Tegile Moves Upmarket with All-Flash Storage Array

By Pedro Hernandez

Tegile Systems, a Newark, Calif.-based maker of hybrid and all-flash storage systems, today unveiled a new, high-end array for mission critical workloads dubbed the T3800.

It's a move up for the storage startup, said Tegile's Rob Commins, VP of marketing. Taking a measured approach to the enterprise storage market, he said the company "used to be very midmarket focused" since it shed its stealthy trappings two years ago.

Tegile set out to "earn the right to climb higher in the food chain" since its debut, Commins told InfoStor. The result is the T3800.

The new flagship T3800 system leverages SanDisk solid-state drives (SSDs) that feature enteprise MLC (eMLC) flash chips. The inclusion of eMLC-based SSDs, versus consumer-grade MLC, enables the company to offer "high [storage] density per drive," said Commins.

SanDisk's Steve Fingerhut, vice president of Enterprise Storage Solutions, said in a statement that his company worked with Tegile to improve the durability of flash under write-intensive workloads and drive up flash density. "The density, performance and endurance attributes of SanDisk Enterprise SSDs utilized in Tegile's all-flash arrays, deliver high-performance, high-reliability storage for the most demanding enterprise data center environments."

Combined with Tegile's aggressive data compression and deduplication, the company says that typical mixed-application setups can achieve a 5X reduction in data, which in turn translates into 55 TB of flash storage per U and a $1 per GB street price. Other included storage management features include auto-snapshot, auto-replication, recovery, failover (local or offsite), and VMware integration.

As a bonus, reliability is improved since there are "more cells inside of the drives to distribute the writes across." T3800 arrays are backed by a 7-year warranty and carry a per drive endurance rating of 10 PB.

The 2U array accommodates up to 44 TB of raw capacity, which can be expanded by 4U expansion units. "The 3800 drives about 200K IOPS," informed Commins. "You can scale this thing up to 336 TB of raw capacity [in 10U]," he added. Performance scales as well to reach 350,000 IOPS mark.

Also joining the company's lineup is the T3400 hybrid array. The T3400 delivers 22 TB of raw storage per 2U system, which can scale to 312 TB with the addition of two, 4U expansion modules.

Performance is rated at 250K IOPS. That figure that holds steady as more drives, either SSDs or hard disk drives (HDDs) are added (up to 312 TB in 10U), thanks to a 2.2 TB metadata engine that optimized data access.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on June 03, 2014