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RamSan-325 Brings Speed and Storage to Solid State
RamSan-325 Brings Speed and Storage to Solid State

Users of solid state systems will be able to reduce the number of storage units they currently use, because of the increased storage capacity Texas Memory Systems' RamSan-325 brings to solid state disks. RamSan-325, which can carry out 250,000 I/O operations a second, doubles the capacity of a 3U system to 128 GB using 512Mb of DDR RAM. Texas Memory will be showing the RamSan-325 this week at the Supercomputing Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

The new, high-capacity disk combines high storage density with rapid retrieval. Traditionally, solid state disks are bought only for speed. When they are incorporated into IT departments, they are usually used alongside hard disk-based systems. RamSan-325 addresses the need for both speed and storage.

"Increasingly, IT departments are using solid state disks strategically within their storage networks to accelerate critical database applications," said Randy Kerns, senior partner at Evaluator Group. He added, "the growth of databases is now driving demand for speed which can be provided by high capacity solid state systems."

The higher capacity RamSan-325 solid state systems allow organizations to keep their large database files on one LUN, which is preferred over the method used today where data is split and shared over several systems. Now, a terabyte system can be built with 8 units, instead of 16. This means high capacity systems are more space efficient, easier to manage, and affordable. The RamSan-325 has more than three times the storage density of the closest competing solid state disk.

Enterprises using RamSan-325 can experience increases upwards of 2500% in operations with intensive I/O. Data to a database can be delivered at an unheard-of 1.5 GB a second. Typical RamSan users include corporations in the financial, telecom, broadcasting, and e-commerce sectors as well as government, military, and research organizations such as Japan's highly respected Nara Institute of Technology.

Teruo Yamada, CEO of System Create, Texas Memory Systems' resale partner in Japan, commented, "The RamSan-325 meets the immediate needs of Nara Institute of Technology whose application requires 128 gigabytes to support a single file. The customer was willing to wait for the higher density system to be available before buying."

The high availability of RamSan's architecture includes features like redundant and hot swappable power supplies, backup batteries, and a four-disk RAID with hot swappable backup hard disk drives that store data flushed from memory. This enables users to take advantage of the solid state drive's superior performance and the hard disk drives by constantly backing up memory to the internal RAID without depreciating application performance.

According to Texas Memory Systems, RamSan-325 can be used by a single computer, with a host bus adapter, or by hundreds of computers on a fiber channel storage area network (SAN). Full monitoring and configuration abilities are available over any browser via a protected Java applet. The RamSan-325 is fully SNMP compatible.

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