By Kevin Komiega
-- NEC's North American storage division is trying to tap into tight IT budgets with the recent debut of an iSCSI SAN array, as well as thin provisioning technology for its Fibre Channel disk arrays.
Joining NEC's D-Series Fibre Channel SAN lineup is a new iSCSI model, the D3i modular storage array. The D3i scales in capacity from 219GB to 144TB through the addition of 2U 12-drive expansion enclosures. The array features iSCSI host connectivity through 1Gbps Ethernet ports.
The additional disk enclosures connect to the array controllers via SAS wide-link connections for 24Gbps of bandwidth to each enclosure. The array also includes NEC's "self-healing" Phoenix technology, which reduces RAID rebuilds by 35% and also protects against silent data corruption, having implemented the T10-DIF standard and NEC's proprietary Extended Data Integrity feature.
Josh Eddy, product marketing manager for advanced storage products at NEC Corp. of America, claims that NEC is quietly gaining market share as the company continues to see growth in SAN sales. Specifically, NEC's numbers show year-over-year revenue growth of 370% for the D-Series SAN storage systems. And 79% of that U.S.-based storage revenue is coming from new customers in search of value rather than brand recognition, according to Eddy.
"The D-Series offers enterprise features at a midrange price. SAN users are overpaying for brand names by about $3 billion per year," Eddy claims.
Pricing for the D3i iSCSI model starts at $6,406.
NEC has also added thin provisioning functionality to its high-end D8 Fibre Channel SAN array.