whopping 136TB of raw flash in that same 1U storage system.

Skyera's approach to flash storage allows enterprises to be smarter about how they satisfy their data demands, Skyera CEO Frankie Roohparvar said. The package's small size, weight and power provide measurable OPEX savings, while its inline hardware-assisted data reduction minimizes storage costs, he said.

SkyHawk FS unifies both SAN and NAS capabilities in a single platform. It is designed to enable high performance and low latency to address a broad range of application workloads, including database, server virtualization and big data environments, Roohparvar said.

SkyHawk FS is one of the densest storage devices on the market, but it's also fast. With bandwidth speeds of up to 2.4G bps and up to 400,000 IOPS with microsecond latencies, the skyHawk FS is significantly faster than disk-based storage solutions.

Storage Intelligence

Flash storage array maker for databases Tegile Systems was one of the "storage intelligence" leaders in 2014. It recently launched two new IntelliFlash storage arrays that are impressive in the type of automation they offer.

Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of intelligent flash arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtual server, virtual desktop and database applications. With Tegile's line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining attacking the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business-critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments.

Tegile's new T3600 and T3700 all-flash arrays can serve as stand-alone units within a flash-driven architecture or can be deployed in front of any legacy storage that still has considerable service life to boost performance while deferring replacement of existing equipment.

Chris Preimesberger

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