The new flash acceleration feature for Hitachi VSP approximately triples performance and allows more than a million random read IOPS with no hardware changes.
This allows more consolidation, helps cope with VM sprawl, and improves quality of service, APAC director of platforms and solutions business Saravanan Krishnan told iTWire.
"Customers are really hungry for processing performance," he said, and flash acceleration is useful for anyone that needs to run more virtual machines, more virtual desktops, realtime processing, large-scale transaction processing, data warehousing and mining, web 2.0 applications, or 'big data' applications.
The upgrade is nondisruptive, and customers can obtain a trial licence to test the performance in their environment before paying the "nominal" $US28,500 licence fee.
HDS also announced a new flash memory controller based on proprietary technology from its parent company.
The new controller enhances HDS's existing support "by a significant amount," said Mr Krishnan.
Throughput is four times greater than with current SSDs based on MLC technology, and endurance is increased to more than five years for enterprise workloads.
The controller also supports inline zero block compression, as well as secure erase functionality.
The announcements are just part of the HDS roadmap for flash storage, Mr Krishnan said.