Feeds

NetApp dips a toe into Flash Pool

New NAND stuff at Sunnyvale

High performance access to file storage

NetApp has revealed plans to enhance its flash offerings and offer a single tier, flash cached array design with a sexy new name. Remember Hybrid Aggregates? They have become Flash Pools.

According to our close-to-Sunnyvale sources, we should envisage an array with a controller having Flash Cache – for read I/O acceleration – and the array enclosures having a mix of solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs). An aggregate will combine SSDs and HDDS into a logical entity. There will be up to 20 or so SSDs with around 25TB of capacity combined with a large number of bulk SATA drives holding 2, 3, or even 4TB in the future. We hear that there could be 48 of these in a single enclosure.

Writes coming in to the aggregate will be written into the Flash Pool and so be completed faster and be persistent.

This way a Flash Cache and Flash Pool combination will offer both read and write acceleration for random data. This is not automated tiering but caching with controller software sending random writes to the Flash Pool and storing random reads in Flash Cache. The Flash Pool idea has been called persistent virtual tiering by one source. We can expect it with an ONTAP 8.1.1 release later this month or in May.

Flash Cache and other NetApp NAND products will bring in eMLC flash and, it is claimed, this will mean higher capacity Flash Cache.

NetApp is looking at server-located flash as well. The word is that it will extend its Virtual Storage Console to manage flash drives in the server and, as NetApp has said before, support vMotion of virtual machines, high availability and disaster recovery. We assume these flash drives will be (or can be) third-party ones.

NetApp's snap technologies will work with Flash Pools and with the server flash product.

One more thing: the ONTAP virtual appliance, NetApp's array controller software running as a virtual machine, is looking set to be called ONTAP Edge and should be part of the ONTAP 8.1.1 release. It will run, we hear, in 7-mode.

That's it for now, NetAppers. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive
Rules 'interfering' measure to be 'invalid'
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?
Chicago Mercantile Exchange plans cloud spot exchange
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?
I'll leave my arrays to do the hard work, if you don't mind
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.