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Western Digital OpenFlex – Product Brief

Last updated January 5th, 2021 for end of year updates. Concise and unbiased overview of Western Digital OpenFlex. Contains highlights, overview and Evaluator Group's opinion. Download now!

Composable Infrastructure direct-connects compute and storage resources dynamically, using virtualized networking techniques controlled by software. Instead of physically constructing a server with specific internal devices (typically storage or NICs), or cabling the appropriate device chassis to a server, composable enables the virtual connection of these resources at the device level as needed, when needed.

Not bound by a fixed ratio of CPUs to storage or networking, etc., these products can assemble or “compose” bare-metal compute systems with the desired hardware configuration, essentially at run time. And, they can “disassemble” it when no longer needed, returning those resources to a common pool. Some solutions also support GPUs and/or FPGAs.

Western Digital is participating in the composable infrastructure market with storage devices that have been designed around industry standard APIs making them simpler to integrate into a composable system. Companies interested in using Western Digital OpenFlex* technology would need to buy a composable solution from a vendor offering composing software that supports Western Digital hardware (see Usage and Deployment).

OpenFlex Fabric Devices

The F3200 Fabric Device is a removable blade-like form-factor (similar to 3.5″) storage module with up to 61TB of NVMe flash capacity. This implementation of NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVM-oF) uses Ethernet, with each F3200 supporting two QSFP28 50Gb/s ports. A single OpenFlex F3200 device provides up to 2.2M IOPS and 11.7GB per second throughput, with latency of less than 40 microseconds.

Western Digital OpenFlex Product Brief Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage and Deployment
  • Evaluator Group’s Opinion

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