Western Digital today added more products to its IntelliFlash data center systems portfolio.
The introduction of the IntelliFlash N5100 provides a new entry-level NVMe performance offering, suited for those looking for an affordable solution to accelerate business applications with NVMe. The N5100 complements the current N-series lineup of N5200 and N5800 models, offering extreme performance for data-intensive applications that require the lowest latency response times possible. The enhanced IntelliFlash OS 3.10 creates a unified framework, so mixing and matching IntelliFlash arrays for specific workloads is seamless.
With OS 3.10, the N5800 pushes the limits of NVMe by doubling its performance, delivering best-in-class random performance amongst fully-featured mid-range all-flash arrays with up to 1.7M IOPS and latency as low as 200µsec.
IntelliFlash OS 3.10 further improves storage economics with support for 15TB Ultrastar SSDs, doubling the density on select IntelliFlash models. By adding 15TB NVMe SSDs, the new IntelliFlash HD2160 doubles the density of the HD-series 2RU (rack unit) offering from 184TB raw to 368TB. IntelliFlash NVMe-based N-series and SAS-based HD-series platforms benefit from high-capacity scale-up options to deliver a substantial increase in workload consolidation while reducing overall hardware footprint. WD's customers can choose to scale up to 2.5PB of flash in a single array with the high-density HD2160 SAS-based all-flash array, or combine an N-series array with SAS-based expansion to achieve the right mix of performance and economics to meet the demands of a wide range of workloads. IntelliFlash systems start at 19TB raw capacity and can scale to 2.5PB raw flash capacity in 14RU.
With the introduction of Live Dataset Migration, WD's customers can move legacy IntelliFlash data pools to the latest IntelliFlash arrays, or support other migration needs — whether on-premises or in hybrid-cloud environments. No reconfiguration or application recoding is required. Live Dataset Migration is enabling LUN migration of iSCSI/FC LUNS while the system is operating.
IntelliFlash OS 3.10 also enables simplified data mobility to the cloud with its Amazon S3 cloud connector for AWS connectivity, or to other S3-enabled platforms like Western Digital's ActiveScale object storage system. WD's customers can place snapshots in AWS for hybrid-cloud configurations to protect data offsite and cost-effectively move cold or archive data off primary storage without heavy lifting.
Additional enhancements in IntelliFlash OS 3.10 include SMB3 optimization for Windows File Server 2016 deployment on Hyper-V, simplified VMware deployments and management of VMware vSphere datastores, administrative features such as Powershell Toolkit for automating Windows storage, and the IntelliCare predictive-analytics health monitoring service.
Today, Western Digital also launched its enhanced Enterprise Partner Program with streamlined benefits, discounts and programs for its IntelliFlash, ActiveScale and Ultrastar platform brands. Solution and cloud providers are encouraged to apply for the Western Digital Enterprise Partner Program to access the selection of go-to-market resources and sales incentives.
In addition to the IntelliFlash family, Western Digital's data center portfolio includes the ActiveScale cloud object storage system, OpenFlex NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) open composable infrastructure; Ultrastar storage servers and storage platforms; Ultrastar memory extension drive; and its family of Ultrastar data center-class HDDs and SSDs.