SolidFire 2405 and 4805 all-flash arrays target the enterprise

SolidFire adds all-flash arrays in a 1U box with 50,000 IOPS in a move to shift customer focus from cloud providers to enterprise users

All-flash array maker SolidFire has added two hardware nodes to its product range in a move that will see some existing models phased out by the end of 2014.

The company has introduced two all-flash arrays – the 2405 and 4805 – in what it describes as the third generation of its hardware.

The 2405 and 4805 both come in 1U form factor nodes with 50,000 IOPS per node. Like other SolidFire products, nodes can be connected as a minimum of four and maximum of 100.

The two products differ by drive size and therefore capacity, with a 2405 node holding 2.4TB raw and the 4805 4.8TB. With data reduction – data deduplication, compression and thin provisioning – effective capacity is upped by between three and nine times.

SolidFire arrays provide iSCSI and Fibre Channel connectivity.

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SolidFire has, to date, focused on selling 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 2405 marks a departure from this focus, and is aimed at enterprises that want flash for specific projects such as private cloud, virtualisation and database performance and at a lower cost point than existing SolidFire products.

The 4805 is simply aimed at customers that want greater capacity than the 2405 but with similar characteristics in terms of performance and scalability.

SolidFire said the two new arrays will supercede existing products, with the 3010 and 6010 being phased out by the end of 2014. The 9010 (with 75,000 IOPS per node) will remain.

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