Flash memory arrays built for large data stores, fast transfers

Nimbus Data Systems has unveiled a new line of flash memory arrays designed to support the large amounts of data and the fast write times required in virtualization, database and cloud initiatives.

The Gemini arrays can handle up to 1 petabyte of weekly data writes without a loss of performance, the company said in an announcement. Its parallel memory architecture is capable of 12 gigabits/sec transfer speeds and over 1 million input/output operations/sec.


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The Gemini arrays have a redundant, hot-swappable design with what the company calls self-healing flash drives and no single point of failure.

They support major storage networking technologies, such as Ethernet, Infiband and Fibre Channel, at their fastest rates, and feature software-programmable ports that can be switched quickly between those technologies.

The system can fit up to 48 T of flash capacity in 2U, giving it 1 petabyte and 20 million input/output operations/sec per rack, the company said.

The arrays are expected to be available in the fall.

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