Wednesday, March 6, 2013

LSI and NetApp Collaborate on Server-based Flash Acceleration

LSI's Nytro WarpDrive family of application acceleration PCIe flash cards has been validated for use with NetApp Flash Accel software. The combined server flash caching solution can be used to speed application performance by converting server-based flash into "hot" data cache for critical business applications.

Specifically, the LSI and NetApp solution delivers automated and intelligent caching of hot data to PCIe flash storage. The LSI Nytro WarpDrive cards deployed in conjunction with Flash Accel software intelligently place the most frequently accessed or "hot" data on ultra-low latency, high-performance PCIe flash storage. The companies said test results have shown a reduction in application and server latency by up to 90 percent while increasing throughput by up to 80 percent. By allowing infrequently accessed data to remain on HDD storage, organizations can deploy an economical mix of flash and hard-disk storage, optimizing both cost per IOPS and cost per gigabyte of storage capacity.

"Flash memory adoption in the enterprise is a powerful complement to hard-disk-based network storage," said Tim Russell, vice president, Data Lifecycle Ecosystem Group, NetApp. "Deploying flash as a high-speed cache in the server is a simple and cost-effective way to significantly reduce latency and I/O bottlenecks, while providing enterprise-level data protection and manageability for the entire infrastructure. Working with our server cache partners, we're able to offer customers a complete end-to-end, high-speed solution."

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