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Coho Data's Web-Scale Hybrid Flash Storage Goes GA

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Coho Data has announced the general availability of their software defined networking integrated storage device, the DataStream 1000.

Designed for high performance at cloud-scale, Coho Data says the DataStream product combines commodity-based server hardware with distributed web-scale software and can deliver a 2:1 price/performance ratio compared to competitive all-flash storage arrays.

First announced late last year, the company states the DataStream architecture delivers up to 20x the performance compared to traditional storage products.

[ MORE: Coho Data Touts Cloud-like, Scale-out Storage ]

Each 2U DataStream Chassis delivers 180,000 random Input/Output operations per second. Combined with the software defined networking in the 10GbE DataStream switch, the company states the device can scale performance from terabytes to petabytes with no bottlenecks. The DataStream switch includes 52-ports and is OpenFlow-enabled.

By being hardware, server-agnostic, the DataStream 1000 allows customers to take advantage of less expensive hardware and add to the storage pool to meet whatever capacity and performance needs they might have without the customer having to do a complete storage replacement and refresh.

Coho Data states that deployment of the DataStream 1000 is rapid and rather than taking days of planning and configuration, once racked, the DataStream solution will install in less than 15 minutes from power on to being useable.

The software allows for per virtual machine performance tiering and durability, and predictive analytics for capacity and performance growth. Coho suggests the DataStream 1000 will give web-scale capabilities; a term normally applied to companies the size of Google and Amazon, to the average enterprise.

"Enterprise IT organizations can learn from the web-scale firms as they build out their private cloud infrastructure. They need the performance of the latest flash technology, but more crucially, they need a flexible scale-out model that uses commodity hardware and simpler management to build out their storage infrastructure to accommodate many different application workloads. The Coho Data team has built a solution with high performance scale-out capability combined with cost-efficient hardware that challenges the price-performance of both traditional storage and many of the flash arrays in the market. They’ve created a new operational model for scaling storage more efficiently in the enterprise," said Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director for Storage, IDC.

According to Gartner, web-scale IT will be found in half of global enterprises by 2017. "Large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc., are reinventing the way in which IT services can be delivered. Their capabilities go beyond scale in terms of sheer size to also include scale as it pertains to speed and agility. If enterprises want to keep pace, then they need to emulate the architectures, processes and practices of these exemplary cloud providers," said Cameron Haight, research vice president at Gartner.

Pricing was not included in the announcement. For more information on the DataStream 1000, visit