ONStor upgrades clustered NAS

Posted on September 27, 2007

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By Kevin Komiega

—ONStor this week announced that it is riding the wave of growth in file data into new markets. The company has added an enterprise-class system to its line of clustered NAS solutions in the form of the Pantera 5000—a larger, faster version of its platforms that supports more capacity per cabinet.

The Pantera 5000 supports up to 112 drives per RAID controller and scales up to 672TB across eight nodes with a maximum sustained throughput rate of 2.5GBps, according to company claims. The system is expected to support up to 1PB of storage as 1TB disk drives make their way into the market later this year, according to Narayan Venkat, ONStor's vice president of marketing.

The Pantera 5000 offers global namespace capailities, remote replication, and support for CIFS and NFS. Customers can use the Pantera to build a scalable system for Tier-1 and Tier-2 storage within same cabinet because it supports both Fibre Channel and SATA disk drives.

At the heart of the Pantera system is ONStor's global namespace (GNS) technology, which lets users grow their networked storage environment by attaching to heterogeneous storage, enabling the use of existing hardware devices. The company currently supports more than 40 enterprise storage arrays.

Venkat says the company is branching out beyond the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market to accommodate the rapid growth of unstructured data.

"We're expanding our partnerships and product line to scale up to higher capacities and performance for midrange to high-end customers," says Venkat. "There continues to be significant growth in persistent data, and companies want higher-density systems in a reduced footprint to lower ongoing management costs."

Venkat says the company is positioning the Pantera 5000 as a clustered NAS alternative for companies in several vertical markets with demanding file storage requirements, such as geo-spatial mapping, satellite and medical imaging, seismic data, and online images.

A two-node cluster with 24TB of capacity is priced at $125,000. Support for RAID 6 is due later this year.


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