November 29, 2012
WHIPPANY, N.J., Nov. 29 – WHIPTAIL, the data storage-industry innovator bringing high performance flash storage arrays to the datacenter, today announced a major expansion to its flagship INVICTA Modular Storage Array, with the first of its kind Hyperscale scale up/scale out INFINITY architecture. Available in the first quarter of 2013, INFINITY scales the six-node 72TB INVICTA array up to 30 nodes and up to 360TB of all flash storage.
This option will make INVICTA INFINITY the highest capacity, highest performing and most flexible enterprise class modular solid state storage array on the market. WHIPTAIL is closely aligning itself with key business drivers defined by its global customer base. Vendor flexibility – including the ability to bring a petabyte of flash storage to the data center – will be a defining differentiator in the battle for the data center according to Joseph Unsworth, research vice president at Gartner.
“Data center high-performance storage needs are constantly evolving, especially among the most progressive data center customers,” said Unsworth. “Companies that can deliver flexible solutions that scale easily and with minimal disruption will be best positioned to address these dynamic requirements.”
“One clear theme that we’ve heard from our customers is, ‘we want more,’” said WHIPTAIL CEO Dan Crain. “What they are discovering is once they start moving their data and applications to WHIPTAIL, their productivity increases so much that they want to bring all of their business critical apps to flash. It’s like eating potato chips, you can’t stop with just one.”
With the INFINITY option, enterprise customers can scale performance and capacity as needed. In initial testing, a 180TB, 15-node INVICTA INFINITY produced performance numbers of 2.1 million IOPS and 21.8GB/second throughput.
“We expect a fully populated 30 node, 360TB INFINITY to exceed 4 million IOPS and 40GB/second throughput in real world use,” said WHIPTAIL CTO James Candelaria. “We’re breaking down the data silos, but more importantly, we’re allowing the enterprise to think about flash strategically rather than tactically. You no longer have to worry about hot and cold data when you can have everything available on WHIPTAIL solutions.”
INFINITY is the second announced piece of WHIPTAIL’s broader move to remake the enterprise data center following the November release of the 4.1.1 RACERUNNER OS.
“This is just the beginning for us when it comes to the product roadmap,” said Crain. “With the latest version of our RACERUNNER OS, we focused on solving a huge IT headache by allowing data replication across heterogeneous platforms. Now we’re moving into the high capacity space. I think it’s easy to see that we’re dedicated to giving our customers more flexibility and will be delivering a steady diet of enhancements throughout 2013.”
WHIPTAIL is a data storage-industry innovator powering faster and more energy-efficient computing for today’s global businesses via its all Flash Storage Arrays. The company’s technology dramatically accelerates application performance and lowers costs for enterprises harnessing cloud computing, virtualization and big data. Based in Whippany, N.J., WHIPTAIL is run by industry veterans and backed by investors including Ignition Partners, RRE Ventures and Spring Mountain Capital.