American Megatrends Launches New StorTrends 3500i SSD Array for Flexible, High Performance Storage for the Enterprise

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New SSD Array is First and Only SAN to Combine SSD Caching and SSD Tiering into a Single Appliance,The StorTrends 3500i SSD Array virtualizes SAN management via a web-based console to simplify SAN volume creation, expansion and deletion.

NORCROSS, GA, January 29, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) - Am erican M egatrends Inc. (AMI) today announced the release of its StorTrends 3500i SSD Array, the first and only storage area network (SAN) to combine solid state drive (SSD) caching and SSD tiering into a single storage appliance. Optimized to support VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix and RHEV enterprises of all sizes, the StorTrends 3500i is available as a hybrid or full flash array and delivers dramatic enterprise performance and reliability at an extrem ely affordable price point.

W e observed in o ur hands-on Technology Validation of the StorTrends 3500i array that AMI has crafted SSD into a mature, field-proven, and w ell-architected storage system.  With a comprehensive set of storage features and an intriguingly flexible ability to integrate SSDs with the StorTrends cache and tiering architecture, the 3500i sho d u s that it is ready to deliver superb performance, extrem e versatility, and seriou s value for mid-range storage cu stom ers, said Taneja Group Sr. Analyst Jeff Boles when asked about the report.  The NetNet is there is no need to look for alternatives to make solid state more affordable and practical for the mainstream  with the AMI StorTrends 3500i, it is clearly here.

The new StorTrends 3500i SSD Array features an embedded storage architecture, StorTrends iTX, to offer an all-inclu sive set of features including SSD Caching, SSD Tiering, Automatically Tiered Volum es (ATV), Automated Data Tiering, and replication with WAN optimization. These features, together with the unique combination of SSD and HDD technology in a slim 3U configuration, deliver up to 56TB of raw storage capacity within the 3U and expansion capacity of up to 256TB. The SAN storage solution features hot-swappable dual controllers with Active/Active or Active/Passive high availability and redundant, hot-swappable pow er supply units.

To flexibly support SSD growth to match the dynamics of bu siness, the StorTrends 3500i enables both SSD cache and SSD Tier upgrades. The scalable solution enables options to upgrade from 200GB SSD drives to 400GB, 800GB or 2000GB SSD drives without costly forklift upgrades. By running the free StorTrends iDATA tool, cu stom ers can easily identify how much flash is required to support their environm ent. The StorTrends iDATA tool analyzes capacity utilization, IOPS u sage, reads vs. writes for volum es, network bandwidth, performance, server statistics and more to classify the amount of hot data and cold data required.

To help u sers maximize the value of the SSD technology, the StorTrends 3500i SSD Array combines caching and tiering on the SSD drives to provide the following benefits:
·       Enhanced SSD Endurance by leveraging both cache and tier for writes and reads avoiding burning the cells of the SSD drives
·       Su stained Latency Reduction from 10ms to sub-3ms for the hybrid configuration to sub-1ms for the all-flash configuration
·       Automated Tiering allows for promoting critical data to higher performance SSDs, while demoting data betw een tiers during off-peak tim es to maintain SSD space utilization
·       Auto Balance Volum es with ATV Technology on the SSD tier as data access trends change betw een hot and cold to effectively feed applications and databases that need higher performance
·       Easy Growth Expansion for the SSD drives allowing for a simple upgrade path for cache and tier capacity growth avoiding forklift upgrades

When u sed in a virtual server environm ent, w e have found the StorTrends 3500i SSD Array delivers superior performance, reliability and efficiency, end-to-end, said Jayesh Dave, CEO, Avision Technologies. It has helped u s achieve new levels of managem ent flexibility with a total ownership cost that is low er than   could have imagined. This efficient solution has also helped   to reduce energy consumption costs and becau se it integrates seamlessly with VMware Vsphere and Hyper-V w e can deliver the flexible virtual server and virtual storage managem ent options ou r cu stom ers both need and want.

The StorTrends 3500i SSD Array virtualizes SAN managem ent via a  w eb-based console to simplify SAN volum e creation, expansion and deletion. Here, cu stom ers may manage datastores and VMs with ease and view overview data on the system’s capacity, health and many storage reso urce managem ent charts.

Enterprises are demanding higher performance and availability to serve reso urce intensive applications such as virtual desktop infrastructure and heavy-transaction databases, and traditional disk arrays simply cannot m eet the demand, said, Ju stin Bagby, Director of StorTrends Division at Am erican M egatrends. That is why w e have taken ou r years of RAID expertise and more than 100 technology patents to build the next generation of storage solutions. The StorTrends 3500i SSD Array is the culmination of o ur innovation strategy which truly harnesses the pow er and performance of SSD to revolutionize storage performance, agility and savings.

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