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Simplivity debuts all-flash CN-5400-F hyper-converged product

Simplivity all-flash hyper-converged infrastructure appliance aims at high-performance datacentre workloads, with MLC drives from Intel

Hyper-converged infrastructure appliance maker Simplivity has added its first all-flash product to its range.

The CN-5400-F promises a performance boost of between 2x and 5x in terms of IOPS, and 50% to 80% lower latency compared with Simplivity’s existing hyper-converged boxes.

The CN-5400-F comes with 14 1.6TB Intel S3610 SATA connected MLC flash drives. Simplivity doesn’t give I/O performance figures for the device, but Intel figures claim 84,000 IOPS for 4k reads and 28,000 IOPS for 4k writes per drive. At 14 drives per box, that works out at over 1.1 million /400,000 read/write IOPS per node.

SimpliVity was a pioneer – along with Nutanix – of so-called hyper-converged infrastructure, which combines compute, storage and networking in one box. This is a trend in part inspired by the modular Hyperscale architectures pioneered by web giants Google and Facebook, for example.

It deploys its software as a virtual machine on VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V or KVM on commodity x86 server hardware, either as OmniCube appliances from SimpliVity, or as OmniStack software pre-installed on approved server hardware.

Simplivity sells a range of SSD- and HDD-equipped hyper-converged appliances that range from entry-level, with around 4TB of capacity, to higher-end devices, with around 20TB of capacity. They all use a common operating system, which means different products in the range can be federated together.

The CN-5400-F is the first foray by Simplivity into all-flash. Nutanix launched its first all-flash hyper-converged product in 2014.

Simplivity solutions architect director Stuart Gilks said the CN-5400-F is aimed at intensive database workloads, particularly SQL, as well as Microsoft Exchange.

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“The increasing capacities and lower cost per gigabyte of flash means we are seeing more applications moving on to it. More customers are confident that all workloads can go on flash and more companies are going to all hyper-converged too,” said Gilks.

“Even though companies may not need all-flash, they would like to see it in hyper-converged supplier’s portfolios so they know they can move to it when needed.”

Simplivity has also launched RapidDR, which automates disaster recovery according to pre-configured plans and application-aware backups for SQL Server.

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