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LSI Corp. has announced it has extended the Nytro portfolio of PCI Express flash cards to include the Nytro XP6200 series. The Nytro XP6200 series provides hyperscale cloud datacenters with accelerated performance for read-intensive applications, optimized power and thermals, and an overall lower cost per gigabyte PCIe flash solution.

LSI Nytro XP6200 cards are available in 1GB and 2GB configurations that provide up to 2.0GB/s read speed and up to 1.27GB/s write speed. The Nytro XP6200 cards are purpose-built to meet the requirements of Open Compute and other hyperscale servers. They combine LSI SandForce flash controllers, delivering leading endurance and reliability using low-cost flash, with a new design optimized for low power and thermal characteristics. The Nytro XP6200 series requires up to 30% less power than existing Nytro flash cards. Nytro cards use a host offload architecture for I/O and flash management which results in consistent performance and low host CPU and memory utilization. With Nytro cards, valuable host resources are reserved for maximum application performance.

The Nytro XP6209-4A1024 (1TB MLC PCIe flash) is currently available for $2899 ($2.83/GB). The Nytro XP6210-4A2048 (2TB MLC PCIe flash) card is expected to be available in December 2013 for $4999 ($2.44/GB).

Hyperscale datacenters require cost-effective scaling to thousands of servers to meet the compute and storage demands of Web 2.0, cloud computing and big data analytics applications. Hyperscale infrastructures are often built using lower-cost, highly efficient servers, assembled from off-the-shelf, standard components, and generally require higher-density architectures and more efficient power and cooling.

“Many hyperscale datacenters run read-intensive workloads over large numbers of servers that can be scaled quickly and cost-effectively as needs evolve and data volumes increase. Due to their immense scale, the operators of these datacenters are highly focused on getting the most work out of their IT investments while reducing operating expenses and space requirements. The Nytro XP6200 series fits the bill by providing users with low-cost flash acceleration, enterprise reliability, high performance and efficient system-level power consumption,” said Tom Swinford, senior vice president and general manager of datacenter solutions group at LSI.

Hyve Solutions, a division of Synnex Corp., is one of the leading Open Compute Project (OCP) solutions providers with years of experience building servers and racks for many leading Web 2.0, social media and hyperscale computing companies.

LSI is showcasing the Nytro XP6200 series at the SC13 conference. Together with Hyve Solutions, the companies are demonstrating an OCP Open Rack compute and storage system with Winterfell web server nodes accelerated by Nytro XP6200 series cards. Nytro cards integrated into the Hyve Solutions OCP platform can help customers in hyperscale environments achieve significant improvements in database transaction processing, reduced access latency and transparent application acceleration.

“Hyve Solutions’ OCP Open Rack creates a new, open standard for server rack design that provides an innovative platform for rack infrastructure, while lowering TCO in the scale compute space. LSI Nytro cards integrated into the Hyve Solutions OCP platform can help customers to take full advantage of the efficiency, affordability, serviceability and reduced TCO benefits of the OCP platform without sacrificing performance,” said Steve Ichinaga, senior vice president and general manager of Hyve Solutions. 

Tags: LSI, Nytro, SandForce, SSD, NAND, Flash, MLC

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