Greenbytes lifts curtain on dedupe flash array

Greenbytes is getting ready to release a flash storage array that can handle inline deduplication and other tasks, consolidating the job of many SANs onto one for a small-to-medium sized business.The GreenBytes Solidarity solid-state system, announced on Tuesday, is set to be available by the end of March.

Greenbytes is getting ready to release a flash storage array that can handle inline deduplication and other tasks, consolidating the job of many SANs onto one for a small-to-medium sized business.

The GreenBytes Solidarity solid-state system, announced on Tuesday, is set to be available by the end of March. The device is designed for heavily virtualised small businesses that need to store a lot of data, without using a fleet of SANs.

"We see many of our customers are virtualising mini application servers and doing a very good job of that, but they're finding all these application servers all need very specific types of storage," Matt Aitkenhead, Greenbyte's vice president of sales, said. "What they've done, effectively, is push the problem of virtualisation down the pipe, so now all the emphasis is on having storage that can perform a wide range of missions."

The 3U array's deduplication features can shrink the volume of database dumps by eight to one, live databases by five to one and virtual machines and virtual desktop infrastructures by 12 to one, the company said. It offers between 3.5TB and 13.44TB of raw storage, which equates to 15TB to 60TB if deduplication is used.

Two Xeon-based controllers give the device high availability. It can handle up to 120,000 input/output operations per second when dealing with 4kb blocks. It has a StorageManager graphical user interface (GUI), which comes from its GreenBytes globally optimised operating system (GO OS) software.

A 13.5TB system should cost around £75,000, Aitkenhead said. Its main rival comes from Dell's EqualLogic systems, he said. Huawei Symantec has also announced, but given scant details on, an all-flash storage array.

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