Whiptail breaks barriers

WHIPTAIL 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 centre – will be a defining differentiator in the battle for the data centre according to Joseph Unsworth, research vice president at Gartner.

“Data centre high-performance storage needs are constantly evolving, especially among the most progressive data centre 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.”

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