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Infinidat, founded in 2011, provides next generation enterprise class storage at a disruptive price point. Through the use of its patented Infiniverse Storage Architecture™, Infinidat employs commodity hardware to deliver highly efficient multi-petabyte capacity in a single rack. The InfiniBox™ solution also delivers mainframe-class reliability with an unprecedented 99.99999% availability, and over 750K IOPS of performance. Automated provisioning, management, and application integration provide a system that is incredibly efficient and easy to use. Infinidat is changing the paradigm of enterprise storage while reducing operational overhead, complexity and cost.


Who's who in SSD? - Infinidat

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - StorageSearch.com - September 2015

I didn't exactly rush to write about Infinidat because although I started seeing PR messages from the company 5 months ago - their web site at that time had no publicly viewable useful data on it. And the company still - at the time of writing this - hides even the most basic information about their products behind a sign-up barrier.

To my mind that's suggests a marketing mindset which is rooted in the paper based direct marketing of the 1980s rather than the web based information sharing culture - which has been the basis of the enterprise market (which I've been associated with) for over 20 years.

Anyway - after some recent prodding - by a marketer at Infinidat - I did break the habits of a lifetime and sign up to see some information about the company on their resource page which should never have been hidden in the first place. (Unless it was a competitor who was designing their web strategy.)

Here's what I learned.
  • Infinidat is in the hybrid appliance market. Their solution has a 2% ratio of flash to HDD storage - and is positioned as multi petabyte (you wouldn't buy it unless you were looking at PB scale) high resilience, unified storage with a self healing architecture.
  • Re high availability here's what I learned from an ESG document (pdf)

    In particular:- Infinidat's system uses triple modular redundancy, has a big controller architecture approach to RAIDlike data rebuilds which make them to complete faster. Infinidat rebuilds to the free space in the array rather than to just a single drive, and rebuilds only data - rather than blank space. The result? Infinidat claims that "even following the loss of two six terabyte drives, the time to return to full redundancy is less than 15 minutes." That's important - because as classic RAID users know only too well - they are vulnerable to data loss if failures are clustered in time and locality when their HA systems are already compromized by reacting to earlier bunch of failures.

    That 15 minute recovery window is noteworthy but not unique.

    Typically vendors have been reporting classic RAID rebuild acceleration in HDD arrays of 20x - since 2010 - based on legacy HDD RAID accelerated by SSD servers. Modern cloud-like micro-tiering architectures can be much faster.

    In those respects Infinidat is similar to other best of breed competing private cloud technology solutions (who offer HDD heavy hybrid pools). It's the writes to a "free storage pool" - rather than to a newly installed drive - which is the key accelerant in such systems. But having said that - when it comes to minutes of time - recovering full resiliency on a pure flash storage array is generally faster than in a hybrid.

    With fault windows - it comes down to cost, how you account for it and what you're willing to pay for.

    What does seem to be rare - and more like the embedded industrial market than the enterprise market - is that Infinidat says it runs infant mortality testing on each newly built system for a full month before shipping. That filtering process reduces the incidence of infant mortaility in the array population which is epxperienced by its customers.
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Infinidat gets $150 million series B funding for high availability petabyte scale hybrid storage
Editor:- April 29, 2015 - Infinidat (which operates in the petabyte scale hybrid storage appliance market) today announced a $150 million series B investment led by TPG Growth - which brings the companys total funding to $230 million.
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Extended pre-shipment burn in...

why doesn't everyone do it?
Apart from the fact that it would slow down the sales ramp... there can be downsides too in such an approach. Especially in fast flash systems.

In an earlier phase of the enterprise flash market one systems vendor told me they had to be careful to ensure that their burn-in didnt eat too much into the lifetime of the system because it could zap 10% off the endurance of the flash memory population.

See also - failures in time and SSDs