Intel Selects LSI Server-side PCIe Flash

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LSI announced that it has entered into an expanded original equipment manufacturer (OEM) relationship with Intel (INTC), whereby the LSI Nytro MegaRAID technology will be available as part of the Intel RAID product family. The LSI Nytro tMegaRAID takes server-side PCIe flash and dual-core RAID-on-Chip (ROC) technology and integrates intelligent caching software, to enable transparent application acceleration and RAID data protection for directed attached storage (DAS) environments.

“Customers in virtually every industry are facing competitive pressures to increase data center efficiency and lower IT costs,” said Noury Al-Khaledy, General Manager Intel Enterprise Platforms and Services Division. “Through our expanded relationship with LSI, we’re able to offer customers a single, integrated solution that enables exciting levels of application performance, data protection and a low TCO.”

The Nytro MegaRAID technology will help to provide Intel server board and systems customers with high levels of random IOPS performance for data-intensive and latency-sensitive workloads such as databases and big data applications, Hadoop implementations and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). It integrates LSI SandForce Flash storage processors to delivery performance, reliability and energy efficiency. Benchmark testing using Nytro MegaRAID cards have achieved up to a 33 percent improvement in the time it takes to complete Hadoop jobs and delivered support for up to twice as many VDI sessions compared to a non-caching storage implementation.

“Intel’s selection of LSI Nytro MegaRAID technology is another significant validation of our strategic focus and investments in flash-based server acceleration technology,” said Gary Smerdon, senior vice president and general manager, Accelerated Solutions Division, LSI. “We’re excited to be working closely with Intel to bring the powerful performance, data protection and TCO benefits of Nytro MegaRAID technology to Intel customers.”

Intel will offer LSI Nytro MegaRAID technology within their Intel RAID SSD Cache Controllers RCS25ZB040 and RCS25ZB040LX which include embedded flash of 256GB and 1TB, respectively.

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