More Than 500 MB/s Seq. Reads?
This is by no means an endorsement of the Petarack. We don’t have one, and we haven’t tested it. But we do love technology and we think that 1 PB of space in a single cabinet is cool. With that said, Aberdeen tells us it’s positioning the Petarack as a turnkey solution. The company ships you an engineer alongside the cabinet who sets it up (and for half a million bucks, we’d sure hope so). Simply set up your own RAID arrays and drive pools to match whatever application you have that needs the appliance’s capacity.
Aberdeen says its Petarack enables unlimited snapshots, thin provisioning, and deduplication.It purportedly supports VMware vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI), which improves CPU utilization on ESX/ESXi 4.1 and later servers by offloading select tasks from the host CPU to the storage appliance. A hardware failure triggers an email or SNMP alert, and you can change failed parts while the system is running.
Big IOPS Numbers From Hard Drives
Again, we’re told that SSDs can be used as main data storage or for caching in applications that demand lots of IOPS, such as databases and VDI. Interested in its potential, we asked the company to send us some of its own internal benchmarks from Iometer and Vdbench. The numbers aren’t ours, so take them with a grain of salt. However, they’re sure to catch the eyes of at least a few admins…