Introducing the Igloo Plus - Ice, 2U All-Flash Appliance with 600K Sustained IOPS

5.8 Terabytes of High-Performance Flash Storage and four high-speed 10GbE interfaces in a turnkey appliance
10 November 2016    Source: In House

St. Albans, United Kingdom (9th December, 2016) - As part of its exhibition at SC 2016, Boston Limited will introduce its latest all-flash solution featuring FlexiRemap® flash-management technology.

In partnership with AccelStor, the software-defined all-flash array provider, Boston brings to the market their Supermicro® based, all-flash appliance; the Igloo Plus Ice. The Boston Igloo Plus Ice is a high-availability, 2U rack-mount storage solution featuring 600K sustained IOPS of performance with 5.8TB usable storage capacity and high-speed, 10GbE connectivity. Utilising AccelStor's FlexiRemap® flash-management software technology, the compact, high-value 2U flash appliance saves rack space by packing two controllers into a single chassis, and provides outstanding I/O performance without costly proprietary hardware. The Igloo Plus's high-throughput node replication, allows the full performance of all-flash acceleration to be realised, even with high availability.

FlexiRemap® technology is flash-oriented software developed by AccelStor. This software features an architectural re-design tailored for the fundamentals and internal workings of flash memory. Unlike RAID algorithms, FlexiRemap® remaps the data whenever beneficial before passing it to the underlying flash memory, avoiding unnecessary overhead and extending the lifespan of SSDs. Such remapping is especially crucial for random-write access patterns, which comprise most enterprise-data traffic and are a major cause of storage-access performance bottlenecks. Plus, with data protection built in, FlexiRemap® provides the most desirable benefits of RAID algorithms, without the drawbacks.

Benefits of the Igloo Plus Ice include:

  • A low TCO SDS solution offering superior performance per dollar vs. proprietary hardware equivalents
  • Two complete nodes in one appliance enclosure
  • Active-active failover with zero downtime
  • 12 SSDs (including 1 hot spare) per node
  • Fault tolerance with automatic data reconstruction for peace of mind
  • Web-based management interface via HTTP/HTTPS

"Being the world's very first software-licensing partner of AccelStor, Boston provides the best-in-class products to support those I/O-intensive applications in high-performance computing. After the successful launch of the 1U Igloo Plus appliance at ISC earlier this year, we have developed the Igloo Plus - Ice, in partnership with AccelStor, to be the perfect fit for all mission-critical requirements, enterprise and industry applications; particularly databases and online transaction processing (OLTP)." - Manoj Nayee, Managing Director, Boston Limited

"Today's enterprise systems are complex and ever-changing, making it straggle for a powerful high availability solution," said Dr. Charles Tsai, the President of AccelStor. "The partnership and integration between Boston and AccelStor's FlexiRemap® software enable enterprises to achieve no single point of failure on a high performance all-flash array and as a result improve the overall IT posture."

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