Thursday, January 03, 2013
Marvell Unveils DragonFly NVDRIVE PCIe SSD Cache
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Marvell today announced the availability of the Marvell
DragonFly NVDRIVE, an enterprise-class PCIe SSD caching
solution with built-in SSD modules.
Targeted for large-scale Internet and cloud computing
data centers, the DragonFly NVDRIVE scales both bare
metal and virtualized server applications, including
Web servers, OLTP and analytic databases, as well as
NoSQL and big data distributed applications.
The DragonFly NVDRIVE is powered by Marvell's storage
SoC technology and merges large capacity non-volatile
DRAM with onboard SSD modules to enable up to 100 times
higher performance for random read- and write-heavy
application workloads as compared to traditional
disk-based solutions. Additionally, automated caching
removes the guesswork, maintenance and high capital
costs required by manual data tiering approaches.
DragonFly write back caching is fully powered by
ARM-based storage processors and enables storage
administrators to configure granular cache policies at
either a file or block level.
Data protection and reliability are ensured via
intelligent RAID software and peer-to-peer synchronous
mirroring to prevent data loss against any failure -
server, adapter, SSD module or NAND components. An
ultra-thin filter driver residing in Linux or Xen is
transparent to applications and supports caching across
all storage protocols, including SCSI (local DAS), NFS,
iSCSI, FCoE and FCP.
Feature highlights of the Dragonfly NVDRIVE include:
- Up to 1.5 TB of useable SSD capacity with the
integrated non-volatile DRAM
- Highly predictable performance across mixed
write/read workloads. Cache mode sustained performance
exceeds 200,000 4K random IOPS, 3GBps throughput and
sub-10us average latency.
- Enterprise-class embedded write-back cache software.
Simple, smart and fully automated.
- Robust data protection, including RAID and HA
peer-to-peer synchronous mirroring software.
- Rich command line interface (CLI) and cache policies
for granular file/block object level
- Application-transparent OS filter driver supports all
major protocols - SCSI, iSCSI, NFS, FCoE and FCP.
- Hypervisor integration enables virtual machine
migration, HA, snapshots, clones and more.
- Fully integrated DragonFly Manager for GUI-based
administration and performance monitoring.
The Marvell DragonFly NVDRIVE will be sampling later in
Q1 with OEM and cloud computing customers. DragonFly
NVDRIVE is offered at 750GB and 1.5TB capacity points.
Pricing starts at a manufacturer?s suggested retail
price (MSRP) of $2,995 USD.