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 Marvell Unveils DragonFly NVDRIVE PCIe SSD Cache Accelerator
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Message Text: Marvell today announced the availability of the Marvell DragonFly NVDRIVE, an enterprise-class PCIe SSD caching solution with built-in SSD modules.

Targeted for large-scale Internet and cloud computing data centers, the DragonFly NVDRIVE scales both bare metal and virtualized server applications, including Web servers, OLTP and analytic databases, as well as NoSQL and big data distributed applications.

The DragonFly NVDRIVE is powered by Marvell's storage SoC technology and merges large capacity non-volatile DRAM with onboard SSD modules to enable up to 100 times higher performance for random read- and write-heavy application workloads as compared to traditional disk-based solutions. Additionally, automated caching removes the guesswork, maintenance and high capital costs required by manual data tiering approaches. DragonFly write back caching is fully powered by ARM-based storage processors and enables storage administrators to configure granular cache policies at either a file or block level.

Data protection and reliability are ensured via intelligent RAID software and peer-to-peer synchronous mirroring to prevent data loss against any failure - server, adapter, SSD module or NAND components. An ultra-thin filter driver residing in Linux or Xen is transparent to applications and supports caching across all storage protocols, including SCSI (local DAS), NFS, iSCSI, FCoE and FCP.

Feature highlights of the Dragonfly NVDRIVE include:

- Up to 1.5 TB of useable SSD capacity with the integrated non-volatile DRAM cache.
- Highly predictable performance across mixed write/read workloads. Cache mode sustained performance exceeds 200,000 4K random IOPS, 3GBps throughput and sub-10us average latency.
- Enterprise-class embedded write-back cache software. Simple, smart and fully automated.
- Robust data protection, including RAID and HA peer-to-peer synchronous mirroring software.
- Rich command line interface (CLI) and cache policies for granular file/block object level configurations.
- Application-transparent OS filter driver supports all major protocols - SCSI, iSCSI, NFS, FCoE and FCP.
- Hypervisor integration enables virtual machine migration, HA, snapshots, clones and more.
- Fully integrated DragonFly Manager for GUI-based administration and performance monitoring.

The Marvell DragonFly NVDRIVE will be sampling later in Q1 with OEM and cloud computing customers. DragonFly NVDRIVE is offered at 750GB and 1.5TB capacity points. Pricing starts at a manufacturer?s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,995 USD.
 
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