WHAT IS AN ALL-FLASH ARRAY.next?
S1: AFAn - All-Flash Powered by Intel® Optane™
The All-Flash Array.next (AFAn) is the world's first storage system to blend Intel® Optane™ performance with the capacity and cost-effectiveness of QLC flash drives. The AFAn is built with an Intel-branded server, using Intel® Optane™ and Intel® QLC media, and is powered by StorONE's S1 Enterprise Storage Platform software. The combination delivers over one million read IOPS, and over 300,000 sustained write IOPS. The solution is feature-rich, including capabilities like protection from multiple media failure thanks to our S1:vRAID. It also includes S1:Snap, our snapshot technology that allows for unlimited snapshots that are retainable for years and never impact performance.
"We found StorONE’s All-Flash Array.next to be an impressive solution for enterprises looking to improve storage performance while decreasing latency for critical applications. The StorONE system intelligently uses Optane and QLC flash to provide consistently excellent application performance along with high capacity in a cost-effective and affordable storage array."
Russ Fellows - Senior Partner - Evaluator Group
LEAVE THE CACHE AT HOME
Intel® Optane™ Ready - DirectWrite
Most all-flash arrays require write caching to compensate for software inefficiencies and to keep up with high-performance flash SSDs. Thanks to StorONE's software efficiency and the high write performance of Intel® Optane™, StorONE does not need a cache, its DirectWrite Technology stores data directly on storage media. DirectWrite eliminates complexity from the storage architecture while ensuring that your application is only getting a write acknowledgment when its data is safe on permanent media. The result is a much higher level of data integrity and protection from power or hardware failure without sacrificing performance.
"As StorONE is enterprise-level storage with the potential to help define a new era for flash storage."- Scott Sinclair ESG Senior Analyst
GIVING QLC SOME TLC
QLC Aware Tiering
Hybrid systems and tiering are not new technologies, but the AFAn improves on them significantly thanks to StorONE S1's S1:Tier. S1:Tier is optimized to ensure that the QLC drives provide the best endurance possible, rivaling TLC's endurance. First, S1:Tier moves data from Intel® Optane™ to QLC in a sequential fashion, which is the preferred pattern for QLC. Second, S1:Tier does not automatically promote old data to Optane on access. The read performance of the QLC tier is excellent, and not promoting the data saves unnecessary writes.
In this IDC report, Eric Burgener, Research Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technologies Group, discusses how storage class memory technologies like Intel Optane enable storage consolidation to enter a new phase.
INTEL® OPTANE™ PERFORMANCE - FLASH PRICE
The All-Flash Upgrade For Less Than an AFA
All-flash Arrays (AFA) have been the preferred primary storage option for over a decade. Customers have had no other performance option, until now! AFAn performs significantly better than the typical AFA and does so with lower storage server requirements and requiring less physical media. The efficiency of the StorONE enterprise storage platform software means that the price of an AFAn is less than most of our competitors' AFAs. If you are ready to upgrade your AFA, upgrade it to AFAn.