IntelliFlash Arrays are powered by Tegile’s IntelliFlash software architecture. This fast, flexible operating environment is designed to leverage different grades of storage media—DRAM, NVDIMM, NAND flash, HDD, etc.—in a single storage array. IntelliFlash understands the inherent characteristics of different storage media and intelligently manages the placement of data to deliver memory-like performance (speed and latency) with the best possible economics. It also includes advanced data services, multi-protocol support, and flexible management capabilities, enabling you to significantly shrink your storage footprint, maximize uptime, consolidate workloads, and simplify storage administration.
Media longevity & reliability
IntelliFlash optimizes data layout for the underlying geometry of the medium (flash or hard disk) to ensure long life even under high I/O workload.
- Writes are aligned to sector boundaries for disks and to native page sizes of flash to avoid fragmented I/O and unnecessary media writes
- Flash wear is continually tracked and data are relocated to ensure uniform wear across flash pages.
- Data is deduplicated & compressed before it's written to media, minimizing writes and extending life of the storage media
Consistent I/O & high capacity utilization
By virtualizing and aggregating physical media into resource pools and using a flash-optimized RAID scheme, IntelliFlash delivers consistent I/O performance with lower capacity overhead.
- Capacity allocation and provisioning are easy and on demand
- IntelliFlash RAID uses multi-parity protection schemes and dynamic stripe widths to eliminate performance overhead and media wear from read-modify-write operations
- I/O pipelining and data coalescing ensure consistent performance with lower average latency
System Availability & Reliability
Continuous information availability is paramount when deploying flash storage for enterprise applications. IntelliFlash is designed to deliver high resiliency and availability
- Dual controllers with Active/Active I/O handling for continuous data access
- Dual-ported media (flash and hard disks) and redundant I/O fabric ensure no single point of failure
- Capacity expansion, system upgrades, media swaps are fully non-disruptive with zero downtime – all with negligible performance impact.
Aggregation & Placement
Accelerated data services
IntelliFlash’s Metadata Aggregation and Placement Engine automatically separates metadata from application data. The engine organizes, aggregates, and places metadata on low-latency media enabling the acceleration of advanced data services
- Metadata are organized into flexible, multi-layered data structures and distributed across multiple flash media and fully protected.
- The multi-layered metadata management scheme facilitates storing and managing massive amounts of data at high I/O rates
- Benefits include high performance, inline data reduction across flash and hard disk, support for variable block sizes, and automated coalescing of data to match media’s native format
Caching & Scaling
Consistent performance at scale
By caching the most frequently-accessed metadata and application data in high-performance storage layers (DRAM and flash), IntelliFlash’s Caching and Scaling Engine delivers predictable latency for data reads and writes.
- Caching algorithms are adaptive and optimized for various I/O patterns to ensure high cache utilization rates
- Caching engine is designed to seamlessly adapt to differing media latencies across multiple levels of cache
- Automated expansion of metadata storage space ensures dynamic scaling of metadata management and advanced data services to handle massive data sets
Inline data deduplication & compression
By reducing storage consumption and avoiding unnecessary writes, IntelliFlash data reduction technologies minimize media wear
- Inline data deduplication eliminates redundant data blocks and can be enabled at a storage pool, or LUN/file share level, using variable block sizes
- A choice of compression algorithms are available to address the needs of various workloads
- By enabling more data to be served out of flash and DRAM, deduplication and compression accelerate storage system performance
Thin snapshots, clones & integrity checks
The IntelliFlash data protection services keep data safe, secure and always available with no impact on performance.
- IntelliFlash delivers in-line 256-bit AES encryption for data at rest on flash and hard disk with no impact to performance
- Checksum matching for data blocks and automatically fixing corrupt blocks protect against silent data corruption
- Instantaneous thin snapshots create space-efficient, point-in-time copies of data for backups and quick restores
Remote replication & consistent restores
IntelliFlash data recovery features enable enterprises to recover quickly from data loss or corruption, or even site outages.
- VM- and application-consistent snapshots enable instantaneous, stable recovery
- Intelligent data reconstruction ensures quick recovery from media failures and minimizes the window of exposure to another failure
- Site-to-site WAN-optimized replication of aggregated volumes in a consistency group enables bandwidth-efficient disaster recovery and business continuity
Protocols | Management
Block & file
IntelliFlash is architected to natively provide block and file access to meet the needs of different workloads, and consolidate workloads on a single array. The architecture is extensible, enabling easy addition of other protocols.
- Supported block protocols include iSCSI and Fibre Channel
- Supported file protocols are NFS, CIFS & SMB 3.0
- For all protocols, redundant fabric capabilities allow data access over multiple redundant paths
User & Programmable Interfaces
Enterprises need flexible options to manage storage in complex datacenter environments. IntelliFlash provides easy to use and solution-integrated storage management options, and CallHome functions ensure proactive, timely intervention.
- The WebUI is a simple and easy to use interface for comprehensive management of Tegile arrays
- A programmable task-oriented REST API enables scripted and automated storage management
- A plugin allows Tegile arrays to be managed through VMware vCenter, and management integration enables the arrays to be managed through Microsoft SCVMM*