Seek Systems, which provides high-performance data storage solutions, has announced FasFile Xcelerator, which is designed to enhance the performance of SCSI-attached storage for Mac systems. It’s an appliance that boosts the performance of disk storage systems as well as the applications that depend on them.
Organizations using data-intensive design, document imaging, multimedia, video editing, and pre-press applications benefit from enhanced disk storage and performance improvements of up to 400 percent, according to G. Wayne Smith, CEO of Seek Systems. Xcelerator is an alternative to Solid State Disk that requires no management or changes to an existing storage environment, yet provides exceptional flexibility, he added.
“FasFile Xcelerator solves a critical problem for data-intensive multimedia companies: poor application performance due to slow data access,” Smith said in a statement. “Seek Systems now offers improvements to its successful storage appliance to increase application performance on Mac operating systems, including Mac OS X.”
Xcelerator, which attaches to a host or server’s SCSI bus to support any standard SCSI RAID or JBOD array, accelerates performance by continually monitoring content and dynamically adapting to the changing profile of applications, he added. FasFile Xcelerator has advanced cache and cache management that accelerates I/O between an application and SCSI-attached JBOD or RAID storage. It adds server memory for caching purposes.
FasFile Xcelerator accelerates access to recently used and frequently used data. Working in conjunction with existing disk storage, FasFile Xcelerator automatically populates its cache with the most frequently used data, avoiding slower reads from disk. Applications treat FasFile Xcelerator as a standard SCSI storage device, meaning no modifications to your software or database are required, according to Smith.
FasFile Xcelerator supports multiple servers and can have 256MB to 1GB of ECC cache. As more cache is added, performance purportedly improves and can exceed 1,500 I/Os per second. Compared to disks with average access times of 10 milliseconds, FasFile Xcelerator access time is less than 0.6 milliseconds, a reduction of more than 90 percent, Smith said.