Newark, Calif.-based startup Tegile emerged from stealth this week and unveiled Zebi, a family of hybrid solid-state drive (SSD) and hard disk arrays. Aimed at primary storage deployments, Tegile claims that its NAS- and SAN-capable systems can cut storage requirements by up to 75 percent.

Key to making the system work as advertised is the company’s Metadata Accelerated Storage System (MASS), the company’s metadata management software that accelerates de-duplication, compression and RAID rebuilds. The arrays also provide thin provisioning along with remote replication and data snapshot functionality.

Tegile, which was founded in 2009, is helmed by CEO Rohit Kshetrapal. Formerly of Perfigo, Kshetrapal served as the president of the computer networking company before it was acquired by Cisco. To date, over 50 customers have deployed Zebi hardware.

Feeding The Flash Frenzy

Tegile’s debut arrives as flash storage takes on an expanding role within IT infrastructures.

This week, another startup called Starboard Storage Systems emerged from stealth with arrays that also incorporate SSDs to help companies consolidate their NAS and SAN infrastructures. Recently, IBM announced that it was adding flash to its XIV storage arrays. Nimbus, meanwhile, is taking an all-flash approach to mission-critical, enterprise-grade workloads.

Tegile hopes differentiate itself from the competition with arrays that provide a rich set of capacity-expanding and data protection capabilities right out of the box. According to the company, Zebi can provide enterprises with de-duplication, thin provisioning, replication and more at a cost of under $1 per gigabyte — and give their applications an up to 5x performance boost.

Four arrays and two expansion units make up the Zebi product line.

In the single controller column resides the SS1100 and SS2100. The SS1100 is a single-processor (Xeon E5620), 2U box that supports 24 GB of DRAM, 600 GB of SSD storage and 14 TB of SAS hard drive capacity. The 3U, dual-processor SS2100 model can accommodate 48 GB of DRAM, 1,000 GB of SSD storage and 22 TB of SAS hard drive capacity.

On the dual-controller front are the dual-Xeon HA2100 and the quad-processor HA2100EP, which pack 48 GB and 96 GB of DRAM respectively. Both can handle 1,200 GB of flash storage, while the HA2100 addresses 22 TB of SAS storage compared to the HA2100EP’s 16 TB limit. Two expansion arrays, the J1100 and J2100 round out the product line.

Prices start at $16,000 for the SS1100. Zebi arrays are available now.

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