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LSI CacheCade Technology Now Offered with Dell PowerEdge RAID Controllers

by david.nunes

17th May 2011  


LSI CacheCade Technology Now Offered with Dell PowerEdge RAID Controllers  

Database performance gains of up to 76 percent enabled by innovative cache tiering solution  

LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that LSI® CacheCade™ technology for application I/O performance acceleration is now available with Dell PowerEdge™ RAID Controller (PERC) H700- and H800-family cards.

LSI CacheCade technology significantly enhances the I/O performance of hard drive-based system storage by caching frequently accessed, or “hot spot,” data to solid-state drives (SSDs). Dell PERC H700- and H800-equipped systems configured with CacheCade technology are designed to deliver dramatically improved performance with no loss of existing drive space, and requires only a minimal investment in SSD technology.

“PowerEdge servers coupled with CacheCade technology, when deployed with just two SSDs, will automatically tier hot data and can deliver a database performance boost of up to 76 per cent,” said Brian Payne, executive director of Platform Marketing for Dell’s PowerEdge Server portfolio. “By enabling faster response times, customers can realise tangible benefits such as greater productivity, quicker and more informed business decision making, and improved agility in meeting market demands. By partnering with LSI, Dell is continuing to lead and offer innovative storage solutions that protect IT investments.”

LSI CacheCade technology enables SSDs to act as a secondary tier of high-performance controller cache in front of hard drives, accelerating application and workload performance. By allowing for very large data sets to be present in cache, the technology helps to maximise performance for transactional applications such as file and Web servers, data mining, OLTP and database servers. Designed to be highly scalable, users can accelerate database performance as much 55 per cent by adding a single CacheCade-enabled SSD virtual drive to a hard drive configuration. By adding an additional CacheCade-enabled SSD virtual drive, database performance can increase by as much as 76 per cent. (1)

CacheCade solutions are easy to install and use. Users can simply place hot-swappable SSDs into server drive slots, and utilise the configuration utility to create CacheCade virtual drives. CacheCade technology automatically determines and moves hot spot data to the virtual drives, with no performance impact to logs and other write-intensive areas and without placing any burden on the host CPU, host DDR and host OS.

“LSI is committed to delivering innovations across our broad storage portfolio that help end customers address key business challenges while delivering a higher return on their IT investments,” said Steve Fingerhut, vice president of marketing, Accelerated Solutions Division, LSI. “Dell PERC H700 and H800 controllers with LSI CacheCade technology provide customers with a low-cost, no-hassle performance boost for their transactional database applications.”

LSI CacheCade technology is currently available on Dell PERC H700 and H800 controllers equipped with the Netlist 1GB NVvault module. Additional information about LSI CacheCade technology is available at http://go.lsi.com/93ex. 


About LSI

LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) is a leading provider of innovative silicon and software technologies that enable products which seamlessly bring people, information and digital content together. The company offers a broad portfolio of capabilities and services including custom and standard product ICs, adapters and software that are trusted by the world’s best known brands to power leading solutions in the Storage and Networking markets. More information is available at www.lsi.com.

(1) A Principled Technologies Test Report. March 2011.



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