#231 – Introducing Infinidat InfiniBox SSA II (Sponsored)

Chris EvansAll-Flash, Guest Speakers, Infinidat, Sponsored, Storage Hardware, Storage Unpacked Podcast

In this episode, Chris talks to Eric Herzog, CMO at Infinidat about the announcement of SSA II, the second generation all-flash InfiniBox platform. The first generation SSA (solid state array) was developed to address a customer requirement that all long-tail latency I/Os must be delivered at all-flash levels of performance. The InfiniBox architecture is capable of delivering up to 95% of I/O from DRAM, but for some customers, that figure simply wasn’t high enough.

With SSA II, Infinidat has moved to the Intel Cascade Lake architecture, adding a further 48 cores of processing. In addition, the InfiniBox software has been enhanced to include InfiniSafe and InfiniOps, a combination of AIOps and integrations with common application platforms. The enhancements enable SSA II to deliver I/O as low as 35µs, with real world 70/30 read/write mix of 50µs (read) and 70µs (write). A demonstration on customer performance I/O can be seen in this pre-recorded presentation (registration required).

The new InfiniSafe technology mirrors that introduced into the InfiniGuard platform a few months ago. We discussed this in depth with Eric in episode #227. Further information on SSA II can be found in the Infinidat press release (here).

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  • 00:00:00 – Intros
  • 00:01:15 – SSA II has been announced – but what is SSA?
  • 00:03:00 – InfiniBox uses neural cache to deliver low latency
  • 00:06:00 – What’s new in SSA II? Cores and Processors to start
  • 00:07:15 – What are the metrics? 35 microseconds – cache hits
  • 00:09:10 – High performance is based on new architectures
  • 00:11:00 – Why do vendors hide away from real-world numbers?
  • 00:13:20 – What software changes are in SSA II?
  • 00:14:00 – InfiniSafe has been added to SSA II
  • 00:19:00 – Cyber-resilience needs to be deployed on primary storage
  • 00:19:30 – SSA II introduces InfiniOps to the InfiniBox family
  • 00:22:00 – Containers are supported on SSA II with CSI, Red Hat OpenShift & VMware Tanzu
  • 00:28:15 – SSA II is available from today and existing SSA gets a software upgrade
  • 00:31:10 – Wrap Up

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