Nexenta, SanDisk Go in Together on OpenSDS Array

The new-gen storage system combines NexentaStor with InfiniFlash IF100 data center hardware and is designed to scale from 64TB to 2PB configurations.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Big data storage software provider Nexenta and flash hardware maker SanDisk on Sept. 2 announced jointly what they described as the first Open Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) all-flash array.

The two companies made the announcement at VMworld 2015 here at Moscone Center.

The new-gen storage system combines Nexenta's flagship open source-based platform, NexentaStor, with SanDisk's all-flash InfiniFlash IF100 data center hardware. The system is designed to scale from 64TB to 2PB configurations.

The Nexenta-SanDisk package supports a range of deployment scenarios and workloads, including big data analytics, data warehousing and dynamic modeling. Built on ZFS (Zettabyte File System, a very speedy file system that originated at Sun Microsystems a long while back), this unified block and file storage system provides very high-level functionality and performance, the companies said.

Key differentiators inside this joint solution include NexentaStor's inline data reduction and high-performance dual parity RAID capabilities, as well as the InfiniFlash IF100's extra low space, power and cooling requirements.

NexentaStor's ability to support block and file services enables users to address workloads involving VMware vCloud Air, OpenStack and CloudStack backend storage, generic NAS file services and Home Directory storage.

The Nexenta open source software also has been tested for use with both Dell PowerEdge R730 and Supermicro SuperServer SYS-6028U-TR4+; the all-flash architecture will be available later this quarter through channel partners, Nexenta said.

List pricing for the package, including perpetual software licenses, controllers, InfiniFlash, three-year support and installation, starts at $1.50/raw GB, based on configuration and capacity requirements.

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