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Acer America Corp. is a computer manufacturer of business and consumer PCs, notebooks, ultrabooks, projectors, servers, and storage products.


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February 2, 2010 |

Avere Unveils FXT 2700

Tiered NAS appliance leverages the random read performance of Flash SSD in order to “meet high application demands of performance-oriented customers.”

Avere Systems FXT Seriesash SSD in order to “meet high application demands of performance-oriented customers,” according to Avere.

It is the first NAS appliance from Avere to include an internal tier of single-level cell Flash SSD. The company says it delivers up to a ten-times improvement in random read access for performance-critical applications, such as 3D rendering, chip design, and other CAD/CAE applications, database acceleration, and seismic data analysis for the oil and gas industry. †

“Deploying an Avere FXT 2700 appliance is a simple, fast and effective answer to the data access speed issue for these performance-centric users,” states the company in a press release to EH Publishing.

According to its maker, the FXT 2700 Series accommodates up to 13 TB Flash SSD across a 25-node cluster to significantly improve random read performance for customers whose data access requirements cannot be met with the latency imposed by the sequential nature of hard disk drives.

“One of the main assumptions of demand-driven storage is that data access requirements are different across applications,” says Avere Systems president and CEO Ron Bianchini. “Applications that produce heavy random read workloads are best addressed by SSDs, and the FXT 2700 is Avere’s answer for those users who have a high-end NAS infrastructure that under delivers when it comes to these types of applications.”

The most frequently accessed data is dynamically stored on a combination of DRAM, NVRAM, and SLC Flash SSD tiers on the FXT 2700. As a customer’s performance requirements change, additional FXT 2700 appliances can be added to the cluster to scale performance linearly.

FXT appliances accelerate performance of existing NAS installations with the tiered NAS design enabled by the Avere OS, which monitors and analyzes data access frequency patterns and workload type and manages data placement on the appropriate storage tier and distributes workloads across a cluster of FXT appliances.

The Avere FXT 2700 appliance comes in a 2U form factor and features 64 GB of DRAM (1.6 TB of DRAM per cluster), 1 GB of NVRAM, and 512 GB of SLC Flash SSD.

FXT clusters can scale to 25 appliances and support millions of operations/sec performance and tens of gigabytes per second throughput. Each FXT 2700 appliance provides redundant power and network ports and is designed for high-bandwidth network access with either two 10 GbE and two 1 GbE network ports or ten 1 GbE ports.

The FXT 2700 is available now with list pricing starting at $82,500.

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