Skyera Launches New Enterprise Flash Array

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Enterprise solid-state storage system provider Skyera has released a new storage array that boosts capacity and performance over its previous generation, and formed strategic partnerships with Toshiba and SK hynix.

Building upon its skyHawk array from last year Skyera announced the skyEagle Series, the first all-Flash enterprise storage arrays with the reliability, performance and capacity to handle mission critical data center applications below the price per gigabyte of legacy disk-based arrays. Adding over 2.5 petabytes after compression and deduplication this third generation solid-state platform adds active/active controllers for high availability, synchronous/asynchronous replication, fully converged networks, protocols, and storage, and an unprecedented half petabyte (500 terabytes) capacity in a 1u form factor.

“Big data and analytics; public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures; and virtualized environments demand highly-available storage but that is only one piece of the storage infrastructure,” said Radoslav Danilak, CEO of Skyera. “With the introduction of skyEagle, Skyera has created a next-generation all-Flash platform with an optimal balance of storage availability, usable Flash capacity performance and enterprise-class durability.”

Using 1y/1z NAND (MAN) Flash chips, combined with its proprietary high-performance Flash controller and hardware accelerated services, Skyera has boosted the capacity and performance of skyEagle by a factor of 10 over the market-leading skyHawk array in just one year. With shrinking 20nm NAND Flash geometries, Skyera’s 100x life amplification technology eliminates the issues of durability and performance in the enterprise data center.  The list price for the read-optimized half petabyte (500 TB) skyEagle storage system of $1.99 per GB, or $.49 per GB with data reduction technologies.

“skyHawk’s introduction last year put us in a class by ourselves in regards to capacity and performance,” said Frankie Roohparvar, COO of Skyera. “We felt that our only competition was us, and now we have disrupted ourselves not by a factor of 2 over 18 months in accordance with Moore’s law, but by over 10 times the performance and capacity in just 12 months.”

Partnerships

Skyera also announced its collaboration with NAND Flash provider Toshiba America Electronic Components. Together the companies will work together to ensure that their storage products deliver the high-performance and high-capacity storage to support the business-critical needs of enterprises today and into the future. This exchange of technical and development information will allow Skyera to fully leverage the enterprise-class architecture of Toshiba’s new second generation advanced 19nm (A19nm) NAND Flash technology as part of its skyEagle™ series of all-Flash enterprise storage arrays.

“Enterprise customers require a different set of features for their storage architectures than those in the consumer marketplace – higher performance, improved power efficiency and capacity,” said Scott Nelson, senior vice president, memory business unit, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., “By working closely with Skyera, we ensure that we continue to offer the unmatched innovation and leading-edge technologies that our customers have come to depend on from Toshiba. We look forward to a successful relationship with Skyera as we continue to deliver on this commitment with optimized solutions that address the needs of enterprises worldwide.”

Skyera has selected 16nm NAND Flash from SK hynix, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Flash memory chips, for its new skyEagle all-Flash enterprise storage array. As one of the leaders in the industry to achieve mass production of its 16nm technology node NAND Flash, SK hynix’s technology leadership is again validated by enterprise deployments in Skyera’s skyEagle. SK hynix innovations in NAND process and design are key factors to enabling high performance and reliable 16nm Flash comparable to 20nm offerings.

“We believe that building a strategic partnership with Skyera will open a new window to bring broad and deep expertise in Flash technology system-level issues to complement the world-class semiconductor excellence of SK hynix,” said Young Joon Choi, Senior Vice President of SK hynix. “This pairing ensures that the industry’s very best Flash technology experts will be guiding this collaboration as the two companies continue to produce Flash chips and systems that raise the bar for the rest of the market.”

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