The Skyhawk series of enterprise solid-state storage systems from Skyera Inc. is based on low-cost, 19/20 nanometer Multi Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash. The compact half-depth 1u form factor sports 44 terabytes of high performance, low-latency native capacity for the most demanding Big Data, analytics, and virtualization applications. At a system price of under $3 per gigabyte (before compression and deduplication), the company envisions a sea change in the solid-state playing field.
Skyera’s Flash controller leverages proprietary algorithms to dynamically tune the partitions during the lifetime of the Flash, allowing the controller to adapt to different Flash behavior as the media ages. The Skyera controller reduces damage that the flash oxide layer typically experiences on writes. With lower write amplification, adaptive ECC, and tight integration with Skyera’s RAID technology, the life of consumer-grade MLC is extended to a market-leading five years of enterprise usage. Additionally, the flexibility of the Skyera architecture enables the controller and ECC to adapt to future generations of higher-capacity Flash memory that will require different write parameters and more powerful error correction.
Higher performing solid-state systems can easily saturate the 10-Gigabit iSCSI channel between the network switch and the storage array. By combining switch with storage via a high-speed proprietary bus, Skyera has eliminated this bottleneck while simplifying data access. With 40 1-Gigabit and 3 10-Gibabit Ethernet ports, servers can connect via traditional Ethernet switches or directly to the flash storage without the cost and latency of an external switch or the consolidated storage network connection in the data path.
Skyera will be demonstrating their Skyhawk enterprise solid-state storage system at the upcoming Flash Memory Summit, August 21st to 23rd in Santa Clara, CA. For more information or to arrange an evaluation, contact Skyera at (408) 954-8100, or via email at email@example.com