Western Digital expands IntelliFlash line-up for greater accessibility and performance

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Western Digital has announced new additions and enhancements to its IntelliFlash data centre systems portfolio, which the data storage firm says will offer customers greater choice and flexibility to design modern hybrid-cloud infrastructures and gain more from their data.

The line-up now includes the entry-level N5100 NVMe and high-density HD2160 SAS arrays, while IntelliFlash OS has been bolstered to support live migration to an S3-compatible cloud.

Western Digital said its new IntelliFlash N5100 offers customers a more-affordable, entry-level NVMe performance solution, designed to accelerate business applications using the memory technology.

The new IntelliFlash HD2160 offering also represents a high-density, all-flash expansion option that doubles storage density for the HD range and improves TCO and storage operations.

The company's freshly-expanded line-up will also reap the benefits of its IntelliFlash OS 3.10 update, which enables the doubling of performance and density of select models, as well as adding transparent dataset migration and hybrid-cloud data mobility.

With the existing N5800 model, for example, Western Digital says the software helps deliver best-in-class random performance, with 1.7M IOPS and latency as low as 200µsec.

The platform also now enables simplified data mobility to the cloud with its Amazon S3 cloud connector for seamless AWS connectivity, or to other S3-enabled platforms such as the company's own ActiveScale object storage system.

That means customers can now place snapshots in AWS for hybrid-cloud configurations to protect data offsite and cost-effectively move cold or archive data off primary storage without heavy lifting, the firm said.

Other new features include SMB3 optimisation for Windows File Server 2016 deployments on Hyper-V, simplified VMware deployments and management of VMware vSphere datastores, new administrative features such as a Powershell Toolkit for automating Windows storage, as well as IntelliCare predictive-analytics health monitoring service.

"We have built upon our unique expertise in silicon all the way up to systems to ensure our customers have unparalleled value and performance – without compromise," commented Phil Bullinger, SVP and general manager of Western Digital's Data Center Systems unit.

"IntelliFlash OS 3.10 is a powerful platform, making it easier with the best economics for customers to upgrade legacy storage infrastructure to NVMe."

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

Solution and cloud providers can access the firm's comprehensive selection of go-to-market resources and sales incentives create solutions and services to solve a customer challenges, the firm said.

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