In 2009, the Company launched the SFA, an entirely new storage engine architecture designed to evolve & extend S2A's key innovation, while also enabling two critical architectural systems aspects which DDN today uses as foundational elements of its big data strategy:
- Best-In-Class Mixed Workload Performance. The SFA storage engine is capable of producing industry-leading levels of both real-time bandwidth as well the optimized delivery of low-latency access to spinning (HDD) and Flash (SSD) media – resulting in best-in-class IOPS performance. This capability positions the SFA platform as an optimized engine to support both focus market and enterprise applications.
- In-Storage Processing™. In 2009, DDN pioneered another an industry first – the ability to embed data-intensive applications natively within our storage array platforms. This breakthrough storage and compute innovation revolutionizes the data delivery model, enabling organizations to bring processing to their petabyte-scale data source – as opposed to bringing petabytes to their processing resources. In-Storage Processing eliminates latency and layers of protocols, reducing cost & complexity by removing the need for external servers and their associated networking hardware. In-Storage Processing lays the foundation for organizations to powerfully embed analytics and Business Intelligence tools right within storage subsystems – which deliver the greatest levels of real-time information insight.
SFA is a massively scalable storage array platform, supporting converged storage access via SAN, NAS and parallel file system protocols. Using highly parallelized storage processing technology, SFA delivers unprecedented IOPS and massive throughput at the same time. Combined with Enterprise-level data protection and leading scalability, density and energy efficiency, SFA systems are designed to scale to over 1TB/s and support 10s of petabytes of storage capacity in a compact and energy efficient data center footprint.