Tegile Adds an All-SSD Twist to Hybrid Storage Lineup

By Pedro Hernandez

Tegile Systems, a maker of hybrid SSD-disk storage arrays and whose name rhymes with agile, Tuesday announced two new systems and updates to the Metadata Accelerated Storage System (MASS) architecture that governs the IOPs-enhancing capabilities of the company's hardware.

New to the Tegile lineup of multi-protocol storage arrays are the Zebi HA2800 and HA2400. The HA2800 is a bit of a departure for the startup, which burst out of stealth earlier this year touting the price and performance advantages of its hybrid storage systems.

Tegile's Zebi HA2800 is an all-flash array. At first glance it seems to fly in the face of the company's strategy to drive affordability in the high-performance storage market by combining the economics of disk storage with the blazing speed of SSDs. But the company has a plan, said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing for Tegile Systems.

With the HA2800, the company took an "all-flash array and put a twist on it," said Commins. The system allows Tegile to "offer a high-density hard drive expansion hanging off an all-flash controller," he added. The combo yields a system that can scale up to 146 terabytes (TB) of raw capacity and rival all-flash systems in most performance aspects except price.

When it comes to evaluating options from flash storage pure plays and vendors of tiered SSD solutions, "everyone needs IOPs, but they also need to justify the cost per gigabyte," said Commins. He claims that Tegile's systems ask for no such compromise from its customers.

Commins also dispels any notion that his company's systems aren't up to the task of handling I/O intensive workloads. "Eighty percent of our business is server and desktop virtualization," he informs.

According to the company, the HA2800 can deliver 200,000 IOPS at $2 per gigabyte (GB) versus $5 to $10 for all-flash systems -- and that's before deduplication and compression is taken into account. When those capacity-sipping technologies are brought to bear, the HA2800 sells for $1 per GB.

The HA2400 fits into Tegile's classic hybrid system model. Aimed at virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments and other application-intensive scenarios, the system can reach 125,000 IOPS. Also offered is onboard de-duplication and compression.

New MASS updates help, too. The second-generation MASS architecture "separates metadata from the primary data path and optimizes functions such as de-duplication, compression, RAID and snapshot pointers," said Tebile. As a result, its systems can achieve capacity savings of up to 75 percent and enjoy a 7x improvement in IOs compared to traditional storage.

Today, the company adds FlashVols to the MASS feature set. FlashVols are volumes that storage administrators can 'pin' to SSD storage, making them, in effect, immune to automated tiering policies that can lag behind the real-time demands put on a SAN. As a result, critical apps never suffer from an unexpected spike in usage and customers can guard against boot storms that can affect the responsiveness of VDI environments, according to Tegile.

Tegile's new arrays are available now. The HA2800 is priced at $235,152, and the HA2400 lists for $168,389.

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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This article was originally published on August 14, 2012