August 21st, 2012 by Mark Kidd
Astute Networks Announces ViSX G4 Flash VM Storage Appliance Series
Astute Networks has announced the release of its ViSX G4 Flash VM, a 2U storage appliance that will be able to provision up to 140,000 sustained random IOPS that is fully shareable by virtual machines on all hosts over pervasively deployed 10Gb or 1Gb Ethernet networks.
The ViSX G4 is designed to make deploying storage for new virtual applications as streamlined as deploying VMs. ViSX G4 appliances are managed by a VMware vCenter plugin for vSphere environments or by Astute’s FlashWRX GUI for hypervisor platforms like Hyper-V, Xen, and RHEV.
The ViSX G4 is built with Astute’s DataPump Engine, a custom ASIC that provides hardware offload and acceleration for storage (iSCSI) and network (TCP) I/O processing. ViSX G4 is designed to complement existing SAN or NAS infrastructures with a non-disruptive, additive, flash datastore tier to accelerate virtual machine and application performance.
ViSX G4 uses a proprietary approach to overprovision each hot-swappable flash module in order to increase reliability and write performance by reserving a quantity of pre-erased blocks to accelerate garbage collection.
ViSX G4 Key Features
- Up to 140,000 sustained random IOPS
- Up to 9.6 TB of eMLC hot-plug flash modules per 2U
- RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and 6
- 2 x 10 GbE and 4 x 1 GbE ports
- Primary deduplication with no impact on performance
- VMware vCenter plug-in management and FlashWRX GUI and CLI
Pricing and Availability
ViSX G4 will be available in September with MSRPs of ViSX G4 2400 (2.4TB): $49K, ViSX G4 4800 (4.8TB): $89K and ViSX G4 9600 (9.6TB): $139K.