Feeds

IBM gets RamSan cached flash boost

TMS bursts in on SVC/Fusion-io love-in

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Texas Memory Systems has acted to counter the courting of IBM's SAN Volume Controller (SVC) by Fusion-io's ioDrive flash memory by getting its RamSan-500 solid state drive certified interoperable with the SVC.

The SVC is a fabric-located controller that virtualises storage arrays in a storage area network (SAN). A demonstration, Project QuickSilver, was mounted by IBM and Fusion-io in which a lot of the latter's PCIe-connected ioDrive SSD products were hooked up to an SVC to achieve a million IOPS.

Now TMS has a ready-to-buy product that can be connected to the SVC and run at up to 100,000 IOPS. It says that its RamSan-500 is an enterprise-class, cached Flash storage system with a large RAM cache to buffer write performance, and 2TB of RAID-protected, hot-swappable single level cell (SLC) NAND flash that delivers better read performance than 300 hard drives while consuming 1/20th the power, 300 watts.

It offers 25,000 IOPS sustained random writes and 2GB/sec sustained random read or write bandwidth. The system can be SAN-attached with up to eight 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel ports. Multiple RamSan-500s can be scaled to deliver additional capacity.

The RamSan-500 can also be hooked up to NetApp's virtualising V-Series controller.

TMS introduced its own PCIe-connected SLC SSD, the RamSan-20, in March, offering 450GB of capacity and up to 120,000 random read IOPS.

Fusion-io's largest capacity ioDrive offers 320GB, uses multi-level cell (MLC) NAND technology, and provides up to 71,256 IOPS with a 4k read packet size. A 620GB ioDrive is expected later this year. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.