Thursday, September 20, 2007

Texas Memory Systems Debuts Multi-TB Flash Storage System

Texas Memory Systems unveiled its the RamSan-500 -- an enterprise-class cached flash storage system designed for high read performance and large capacity storage. Compared with a high-end hard disk-based RAID system, Texas Memory said its the RamSan-500 can deliver in excess of sixteen times the performance while using 50% less power.

Solid state storage devices like the new RamSan-500 are deployed to accelerate software applications such as those based on Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle databases. With solid state disks, applications can accommodate more concurrent users and simultaneous transactions, and an SSD can be more economical than adding monolithic RAID, servers, RAM, or constant application tuning.

The RamSan-500's cached flash design utilizes the fastest DDR memory to create a large, performance-boosting cache for the high capacity, lower cost, flash-based storage.

Available in one or two terabyte capacities in a 4U rack mount chassis. According to the specs, the RamSan-500 delivers 100,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) sustained random read, 10,000 IOPS sustained random write and two gigabytes per second of sustained random read or write bandwidth and consumes 250 watts of power. The system can be SAN-attached with up to eight 4-gigabits per second Fibre Channel ports. Multiple RamSan-500s can be combined to deliver additional high-performance capacity.

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