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Inspur and Intel Jointly Release Industry-Leading All-flash Storage with Dual-Port Optane SSD

2019-12-20

Highlights:

1. Inspur joined hands with Intel to launch its midrange all-flash storage AS5000G5-F series, offering up to 8 million IOPS and 0.1ms latency, making it one of the industry highest-performance midrange storage platforms

2. Utilizing innovative technologies such as InTier intelligent layering, real-time compression/re-delete, space recovery and intelligent medium life detection, the AS5000G5-F series delivers improved performance and all-flash medium service efficiency

San Jose, California, December 18 —— Recently, Inspur and Intel jointly launched its midrange all-flash storage AS5000G5-F series with dual-port Optane SSD. The AS5000G5-F series offers up to 8 million IOPS and 0.1ms latency, making it one of the highest performance midrange storage platforms in the industry today.

Consisting of four models including AS5300G5-F, AS5500G5-F, AS5600G5-F and AS5800G5-F, the midrange all-flash AS5000G5-F series from Inspur drives performance improvements in both software and hardware. In addition, Inspur  also offers a software defined storage solution, AS13000G5, which supports single-port Optane SSD.

On the hardware side, Inspur's midrange all-flash storage AS5000G5-F adopts the second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor and uses an extreme performance dual-port Optane SSD as its cache layer. Offering a single-disk performance up to 560k IOPS or 2.4GB/s bandwidth and a read response time of 22 microseconds, the Optane SSD can bridge the performance and capacity gap between memory and traditional storage media. Also, leveraging the medium advantage of 3D Xpoint, the dual-port Optane SSD provides a DWPD up to 30, which is 30-60 times the life of TLC 3D NAND SSD. At the same time, compared with SAS protocol, NVMe is a high-performance protocol especially designed for flash media, which is capable of running a large number of parallel IO operations.

On the software side, the AS5000G5-F series delivers improved performance and all-flash medium service efficiency by utilizing innovative technologies such as InTier intelligent layering, real-time compression/re-delete, space recycle and intelligent medium life detection. Using intelligent layering as an example, data is divided into four tiers, i.e. boiling, hot, warm and cold. The data hotspot degree is precisely located through AI-based intelligent hotspot identification, sequence flow identification and accurate cold data elimination algorithm. 3D Xpoint’s advantages are leveraged by facilitating intelligent data flow within different media such as high-performance Optane SSD, NAND SSD and high-capacity HDD to optimize performance based on data type. For example, the AS5000G5-F series would store metadata, a typical type of boiling point data, on high-performance, low-latency Optane SSD to accelerate metadata access.

Moreover, the AS5000G5-F series adopts a full redundancy design that allows a single server to provide 99.9999% reliability and 5D expansion capability, and its unique heterogeneous virtualization technology interoperates with over 95% of mainstream storage models from top 10 manufacturers in the industry. Meanwhile, the InView multi-device management platform and AIOPS active prediction technology enable a 14-day prediction accuracy of up to 95% and can reduce troubleshooting time by 70%.

Enterprises have a growing demand for real-time data. In 2019, real-time data accounts for 17.6% in the global data community, and a massive number of new real-time applications rely on the rapid collection, storage and analysis of such data. "In the storage field, the fastest growing area is all-flash. That area is where opportunities and potential lie for technological innovations," said Sun Bin, Vice General Manager of Storage Product Line at Inspur. "Storage vendors have to take advantage of new flash technologies to grasp this rapidly growing storage opportunity."

"Intel is very happy to work with Inspur to apply Optane dual-port NVMe SSD into industry-leading high-performance all-flash storage products, to fully leverage the high performance, low latency and high reliability advantages of Optane," said Liu Gang, General Manager of Intel China's Non-Volatile Storage Business Unit.

Inspur will continue to work closely with partners like Intel to jointly promote the creation of new storage solutions and drive the implementation of all-flash storage in industries such as finance, telecommunications and energy. Across industries, from real-time financial transactions and AI risk management, to intensive IO analysis in life sciences research and internet cloud databases, application demands are growing and Inspur seeks to meet those demands while enhancing the ability of enterprises to gain insights from data.

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