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LSI Intros Nytro PCIe Flash-based Products

LSI has introduced a new range of storage solutions call Nytro that combine intelligent caching, flash storage and PCIe in a bid to deliver improved data transaction performance.

The range consists of the WarpDrive AAC (application acceleration cards), which are PCIe flash adapters with capacities between 200GB and 3.2TB using either SLC or MLC technology and includes LSI's SAS controller ICs.

LSI claims that a single card can have the I/O performance of a few hundreds traditional hard disk drives - it surpasses 32Gbps sustained throughput - while consuming less power, dissipates less heat, takes up less space, improves reliability and reduces total cost of ownership.

Another new complementary solution is the MegaRAID AAC which allows Direct-Attached Storage (hard disk drives) to use onboard flash storage as a buffer and using LSI's RAID technology, allow data to be moved between high performance and high capacity storage transparently without the need to change software code.

LSI used the Warp Drive with Nytro XD intelligent caching system to deliver an off-the-shelf storage solution that caches frequently accessed data and delivers, according to LSI's benchmark, improvements of up to 30x over pure HDD storage environments (on database transaction benchmarks).

Expect the Nytro family to be available in the second quarter of 2012 with Nytro XD prices starting from $9400 while WarpDrive carry an SRP of $6600 and MegaRAID cards fetch as little as $1799.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.