Storage Class Memory Demo - Faster than All-Flash, Part 3
The first two posts in this series were about why InfiniBox is faster than all-flash arrays. This post is about an InfiniBox being faster than itself. Thoroughly confused? Read on!
InfiniBox systems are guaranteed SCM ready, and our engineering team was looking for a cool way to demonstrate this capability. Around this time we learned there are certain applications that require 100% of IOs to come off silicon - when it is an immutable requirement from the application vendor. These customers consolidate 99.9% of their workloads onto InfiniBox, but then have to go buy, and then manage, a small hardware AFA for that .1% of their workloads.
We think there’s a better way, and it’s also a perfect way to demonstrate SCM support: a software-defined solid-state-array running inside InfiniBox.
Seeing is believing, here’s a video demo:
Volume 1 with the Quality of Service Policy for 100% of I/O from SCM
This capability is an engineering preview, mostly to demonstrate our SCM roadmap.
However, given InfiniBox’s AFA-crushing performance, we’re not convinced there is yet a huge market for this feature, and there are many other roadmap features competing for near-term QA cycles.
We’re super interested in customer feedback on this feature; if you have any opinions on this, please let your account team know, or shoot an email over to [email protected].