SOURCE: Virident Systems

Virident Systems

August 07, 2012 07:00 ET

Virident Systems Introduces FlashMAX II PCIe Solid-State Drive With Industry's Highest Application Performance and Capacity Density

FlashMAX II Provides Unmatched Unconditional Performance and Support for VMware ESXi and VDI Environments

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 7, 2012) - Virident Systems, Inc., a performance leader in flash-based storage-class memory (SCM) solutions, today announced the release of Virident FlashMAX II, the second generation of Virident's industry-leading PCIe solid-state drives (SSDs) for enterprise environments. Virident FlashMAX II features the highest capacity in a low-profile form factor, industry-leading unconditional performance and twice the performance density as the nearest competition. It also features support for VMware ESXi and VDI environments for optimal performance of virtualized desktops and applications.

"As a satisfied customer of the first-generation FlashMAX, we are thrilled with the impressive performance of FlashMAX II," said Tom Parker, director of information technology at KAYAK Software Corp. "FlashMAX II will support our plans to scale our data center and improve application and virtualization performance for the next generation of our IT operations."

"IT organizations require predictable, sustained and unconditional performance at all capacity levels for enterprise-grade solid-state drives to deliver the best possible service-level agreements and application performance to their users," said Joseph Unsworth, research vice president, Gartner. "Reducing power consumption, server sprawl, and enabling a cost-effective upgrade to existing infrastructure performance are also considerations driving IT organizations to increasingly deploy PCIe flash solutions."

Virident's unique approach to solving application performance problems incorporates specialized low-profile PCIe hardware and vFAS software that combine to implement SCM within the server. Virident's SCM architecture has been designed to tightly integrate flash media, hardware and software to deliver memory-class performance with storage-class capacity and persistence. FlashMAX devices are available in both single-level cell (SLC) and multi-level cell (MLC) and range in capacity from 550 gigabytes to 2.2 terabytes.

Virident FlashMAX II includes these industry-leading features:

  • Highest application performance in the industry
    • Sustained, predictable and consistent high levels of performance are achieved across a broad range of applications and workloads at all capacity utilization levels
  • Twice the performance density of the nearest competitor
    • Streaming read performance is twice that of a low-profile SSD from the nearest competitor
  • Highest capacity in the industry
    • FlashMAX II can deliver 2.2 terabytes (TB) of capacity in a low-profile form factor
  • Support for VMware ESXi server virtualization and VDI environments
    • Plug and play takes only 25 minutes from time to install to ready
    • FlashMAX II alleviates the severe I/O bottlenecks caused by boot storms and login storms
    • It achieves much higher virtual-machine density than traditional storage for both server virtualization and VDI infrastructure
    • Cost per desktop is lower than that of traditional storage environments
  • Flash-aware RAID for enhanced reliability and data availability
    • The flash modules on a card are spread across RAID groups, allowing for multiple failures to occur without disrupting an application's access to the data
  • Simplified management
    • Unlike competing solutions, 100 percent of the capacity available on a FlashMAX II card is available as a single host volume on the server, without having to leverage third-party software RAID products to stripe across multiple drives
  • Global and local wear leveling
    • To maximize the lifetime of the flash media, Virident FlashMAX II with vFAS software relocates data to areas of flash that are less used whenever needed

"With FlashMAX II, Virident is helping today's enterprise IT organizations meet one of their most important and difficult storage challenges: delivering application performance in a cost-effective manner," said Shridar Subramanian, vice president, product marketing, Virident. "IT organizations can now realize unprecedented gains in terms of unconditional application performance, server consolidation, and simplified setup and management in Linux, Windows and virtualized environments."

Pricing and availability: Virident FlashMAX II pricing starts at $6,000. The product will be available in September, 2012.

About Virident Systems
Virident Systems enterprise-class Storage Class Memory (SCM) solutions deliver unconditional, consistent performance that supports the most data-intensive content and applications. The inherent advantage associated with this disruptive technology revolutionizes computing by speeding application response time and optimizing datacenter efficiency for new levels of ROI. Virident Systems is backed by strategic investors, Intel®, Cisco® Systems and a leading storage hardware and software solutions provider, as well as venture investors Globespan Capital Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Artiman Ventures. For more information, visit

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