New AMI StorTrends 3500i Array Adds SSD Cache, Tier For Improved Performance

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Ron Robinson, president and CEO of IT Data Storage, an Atlanta-based solution provider and AMI partner, said he likes how AMI lets partners conduct proofs-of-concept and technology validations before customers purchase the arrays.

"Customers try the arrays before they are put in production to prove they can sustain the IO throughput AMI said was architected in the box," Robinson said.

In addition to the performance offered by having SSDs configured for both cache and for tiered primary storage, the StorTrends 3500i also provides several features making them suitable for enterprise use, AMI's Bagby said.

These include auto-tiering of data between cache, SSD tier and disk to keep frequently accessed data ready for use while moving less-accessed data to disk, he said. "It watches hot blocks in each tier and promotes them to higher-performing tiers within an hour, or demotes them to lower-performing tiers within a week," he said. "We also support pinning of a volume in the SSD tier so it's never demoted to ensure highest performance."

Also included is the ability to use data snapshots for high-speed disaster recovery, as well as deduplication, compression, WAN optimization and data encryption, he said.

The array's technologies and software allow a throughput of up to 256,000 IOPS, Bagby said.

The StorTrends 3500i is priced starting at just under $36,000, which includes two 200-GB SSDs for cache, two 200-GB SSDs for the performance tier, and 1 TB of hard disk storage, he said. The company has a handful of direct solution providers, but the bulk of its business is done via such distributors as Ingram Micro's Promark and technical distributor Envoy Data.


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