Feeds

FalconStor and Violin get cache in hand

SAN accelerator is go

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

FalconStor and Violin have come up with a flash-based SAN accelerator featuring a dedicated cache area to speed up writes.

Take one Violin 1010 flash memory appliance (a PCI-connected solid state drive) and have it fitted to a server running FalconStor's Network Storage Server Gateway and storage management software - the resulting box is called the NSS SAN Accelerator and is sited inline between app servers and the Storage Area Network (SAN) they access.

The FalconStor software moves hot data from the SAN into the Violin SSD cache and that accelerates reads. But it also sets aside a specific area of the cache, the SafeCache, to store incoming writes.

The cunning thing is that the app doing the write is told it's completed before it's actually written to disk, so it doesn't have to wait for the disk write to complete before moving on to do other work.

The combination of read and write caching provides the overall SAN performance boost. FalconStor says its lab tests show that a cache size of one per cent of the SAN's total capacity will deliver a better than 100 per cent increase in performance.

This type of SSD caching is similar to that carried out by IBM's SAN Volume Controller using STEC flash SSDs.

FalconStor's flashy NSS SAN Accelerator will be available in Europe from May from its channel partners, with a list price of $32,000. That includes a 500GB Violin 1010 solid state drive. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
729 teraflops, 71,000-core Super cost just US$5,500 to build
Cloud doubters, this isn't going to be your best day
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION
Anal-retentive hardware nerd in paws-on workstation crisis
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
Cray heaves out even mightier, Lustre-ous Sonexion 2000
Met Office and Los Alamos bomb boffins are apparently among its fans
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.