SGI Unveils InfiniteStorage Gateway

Headlines from the storage industry include SGI unveils InfiniteStorage Gateway; Violin Flash Memory Arrays are now certified with SAP Sybase; and LSI Flash accelerates IBM Servers.

John Rath

April 23, 2013

3 Min Read
SGI Unveils InfiniteStorage Gateway

Here’s a roundup of some of some of this week’s headlines from the storage industry:

SGI Unveils InfiniteStorage Gateway. SGI introduced the InfiniteStorage Gateway, a virtualized data management solution, which reduces the runaway costs and complexity organizations face when managing exponential data growth. While creating a virtualized storage fabric that can include disk, tape, object and cloud storage the gateway provides a way for users to see and access all the data all the time, no matter what might be happening to the storage infrastructure in the background. Because the storage infrastructure is virtualized, as requirements change, the type of storage deployed can also evolve, with no interruption to users. SGI InfiniteStorage Gateway includes up to 276 terabytes of onboard capacity, and is deployed as a factory-integrated solution in the 4U SGI MIS storage server, powered by Intel Xeon processors. "As data growth has continued to sky-rocket, IT organizations increasingly face the problem of infrastructure fragmentation, and the fact that their most expensive primary storage arrays are often used to house mostly inactive data," said Laura DuBois, program vice president, IDC Storage Systems, Software and Solutions. "Data management is not only about the performance of active data today. It also must provide a seamless long-term strategy for all data that keeps costs at a minimum and reduces IT administrative burden without impacting users."

Violin Flash Memory Arrays Certified with SAP Sybase. Violin Memory announced that its 6000 Series Flash Memory Arrays are now certified for interoperability with SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE), delivering reliability and accelerated performance across a range of enterprise applications. Violin Memory is now an SAP software solution and technology partner in the SAP PartnerEdge program. “The Violin Flash Memory Arrays integrated with SAP Sybase ASE are a key solid-state storage component for the acceleration of business-critical applications from SAP,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, senior vice president, Business Development and Ecosystem Innovation, SAP.   “The certification process showed that the arrays can deliver significant performance improvement over traditional disk-based systems, delivering substantial value to customers. In fact, during preliminary internal testing, we have seen 10x improvement in the performance of SAP Sybase ASE running on Violin Flash Memory.”

LSI Flash Accelerates IBM Servers. LSI announced that IBM is now offering new versions of its High IOPS Modular Adapters family based on LSI Nytro WarpDrive technology. The new models join IBM’s growing stable of PCIe Flash cards and are designed to be used with the IBM System x server series to help clients speed Big Data analytics. The adapters will support capacity options ranging from 300GB to 800GB of SLC and MLC Flash memory for IBM System x servers. “Rapid data growth and rising application performance requirements have exposed the limitations of today's aging storage architectures,” said Gary Smerdon, senior vice president and general manager, Accelerated Solutions Division, LSI. “IBM System x servers deployed with LSI Nytro WarpDrive technology can provide customers with a powerful, cost-effective performance boost for storing, accessing and analyzing data and, ultimately, give users the power to innovate the next generation of data centers.”

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