Even though I wasn’t born on the Bayou, I know good gumbo when I taste it. Today in New Orleans, Microsoft kicks off one of the biggest geek fests in the industry and those hungry conference-goers get something tasty in the form of a solid state storage solution from sTec built using Windows Storage Server 2012!
Checkout the press release here: http://www.stec-inc.com/company/news-events/press-releases/press-release/?pr=169#.UazXFYfrz8U
I love SSDs for my desktops and laptops, and I won’t run without them anymore. They improve performance immensely and make Windows super snappy. Now I am drooling all over these new SSD based storage solutions! I can’t wait to get one of these in my lab to really crank out some performance numbers. Eventually the reliability, size and cost of SSD is going to push rust-filled spinning hard disks into extinction and it looks like sTec is leading the charge! Great job done by the sTec team, I can’t wait to see these s3000 series boxes breaking records and appearing on glossy magazine covers this year.
NEW ORLEANS, La. – TechEd 2013 – June 3, 2013 – sTec, Inc. (NASDAQ: STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions, today announced the sTec™ s3000 storage appliance. The s3000 combines the performance, reliability and endurance of sTec’s industry-leading solid-state drive (SSD) technology with Microsoft Windows® Storage Server 2012’s storage clustering, virtualization and management features -- all within a cost-effective hardware configuration.
Storage Capacity/Scalability Up to 48 of the highest performing sTec enterprise SSDs reaching up to 96TB per node. Build continuously-available clustered storage services that leverage SMB-Direct, SMB Multi-channel, NIC Teaming, Large I/O and RDMA for low latency and high throughput.
Use Cases Transactional Databases : Improved performance, reduced query latency; virtualization/consolidation enabler Server Virtualization / Cloud: Increased consolidation factors and per-server performance VDI: Reduced infrastructure cost ($/VDI); boot storm elimination BI / DW / Analytics: Decreased query response time; increased concurrency and throughput Media Real-time access to high demand shared assets High-Performance Computing: Accelerating a wide range of I/O-intensive HPC applications Performance Actual measurements from the disk subsystems with 48 SSDs!
Continuous Availability Fully redundant No single-point of failure Dual active-active HA cluster Hot swap RAID protected drives Redundant interfaces Redundant hot-swap power supplies, fans
Interfaces 4x1Gbit Ethernet per head unit 2x, or 4x, or 6x 10Gbit Ethernet per head unit Block Level Interface: iSCSI File Level Interface: SMB-2, 2.1, 3.0, NFS-v2, v3, 4.1
Head Unit Specs One or two head units- each head unit with: Two 8-core Xeon E5-2680 128 GB memory Dual-mirrored boot drives Multiple high speed ports
Storage One or two drive shelves with 8 to 24 solid-state drives per drive shelf – 48 SSDs total 6.4TB up to 96TB total raw capacity Redundant IO controllers with total 144Gbps bandwidth to each drive shelf Hot swap 2.5” drives- Replace a bad drive while running RAID-0, Mirror (RAID-1), Parity (RAID-5) 800G or 2TB Gen4 sTec enterprise SSDs with dual 6G SAS interface
Advanced Storage features Deduplication reduces data size Thin provisioning eliminates over allocation Snapshot with VSS support Branch cache reduces WAN traffic On-the-fly volume or storage expansion
I highly recommend stopping by the sTec booth and checking out the new hardware!
Cheers, Scott M. Johnson Program Manager Windows Storage Server
Have you done a cost analysis in terms per price per TB compared with standard NAS?