You can't have too much really fast storage, now Skyera makes that affordable

Skyera announces the skyEagle Flash array products that deliver up to half a petabyte in a 1U unit for $1.99 per GB

You can't be too rich, too good-looking, or have too much really fast storage (I think that was something else Abraham Lincoln said). 

Today, most IT people will think "SSD/Flash storage" when they think "really fast" as a new report from consultancy Storage Strategies Now details:

  • 32% of the respondents surveyed have definitive plans to deploy SSDs
  • 43% of those polled are spending from $101,000 to up to $500,000 annually on storage resources
  • Server virtualization has been highlighted as the primary use for SSDs/Flash
  • 31% of the respondents indicated that they will use SSDs/Flash to bolster performance for OLTP
  • 37% of the respondents will deploy SSDs/Flash in existing storage arrays

But SSDs are also accompanied by hefty prices ... or rather they were until Skyera Inc. announced today their skyEagle Series all-Flash enterprise storage arrays. These systems offer up to 500 terabyte in a 1u form factor which the company claims works out to more than 2.5 petabytes after compression and deduplication and costs $1.99 per GB (with data reduction technologies that's equivalent to $0.49 per GB). As for fast, the skyEagle array's performance is rated at 20GB/sec and 5 million IOPS. 

The skyEagle array has 16 interchangeable 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel and 10GbitE ports, supports a mix of Fibre Channel and iSCSI block access, can optionally provide 96 PCIe x1 or 24 PCIe x4 connections, and supports both NFS and SMB file access protocols.

Delivery of skyEagle arrays, which will be available in 62, 125, 250, and 500TB configurations, will begin in 2014.

Given that the skyEagle arrays increase storage density by at least ten times over some of Skyera's competitors (and beats some competitors by a factor of almost 100!) while costing at least 75% less it seems that Skyera will be the market leader by a long shot. 

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