Powerful and High Available – The Cost-Effective Windows Flash Array with 1.4 Mio. IOPS

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Zstor released first redundant Windows Flash Array AF224 for data center

Kaarst, 21st of August, 2015

With the Windows Flash Array AF224 Zstor GmbH offers a powerful All Flash Array which is optimally suited for use in data center. Complete designed in 12 GB/s state-of-the-art SAS architecture and equipped with high-performance 10, 40 or 56 GB/s Ethernet interfaces, up to 1.4 million input/output operations (IOPS) are archived. Larger files can be read with a data transfer rate around 10 GB/s. The compact 2U rackmount system is based on two hot-swap nodes in cluster configuration, which provides a maximum on data availability to the connected hosts. The Windows Flash Array is available with up to 38.4 TeraByte gross capacity in various system configurations.

In today's data center, which request highest performance due to database applications, such as Microsoft SQL Server, high performance interfaces with 10 / 40 / 56 GB/s Ethernet or 56 GB/s InfiniBand are in use. Especially here Zstor’s Windows Flash Array AF224 fits to the need of highest performance because the SSD array will be connected to the hosts via fastest Ethernet, InfiniBand, or FiberChannel infrastructure. Both internal nodes work as high available cluster and are equipped with latest Intel Xeon processors. DDR4 memory granted for high speed caching of the data streams. The modular 24bay 2U rackmount enclosure is equipped with HGST-enterprise-class Solid State Disks and all data are transferred via the internal 12 Gb/s SAS-3 interface architecture.

“All Flash Appliances are becoming pervasive in the modern data center. Enterprises are storing their most critical data on these appliances, where reliability is as important as performance. HGST’s Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSD provides the best mix of low latency, extreme IOPS, high level endurance and quality without compromise,” said Davide Villa, EMEA Sales Director at HGST. “The combination of Microsoft Software with HGST Enterprise SSD drives and Zstor’s expertise and system integration knowledge means extremely fast and secured data is guaranteed.”

Certified for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces

The two hot-swap nodes are set in cluster mode and run under Microsoft Windows Server technology. The features of Windows storage spaces are used consistently by taking advantage of the complete range of services of the server operating system. In addition to the internal management of the existing storage devices, the Microsoft operating system offers an active/active clustering for highest availability. The connection to the attached hosts is realized while using CIFS or NFSv4.1, with integrated full support for SMB 3.0. The Windows Flash Array AF224 is completely certified by Microsoft for use under Windows Server 2012 R2.

Integration into the virtual world of Microsoft’s HyperV including RDMA support

For the use in the virtual world Zstor’s Windows Flash Array AF224 is well prepared and supports especially Microsoft's HyperV, which runs e.g. MS SQL Server, MS Exchange applications or public cloud solutions. Under RDMA, direct accesses to the respective memories can be done to achieve a significant increase in IOPS performance. This feature is highly requested, if Zstor’s Windows Flash Array AF224 acts as a storage system in HyperV environments to scale-out-file-server (SoFS).

Capacities from 4,8 – 38,4 Terabyte with a scalability up to 115 TeraByte

Up to 38.4 TeraByte gross capacity in one 2U rackmount system, fully equipped with high-performance 12 GB/s SAS Enterprise SSDs Zstor’s Windows Flash Array is ready to order as an entry or a performance class model. Depending on the configuration, up to eight Ethernet, InfiniBand, or Fiberchannel channels for the connection to the hosts can be ordered. With Flash-extension units (SSD JBODs) connected via high-performance 12 GB/s SAS interfaces, the total capacity can be expanded up to 115 TeraByte.

Zstor Windows Flash Array AF224 – available now

The products of Zstor’s Windows Flash Array AF224 product family are available now. The list prices (exclude VAT) start at approx. 27,500 EUR for the 4.8 TB version. Requests for system consulting as well as for quotation should be forwarded directly to Zstor GmbH via .

For more information please refer to our website: www.zstor.de