Cloud provider opts for X-IO hybrid SSD arrays

Storage roundup: Cloud provider RTW Hosting opts for X-IO hybrid SSD arrays; Buffalo’s new iSCSI and NAS arrays; Coraid appointment; OnApp to bundle storage virtualisation software; and more news.

Cloud provider opts for X-IO hybrid SSD arrays

UK remote applications and telecoms provider RTW Hosting has implemented more than £600,000 worth of X-IO Hyper ISE and ISE 2 storage arrays to achieve a 2,471% IOPS performance increase over its previous configuration while using five times less space and power.

X-IO’s Hyper ISE hybrid SSD arrays mix SSD and HDD SAS drives with data tiering between the two. The vendor’s ISE 2 arrays are all spinning disk. Both products incorporate X-IO’s Intelligent Storage Elements technology, which uses self-healing diagnostics to work around failed areas of the drive.

RTW Hosting began testing X-IO in February this year after rapid growth in demand for its services led to performance degradation in its existing storage estate. X-IO’s ISE solutions delivered 180,000 IOPS over the previous configuration’s 7,000 IOPS.

Mike Wills, CEO and founder of RTW Hosting, said, “We’re seeing 25 times the IOPS we got with our previous SAN, with extremely low latency; VM deployment is around 15 to 20 times quicker; and our storage is perfectly placed to easily handle IOPS storms and ensure the end user doesn’t see any performance degradation.”

Buffalo’s two new iSCSI and NAS SMB arrays

SMB storage vendor Buffalo Technology has announced the TeraStation 5200 and 5400, which can be used for NAS and iSCSI file- and block-level access. The TeraStation 5200 is a two-bay device while the 5400 has four bays. The arrays offer mirroring between each other and have 2 GB of fast DDR3 memory installed.

Coraid appointment

ATA-over-Ethernet storage array vendor Coraid has appointed Peter Godden as the company’s senior director for EMEA. Before joining Coraid, Peter was at Isilon Systems.

OnApp to bundle storage virtualisation software

UK-based cloud software vendor OnApp has announced that OnApp Storage, its storage virtualisation software, will be bundled with the OnApp Cloud platform for no additional cost later this year. OnApp Storage allows customers to create a SAN from SATA and SSD drives in the space bays of existing servers. It is currently on public beta and will be included with OnApp Cloud from the third quarter of this year onwards.

Silver Peak gets EqualLogic certification

WAN optimisation product vendor Silver Peak Systems has announced its Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) software has been tested and qualified with Dell EqualLogic replication. In joint lab testing, Silver Peak demonstrated performance gains of up to 15 times for replication throughput, while real-world deployments have realised a performance increase of up to 20 times with up to 90% WAN bandwidth reduction. 

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