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April 29, 2013

IBM Offering High IOPS Modular Adapters for System x Servers

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez, TMCnet Contributor

LSI Corporation (News - Alert) recently announced that IBM now includes a new product line called High IOPS (input/output operations per second) Modular Adapters, which are based on LSI's Nytro WarpDrive technology. These new cards make a part of IBM's (News - Alert) array of PCIe Flash cards, and they are intended to be used in IBM System x servers so that they can help expedite data transactions in tasks that involve big data analytics.

The LSI Nytro WarpDrive adapters are very low-latency pieces of hardware that can be used for high-performance storage and data-intensive tasks. Their low-energy usage lets cloud and enterprise data centers cut costs and significantly decrease the amount of physical space they use for storage. IBM's website shows that the new adapters can be purchased with 300 GB, 600 GB, and 800 GB multilevel cell (MLC) adapters and a 300 GB single level cell (SLC) adapter.

Although the device is meant to be used in System x servers, it can also be used in IBM's BladeCenter and Flex System servers.

Gary Smerdon, SVP and general manager at the Accelerated Solutions division in LSI, said, “Rapid data growth and rising application performance requirements have exposed the limitations of today's aging storage architectures. IBM System x servers deployed with LSI Nytro WarpDrive technology can provide customers with a powerful, cost-effective performance boost for storing, accessing and analyzing data and, ultimately, give users the power to innovate to the next generation of data centers.”

LSI's Nytro WarpDrive technology composes the company's Nytro product portfolio of PCIe flash adapters. Other products in the same line include the Nytro MegaRAID and Nytro XD families, which both provide different storage tasks. The Nytro XD, for example, accelerates application performance by detecting hot spots, or areas where data is being accessed the most, and storing it within a high-speed flash environment.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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