LSI Reveals PCIe-Based Nytro Enterprise Storage Solutions

Solid state storage is no doubt in many of our futures, but the pricing right now means that it's almost exclusively used in enterprise or high-end workstation applications. And that's exactly who LSI is targeting with its new Nytro application acceleration portfolio. It's a solution that combines PCIe flash technology with intelligent caching and management software, in order to increase application performance in datacenters / cloud environments.

Nytro solutions allow datacenters to contend with massive data growth and speed the ability of databases and other applications to be accessed exponentially faster...

“The integration of flash technology in enterprise system architectures is one of the most significant changes in recent computing history, and one that provides the opportunity to close the gap between compute and storage performance,” said Gary Smerdon, senior vice president and general manager, Accelerated Solutions Division, LSI. “From cloud providers in mega datacenters to traditional enterprise and small-to-medium businesses, the Nytro portfolio brings the value of flash to the masses by offering customers the flexibility to choose the right solution to meet their specific application and budget requirements.”

The Nytro product portfolio includes:
LSI Nytro WarpDrive™ Application Acceleration Cards – second generation family of PCIe flash adapters provides drop-in high performance and low latency to accelerate transactional application performance and response time. Nytro WarpDrive cards range in capacity from 200 GB to 3.2 TB of MLC or SLC flash memory, and combine the award-winning performance, reliability and energy efficiency of LSI SandForce flash storage processors with market-leading LSI SAS controller ICs. A single Nytro WarpDrive card delivers the I/O performance of hundreds of hard disk drives while requiring significantly less power, cooling and physical space for a reduced total cost of ownership.

LSI Nytro XD Application Acceleration Storage Solution – combines LSI Nytro WarpDrive with Nytro XD intelligent caching software to deliver out-of-the-box application acceleration for storage area networks (SAN) and direct-attached storage (DAS) environments. The Nytro XD solution seamlessly caches frequently-accessed data reads and writes to high-performance PCIe flash storage, reducing latency and delivering up to a 30x performance improvement over HDD-only storage systems. The result is optimized data I/O rates and faster system and application performance while leveraging existing IT infrastructure for investment protection. 

LSI Nytro MegaRAID® Application Acceleration Cards – provides simple and cost-effective acceleration of SAS-connected DAS storage by combining the proven RAID performance and data protection capabilities of LSI MegaRAID controllers with on-board flash and intelligent caching software. Nytro MegaRAID cards seamlessly move data between integrated flash storage and hard drives to deliver a blend of high performance and high capacity storage without requiring expensive software tuning or rewrites.

LSI Nytro Predictor Software Tool – provides an intelligent guide for choosing the right Nytro application acceleration solution. Nytro Predictor identifies and analyzes application “hot spots” of frequently-used data to help IT managers and database administrators determine which applications can be accelerated and make recommendations on which LSI Nytro product will provide the most optimized benefits.