May 08, 2012, 3:18 PM — Solid-state storage array maker Whiptail today announced its first modular, scalable all-flash array with up to 72TB of capacity.
Whiptail's new Invicta is an enterprise-class, multi-protocol storage array that scales in performance from 250,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) to 650,000 IOPS as modular units are added to it. The array is controlled by Whiptail's new storage "router," the Accela.
A computer rendering of the Invicta all-SSD array
The company's previous generation router, the Accelerator, was 5% to 8% slower at serving up IOPS than the Accela, according to Whiptail CEO Dan Crain.
The Invicta all-flash array can support up to 12,000 virtual desktops and offer up to 7.5GBps of sustained throughput. The array, which uses an InfiniBand backplane to add additional modular arrays, can attach to servers via Fibre Channel, iSCSI Fibre Channel over Ethernet, Network File System (NFS), CIFS and InfiniBand SRP.
Whiptail competes against several others in the all-flash array market, including Nimbus Data Systems, Violin Memory and Texas Memory Systems.
The Invicta array's pricing starts at $50,000. For that, users get 1.5TB of capacity.
Henry Baltazar, an analyst with 451 Research Group, said the Invicta marks a distinct upgrade from Whiptail's more midrange-oriented products of the past.
While "a couple" of vendors are coming out with scalable arrays, such as XtremIO, those products have yet to be launched, Baltazar said. Whiptail's appears to be the first in that category.
All-flash arrays are expensive, high-performance systems that are built for applications requiring high throughput, such as relational databases, big data analytics, large virtual desktop infrastructures or processes requiring large batch workloads, such as backups.
"At this point, flash arrays are too expensive for many use cases such as NAS and unstructured data storage. The need for high performance storage for virtualization and databases is increasing rapidly, which will make flash arrays more popular going forward. I would also point out that flash arrays can deliver high performance using a relatively small amount of rackspace, power and cooling, which should also be a factor when considering [total cost of ownership]," Baltazar said.
Whiptail's new all-flash array can be configured in several RAID schemes and has asynchronous replication and snapshot capability for disaster recovery and business continuity. The Invicta can also be managed from within VMware vCenter with full support of VMware's vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI).