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Avere upgrades its FXT high performance system

Avere Systems Inc. has added a new device to its NAS optimization FXT 4000 series that has higher capacity and better I/O performance.

The FXT 4800  is an upgrade to the company’s all-flash FXT 4500 Edge filer, using 400 GB solid state drives (SSDs) compared to the latter’s 200 GB SSDs. The 4800 also comes with a higher performance CPU, which the company claims improves I/O performance by 40 percent.

“The typical customer that buys the 4000 series don’t want to deal with spinning disk,” said Jeff Tabor, director of product marketing at Avere. “We are seeing environments using the 4000 have a lot of legacy NAS and they need a performance boost. Rather than add flash to their storage systems, they find it more cost effective to add a performance tier.”

Avere’s FXT Edge filer appliances use a combination of DRAM, nonvolatile random access memory,SSDs and hard disk drives to accelerate performance of other vendors’ NAS nodes. The Avere FXT 4000 series is designed for sequential high-capacity storage requirements, with the FXT 3000 series for random I/O performance.

Avere’s FXT filers reside between client workstations and core filers such as EMC Isilon, NetApp and Hitachi NAS to optimize NAS via a global file system.

A single FXT 4800 device can hold 12, 400 GB SSDs and can scale up to 240 Terabytes when 50 nodes are clustered. Two 4800 nodes can run at 140k I/Os per second, while 50 nodes can run up to 3.5 million I/Os per second.

Comparatively, one FXT 4500 node holds 15, 200 GB SSDs that can scale up to 3.0 Terabytes per node. Fifty clustered nodes scales up to 150 Terabytes and operates up to 2.5 million I/Os per second.

The FXT 4800 is available now.

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