​SanDisk and Nexenta release open-source, flash software-defined storage array

What do you get when you put open-source software and flash drives together? The first open-source software-defined storage array.
Written by Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Senior Contributing Editor

SanDisk is best known for storage. Led by Nithya Ruff, the company's head of open-source strategy, the company is integrating open-source into storage. In their latest deal with Nexenta, an open source software-defined storage leader, the pairing of NexentaStor with SanDisk's all-flash InfiniFlash IF100 system underlines this shift.

Their new all-flash storage combo provides data-center customers with a full-featured, high-performance system for addressing today's increasing Big Data challenges. This software and hardware package can scale from 64 Terabyte (TB) to two Petabyte (PB) configurations,

It's designed to support a broad range of deployment scenarios and workloads. These include: virtualization, big data analytics, data warehousing, and dynamic modeling.

Built on top of Oracle's ZFS, this scale-up, unified block (FC and iSCSI) and file (NFS and SMB) storage solution runs on Linux.

"The coupling of our NexentaStor software and SanDisk's InfiniFlash systems delivers the industry lowest cost solutions for high performance (ultra low, consistent, sub-millisecond response times and more than 8 Million flash IOPS in a rack) mature unified block and file services to cloud service providers and enterprise customers," said Tarkan Maner, Nexenta's CEO in a statement. "It makes all flash storage economically practical for a wide range of use cases, from high performance databases, to virtualized environments, big data lakes and extra dense active archive repositories."

This all-flash architecture has been tested with both Dell PowerEdge R730 and Supermicro SuperServer. It will be available through select channel partners. List price for the package, including perpetual software licenses, controllers, InfiniFlash, 3-year support and installation, starts as low as $1.5/Raw GB based on configuration and capacity requirements.

For more information, check out the All-Flash-Array Meets SDS Solution Brief.

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