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LSI Expands Nytro Portfolio of PCIe Flash Cards

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On Monday LSI Corporation expanded its LSI Nytro product portfolio of PCIe flash adapters with a new, high-capacity 3.2 TB Nytro WarpDrive accelerator card, new Nytro MegaRAID cards, and new Nytro MegaRAID software features like Nytro Boot, Elastic Cache and Flexible Flash.

"LSI Nytro products are being deployed to deliver the ultra-low latency and high-bandwidth performance required for Big Data applications, hyperscale web and cloud datacenters, financial services, and virtual desktop and server workloads," the company said. "The products also help customers shrink their overall storage footprint and power requirements, leading to increased datacenter efficiency and lower IT costs."

For starters, the Nytro WarpDrive BFH8-3200 is a full-height Nytro WarpDrive accelerator card with 3.2TB of flash capacity, and the industry's first PCIe flash card with a PCIe 3.0 interface for sustained throughput performance over 4.0 GB/s. Thus, it offers twice the flash capacity of low-profile, small form factor Nytro WarpDrive models, and features a DuraWrite architecture, response times down to 50 microseconds, dynamic overprovisioning and more.

Next up is the Nytro MegaRAID 8110-4e which combines 200 GB of onboard flash capacity with intelligent caching software and LSI's dual-core RAID-on-Chip (ROC) technology. It also features four external 6 Gb/s SAS+SATA ports supporting connectivity up to 128 end devices, delivering "intelligent application acceleration, flexible flash storage and enterprise-level data protection for direct-attached storage and external rack-mounted disk enclosure configurations."

Finally there's the Nytro MegaRAID 8120-4e, a high-capacity Nytro MegaRAID card combining 800 GB of onboard flash with intelligent caching software and four external ports, providing connectivity and MegaRAID data protection for up to 128 SATA or SAS devices.

On the software side, LSI explained Nytro Boot as a solution to partition onboard flash capacity as a boot volume, thus allowing users to move the boot function to the Nytro MegaRAID card. This eliminates the cost associated with dedicating a hard disk drive to booting up the operating system, and ideal for environments that dedicate two mirrored HDDs on each server for booting.

For additional information about Elastic Cache and Flexible Flash, read Monday's announcement here. LSI will showcase the Nytro product portfolio in technology demonstrations at Cisco Live 2013 (Booth #452) taking place this week in Orlando, FL. However the new products are available immediately from select LSI original equipment manufacturers and through the LSI worldwide network of distributors, integrators and VARs.

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