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FlashDisk Database Accelerator


FlashDisk DBA Delivers Over 200,000 IOPS with SSD disks.

FlashDisk DBA is only 2U high yet speeds application by 2x to 25x. FlashDisk DBA clocks in at 73,000 sustained random and 213,000 sustained sequential IOPS with bursts to 500,000 IOPS using typical database-sized 4 KB blocks.

FlashDisk DBA offers eight 8 Gb Fibre Channel ports to support SSD speeds. FlashDisk DBA supports eight Fibre Channel 8 Gb ports for SAN switch attach or “SAN-In-A-Box” connections to up to 8 servers.



    • 213,000 sequential; 73,000 random IOPS
    • 3 GB/sec writes; 5 GB/sec reads
    • Eight 8 Gb Fibre Channel ports


    • 200/400/800 GB eMLC SSDs
    • 19.2 TB raw (24 SSDs at 800 GB each)
    • 9.6 TB usable (RAID 1, 10)
    • Virtual storage pools maximize utilization

    SSD Endurance

    • 8 full capacity writes per day for 5 years
    • Wear leveling uses all SSD blocks evenly
    • Automated block replacement

    Reliability & Serviceability

    • Hot-swappable drives, power supplies, fans, BBUs, AC inlets, optional controllers
    • Hot spares with automatic drive rebuilds
    • Supports drive path failover & load balancing
    • No single point of failure configurations

    Centralized & Remote Management

    • FlashDisk Global Manager manages multiple
      standard FlashDisk and FlashDisk DBA units
      over network with web browser GUI
    • 24×7 automated “call-home” service to
      US call center

    Database Performance
    FlashDisk Database Accelerator (DBA) is a “plug-and-play” data storage unit featuring solid state disks (SSDs) and ultra-fast controllers that multiplies the speed of Oracle, SQLserver, SAP and MySQL and other random access applications on an enterprise SAN by 2X to 25X – with no software changes. Queries, reports, sorts and merges all run faster with reliable hardware acceleration whether native or virtual.

    Designed as a “Purpose-Built” storage solution, the FlashDisk DBA utilizes uniquely fast disk controllers and the speed of special purpose, high speed SSDs. With no mechanical disk heads, SSDs run at electronic speeds with vastly lower read and write latencies. However, most RAID controllers were designed for mechanical disks and thus cannot keep up with the performance that SSDs provide, especially for small-block random access applications like database and transaction processing.

    Speed, Speed, Speed
    Dual redundant, exceptionally high speed disk controllers make use of the SSDs to maximize performance. Typical 15K rpm hard disks deliver up to 250 disk IOPS (disk operations per second) thus twelve in a single unit delivers only 3,000 random IOPS. By contrast, FlashDisk DBA with 12 SSDs and an ultra fast controller delivers up to 73,000 random I/O’s per second – nearly 25 times the data rate. For data transfer, FlashDisk DBA excels with 3 GB per second writes and 5 GB per second reads. Imagine what that would mean in your database applications and backup.

    SAN Accessible
    Fast data access requires fast host interface. FlashDisk DBA provides eight 8 Gb Fibre Channel ports to provide SAN access or up to eight direct attached server connections in a “SAN-In-A-Box” configuration – without Fibre Channel switches.

    In applications that are mission critical, each SSD is mirrored to another so that the application continues running even if one SSD from each mirror pair fails. FlashDisk DBA uses only the highest quality enterprise Multi-Level Cell (eMLC) SSDs, with a typical write endurance of at least 8 full-media writes per day for 5 years. All components are redundant, easily accessible and hot-swappable including controllers, drives, power supplies, fans and AC power.

    FlashDisk DBA is “Purpose-Built” to deliver unprecedented performance and exceptional reliability and serviceability to mission database applications. Example benchmarks below highlight the obvious benefits.


    Storage Services
    Virtual Storage Pools Create, expand, and delete storage volumes as requirements change to maximize storage utilization.
    Snapshots Up to 256 snapshots per volume with 4,096 total snapshots and 256 volume copies. Mount and read snapshots, restore files and databases. Rollback to selected time. Server flush agent supports Windows and Linux applications.
    Thin Provisioning Option Provides dynamic storage allocation and maximizes storage utilization.
    Remote Replication Option Storage based replication for business continuity and disaster recovery.
    Mirroring Create mirror volumes, split mirrors, fast resync for data redundancy, backup, data mining and analysis.
    Volume Copy Reconstitute full volumes from snapshots, create multiple full versions to avoid overloading production.
    FlashD2D Backup Scheduled zero-downtime tiered primary to secondary disk-to-disk backup. Enables off-line copy to tape.
    Global Management Manage multiple FlashDisk VX Series systems from a single, easy to use GUI from any browser on the web.
    Storage Wizard Wizard simplifies initial setup and enables advanced settings.
    Visual Calendar Scheduler Schedules all storage services including snapshots, volume copies, split mirrors, fast resync and replication easily and intuitively.



    FlashDisk Database Accelerator – Typical Application Benchmarks

    Database Function 15K Disks FlashDisk DBA Speed Multiple Time Reduction
    Simple Query 3 min 34 sec 16 sec 13.4 92.5%
    Short Report 48 min 3 sec 1 min 35 sec 5.1 80.3%
    Long Report 2 hr 53 min 23 min 7.5 86.7%

    FlashDisk Database Accelerator – SSD Performance Data

    Benchmarks IOPS
    12 Non-RAID SSDs 4K Blocks
    Sequential writes 132,000
    Sequential reads 213,000
    Random writes 55,000
    Random reads 73,000




    FlashDisk DBA - Confugured as a "SAN-In-A-Box"

    FlashDisk DBA shown directly connected to eight 8 Gb Fibre Channel hosts for maximum speed.


    Operating systems Supports 14 Operating Systems including Windows, Linux, and UNIX
    Platforms supported Intel, Oracle, HP, IBM system p, Apple, SGI
    Cluster support Supports 9 industry-standards including Windows, Linux, and Veritas
    Remote monitoring ports RJ45 10/100 Ethernet
    Communication protocols TCP/IP, SNMP, SSH
    Connectivity Host adapters available for PCI-X, PCI Express
    Storage Management
    FlashDisk Global Manager GUI Manage storage services of multiple FlashDisks from any web browser
    Event notification Automatic event and problem alert notification
    FlashAlert call home service 24-hour call center available for immediate action
    Manage out of band Ethernet
    2U Enclosure
    SSD controller Single/Dual redundant 64-bit, 12th generation controller
    RAID levels supported 0, 1, 10
    Host interfaces 8 Gb F/C and 1 Gb Ethernet
    Number of drives 12 x 3.5" or 24 x 2.5" SSDs
    On-line capacity expansion Automatically adds new drives to existing array - “on-the-fly”
    Cache memory capacity 2 GB, expandable to 4 GB per controller
    Non-volatile cache Li-ION battery powered backup to flash memory
    Maximum LUNs 1024 total, 64 per host ID
    Maximum number of hosts 64
    LUN mapping/filtering Configurable per logical partition
    Controls and Indicators
    LCD front operation panel 2 x 16 character display, push button controls.
    LED indicators LED power, battery, controller, and system status
    Alerting Audible and visual alerts
    Component failure Failure indication through LCD and GUI
    LCD front operating console View/edit logical RAID/physical drives, setup hot-spare drives, map hosts, check parity, enable write-back cache, rebuild failed drive, view logs...
    Uninterruptible power supply Required when using write-back cache
    Redundant AC power Dual 90-260 VAC Inlet, 47-63 Hz
    Power consumption 100 VAC @ 9A; 240 VAC @ 4.5 A; 460 W with PFC
    Enclosure dimensions 3.5"h x 17.5"w x 19.2"d
    Enclosure weight Approximately 63 lbs. fully loaded with drives
    Operating temperature 0° to 40° C
    Cooling system Two dual hot-swap, ball bearing blowers; <51 dB-A
    Compliance FCC, UL, CE, CSA
    Warranty & Service
    Standard warranty One year, next day on-site and toll-free hotline; Options up to 24x7 on-site
    Installation and service On-site installation; 24x7 service available