Solid state speeds IT storage access

A solid-state storage system for up to 1 million input-output operations per second can serve grid computing, online transaction processing and other high-throughput tasks.

Imperial Technology Inc. calls its MegaRam-10000 a solid-state accelerator for applications, said Craig Harries, vice president for product marketing at the El Segundo, Calif., company.

Solid-state storage is more efficient than disk drives for small-block random writes, typical of large database environments, Harries said.

The cost of memory chips has dropped by 90 percent over the last three years, he said. Each MegaRam-10000 cabinet holds from 100G to 500G of 256M memory modules.

The MegaRam-10000 comes with batteries, uninterruptible power system and disk drives for backing up data in the event of a data-center electrical failure, Harries said.

An entry-level system with 100G of storage and 48 I/O ports lists for $350,000, Harries said. A two-cabinet, 1T system with 64 ports would cost $2 million.

Contact Imperial Technology at 800-451-0666.

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