GridIron Launches SSD-Accelerated OneAppliance Array

By Pedro Hernandez

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based GridIron Systems is going against the grain when it comes to making flash -- the fast but spendy chip-based storage tech -- palatable to IT budget watchers with the company's new OneAppliance array.

GridIron teamed with NetApp for a hybrid SSD-HDD storage system that combines a NetApp E-5400 Series storage array with the company's flash-based TurboCharger appliance. The result, says GridIron's vice president of Marketing, Franklyn Jones, is fast SAN hardware that boosts application performance without resorting to two of today's most popular capacity optimization technologies.

"Essentially, we are empowering customers with a complete, enterprise-class hybrid storage solution that delivers Tier 0 performance at less than $3 per gigabyte without any dependence on de-duplication or compression," said Jones in a statement.

As such, GridIron says that OneAppliance is aimed at databases and other environments where the stored data is unique or where the application handles compression natively.

The storage system merges the high availability, replication and synchronization features of NetApp's E-Series hardware with GridIron's Set-Ranking hardware and software combo. The flash management and data prioritization technology analyzes the I/O stream and automatically serves up performance-sensitive data from SSD storage, according to the company.

An 8U OneAppliance system can accommodate 360 terabytes (TB) of raw storage capacity and, by GridIron's estimates, the OneAppliance hybrid flash array can deliver up to 1 million Input/Output operations per second (IOPS).

Bandwidth of 6 gigabytes per second keeps data flowing to applications and latencies in the sub-microsecond range, which makes for responsive computing sessions. These specs help eliminate performance bottlenecks for applications that support a massive number of concurrent users, making the platform especially suitable for virtualized environments and video production facilities, says GridIron.

Along with OneAppliance, GridIron also unveiled a new TurboCharger appliance, the GT-1500.

Meant to accelerate up to 128 TB of primary storage, the 2U system packs 12 TB of flash capacity. Connectivity is provided by six Fibre Channel ports (four server-side, two storage-side), two Ethernet ports for management and two 10 Gbps ports devoted to TurboCharger clustering. The GT-1500 delivers 550,000 IOPS and 3.2 gigabytes per second bandwidth.

Both the OneAppliance and TurboCharger GT-1500 are available now.

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.

This article was originally published on October 02, 2012