Boston Introduces the Igloo Plus, 1U All-Flash Appliance with 500K Sustained IOPS

5 Terabytes of High-Performance Flash Storage in Compact 1U Form Factor
20 June 2016    Source: In House

St. Albans, United Kingdom (June 16, 2016) - As part of its exhibition at ISC 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 its flash appliance, the Igloo Plus, a 1U rack-mount storage solution featuring 500K sustained IOPS performance with 5TB usable storage capacity and high-speed, 10GbE, InfiniBand or 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel connectivity. Utilising AccelStor's FlexiRemap flash-management software technology, the compact, high-value 1U flash appliance saves rack space while providing outstanding I/O performance without costly proprietary hardware. The Igloo Plus's high-throughput, InfiniBand connectivity allows the full performance of all-flash acceleration to be realised.

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 include:

  • A low TCO solution offering superior performance with 500k IOPS over InfiniBand 56Gbits FDR connectivity
  • Easy maintenance with 10 hot-swappable SSDs and 2 PSUs
  • Fault tolerance with automatic data reconstruction for peace of mind
  • Web-based management interface via HTTP/HTTPS
  • Protocol support including iSCSI/iSER, NFS, CIFS/SMB or Fibre Channel (dependent on model)

"High-performance computing has been an expanding market segment with unique demands on storage performance," Manoj Nayee, Managing Director of Boston Limited. "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. The Boston Igloo Plus aims to set a new industry benchmark for storage performance with 500K sustained IOPS in a 1U form factor and a price point just below $40,000"

"Enterprises are looking to grow by evolving the functionality and the performance of the storage, bringing a better experience to the end user, as well as keeping the flexibility of the storage for the business dynamic," said Dr. Charles Tsai, the President of AccelStor. "AccelStor is glad to partner with Boston to empower the Boston Igloo Plus and lead storage performance efficiency together".

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