STEC, Inc., The SSD Company, a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) technologies and products, today announced the general availability of the company's EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software. The company offers Linux and Windows versions. In addition, a Linux version of EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software, based on Facebook's Flashcache caching module, will be made available under a general public license (GPLv2).
"Today's IT managers need to cope not only with data growth but also the need for faster application response times," said Jim Ting, vice president of product marketing at STEC. "SSD caching extends the useful life of a company's existing SAN by offloading read IOs to the SSD cache, enabling the SAN to process other IO activity."
"As one of the original architects of Flashcache, I'm extremely pleased to see this technology being enhanced and supported by STEC in their EnhanceIO software," said Mohan Srinivasan, software engineer at Facebook. "Flashcache has proven to be an invaluable tool for accelerating application performance at Facebook. We believe organizations can benefit from the improved application performance and user experience enabled by using STEC's enhanced and supported version of Flashcache."
STEC has submitted a version of the EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software source code to the Linux open-source community. This will reduce the barrier to entry for organizations who want the superior user experience and application performance of SSDs at a lower cost.
EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software was designed to deliver a robust, easy-to-deploy solution that can accelerate applications by using STEC or any other vendor's SAS, Fibre Channel, PCIe or SATA SSD as a cache device. As part of the design, EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software minimizes its use of server memory when storing cache metadata, thus reducing the impact of the caching software on server resources. In addition, EnhanceIO provides data center managers with the opportunity to cost-effectively scale an existing enterprise IT infrastructure without incurring the cost of additional hardware.
EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software pricing starts at $295 for Linux and $495 for Windows for a one-year subscription per server installation that includes updates, upgrades and customer support. These products are now available for download from www.stec-inc.com/enhanceio.