All-Flash Array.next combines Intel® Optane™ SSDs and Intel® QLC 3D NAND Storage Tiers
NEW YORK – June 23, 2020 – StorONE today announced the All-Flash Array.next (AFAn), which uses Intel® Optane™ Technology as a storage tier, not as a cache. It integrates Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSDs for cost effective, high capacity, moving data between the two storage tiers as it ages. StorONE’s S1:AFAn is the highest-performing most cost effective storage system on the market today. Powered by StorONE’s S1 storage software it is designed for traditional enterprise data centers.
The AFAn represents a new breed of storage solutions that are a logical upgrade to aging All-Flash Array (AFA). The AFAn supports mainstream workloads like VMware, Hyper-V, Oracle and MS-SQL, while at the same time providing the extreme performance required of applications such as analytics and artificial intelligence. The result is true storage consolidation at a price every data center can afford.
“We are pleased with StorONE’s use of Intel® Optane™ SSDs in their new S1:AFAn product offering. This will bring new and exciting enterprise storage services to data centers of all sizes” said Chris Tobias, GM, Optane Solutions Division of Intel.
A key ingredient of the S1:AFAn is StorONE’s S1 Enterprise Storage Platform, an efficient storage software solution that is able to extract the full performance of Intel® Optane™ SSDs and offset costs by automatically tiering to lower cost Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSDs, without read performance penalty. S1 provides complete data protection and data services without impacting performance.
“The S1:AFAn represents the next generation of enterprise storage” said StorONE’s CEO Gal Naor. “S1:AFAn enables customers to start with as little as 30TBs of capacity, a configuration capable of delivering over 1 million IOPS and then grow performance and capacity independently as organizations’ needs demand. We’ve added the AFAn configuration option to our transparent pricing site, TRUprice. Customers can use TRUprice to configure and price an AFAn and see, in realtime, that the S1:AFAn solution costs less than competitors’ AFAs.
CompuTech International (CTI) is the distributor of StorONE’s S1:AFAn.
“CTI is pleased to partner with Intel and StorONE to help bring the AFAn to market. AFAs are a decade old technology that should now be considered obsolete. The AFAn brings Intel’s revolutionary Intel® Optane™ Technology to a whole new market, the traditional enterprise data center. With the AFAn, customers can meet all of their performance demands at a price lower than legacy AFAs,” said Eyal Shachi, CTI CEO.
Thanks to StorONE’s S1 software, the AFA automatically tiers data from the Intel® Optane™ SSD tier to an Intel®QLC 3D NAND SSD storage tier. Using Intel® Optane™ SSD as a tier of storage and not a cache, enterprise customers enjoy the full write performance of Intel® Optane™ SSDs as well as its excellent read performance. StorONE’s S1:Tier feature is also optimized for Intel® QLC drives to extend their durability and life. When the S1:Tier technology demotes older data from the Intel® Optane SSD tier, it writes it to QLC in large sequential blocks. Since the Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSD tier can provide read performance at near- Intel® Optane SSD performance levels, there is no need to promote data unless the application modifies it. These optimizations enable organizations to expect long life from the Intel® QLC 3D NAND SSD tier and see no performance impact when reading from it.
“The S1:AFAn is more than just old software trying to take advantage of new hardware,” said George Crump, Chief Marketing Officer at StorONE. “StorONE’s S1 Enterprise Storage Platform was written from the ground up to take advantage of technologies like Intel® Optane™ Technology. We are delivering specific optimizations in how we write data to the Intel® Optane™ Technology tier, as well as how we manage the QLC tier. Our software is carefully crafted to make sure customers receive full performance and full data integrity at a price they can afford.”
The StorONE AFAn using Intel® Optane™ Technology is shipping July 6th with StorONE taking pre-orders immediately. Customers and resellers can find additional information about the S1:AFAn solution at: https://www.storone.com/product/s1-AFAn.
Intel® and StorONE will be hosting a joint webinar about the solution on Tuesday June 30th at 1:00 PM ET and 10:00 AM PT. Registration is available here:
At StorONE, we focus on delivering the best results for our customers. Our mission is to make Storage Heroes by providing IT professionals with an Enterprise Storage Platform that transforms software-defined storage into a comprehensive storage infrastructure for all use cases. The platform’s portfolio ranges from All-Flash Arrays delivering 10K to 900K IOPS, Hybrid Arrays capable of supporting four tiers or more of storage and NAS/Backup solutions priced at less than a penny per GB. The platform is also protocol-independent including fibre, iSCSI, NFS, SMB and S3. All members of the Enterprise Storage Platform are available on-premises or in the cloud and come with the same enterprise-class feature set, driven by the same interface which significantly reduces the cost of storage operations.
Powering our Enterprise Storage Platform is our innovative technology, Total Resource Utilization (TRU). TRU, with over nine years of development investment and dozens of approved patents, enables maximum performance on minimal storage hardware while providing extensive data protection and flexibility for future growth.
StorONE founders are proven, successful entrepreneurs who boast over 50 patent awards. Top-tier industry luminaries and strategic investors back the company. The StorONE headquarters are in New York, with offices in Fort Worth TX, Tel Aviv, and Singapore. Additional information about StorONE is available at https://www.storone.com
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