Has the next generation of monolithic storage arrived?

INFINIDAT’s product is called Infinibox. It’s a monolithic storage system, or could even be called next generation monolithic, and competes against EMC VMAX, HDS VSP or 3PAR 10K.

It’s not all-flash. It’s hybrid, with lots of RAM and flash at the front-end and big 7200 RPM disks at the back-end, bringing a total usable capacity of 2PB per rack.

The product is designed to be resilient, and everything is N+1 (for example it has a particular three-controller configuration, unusual but very effective).

The first time I saw INFINIDAT’s Infinibox I thought about XIV; the two products have some design similarities, and, as far as I know, many engineers followed INFINIDAT founder Moshe Yanai in this new venture when he left IBM after disputes about the development of XIV.

Infinibox is available in two different models, which primarily differ in the number of disks at the back-end. The “mini” Infinibox could be a good system for mid size enterprises or DR sites as well.

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