Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/13/avere_adds_two/
Avere punches up file access with 2 more accelerators
Get those filers moving faster
Suffering from slow file access speeds? Avere  has introduced two faster and more scalable filer accelerators.
Its FXT accelerators  are multi-tiered and clusterable nodes placed in-line in front of filers, and storing data I/Os in the most appropriate media, from DRAM, NVRAM, through flash, SAS and SATA disk, to accelerate random and sequential read and write I/Os to the backend filers.
Avere says its FXT nodes can provide "a 5:1 reduction in disks, power and rack space" compared to files offering the same level of performance – and could cost up to 50 per cent less than such filer configurations.
The FXT 3000 and 4000 nodes and their AOS (Avere Operating System) double the node count in an FXT cluster to 50, and provide maximum cluster capacity of 7TB of DRAM, 150TB of flash, and hundreds of terabytes of disk capacity.
The nodes can be placed close to servers, with filers across a WAN link, so as to reduce file access latency. This has an obvious extension to the FXT nodes front-ending cloud-based filers.
The FXT 3200 has 96GB of DRAM, 4.8TB of SAS disk storage, six 1GbitE ports and two copper 10GbitE ports. The larger FXT 3500 has 144GB of DRAM, and 9TB of SAS disk storage.
The FXT flash-based 4200 has 96GB of DRAM and 1.6TB of solid state drive capacity; while the FXT 4500 provides 144GB of DRAM and 3TB of flash.
These compare to the existing FXT 2000 series; the FXT 2750 with 72GB DRAM, 2GB NVRAM, and 512GB Flash SSD, and the FXT 2550 with 72GB DRAM, 2GB NVRAM and 3.6TB SAS disk.
The latest release of AOS provides analytic tools to monitor and manage an FXT cluster and its activity, which include:
- The ability to create, save and export customisable graphs and graph sets;
- "Click and grab" graph manipulation tools, such as sliders that allow users to move through selected periods, and pan and hover capabilities;
- Comparisons of multiple statistics, such as performance and latency, on the same time axis;
- Comparisons of a single statistic at multiple time points; and
- Histograms and heat maps.
The FXT 3000 Series starts at $72,500 and the FXT 4000 Series at $99,500. Both products are available within 30 days. ®