Whether it is memcache-mySQL or the Coherence-Oracle RAC combo, DRAM caches that accelerate relational databases and in-memory databases like Oracle TimesTen have been the workhorse of low latency applications in financial trading. Aerospike is the first NoSQL database and in-memory database to use flash as an extension to main memory.
The database was designed from the beginning to make the most of storage on both RAM and SSDs. Aerospike started in 2010 and decided in order to get the best performance out of new Flash/SSD technology, it had to create its own file system and bypass the antiquated layers of technology that were designed for use with rotational media. Additionally, in order to properly benchmark drives, Aerospike has open sourced the Aerospike Certification Test (AC) available at Github: available at https://github.com/aerospike/act. This test can be used to find the limits of performance of different SSDs.
Aerospike is the first native flash database founded to take advantage of flash and Aerospike customers are enjoying price/performance ratios that have not been possible before. Flash allows Aerospike to scale up with greater densities per server and scale out to process terabytes of data reliably, with sub-millisecond response times. Aerospike helps customers determine which flash devices fit their requirements.
To remain at the forefront of storage technology, Aerospike not only tests new and soon to be released products, but works with many of the manufacturers on completely new, upcoming technology. While other databases continue to be bogged down with legacy filesystems, Aerospike database continues to make the most of the latest storage technology.
Customers and partners use the open source Aerospike Certification Tool (ACT) for SSDs to assess their options. Aerospike partners work with Aerospike to program and tune their systems for real-time big data applications and publish results of ACT testing. For example, Aerospike was the first database to demo the Fusion-io ioMemory SDK in early 2012.
The Aerospike Certifying Flash Devices page shows the results from the Aerospike Certification Tool (ACT) on some popular SSDs that we have tested and that our customers are using in production with Aerospike Database.
Read test results and learn about Aerospike Partners in Flash:
Everyone talks about scaling out, but a large Aerospike customer doubled capacity and at the same time reduced cluster size from 50 to 8 nodes with SATA drives from Intel. Get the recipe for hot performance with wide fast SATA and ACT results from testing Intel drives.
Aerospike has partnered with most of today’s SSD vendors.