The deal will mark the availability in numbers in the UK of San Jose-based Skyera’s skyHawk all-flash array platform.
Skyera makes big claims about the price per gigabyte of its products and the small amount of datacentre space they occupy. The company claims per-gigabyte pricing of $2.99 (£1.75), with that dropping to $0.99 following data reduction.
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The company was the creation of former executives from the now-defunct flash memory controller maker SandForce. Its skyHawk products comprise three models with 12TB, 22TB or 44TB of raw capacity, and all coming in a 1U half-height form factor.
The skyHawk all-flash arrays use a custom ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) in their controller, which is driven by its own SCOS operating system (OS). That in turn sits above so-called storage blades comprising commodity multi-level cell (MLC) flash dies.
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Later this year, Skyera plans to launch the skyEagle platform. This will scale to 650TB in a 1U form factor and will include Fibre Channel access. Where skyHawk doesn’t have snapshots, replication or high availability, these features are planned for inclusion in skyEagle.
Skyera joins a hot market for all-flash array products, driven by the need for rapid access, low-latency storage to support virtualisation environments.
The market is currently divided between startups such as Skyera and big six storage players – EMC, Dell, NetApp, IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, HP – which have either bought ground-up developed flash systems from startups or retrofitted flash drives to existing array products.