DSSD is Pioneering a New Approach to the Storage Hierarchy

Imagine being able to accomplish tasks that take days or even weeks in mere minutes or seconds.  Now, imagine being able to leverage information in ways that were previously thought to be impossible. What dramatic advances in IT infrastructure would unlock this type of potential?

D5 Flash Array Eliminates Traditional I/O Stack

FB_2Throughout history computers have been handicapped by I/O performance. While compute throughput has increased rapidly with the growing number of cores, and while main memory sizes have increased tremendously through memory density improvements, I/O has lagged dreadfully behind. Even current all-flash arrays, while faster than hard disk arrays, remain handicapped by the legacy SCSI I/O stack, which serializes all I/O operations through the OS. This prevents the application from achieving anything close to the I/O performance of the underlying silicon technology.

DSSD has changed this paradigm by eliminating the traditional SCSI I/O stack. Applications now have direct access to a large, shared pool of very high performance flash memory and it has changed EVERYTHING. Likewise, throughput has improved and latency declined by an order of magnitude.

There are three numbers that describe the DSSD D5 Flash Array: 100, 10, and 100.

  • 100 GByte/sec throughput
  • 10 Million IOPS
  • delivered with 100 usec latency

All in a compact 5U chassis with 144 TBytes of capacity.

High Throughput Shared Storage With Low-Latency Performance

There has never been a shared storage device in history with this level of face-melting performance.

The capability to deliver this level of throughput at this low latency enables an unheard-of leap in performance for a wide range of applications. For example, DNA samples can be matched against large DNA databases of known cancerous diseases, allowing the early detection and custom treatment of cancer, a revolutionary approach in healthcare.

How can this leap in performance allow you to innovate more quickly and tackle problems once thought too complex, expensive and time consuming?  One DSSD customer in Bioinformatics is using DSSD rack-scale flash to verify whether or not food has been genetically modified in real-time. This task used to take so long it wasn’t practical to perform on an ongoing basis.

Accessing Data at Near Memory Speed is a Reality

The innovation and design of the DSSD rack-scale flash allows us to further blur the distinction between main memory and storage to allow access to very large data sets at near memory speed, while the data itself is robustly protected. This enables optimal real-time decision making in markets that range from Wall Street to Main Street.

DSSD rack-scale flash delivers large, fast, flexible pools of persistent storage at near memory speeds, with enterprise reliability and resilience. It may sound like science fiction but it’s not.

Today, with the ability to have persistent data at extremely high speeds, this technology underpins revolutionary approaches to genomic sequencing to provide rapid diagnosis and custom treatment. It enables high-volume stream processing to identify fraud, increase confidence, and proactively manage risk. It lets you solve problems previously thought of as unsolvable. The I/O performance shackles have been removed from your infrastructure and applications.

The question now is: how will you use DSSD to transform your business?

Brian Bhuta and Daniel Cobb

Brian Bhuta and Daniel Cobb

Brian Bhuta and Daniel Cobb

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