Western Digital upgrades IntelliFlash data center systems

Western Digital announced enhancements to its IntelliFlash data center systems.
Western Digital at a trade showWestern Digital’s IntelliFlash family of NVMe-flash, all-flash and hybrid-flash arrays delivers better value proposition for accelerating workloads.

IntelliFlash N5100 provides a new entry-level NVMe performance offering, ideally suited for customers 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.

IntelliFlash OS 3.10 software is designed to extract maximum performance from NVMe flash. The OS 3.10 assists the N5800 to push the limits of NVMe by doubling its performance.

“For those looking to modernize their data centers and consolidate workloads, the IntelliFlash NVMe all-flash arrays should be a serious consideration,” Scott Sinclair, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), said.

IntelliFlash OS 3.10 improves storage economics with support for 15TB Ultrastar SSDs, doubling the density on select IntelliFlash models. 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.

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.

IntelliFlash systems start at 19TB raw capacity and can scale to 2.5PB raw flash capacity in 14RU.

IntelliFlash OS 3.10 also enables simplified data mobility to the cloud with its Amazon S3 cloud connector for seamless AWS connectivity, or to other S3-enabled platforms like Western Digital’s ActiveScale object storage system.

“IntelliFlash OS 3.10 is a powerful platform, making it easier with the best economics for customers to upgrade legacy storage infrastructure to NVMe,” Phil Bullinger, senior vice president of Western Digital’s Data Center Systems business unit, said.

Western Digital also launched its Enterprise Partner Program with more benefits, discounts and programs for its IntelliFlash, ActiveScale and Ultrastar platform brands.

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