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Flash storage developer GridIron Systems on Monday introduced an updated version of its TurboCharger flash-based appliance, as well as a new hybrid flash array that ties the TurboCharger to a NetApp Engenio storage box.
GridIron's TurboCharger GT-1500 flash storage solution sits between a server and a SAN to accelerate storage operations by optimizing the traffic between the two, said Franklyn Jones, vice president of marketing for the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company.
"Although the TurboCharger incorporates flash storage technology, it's not a flash array," Jones said. "Instead, it sits in front of a SAN to offload high-value read operations from the SAN devices so they can focus on doing a better job with read operations."
The GridIron TurboCharger features the vendor's Set-Ranking software that takes a holistic view of the communications going on between servers and storage arrays, Jones said.
Set-Ranking profiles the applications and data to optimize traffic between the servers and storage depending on available bandwidth, IOPS (I/Os per second) performance, the simultaneous execution of multiple current applications and the minimum network latency, he said.
"These are the four things that most impact storage network traffic," he said. "Because it monitors traffic continuously, it makes decisions continuously about which data to put in the flash storage cache."
Jones contrasted that to other flash storage appliances that improve performance by focusing on the storage array in order to put the data that is most accessed into cache to improve storage performance. "We look at what's going into and coming out of the servers as well," he said.
The TurboCharger drops in the network between the server and the SAN and immediately doubles storage performance, Jones said. "We've seen up to a ten-times increase in performance, but that's rare," he said.
The TurboCharger GT-1500 is GridIron's second version of the appliance. It features 500,000 IOPS performance, or 1 million IOPS in a dual configuration, as well as 3.2-GHz per second bandwidth with up to 128-TB total flash storage capacity, all of which are about double those of the original model, Jones said.