LSI Extends PCIe Flash-Caching to EMC and Cisco Blade Products

LSI has put together a little something for the Cisco servers of the world. Leveraging EMC VFCache caching software and LSI’s Nytro WarpDrive PCIe solutions, LSI intends to extend PCIe SSD caching to EMC’s storage systems attached to Cisco’s Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers.

The goal is to reduce latency and service times in storage transactions coming from EMC’s storage systems (attached to Cisco’s servers).

Fast PCIe solutions with intelligent caching software can result in incredible performance from disk based systems, resulting in higher application performance.

Where applications are concerned, getting more from an existing system can help reduce the amount of systems needed to run the application. As much as caching mechanical storage with fast flash systems is a good idea for consumers, it can save oodles of money for enterprise systems. The total cost of ownership for a consumer system is almost nothing after the system is purchased, but enterprise systems continue to demand dollars long after they’re paid for. Getting more out of less is a no-brainer, and there are several companies looking to provide solutions to the datacenters of the world.

EMC’s VFCache software claims it can “supercharge the performance of your read-intensive, high-throughput, minimal-response-time applications by an order of magnitude, and cut latency in half.”

LSI’s Nytro WarpDrive is part of family of acceleration products that encompass several applications. Together, LSI says the combo of WarpDrive and VFCache can muster “up to 3X faster performance and 60 percent reduction in latency for mission-critical database environments such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.”

You can read the press release on the next page.


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