Tegile Launches New Hybrid And All-Flash Storage Arrays

Both T3400 and T3800 are marketed as budget-friendly solutions thanks to proprietary technology that shrinks the size of data

US enterprise storage specialist Tegile Systems has updated its product portfolio with two new storage arrays: the hybrid T3400 and the all-flash T3800.

What makes the T3400 especially interesting is its flash-based ‘metadata acceleration engine’ which helps apply data reduction techniques to traditional hard drives, without any loss of performance. Tegile says this allows the array to offer unmatched price per GB.

“Whether it’s a balanced approach of high performance with high capacity of a hybrid array or sustained high performance with low latency of applications best served with flash, we have developed a range of superior product offerings that can satisfy any and all of these requirements without breaking the bank,” said Rob Commins, VP of Marketing at Tegile.

Honey, I shrunk the database

Storage arrays made by Tegile combine the high endurance enterprise-grade flash memory from SanDisk and HGST with traditional hard drives, made more efficient by proprietary data management and compression algorithms.

tegile_zebi_stackedThe new arrivals are part of the third generation of storage appliances based on the IntelliFlash software platform.

The T3800 is the all-flash flagship, built with high density SSDs several times larger than those used in HA2800, released just two years ago. A whopping 44TB of storage in a starting configuration offers high performance and low latency, with each drive able to withstand up to 10 Petabytes worth of write cycles in its lifetime, before it starts using spare memory cells.

Tegile says its typical data reduction rate of 5x results in a ‘street price’ of just $1 to $2 per GB of flash. T3800 offers maximum effective capacity of up to 1.68 PB – more than twice the size of the previous generation all-flash array. In addition, using high quality NAND chips enables Tegile to guarantee performance for up to seven years.

The T3400 hybrid solution is cheaper and offers more balanced performance. It ships in the same box, but the base configuration includes 22TB of storage capacity, half of it on hard drives and half – on SSDs.

The metadata for the contents of the hard drives is stored with a separate 2.2TB ‘acceleration engine’, enabling the platform to apply data compression and deduplication techniques to spinning disk without making it even slower.

“The disk drives themselves are not involved in any kind of metadata handling, because they are between 10 and 13 times slower from a latency standpoint than flash,” told us Commins.

The new arrays are especially suitable for databases, virtualised server and virtual desktop environments, although the low price point could appeal to a wide variety of businesses, including start-ups. Customers can also rent just a part of the array using ‘Agility Pricing’, which charges them for the capacity used.

Both arrays are powered by four eight-core Xeon processors and 192 GB of RAM, with controllers in a 2U form-factor. They support both NAS and SAN connectivity, and offer automated snapshot and replication features, near-instant recovery and either on- or offsite failover.

The T3800 and T3400 are available immediately from Tegile’s channel partners.

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