Adaptec boosts storage I/O with MaxIQ SSD Cache


Adaptec boosts storage I/O with MaxIQ SSD Cache

Cliff Saran

Adaptec has developed a product it claims can improve the storage performance of applications fivefold by using solid state discs in combination with existing storage infrastructure.

The Adaptec MaxIQ SSD Cache is designed to help datacentre managers run high-performance hybrid arrays (HPHAs) - storage arrays that use both solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disc drives (HDDs). Adaptec said MaxIQ is able to deliver up to five times the I/O performance, up to 50% savings in capital and operating expenses, and a dramatic reduction in power consumption over HDD-only arrays.

The product integrates a 32GB Intel X25-E Extreme SATA SSD, used as high-performance cache, with Adaptec's MaxIQ SSD caching software to provide I/O-intensive datacentres with high-performance storage that can run alongside existing infrastructure.

The Adaptec MaxIQ SSD Cache Performance product represents the next phase in Adaptec's Data Conditioning Platform strategy, which aims to deliver business value to datacentre managers by intelligently routing, optimising and protecting data as it moves through the I/O path.

Industry experts believe SSDs are the future of storage, due to their relative low cost and better performance compared with HDDs.

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