Intel Intros Cache Acceleration Software for Use with Its SSD Data Center Family

The software prioritizes application performance with unique, policy-based cache control that accelerates applications without backend storage or application changes. By Admin

Intel Corporation has announced its Intel Cache Acceleration Software (CAS) for Linux* that prioritizes application performance, providing solid-state drive (SSD) levels of speed without migration costs, and built-in data integrity for the chipmaker's SSD data center family of products.

The Linux version of the software will be generally available within 30 days as an enterprise subscription and open source release. It will complement the existing Intel CAS 2.0 for Windows that is available today.

Intel CAS 2.0 is based on technology from Intel's August 2012 acquisition of NEVEX Virtual Technologies, and provides key capabilities that enhance the company's SSD data center family of products. Intel's CAS 2.0 solution provides input/output (I/O) and application performance improvements in use cases including database/OLTP, virtualization, cloud, and big data (Hadoop)*.

“With the combination of Intel CAS and the Intel 910 PCIe SSD, Intel has a solution that is a game changer for server-side caching,” says James Bagley, senior analyst at Storage Strategies-NOW. “It allows IT to easily add more performance to their existing storage infrastructure, delivering SSD levels of speed without a complete data migration.”

APPLICATION ACCELERATION AND PERFORMANCE
The Intel CAS solution provides significantly1 improved performance for I/O-intensive applications running on dedicated servers or virtual machines (VMs). With its policy-based caching, Intel CAS can target performance to specific applications, files, VM, or individual database tables. Selective optimized caching allows administrators to focus performance on applications and data that directly affect the business while enabling consistent I/O acceleration by avoiding contention with other applications and server actions.

A scalable application server tier with direct-attached SSD provides low latency and consistent performance, complementing SAN technologies for capacity storage tiers such as archive, backup, recovery, and more.

Intel CAS 2.0 for Windows and Linux supports the Intel SSD data center family including the Intel DC S3700 and 910 Series. The open source code release will be available on intel.com. Additional information about Intel's new caching solution can be found at www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/software/intel-cache-acceleration-software.

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1 Results have been estimated based solely on internal Intel analysis, using only Intel SSDs, and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.

Configurations: Measurements made using Intel Server model 2600CO (Copper Pass Server); Intel E5-2680 processor (2.7GHz), 32GB DDR2/1333 memory; Microsoft* Windows 2008R2 SP1, Intel CAS 2.0 release candidate 1; IOMeter 10.22.2009 ; 4K Random Read test; 32-queue depth; 800Gig Intel SSD 910 series, Intel RAID RS25AB080 with MR54p1 firmware; 8 x 10K SAS HDD in a RAID0 array

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