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Tegile IntelliFlash flash arrays refreshed, prepped for NVMe

Tegile IntelliFlash hybrid and all-flash systems get a refresh as the company gets ready for a push into NVMe.

Tegile Systems has refreshed both its hybrid and all-flash product lines with higher density, greater capacity...

and faster performance, in addition to remodeling its hardware with a dual-active controller architecture to prepare for the move toward non-volatile memory express (NVMe) for future solid state drives.

"This is a wholesale refresh of the controller technology. It's more than a CPU bump," said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing at Tegile Systems.

The new Tegile IntelliFlash all-flash series includes the T4500, T4600, T4700 and T4800. The T4500 has 240 GB of memory and 6 TB of raw capacity, while the T4600 has 464 GB of memory and 12 TB of raw capacity. The T4700 comes with 464 GB of memory and 24 TB of raw capacity and the T4800 has 464 GB of memory and 48 TB of raw capacity.

These systems will replace the T3500, T3600, T3700 and T380 systems.

The company's new Tegile IntelliFlash hybrid arrays mix flash and SAS hard disk drives (HDDs).

This is a wholesale refresh of the controller technology. It's more than a CPU bump.
Rob Comminsvice president of marketing, Tegile Systems

The T4100 has up to 1.5 TB of flash memory capacity with 26 TB of disk storage, the T4200 has up to 5.8 TB of flash memory capacity and 52 TB of disk storage, the T4530 has up to 7.5 TB flash capacity and 26 TB of HDD storage, the T4630 has 17.8 TB of flash and 52 TB of HDDs, the T4730 has 35.6 TB of flash and 104 TB of HDDs, the T4760 has 25.5 TB of flash and 26 TB of HDDs and the T4860 has 51.8 TB of flash and 25 TB of HDDs. The systems also support inline deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, snapshots and clones, remote replication, and application-aware provisioning.

"These systems handle lots of IOPS in under millisecond latency," said Narayan Venkat, Tegile's chief product and marketing officer. "There are 70% more IOPS at millisecond latency compared to the T3000. All these models start off with all-flash heads, even the hybrid systems, and then you can add super-dense shelves. But the performance is all-flash heads."

The Tegile IntelliFlash high-density flash arrays include the T10KHD, which is an OEM version of Western Digital's SanDisk InfiniFlash product. The four models are the T10KHD-4-50, the T10KHD-4-150, the T10KHD-8-100 and The T10KHD-8-300. These systems have a wider range of high-density capacity options and can scale up to half of a petabyte as they grow in clusters. The high-density arrays also support inline deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, snapshots and clones, remote replication, and application-aware provisioning.

All of the new systems will support NVMe when Intel ships its dual-ported NVMe drives. NVMe is designed to take advantage of pipeline-rich, random access and memory-based storage.

"We are starting a new move in data storage to memory-like access, not dynamic RAM," Venkat said. "Flash is evolving, and the notion of persistent memory is starting to evolve. As NVMe drives become more ubiquitous, we'll start to see them in our systems. We have adapted our models and software to handle NVMe or persistent storage."

Pure Storage this week also said it would support NVMe on its FlashArray systems in 2017.

Russell Fellows, senior partner at the Boulder, Colo.-based Evaluator Group, said Tegile's new platforms have the company prepared for the move to NVMe.

"The systems are ready for it, but the problem is Intel is not shipping dual-ported NVMe devices, which is what you need for a big NVMe solution," Fellows said. "They are producing them, but they are not shipping in production quantities. Other supply companies will have dual-port in a couple of months, and when the systems come out, Tegile will be ready without having to change their systems."

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