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August 13, 2013

Skyera Unveils skyEagle Series of Next-Generation All-Flash Enterprise Storage Arrays

Company sets unprecedented performance, capacity and price milestones
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Skyera Inc., founded by an executive and engineering team with unsurpassed backgrounds in NAND Flash, enterprise storage and networking arenas, today announced the skyEagle™ Series, the first all-Flash enterprise storage arrays with the reliability, performance and capacity to handle mission critical data center applications below the price per gigabyte of legacy disk-based arrays.
Based on Skyera’s third-generation solid-state platform, the skyEagle series builds on the breakthrough innovations introduced last year in the skyHawk™ array, adding active/active controllers for high availability, synchronous/asynchronous replication, fully converged networks, protocols, and storage, and an unprecedented half petabyte (500 terabytes) capacity in a 1u form factor—more than 2.5 Petabytes after compression and deduplication. In addition, performance had been improved up to an industry-leading 5M IOPS. By leveraging the high density of the Most Advanced 1y/1z NAND (MAN) Flash chips, combined with its proprietary high-performance Flash controller and hardware accelerated services, Skyera has boosted the capacity and performance of skyEagle by a factor of 10 over the market-leading skyHawk array in just one year. Skyera has also set a list price for the read-optimized half petabyte (500 TB) skyEagle storage system of $1.99 per GB, or $.49 per GB with data reduction technologies.
The skyEagle series offers 16 interchangeable 16Gb Fibre Channel and 10Gb Ethernet ports supporting a mix of Fibre Channel and iSCSI block-based SAN protocols, as well as an option for 96 lanes of PCIe connectivity. Support for NFS and SMB makes skyEagle a truly converged enterprise storage solution.
“Big data and analytics; public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures; and virtualized environments demand highly-available storage but that is only one piece of the storage infrastructure,” said Radoslav Danilak, CEO of Skyera. “With the introduction of skyEagle, Skyera has created a next-generation all-Flash platform with an optimal balance of storage availability, usable Flash capacity performance and enterprise-class durability.” “skyHawk’s introduction last year put us in a class by ourselves in regards to capacity and performance,” said Frankie Roohparvar, COO of Skyera. “We felt that our only competition was us, and now we have disrupted ourselves not by a factor of 2 over 18 months in accordance with Moore’s law, but by over 10 times the performance and capacity in just 12 months.”
Skyera’s innovations in Flash controller design and adaptive read-write techniques make the company the only enterprise Flash array supplier capable of utilizing MAN Flash chips, bringing a huge capacity boost to skyEagle without the penalties commonly associated with these chips. As NAND Flash geometries shrink below 20nm with the newest products, the durability and performance of the media are reduced below the standards demanded for enterprise data center environments. However, Skyera’s 100x life amplification technology eliminates those issues.

In addition, Skyera is working closely with the top Flash vendors to tune the performance and durability characteristics of the MLC media so that media is optimized for the skyEagle platform. The result is that Skyera is able to leverage the economy of MAN Flash with unprecedented capacity while producing enterprise-class durability and performance at a price point that is moving below hard-disk based systems. Shipments of initial products in the skyEagle series will commence in the first half of 2014.
Follow Skyera http://www.twitter.com/skyerainc http://www.facebook.com/skyerainc http://www.youtube.com/skyerainc About Skyera Skyera Inc. is a disruptive provider of enterprise solid-state storage systems designed to enable a large class of applications with extraordinarily high performance, exceptionally lower power consumption and cost effectiveness relative to existing enterprise storage systems. Founded by the executives who previously developed the world’s most-advanced flash memory controller, Skyera is backed by key technology and financial partnerships designed to position it at the forefront of the hyper growth in the solid-state storage sector. The company was chosen by Flash Memory Summit as a Best of Show award winner for 2012 in the category of Most Innovative Flash Memory Enterprise Business Application. For more information about the company, visit skyera.com.