Solidfire slots in all-flash SF9605 and debuts storage software Element X

Solidfire adds the SF9605, a higher-capacity iteration of its 05-suffixed arrays, and announces availability of Element X operating system

All-flash array maker Solidfire has announced a new all-SSD array, the SF9605, as well as a software-only version of its all-flash operating system (OS), named Element X.

On the hardware front, Solidfire has added the SF9605, which slots in just below the top-of-the-range SF9010 and offers a claimed saving of 25% per GB over that model but with lower performance because of less highly specced CPUs and flash drives (10x SanDisk 960GB).

The SF9605 provides a higher-capacity option at the general-purpose end of Solidfire’s all-flash range.

Solidfire now has four all-flash arrays with iSCSI and Fibre Channel connectivity in its portfolio. The SF2405, SF4805 and SF9605 all offer 50,000 IOPS per 1U node with raw capacities of 2.4TB, 4.8TB and 9.6TB, respectively.

The SF9010 also has 9.6TB raw capacity but with eight-core CPUs offers 75,000 IOPS per node.

With data reduction – data deduplication, compression and thin provisioning – effective capacity is upped by between 3x and 9x.

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Solidfire emerged with a focus on selling all-flash products to cloud service providers. Its arrays have automation and multi-tenancy functionality and administrators can assign storage volumes with different characteristics to different customers.

But the 05-suffixed products aim at enterprises that want flash for specific projects, such as private cloud, virtualisation and database performance, and at lower cost.

Meanwhile, Solidfire has announced the availability of its Element operating system as a software product that can be deployed on approved commodity hardware.

Element X storage software allows customers to build storage systems from commodity server hardware and drives at lower cost than buying off-the-shelf storage arrays. It also suits larger organisations that source servers in pre-existing hardware supply chains.

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Wow, that's impressive. I'm curious, how many elementX customers do you have (paying customers that is). I would bet one or two. Is the 9010 still available? My rep says no, but what does he know. Finally is the 3x-9x before or after the 50% overhead penalty. Just a thought. Would like to hear from the company.
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