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DragonFly NVDRIVE boasts high performance for server apps

Posted: 07 Jan 2013  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NVDRIVE  PCIe SDD  Web servers  OLTP  storage protocols 

Communications silicon solutions provider Marvell has recently announced the availability of its DragonFly NVDRIVE turnkey enterprise-class PCIe SDD caching solution with built-in SSD modules that extend the company's DragonFly NVCACHE and NVRAM adapter product offerings which were first announced in August.

The DragonFly NVDRIVE is aimed at large-scale internet and cloud computing datacenters and it dramatically scales both bare metal and virtualized server applications, including Web servers, OLTP and analytic databases, as well as NoSQL and big data distributed applications.

The DragonFly NVDRIVE is powered by Marvell's world-class storage SoC technology and seamlessly merges large capacity non-volatile DRAM with onboard SSD modules to enable up to 100 times higher performance for random read- and write-heavy application workloads as compared to traditional disc-based solutions. Additionally, automated caching removes the guesswork, maintenance and high capital costs required by manual data tiering approaches. Unique to the industry, DragonFly writeback caching is fully powered by ARM-based storage processors and enables storage administrators to configure granular cache policies at either a file or block level.

Data protection and reliability are ensured via intelligent RAID software and peer-to-peer synchronous mirroring to prevent data loss against any failure – server, adapter, SSD module or NAND components. An ultra-thin filter driver residing in Linux or Xen is transparent to applications and supports caching across all storage protocols, including SCSI (local DAS), NFS, iSCSI, FCoE and FCP.

Marvell's partners and OEMs are already expressing strong enthusiasm for the DragonFly NVDRIVE. "The SanDisk X100 mSATA SSDs provide small form factor, low-latency, high-performance and cost-effective non-volatile storage for the Marvell DragonFly NVDRIVE," said Kevin Conley , senior vice president and general manager, Client Storage Solutions at SanDisk. "Optimised for entry level enterprise workloads, the Marvell NVDRIVE based on the X100 SSDs provides an ideal solution for customers seeking performance demanding business-critical data centre applications."

The Marvell DragonFly NVDRIVE will be sampling later in Q1 with OEM and cloud computing customers. DragonFly NVDRIVE is offered at 750GB and 1.5TB capacity points. Pricing starts at a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,995 USD.





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