Tegile introduces its first all-flash disk array to add to hybrid

After de-duplication and compression a 338TB drive can offer a massive 1.6 petabyte capacity.

The manufacturer of hybrid flash disk and disk storage arrays, Tegile Systems, has launched its first all-flash disk arrays.

The T3800 is an all-flash storage array that comes with a raw (unformatted) capacity of 48TB that can be expanded to 338TB of SanDisk SSD (solid-state drive) technology. Using the company's proprietary technology it is then possible to de-duplicate and compress the technology to something like one fifth of its normal size. That enables a storage capacity of up to 1.6 Petabytes.

At the same time the company launched the T3400 which only has half of the SanDisk SSD capacity — around 26TB raw, with the rest being SSD from HGST (once Hitachi Global System Technology before being acquired by Western Digital in 2012).

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Although the company did not release detailed pricing of the drives, Rob Commins, vice president of marketing at Tegile said that final pricing would work out at about at $1.10 a gigabyte.

The T3400 and T3800 come with four eight-core Xeon processors with high capacity memory and read-and-write caches as well as dual power suppliers and hot spares. According to the company, the system software is designed to simplify administration and the optimisation of the storage whether it is used in databases, as file servers or in virtualisation.

Other features include auto-snapshot, auto-replication, fast recovery, on or off-site fail-over, and virtualisation management. Again, according to the company, customers pay only for the data space that is used with prices starting at 20.6 cents per gigabyte a month.

Tegile said the issues customers typically have with all-flash storage systems are expensive price per gigabyte, short-lived components, and lack of density comparative to hard-disk drive systems.

But the company said in contrast its new unit, in a typical mixed-application environment, gets five times data reduction which will give a street-price of a pound per GB. It also says that it can offer an seven year warranty without the need for periodic wholesale system upgrades.

This latest development came after the company's most recent round of funding, the $35m that  it got last year .

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