Mt. Rainier Project is a Breakthrough in Enterprise
Application Acceleration, Bringing Transparent, Server-Based
Caching to the SAN Using Industry-Standard SSDs
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic
(Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced new technology that seamlessly combines
its market-leading storage area network (SAN) host bus adapter (HBA)
technology with server-based, industry-standard solid-state drive (SSD)
flash storage. The Mt. Rainier project brings server-based SSD caching
performance to SAN storage, simplifying deployment and management while
delivering scalable performance to I/O hungry applications running in
single and clustered server environments.
Application performance has become a critical, competitive advantage
for organizations and has a direct impact on customer satisfaction,
service levels and overall business performance.
Application-transparent and infrastructure- and storage
subsystem-agnostic, Mt. Rainier delivers the application performance
acceleration benefits of server-based SSDs without many of the
limitations of current solutions. New breakthrough innovations include:
-- Simplified deployment and management: Mt. Rainier does not require
installation and management of separate drivers for I/O adapters, SSD
cards and caching. The design uses only one QLogic(R) driver per OS
which dramatically simplifies installation and management, particularly
for servers running multiple virtual machines and clustered
-- Flexible hardware architecture: Mt. Rainier allows customers to connect
different SSDs, including PCIe flash-based storage cards and
industry-standard SAS SSDs.
-- Adapter-based caching and SSD data management: Mt. Rainier cache
processing and SSD data management are offloaded from the server to the
Mt. Rainier adapter, resulting in an application-transparent and
operating system-independent server-based SSD caching solution that
provides scalable acceleration of critical server applications without
consuming additional server resources.
-- Shared caching: Many clustered enterprise applications and virtual
server environments require shared storage resources. These applications
typically cannot take advantage of server-based SSD solutions that
utilize a direct-attached storage model because cached data is
unavailable for sharing between multiple, physical servers. Mt. Rainier
breaks the server captive cache model with a shared caching architecture
that brings the benefits of server-based SSD performance acceleration to
multi-server application configurations that benefit from the shared
storage environments of SANs.
-- High availability synchronous mirroring: Synchronous peer-to-peer
mirroring across two Mt. Rainier adapters protects against data loss and
ensures high availability for mission-critical applications.
"Increased server performance, higher virtual machine density, growth
in application clusters and more demanding business application
workloads have created a critical I/O performance imbalance between
servers, networks and storage subsystems," said Simon Biddiscombe,
president and chief executive officer, QLogic. "Mt. Rainier builds on
our leading market position and unique expertise in high performance
data center connectivity to bring a new category of scalable,
performance-enhancing solutions that are easy to deploy and address
some of the most performance-challenged environments in the data
"Current caching solutions require separate device drivers for SAN
HBAs, SSD cards, and additional caching filter drivers and software,"
said Shishir Shah, senior vice president and general manager, Storage
Solutions Group, QLogic. "Mt. Rainier is flexible technology that
seamlessly combines the benefits of server-based SSD caching with
SAN-based storage using a standard QLogic driver. We've created a
shared SAN resource model for industry-standard SSDs in the server that
leverages existing SAN storage and infrastructure."
"Storage performance has long been one of the most pervasive challenges
in the data center," said Jeff Boles, senior analyst at Taneja Group.
"Over the past several decades, compute power has simply leapt past the
ability of SAN storage to keep up. QLogic's Mt. Rainier defines a new
technology category we call Server-based Storage Accelerators, in which
HBAs cache SAN data on server-based SSD storage in a transparent,
shared architecture. With QLogic's global presence and innovative
architecture, Mt. Rainier could well become the de facto choice for
solving I/O challenges in every data center."
Mt. Rainier technology will be initially deployed and managed as a
traditional SAN HBA, providing connectivity to Fibre Channel SANs
(10GbE, iSCSI and FCoE in the future). For additional information on
the Mt. Rainier project, please visit www.qlogic.com.
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