Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/26/solidfire_shoots_out_big_muvver/

SolidFire snaps up $31m in funding, brandishes 3.4PB monster

100-node giant far outstrips competition, reckons upstart

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 26th July 2013 15:59 GMT

Cloud flash array startup SolidFire has snagged $31 million in C-round funding and revealed a bad-ass flash array delivering up to 7.5 million IOPS - and a claimed 3.4PB capacity.

That capacity in SolidFire's SF9010 is after dedupe, compression and thin provisioning have been applied, and with the maximum of 100 nodes ganged together. The minimum node count is five.

Each node is a 1U rackmount shelf offering 9.6TB of raw capacity using ten 960GB Samsung MLC SSDs; SM843Ts, El Reg's storage desk thinks, using toggle-mode NAND with a 29nm-20nm geometry size. SolidFire's previous two systems, the SF3010 and SF6010, used Intel SSDs.

SF9010 5-node

5-node SF9010

Each node delivers 75,000 random read 4K IOPS. Total raw capacity with 100 nodes is 960TB with the claimed effective capacity being 3.4PB, which compares favourably, SolidFire says, to EMC's VMAX 40K (with 3.2PB using 3TB drives and RAID 6) and HP 's 3PAR StoreServe 10K, with 1.6PB using 2TB drives and RAID 6.

SolidFire claims a 100-node config delivers a lower $/GB value than disk-based SANs and offers 20 times the performance of such a SAN. This performance is delivered reliably to apps using the array through guaranteed quality-of-service arrangements. With this setup apps do not, SolidFire says, suffer storage access performance loss through "noisy neighbours" hogging excess bandwidth.

It's issued a chart showing that the IOPS and capacity levels of its arrays dwarf those of start-up competitors Violin and Nimbus Data, and also those of EMC's XtremIO, EMC, NetApp and 3PAR disk drive arrays. In effect it's saying it doesn't compete with any of these systems because they don't compete with it in its IOPS/PB capacity ballpark.

SolidFire Array Positioning

SolidFire array positioning

SolidFire has also announced a refresh of its Elements OS which provides: