By Ann Silverthorn
—Today, Nexsan and Reldata unveiled a unified SAN/NAS system that allows users to run NAS, iSCSI SAN, or both types of storage approaches at the same time. The combination of Nexsan's SATABoy disk array and Reldata's 9200 IP Storage Gateway is designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and companies with large, distributed, or rapidly growing file and block data volumes.
"The unified solution covers NAS and iSCSI SAN storage requirements," says Boris Anderer, president and CEO of Reldata. "It is able to set up a scalable iSCSI target and CIFS or NFS shares according to application needs."
In addition, the unified solution offers disaster-recovery and backup features, such as read-only and read/write snapshots. The system can handle replication of the complete file system or iSCSI target. Local and remote mirroring for transactional data protection is also possible with the iSCSI feature.
Nexsan's SATABoy is a Serial ATA (SATA) RAID array with dual 2Gbps Fibre Channel connections. Nexsan claims sustained throughput speeds of up to 370MBps per controller.
The Reldata IP Storage Gateway 9200 is a storage virtualization system that consolidates multi-vendor Fibre Channel, SCSI, and iSCSI storage resources in a unified SAN-NAS infrastructure.
"Many organizations need [file-level] storage and block-level storage," says Anderer. "With the combined solution, they don't have to decide whether to set up one or the other. They get one system that can be administered in the GUI."
The Nexsan-Reldata solution will be available through VARs and OEMs only.
"The bundle gives our channel partners the ability to compete against NetApp filers and EqualLogic or LeftHand systems," says Brendan Kinkade, vice president of marketing at Nexsan. "The marketplace has become increasingly challenging for VARs to remain competitive and offer integrated solutions that can compete with those being offered by the big storage vendors."
The unified solution with 7TB of raw storage is expected to have a street price of around $36,500.