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Marvell Unveils DragonFly NVDRIVE PCIe SSD Cache Accelerator



         Marvell Unveils DragonFly NVDRIVE PCIe SSD Cache Accelerator

World's first NVRAM-powered PCIe SSD cache solution delivers industry-leading
price/performance and ease of use for cloud computing data centers

PR Newswire

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) today
announced the availability of the Marvell^® DragonFly™ NVDRIVE, a turnkey
enterprise-class PCIe SSD caching solution with built-in SSD modules that
extends the company's award-winning DragonFly NVCACHE and NVRAM adapter
product offerings first announced last August. Targeted for large-scale
Internet and cloud computing datacenters, the DragonFly NVDRIVE dramatically
scales both bare metal and virtualized server applications, including Web
servers, OLTP and analytic databases, as well as NoSQL and big data
distributed applications.

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"The NVDRIVE is a game-changing extension of the popular DragonFly NVRAM and
NVCACHE family. It delivers the same unprecedented application acceleration as
the existing NVCACHE solution, but now seamlessly integrates with onboard SSD
modules for plug-and-play ease of use," said Alan Armstrong, vice president of
marketing of Marvell Semiconductor's Storage Business Group. "The innovative
application of non-volatile DDR memory, highly optimized caching algorithms,
and entry enterprise SSD modules creates a converged solution that is ideally
suited for mixed-workload cloud data centers. The NVDRIVE raises the bar on
affordability and performance, and its unique cache automation and consistent
write latency capabilities will be sought after by both OEM and cloud
computing customers who require predictable performance at reasonable costs."

The DragonFly NVDRIVE is powered by Marvell's world-class storage SoC
technology and seamlessly merges large capacity non-volatile DRAM with onboard
SSD modules to enable up to 100 times higher performance for random read- and
write-heavy application workloads as compared to traditional disk-based
solutions. Additionally, automated caching removes the guesswork, maintenance
and high capital costs required by manual data tiering approaches. Unique to
the industry, DragonFly writeback caching is fully powered by ARM-based
storage processors and enables storage administrators to configure granular
cache policies at either a file or block level.

Data protection and reliability are ensured via intelligent RAID software and
peer-to-peer synchronous mirroring to prevent data loss against any failure –
server, adapter, SSD module or NAND components. An ultra-thin filter driver
residing in Linux or Xen is transparent to applications and supports caching
across all storage protocols, including SCSI (local DAS), NFS, iSCSI, FCoE and
FCP.

Marvell's partners and OEMs are already expressing strong enthusiasm for the
DragonFly NVDRIVE. "The SanDisk X100 mSATA SSDs provide small form factor,
low-latency, high-performance and cost-effective non-volatile storage for the
Marvell DragonFly NVDRIVE," said Kevin Conley, senior vice president and
general manager, Client Storage Solutions at SanDisk. "Optimized for entry
level enterprise workloads, the Marvell NVDRIVE based on the X100 SSDs
provides an ideal solution for customers seeking performance demanding
business-critical data center applications."

"As organizations increasingly adopt both virtualization and cloud storage
solutions, their demand for powerful and intelligent plug-and-play
acceleration of their IO and applications will only increase," said Mark
Peters, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "And, of course, this
enhanced performance should ideally be delivered with a simultaneous TCO
reduction to help IT professionals juggle demands where the only certainty is
growth. Solutions such as Marvell's DragonFly NVDRIVE possess the ability to
deliver this desired combination, and reflect an entire industry that's
focused on delivering a storage model - whether on premise or in the cloud -
that is effective, efficient and  sustainable."

Feature highlights of the Dragonfly NVDRIVE include:

  o Up to 1.5 TB of useable SSD capacity with the industry's largest
    integrated non-volatile DRAM cache.
  o Highly predictable performance across mixed write/read workloads. Cache
    mode sustained performance exceeds 200,000 4K random IOPS, 3GBps
    throughput and sub-10us average latency.
  o Enterprise-class embedded write-back cache software. Simple, smart and
    fully automated.
  o Robust data protection, including RAID and HA peer-to-peer synchronous
    mirroring software.
  o Rich command line interface (CLI) and cache policies for granular
    file/block object level configurations.
  o Application-transparent OS filter driver supports all major protocols –
    SCSI, iSCSI, NFS, FCoE and FCP.
  o Hypervisor integration enables virtual machine migration, HA, snapshots,
    clones and more.
  o Fully integrated DragonFly Manager for GUI-based administration and
    performance monitoring.

Pricing and Availability

The Marvell DragonFly NVDRIVE will be sampling later in Q1 with OEM and cloud
computing customers. DragonFly NVDRIVE is offered at 750GB and 1.5TB capacity
points. Pricing starts at a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of
$2,995 USD. 

About Marvell

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a world leader in the development of storage,
communications and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell's diverse product
portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless
and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure,
including enterprise, metro, home and storage networking. As used in this
release, the term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its
subsidiaries. For more information, visit Marvell.com.

Marvell and the M logo are registered trademarks of Marvell and/or its
affiliates. DragonFly is a trademark of Marvell and/or its affiliates. Other
names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

For Further Information Contact:
Marvell Media Relations
Daniel Yoo                       Kim Anderson
Tel: 408-222-2187                Tel: 408-222-0950
yoo@marvell.com                  kimander@marvell.com

SOURCE Marvell

Website: http://www.marvell.com
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