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Whiptail Technologies scales flash array down to SMB

Whiptail Technologies launches the WT-1100 all-flash array for SMBs that's based on the same operating system as its midrange and enterprise versions.

Whiptail Technologies Inc. today added a smaller version of its all-flash array platform for small and medium-sized businesses and branch offices. The WT-1100 is a 1U box that runs on the same Racerunner operating system as Whiptail's midrange Accela and enterprise-level Invicta arrays.

The WT-1100 will be available with 2 TB or 4 TB of multi-level cell, or MLC, flash supplied by Whiptail investor SanDisk Corp.

The 1U WT-1100 can provide up to 100,000 IOPS and up to 1 Gbps throughput, according to Max Riggsbee, Whiptail's vice president of product management and chief marketing officer.

The WT-1100 is iSCSI out of the gate, but Whiptail plans to add Fibre Channel connectivity, Riggsbee said.

The WT-1100 takes Whiptail from entry-level workloads through the enterprise with the same OS. A single-node Accela array scales from 1.5 TB to 12 TB. Invicta arrays scale from two to six Accela nodes, and Invicta Infinity scales to 30 nodes.

"Over the last year, what we've heard from channel partners is that there are a number of really small companies that need the level of performance out of flash," Riggsbee said, "but they're not 12 TB customers, they're actually substantially smaller."

Racerunner uses RAID 5 for data protection and flash optimization. Customers can also license an asynchronous replication between two or more Whiptail nodes.

The company expects to start shipping the WT-1100 in July, Riggsbee said. Pricing for the 2 TB model starts around $20,000.

WT-1100 customers will also receive one year of free support available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Customers must pay for support if they sign up for a second year.

Whiptail was an early player in the all-flash array market, along with other startups Nimbus Data, Pure Storage and Violin Memory Inc. Large storage vendors IBM, EMC, NetApp, Hewlett-Packard and Hitachi Data Systems have also recently launched or are preparing to launch all-flash arrays.

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