EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) last week announced EMC DSSD D5 rack-scale flash storage. Designed for the most data-intensive applications which require extreme levels of performance and the lowest possible latency, the DSSD D5 is designed to improve fraud detection, credit card authorization, and advanced analytics processing times by as much as 10X over traditional data drive technology.
Financial services enterprises demand high-performance infrastructure to leverage data growth and data velocity and thus can benefit from shared enterprise-ready flash storage with the highest levels of performance, throughput and almost nonexistent latency. Low latency levels in the past were only attained through direct-attached PCIe flash cards with major drawbacks in price, scale, expandability, serviceability, availability, and shareability – with every PCIe card an individually managed and non-redundant island of storage.
DSSD D5 delivers ultra-dense, high-performance, highly available and very low latency shared flash storage for up to 48 redundant connected servers. D5 is connected to each node through PCIe Gen3 and leverages NVMe technology, to deliver the performance of PCI-attached flash. The D5 is a standalone appliance that is disaggregated from compute, delivering the benefits of shared storage. The result is next-generation performance with latency as low as 100 microseconds, throughput as high as 100 GB/s, and IOPS of up to 10 million in a 5U system.
The ultra-high performance D5 was developed from the ground up and packaged with multiple industry-first hardware and software innovations that set it apart from any other storage offering available on the market. DSSD D5 moves beyond storage into the realm of enabling next-generation applications that require extreme performance and scalability.
EMC offers DSSD D5 to benefit industries such as financial services currently limited by traditional architectures that were not designed for the extreme performance needs of their business critical applications. These include for example, applications built on top of Hadoop, high performance databases and data warehouses as well as custom applications used for complex, real-time data processing and real-time analytics and insight.
DSSD D5 accelerates current banking, securities, and insurance databases and data warehouse solutions, such as Oracle, through an innovative low-latency data path to deliver 3X lower latency, one-fifth the rack space and 68% lower TCO than the highest published performance Oracle solution.
“We’re running some of the most complex workloads in the world, but traditional flash couldn’t offer the performance or bandwidth we wanted to service our applications or analyze our data in real time. DSSD D5 has fundamentally changed our business by eliminating unnecessary software, hardware and pre-processed batch jobs. With DSSD, we’re able to support applications and analytics at never-before-seen speeds; this is what enabled us to make the leap to this new generation of flash storage, and we’re not looking back,” said Brian Dougherty, CMA’s chief technical architect.
EMC also expects DSSD D5 reduces data center footprint and costs with ultra-dense, shared flash. The appliance provides up to 36 flash modules with 144TB RAW (100TB usable) capacity, in a five rack-unit chassis that can be accessed redundantly by up to 48 direct-attached servers. D5 is also engineered to provide increased application uptime through enterprise-class availability and serviceability features. These features include dual-ported client cards, dual H/A controllers, redundant components and industry-leading flash reliability and resiliency with Cubic RAID, dynamic wear leveling, flash physics control and space-time garbage collection.