STEC Unveils 2 TB SAS and PCIe Enterprise SSDs

Posted on January 28, 2013 By Pedro Hernandez

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STEC, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based flash storage specialist, claimed an industry first today as it unveiled two capacious solid-state drives (SSD).

The company's new 2TB s840 serial-attached SCSI (SAS) SSD and 2TB s1120 PCIe Accelerator SSD make STEC the first company to offer 2 TB SSDs on both interfaces. Why SAS SSDs and PCIe server add-on cards? That’s where the action is, claims the company.

"As STEC continues to align with the needs of enterprise customers, the company has chosen to focus more acutely on a specific range of SSD solutions. These advancements in SAS- and PCIe-based SSDs are key to this alignment, as these two interfaces represent the largest segments of the enterprise-storage market opportunity," said STEC in a statement.

According to STEC, the s840 boasts a proprietary controller that enables the drive to accommodate 12 to 25 percent more data than other SAS SSDs. Other enterprise-grade features include the company's PowerSafe technology, which safeguards data in the event of a power outage.

An evaluation by DataON Storage, a data storage systems maker, yielded some speedy results. "Working together with architects from STEC, DataON Storage evaluated an all-flash storage solution that yielded an unprecedented 16GB/s sustained throughput featuring 48 2TB STEC s840 enterprise SAS SSDs within two DataON DNS-1640 external storage JBODs," said DataON vice president of sales, William Huang, in a statement.

The low-power s1120 PCIe card (under 25 watts) is aimed at hyper-scale data centers. Also featuring PowerSafe, the s1120 combination of large data capacity and fast flash hardware is suitable for accelerating storage and compute intensive applications, most notably Big Data, along with analytics, data modeling and video imaging.

STEC used the occasion to announce a new version of its EnhanceIO Cache Software. Enhancements include a new, non-disruptive write-back caching capability that improves performance and reduces latency. An improved graphical user interface and new reporting options round out the updates.

IDC research director Jeff Janukowicz feels that STEC's revamped SSD portfolio hits the sweet spot for enterprise flash storage. "A full breadth of SSD solutions that fit multiple use cases and applications are a strong addition to the market, particularly in combination with caching software that can fully utilize the SSDs high capacity and performance," he stated.

STEC's s840 SAS SSD and s1120 PCIe Accelerator SSD are scheduled to ship in February. Volume pricing starts at $7,995 for the s840 and $9,425 for the s1120. EnhanceIO Cache Software is available now. The Linux version costs $295 while the Windows edition is priced at $495.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.


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