August 10th, 2016 by Adam Armstrong
Mangstor Announces SANConnect Fabric Bridge Technology
Today at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Mangstor Inc. announced a new technology that enables NVMe over Fabric (NVMf) storage arrays to connect to existing iSCSI or Fibre Channel (FC) SANs as a fast storage caching layer, SANConnect. Mangstor claims this new technology can boost performance of existing SANs by layering an intelligent, higher performance non-volatile memory cache paired with the low latency, high performance characteristics of Mangstor NVMf storage software.
An issue with existing SANs using FC or iSCSI is that they tend to have higher latencies. High latency limits overall performance. The new SANConnect technology will address this by acting as a caching layer for SANs connected by FC or iSCSI. Mangstor goes on to state that this caching layer will bring millions of random 4KB Read and Write IOPS performance and associated low latency of TITAN software. SANConnect technology will also aide in migration strategies as it brings the performance benefits of NVMf storage to customers that have heavily invested in and intend to continue using traditional SANs and spindle-based storage. Mangstor also notes that this technology gives IT a path of upgrading their SANs in a phased manner, reducing costs and complexities versus installing NVMf from the ground up.
SANConnect will come as a plug-in with the newly announced TITAN software release.