BridgeSTOR Announces Net Storage Appliance

By Stuart J. Johnston

BridgeSTOR is shipping a new storage appliance that it claims dramatically lowers expenses for power and cooling, as well as reducing storage requirements and cutting management costs.

The new package is the latest in BridgeSTOR's growing line of Application Optimized Storage (AOS) appliances. The new one -- dubbed AOS Appliance for Network Storage -- works across both NAS and iSCSI SAN systems, a company statement said.

In January, the company introduced AOS appliances for Microsoft Data Protection Manager.

The new appliances combine HP servers with Windows Storage Server 2008 Release 2 (R2), and BridgeSTOR's Virtual Storage -- Advanced Data Reduction (VS-ADR) technology, which the company describes as inline, ASIC-assisted block-level data compression and deduplication with Disk-on-Demand thin provisioning for optimized and scalable storage.

With it, BridgeSTOR claims to be able to deliver data reduction of as high as 70 percent.

"The combined impact of VS-ADR and Disk-on-Demand slashes capital expenses on storage hardware, in turn reducing operational costs for power, cooling and storage administration," the statement said.

In fact, the firm said, Disk-on-Demand thin provisioning enables storage managers to allocate storage volumes of any size to servers without physically installing storage until needed.

Using BridgeSTOR's VS-ADR and Disk-on-Demand technologies, the company says it can achieve storage reductions of a factor of 10.

"BridgeSTOR's advanced data reduction products help businesses withstand the relentless growth of data stored on iSCSI SAN and NAS volumes without overwhelming their storage infrastructures,” John Matze, BridgeSTOR's CEO, said in the statement.

AOS appliances for Network Storage are available immediately and start at a recommended retail price of $20,000. The smallest configuration starts with 2.6 TB of storage space and can be configured up to 33 TB of full RAID-5 disks.

In January, the company delivered appliances designed to work with Microsoft's System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM).

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on March 24, 2011

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