Handy said the price is competitive with Fibre Channel and SAS-based hard drive arrays.
The RamSan 810 also has impressive performance statistics. The array can generate a maximum of 320,000 I/Os per second (IOPS), or 4GBps bandwidth in a 1U enclosure. A full rack of RamSan-810s, which is 42U, can generate more than 1 million IOPS or almost 500GBps.
"Even short-stroking hard drives, you wouldn't get anything like that," said Handy, referring to the practice of using only the outer sector of a hard drive platter in order to achieve the highest-possible performance.
In each 1U RamSan-810 array, there are 20 flash cards, each with 400 NAND flash chips. Each chip has 32GB of capacity. Like the RamSan-710, the new 810 model reserves 30% of its flash capacity for RAID 5 data striping, where one flash chip in 10 is used for parity and the other nine store the data.
Also like its higher-end cousin, the RamSan-810 comes with dual ported 8Gbps Fibre Channel ports or two InfiniBand ports, along with redundant power and fans.
"This is better than Tier 1 type hard disk systems from EMC and NetApp in that it can fit 10TB into a 1U rack enclosure. We can see replacing entire racks of hard disk enclosures," Bowen said. "The fact is that we can get almost half a petabyte into one rack."
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