Clariion adds low-end FC arrays
On the heels of announcing its intent to be acquired by EMC, Data General`s Clariion division this month began shipments of a low-end member in its FC5000 line of "full" Fibre Channel disk arrays. In Clariion`s other arrays, the controller resides in the Disk Processor Enclosure (DPE); in the new FC5300, the controller resides in the Disk Array Enclosure (DAE). The primary advantage is cost savings, according to Clariion officials. The FC5300 costs approximately half of the FC5500 on a per-MB basis for a 30-drive version.
Clariion claims a throughput of 121MBps (large block reads from disk), 163MBps (large block reads from cache) and 8,400 I/Os per second (small block reads from cache) in a dual-processor architecture. The FC5300 supports RAID levels 0, 1, 1/0, 3 and 5, and a variety of operating systems, including Windows NT, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, and NetWare. RAID groups can be partitioned into multiple LUNs, with 32 LUNs per group and 224 LUNs per subsystem. The arrays can be managed with Clariion`s Navisphere software suite.