Albireo for Enterprise Flash Arrays
Enterprise Flash Arrays are rapidly gaining market traction because of the superior I/O performance they deliver compared to spinning disk arrays. Enterprise Flash Arrays are used for mission-critical applications such as database indexing, online transaction processing, desktop and server virtualization, front-end Web serving, and key infrastructure offerings (such as email and messaging). With Enterprise Flash Arrays the cost of high-performance storage is dropping relative to performance density with the main driver for this cost reduction being the emergence of flash technology.
When data optimization (deduplication and compression) technologies are applied to enterprise flash arrays the effective costs become more aligned with spinning disk storage because the reduced data stored drives down the effective cost and improves the data density. What once was a broad cost gap that inhibited the adoption of Flash Arrays is becoming a nearly negligible difference when one considers the overall performance improvements that flash enables. Vendors are just beginning to offer data optimization in these environments today, as data optimization becomes the enabler that closes the cost gap that has been an inhibitor to more widespread adoption. Deduplication and compression technology designed for spinning disk-based primary or backup storage does not readily apply to devices based on flash technology. Permabit Albireo (SDK or VDO) for Enterprise Flash has been designed specifically to meet the demands of these I/O intensive devices using patented technology and algorithms that optimize resource efficiency in solid state environments.
- Lowers both cost per write operation and effective cost per GB stored
- Improves quality of service and increases customer satisfaction
- Reduces maintenance costs because less storage is needed
- Provides competitive differentiation
- Increases performance by lowering the cost per write operation, increasing effective DRAM cache size and reducing average read latency by utilizing algorithms designed specifically for flash environments
- Increases reliability by reducing the number of writes (translates to increased write cycles)
- Increases efficiency by lowering the effective cost per GB stored