Storage Unpacked 250 – Infinidat announces SSA Express and higher capacity SSA II (Sponsored)

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

In this episode Chris gets an update on new announcements from Infinidat, including SSA Express and higher-capacity SSA II systems. SSA Express is a new feature of the InfiniBox “classic” platform that allows customers to implement what looks like a virtual SSA (all-flash array) within a hybrid InfiniBox. The solution effectively pins volumes in SSD rather than allowing the data to cascade to the HDD layer, with the benefit of SSA performance for no additional cost on 95% of hardware in the field.

Infinidat has also introduced a new SSA II, the F4316T with up to 6.6PB of effective capacity, doubling the previous maximum. The F4304T has been discontinued, so to meet the requirements of customers to scale from small to large systems, the existing F4308T and new F4316T can be initially deployed at 60%, 80% and 100% full. This scale-up option gives customers choice on how to deploy and extend all-flash implementations.

More information on the new offerings can be found at and more details on Infinidat at our Infinidat Microsite.

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  • 00:00:00 – Intros
  • 00:01:00 – Quick update on announcements this year
  • 00:03:30 – Vendors need to be offering value-add
  • 00:04:25 – SSA Express is a software upgrade to add an embedded all-flash array
  • 00:05:30 – SSA gains expansion and scale-up capabilities
  • 00:06:40 – What is the SSA (and SSA II)?
  • 00:08:45 – SSA Express is a free software upgrade
  • 00:10:55 – SSA Express is similar to pinned volumes
  • 00:13:20 – Infinidat will validate the suitability for SSA Express
  • 00:14:50 – Most vendors don’t retro-fit a feature across all historical platforms
  • 00:16:55 – InfiniBox is generally deployed fully configured
  • 00:18:20 – SSA now offers double capacity with F4316T
  • 00:24:05 – The new scalability allows customers to grow capacity more easily
  • 00:25:35 – Partially populated SSA II still runs at 100% performance
  • 00:28:10 – Value add for the customer is important in the current market
  • 00:31:35 – Wrap Up

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