StorONE Leverages Intel Optane SSD for Enterprise Storage
June 25, 2020
StorONE introduced an All-Flash Array.next (AFAn), which uses Intel
Optane Technology as a storage tier not as a cache. It integrates Intel
QLC 3D NAND SSDs for cost effective, high capacity, moving data between
the two storage tiers as it ages. StorONE’s S1:AFAn is the
highest-performing, most cost effective storage system on the market
today. Powered by StorONE’s S1 storage software, it is designed for
traditional enterprise data centers.
The AFAn represents a new breed of storage solutions that are a logical
upgrade to aging All-Flash Array (AFA). The AFAn supports mainstream
workloads like VMware, Hyper-V, Oracle and MS-SQL, while at the same
time providing the extreme performance required of applications such as
analytics and artificial intelligence. The result is true storage
consolidation at a price every data center can afford.
“We are pleased with StorONE’s use of Intel Optane SSDs in their new
S1:AFAn product offering. This will bring new and exciting enterprise
storage services to data centers of all sizes,” said Chris Tobias, GM,
Optane Solutions Division of Intel.
A key ingredient of the S1:AFAn is StorONE’s S1 Enterprise Storage
Platform, an efficient storage software solution that is able to extract
the full performance of Intel® Optane™ SSDs and offset costs by
automatically tiering to lower cost Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSDs, without
read performance penalty. S1 provides complete data protection and data
services without impacting performance.
"The S1:AFAn represents the next generation of enterprise storage,” said
StorONE's CEO Gal Naor. “S1:AFAn enables customers to start with as
little as 30TBs of capacity, a configuration capable of delivering over
1 million IOPS, and then grow performance and capacity, independently as
organizations’ needs demand. We’ve added the AFAn configuration option
to our transparent pricing site, TRUprice. Customers can use TRUprice to
configure and price an AFAn and see, in realtime, that the S1:AFAn
solution costs less than competitors’ AFAs.
CompuTech International (CTI) is the distributor of StorONE’s S1:AFAn.
“CTI is pleased to partner with Intel and StorONE to help bring the AFAn
to market. AFAs are a decade old technology that should now be
considered obsolete. The AFAn brings Intel’s revolutionary Intel® Optane™
Technology to a whole new market, the traditional enterprise data
center. With the AFAn, customers can meet all of their performance
demands at a price lower than legacy AFAs,” said Eyal Shachi, CTI CEO.
to StorONE’s S1 software, the AFA automatically tiers data from the
Intel® Optane™ SSD tier to an Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSD storage tier. Using
Intel® Optane™ SSD as a tier of storage and not a cache, enterprise
customers enjoy the full write performance of Intel® Optane™ SSDs as
well as its excellent read performance. StorONE's S1:Tier feature is
also optimized for Intel® QLC drives to extend their durability and
life. When the S1:Tier technology demotes older data from the Intel®
Optane SSD tier, it writes it to QLC in large sequential blocks. Since
the Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSD tier can provide read performance at near-
Intel® Optane SSD performance levels, there is no need to promote data
unless the application modifies it. These optimizations enable
organizations to expect long life from the Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSD tier
and see no performance impact when reading from it.
"The S1:AFAn is more than just old software trying to take advantage of
new hardware,” said George Crump, Chief Marketing Officer at StorONE.
“StorONE's S1 Enterprise Storage Platform was written from the ground up
to take advantage of technologies like Intel® Optane™ Technology. We are
delivering specific optimizations in how we write data to the Intel®
Optane™ Technology tier, as well as how we manage the QLC tier. Our
software is carefully crafted to make sure customers receive full
performance and full data integrity at a price they can afford."
The StorONE AFAn using Intel Optane Technology is shipping July 6th with
StorONE taking pre-orders immediately.