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Whiptail Invicta, Not Your Grandfather’s SSD

SSDs aren’t big news anymore. They’re a critical part of high storage performance, no doubt about that. But to qualify for an announcement, I suggest that SSD has to offer something beyond the mere fact of its presence in a storage system.

Whiptail offers a lot more. After 3 years in the SSD business, Whiptail upgraded its XLR8r flash storage array and renamed it Accela. No, that’s not the big news – the news is that the revamped Accela can become a component node of the new high availability, high performance Invicta appliance. Invicta is a scale-out, fully SSD array that yields exceptionally high speeds for high storage IO environments.

The Invicta uses Silicon Storage Routers to manage data protection (including redundancy) and connectivity. Scaling all the way up to 6 Accela nodes boosts capacity to 72 TB of NAND flash and, more importantly, boosts IO speeds to nearly half a million read and write IOPs. Even at 2 nodes read/write IOPs come in at 300,000 and 250,000 respectively. Bandwidth is equally robust at over 2 GB/s for double nodes and up to 7 GB/s read, 5 GB/s write at the top scalability. The multi-protocol system supports both block and file: iSCSI, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand, still common in HPC environments, and file protocols NFS and CIFS.

A fully SSD system is meant to store highly active data in heavy streaming and transactional environments. (Word to the wise: make Invicta the lead act in a multi-tier data retention environment. This kind of array isn't meant for long-term data storage; don't tell me that doesn't happen with expensive primary arrays. It does.) When you truly need next-gen fast storage processing – at speeds we didn’t expect to see quite this soon – the Invicta is your man. Or rather your machine.

  • Premiered: 05/08/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Invicta WhipTail SSD NAND Flash Accela


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