Storspeed accelerates NAS with caching appliance

By Kevin Komiega

-- Storspeed, a new player in the storage market, emerged from stealth mode earlier this month and is now shipping the Storspeed SP5000 network-attached caching appliance that uses both DRAM and FLASH memory to accelerate the performance of NAS filers.

The SP5000 application-aware cache is deployed in-band, between clients/servers and storage devices, using standard Ethernet connections. Applications, servers, and storage systems remain in place as the SP5000 operates transparent to the network to accelerate file systems, virtual storage, and clustered storage systems.

Multiple SP5000 nodes can be clustered to enable data replication on writes and pass-through operation in case of cluster failure, eliminating downtime.

The SP5000 supports 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10GbE infrastructures The company claims a clustered configuration of SP5000 appliances can be scaled to support millions of I/Os per second (IOPS) and gigabytes of throughput.

The SP5000 includes redundant systems, dual power supplies, fans, and a "fail-to-wire" feature that ensures connectivity to backend storage is never lost.

The system's software analyzes the flow of data between clients, servers, and storage resources to manage an active data set via performance profiles to determine which data gets accelerated. Profiles can be defined by application, storage attributes, client, and network parameters.

Storspeed's CEO, Mark Cree, says deep packet inspection, dynamic acceleration and reporting are features that make the Storspeed SP5000 appliance application-aware.

"Just caching the most frequently accessed files is a losing proposition. Caching is caching. If you don't have the intelligence to know what to accelerate data sets are going to fill up with [data] that you don't want to cache," says Cree.

The Storspeed SP5000 application-aware caching appliance is available now. Pricing starts at $65,000 and includes 80GB of DRAM, a suite of management and reporting software, and eight drive bays for flash-based solid-state disk (SSD) drives.

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This article was originally published on October 29, 2009