Fastest Storage Array
There are many enterprise storage solutions on the market that claim to be the fastest storage array or appliance, be it block, file or unified storage. Everyone from the big players like HP, NetApp and Dell to startups like Whiptail, Pure Storage and others have arrays geared toward application acceleration, data caching, auto tiering and the like. There's even a new breed of storage arrays that are part of the "Cluster in a Box" solutions that aim to deliver compute, storage, interconnect and power management in easy to deploy boxes or pods that are generally geared toward a specific task.
StorageReview isn't content to simply evaluate enterprise storage devices on a one off basis. While those reviews are compelling to a certain audience, the enterprise rarely buys a single PCIe application accelerator for instance, to deploy in an organization. They buy dozens, sometimes hundreds or thousands to execute a well defined task, at times to the point of customizing software for the storage array. The same goes for SATA/SAS flash arrays, tiering/caching boxes and other storage appliances that make use of flash drives.
Custom Flash Arrays
While the most popular flash arrays come from the major vendors, the components to make your own are often ubiquitous. Depending on the need, some enterprise users may opt to create their own flash array based on available chassis, drives, system boards, HBAs and interconnects. StorageReview is working with industry partners to create and benchmark such arrays, developing build and deployment white papers for each.