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In another example, SAP, which is a production customer, ties its HANA in-memory database technology with ScaleIO to provide high-performance storage with a simplified infrastructure, ScaleIO's Palgi said.
In a third use case, service providers can use ScaleIO ECS to build a service that competes against the Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) cloud service for block-based storage and actually makes a profit, he said.
Elastic IO, in combination with customers' servers, can result in huge cost savings versus implementing a SAN, Palgi said.
For instance, a 400-TB SAN might cost between $2,500 and $4,000 per TB. And even at the lower end of the scale, by the time the customer has added the HBAs, the SAN infrastructure and certified SAN administrators, at the very least they have invested $2 million in the SAN, he said.
With ScaleIO, the customer can use the standard hard drives in existing servers, which might cost about $40,000 for 400 TB. On top of that, the customer might pay $1,000 per TB for the ScaleIO technology. With reseller margins, the total for a 400-TB SAN using ScaleIO might on the outside be $700,000, but could be much less, Palgi said.
ScaleIO ECS is currently available for sale and implementation.