Greenbytes announces high availability (HA) globally optimised solid state storage array for SME market

Solidarity Platform Offers All-SSD Performance at HDD Capacities and Economics

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GreenBytes®, Inc., a developer of high-performance, energy-efficient inline deduplication data storage solutions, today announced the Solidarity, a high availability (HA), globally optimised solid state (SSD) storage array that offers capacities greater than traditional high-performance disk arrays and is designed to meet the production storage needs of the small and medium enterprise (SME) market. Featuring the GreenBytes GO OS(TM) (Globally Optimised Operating System) including inline real-time deduplication and compression, Solidarity packages enterprise-class features into a dual controller unit entirely outfitted with SSD, offering 3.5 TB (15 TB effective) to 13.5 TB (60 TB effective) and capable of delivering 120,000 4K IOPS.

GreenBytes Solidarity enables the SME market to meet all primary and transactional storage missions including virtual infrastructure (VM/VDI) and databases with a single data tier, all-solid state platform. Providing a significant reduction in power, cooling and rack space, as well as a lower acquisition cost and TCO, Solidarity offers large virtual storage pools for single tier storage, eliminating traditional tiering and the need for complicated tiering software processes and heuristics. Additionally, the Solidarity GO OS utilises unique Smart Write technology to coalesce writes and transactional/synchronous I/O to maximise system endurance and performance.

Solidarity Features Include:

GreenBytes GO OS(TM)

The GreenBytes GO OS(TM) (Globally Optimised Operating System) offers customers SAN (iSCSI) connectivity for integrating applications requiring high performance storage. Additionally, the StorageManager administration interface provides graphical tools and wizards to configure, provision iSCSI LUNs and file systems, and subsequent monitoring.

True Inline Primary Deduplication

With constant refinement, GreenBytes is the only vendor to offer inline deduplication that can withstand the rigorous high I/O write/remove/re-write patterns associated with primary storage missions. Typical data reduction, while variable, can be as high as a 12:1 reduction for certain virtual infrastructure needs and commonly between 5 and 8:1 for databases.

Block Level Compression

GreenBytes offers both software-based and hardware-accelerated compression options. GreenBytes compression achieves reduction by as much as 3.6X or more and combines in real time with GreenBytes inline deduplication for greater reduction.

Global Deduplication/Compression for Replication

GreenBytes offers a powerful replication capability that not only provides for continuous data protection, but also optimises network utilisation by compressing and deduplicating replication data over the wire.

Smart Write Coalescing

Solidarity Smart Write technology de-amplifies writes to the array by orders of magnitude. This, in turn, increases the service life of the equipment well beyond typical write endurance specifications of MLC SSD used for block and file storage.

Dual Controllers

Solidarity uniquely delivers dual controller high availability features that are well suited for applications that require this level of availability such as a virtualised iSCSI SAN. The high-performance, Xeon(TM) -based controllers are fully redundant and can operate independently and are each equipped with four 1 GbE and two 10 GbE network ports for flexible connectivity and redundancy options for customer environments. Controller swaps occur in just a few seconds, facilitating continuity of service objectives.

iSCSI ThinProvision Space Reclaim

For Windows and VMware iSCSI environments, GreenBytes systems dynamically return thin provisioned blocks when they are removed from their hosted environments.

Raw Capacity (Before Deduplication and Compression)*

From 3.5 TB (15 TB effective) to 13.5 TB (60 TB effective)

Decrease Cost, Increase Performance

Even before deduplication and compression optimisations, Solidarity's SSD capacity provides better cost per GB of storage than traditional high performance arrays, based on 15K RPM Fibre Channel drives, offering 150X the performance. With deduplication and hardware compression, the cost benefit is 10X.

Supporting Quotes:

"As the SME market continues to deploy VDI and VM projects, budget-conscious storage administrators are looking for a total solution that provides high-performance, enterprise-class features and ample capacity," said Deni Connor, principal analyst, Storage Strategies NOW. "With features including high availability and global inline deduplication and compression for replication, the GreenBytes Solidarity platform is a fresh architectural approach to an all-SSD solution and is certainly a product to watch in this growing space."

"Many SME profile customers have diverse storage applications like large enterprises, but have neither the budget nor the staff to purchase and administer a one-of-everything solution," said Matt Aitkenhead, VP, Sales of GreenBytes. "Solidarity provides a complete SSD-powered, single-tier solution for primary storage and virtualisation missions that removes complexity and provides orders of magnitude increases of performance and capacity, which are true game changers in the mid-market storage arena."


GreenBytes Solidarity will be generally available later in Q1.

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