The Invicta, which uses multi-level cell (MLC) flash, comes in 2U (3.5-in.-high) storage module chassis. Each chassis holds up to 12TB of capacity and up to six chassis can be cobbled together for the maximum system capacity along with a single 2U router unit. A full rack consumes 1400 watts, which represents a reduction in energy use of up to 90%, compared to legacy hard-disk-drive arrays, according to Crain.
"This is the largest single-capacity SSD array made," Crain said.
One of the Invicta's strong points is its ability to serve up data in a multi-tenancy architecture, meaning that multiple business units, or businesses in the case of a cloud storage provider, can all share the same storage pool, Crain said. Additionally, the Invicta is backward-compatible, meaning Whiptail's previous generation, single-chassis SSD arrays, can be used in an Invicta configuration. That previous-generation unit had 24 SSDs for up to 12TB of capacity and 230,000 IOPS of performance.
The company also launched a new version of that single-unit array that it said is 5% to 8% faster.
The flash array market remains a relatively small one compared with the multibillion-dollar hard-disk-array market, Baltazar said, adding that flash will not lead to the extinction of disks.
"The high storage density and low cost of disk should keep hard drives around for a long time, and hard drives will continue to be the best medium for storing infrequently accessed data and large files such as video," he said.
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