SanDisk and Nexenta to Deliver the First Open Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) Flash Array

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, and Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced that NexentaStor, the company’s flagship software-only platform, has been integrated with SanDisk’s all-flash InfiniFlash™ IF100 system. This all-flash joint solution provides data center customers with a pre-tested, full-featured, cost-effective, high-performance system for addressing today’s increasing Big Data challenges.

Capable of scaling from 64 Terabyte (TB) to two Petabyte (PB) configurations, this unique software and hardware solution supports a broad range of deployment scenarios and workloads including, virtualization, Big Data analytics, data warehousing, and dynamic modeling. Built on ZFS, this resilient scale-up, unified block (FC and iSCSI) and file (NFS and SMB) storage solution provides enterprise customers with peace of mind and the assurance needed around functionality and performance. Key differentiators of this joint solution include NexentaStor’s inline data reduction and high performance dual parity raid capabilities as well as the InfiniFlash IF100’s extra low space, power and cooling requirements, resulting in industry leading TCO.

“The coupling of our NexentaStor software and SanDisk’s InfiniFlash systems delivers the industry lowest cost solutions for high performance (ultra low, consistent, sub-millisecond response times and more than 8 Million flash IOPS in a rack) mature unified block and file services to cloud service providers and enterprise customers,” said Tarkan Maner, CEO of Nexenta. “These solutions literally break new ground and make all flash storage economically practical for a wide range of use cases, from high performance databases, to virtualized environments, big data lakes and extra dense active archive repositories.”

The integrated system monitoring and event management capabilities of the new solution, eases system management which ensures a better customer experience. NexentaStor’s ability to support block and file services allows customers to address use cases such as: VMware vCloud® Air™, OpenStack and CloudStack backend storage, generic NAS file services and Home Directory storage, etc.

“By design, InfiniFlash provides data center customers with a seamless, simple to manage, cost efficient solution, that delivers substantial performance gains over traditional hard disk drive-based systems,” said Ravi Swaminathan, Vice President and General Manager, Systems and Software Solutions, SanDisk. “By integrating with Nexenta, we are disrupting the status quo and changing the industry dynamics in favor of dramatically broader flash adoption throughout the data center.”

Pre-validated Nexenta and SanDisk all flash array solutions for ultra large scale, low-cost, high performance data centers available on Dell and Supermicro platforms
Pre-validated Nexenta and SanDisk all flash array solutions for ultra large scale, low-cost, high performance data centers available on Dell and Supermicro platforms

Availability, Support and Pricing
Tested for use with both Dell PowerEdge R730 and Supermicro SuperServer® SYS-6028U-TR4+, the all-flash architecture will be available through select channel partners. List price for the solution including, perpetual software licenses, controllers, InfiniFlash, 3 year support and installation starting as low as $1.5/Raw GB based on configuration and capacity requirements.

“The combination of Nexenta’s software-defined storage software, SanDisk InfiniFlash and Dell PowerEdge servers allows us to offer customers an all-flash array solution with performance and capacity-optimized configurations to handle large-scale virtualization and file-based workload requirements,” said Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage.

“Supermicro is the go to provider of leading edge server, storage and networking infrastructure solutions optimized for Enterprise, Data Center, and Cloud scale environments,” said Wally Liaw, Sr. Vice President of Sales at Supermicro. “Our open collaboration to develop market leading solutions featuring advanced technologies such as Nexenta’s NexentaStor and SanDisk’s InfiniFlash delivers customers the best performance, scalability and manageability in pre-configured, full-featured all-flash software-defined storage solutions.”