Pillar Data doubles Axiom performance

By Kevin Komiega

-- Pillar Data Systems is now shipping a new version of its Slammer storage controllers with twice the cache and CPU horsepower of previous Slammers, boosting the overall performance of its Axiom 600 storage system.

The new Slammer Series 2 controllers offer double the cache (48GB) and CPU processing power, with increases in the number of CIFS connections and LUNS. The controllers also support 2TB 7200rpm SATA drives.

The combined enhancements add up to 50% more IOPS per controller and a 30% increase in back-end performance on the Axiom 600 system, according to Bob Maness, Pillar's vice president of worldwide marketing and channel sales.

Maness says the real benefit of the new Slammer series is the ability to insert the controller into an existing Axiom without disruption or added cost.

"This is not a new model, but a new series that you can essentially put inside and Axiom platform without having to pay extra for software and maintenance," says Maness.

The Slammer Series 2 does require the latest version of Pillar's AxiomONE software suite.

The AxiomONE software differentiates application I/O workloads by promoting or demoting the QoS of a LUN or file system by Slammer and drive type. The software upgrade is available as a download.

The Slammer Series 2 works in conjunction with first-generation Slammers. The Axiom 600 can support up to 128 RAID controllers in a single platform with up to 1.6PB of capacity using 2TB drives.

Pillar is positioning the Axiom as a platform for cloud storage deployments. The company claims that the disk array's ability to scale without downtime makes it a fit for cloud providers.

In related news, Eagle Business Solutions introduced the "Solid Cloud" service based on the Pillar Axiom and Oracle database technology.

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This article was originally published on January 21, 2010