How Adaptec is trying to make your private or public cloud greener

Adaptec and Intel have dreamed up an SSD caching solution that helps storage arrays in the cloud operate at 5X the I/O speed which slashing power consumption.
Written by Heather Clancy, Contributor

Adaptec is targeting data centers supporting hybrid storage arrays that include both solid state drives and traditional hard disk drives with a high-performance SSD caching system called the MaxIQ SSD Cache Performance Solution.

Its solution is being offered in partnership with Intel. It also is the first expression of the company's overarching green cloud technology development strategy, called the Adaptec Data Conditioning Platform.

MaxIQ combines an Intel X25-E Extreme SATA SSD with the Adaptec MaxIQ SSD caching software. The company claims the technology can help deliver up to five times the I/O performance while offering significantly reduced power consumption over infrastructure that uses HDD-only storage arrays. Each kit is priced at $1,295.

Here's a press release detailing the results of an independent benchmarking test of the architecture, which is being pitched as an infrastructure alternative for either private data center clouds or public cloud infrastructure. And here's a link to the data sheets for Adaptec's MaxIQ SSD Cache Performance Solution.

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