Imation Debuts Entry-Level Nexsan NST2000 Hybrid Storage

By Pedro Hernandez

Nexsan, Imation's hybrid storage unit, has new gear for media organizations and backup environments, the NST2000. Imation snapped up Nexsan, a hybrid storage (flash and hard disk drives) specialist, in early 2013 for $120 million.

Announced today, the new dual-controller systems employ the company's FASTier caching technology, which uses DRAM and solid-state drives (SSDs) to speed up data storage operations and boost application performance. Able to handle both block and file storage workloads, the new appliances are best suited for organizations that need fast access to large data sets and files, according to Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing and technical support for Imation Nexsan.

The NST2000 provides data centers with "an entirely new set of options for storing, managing and protecting the high-value data they create in situations like digital asset management in media and entertainment workflows," said Stolz in a company statement. "They can deploy hybrid storage, realize new levels of performance, scale their data centers to new levels of capacity and much more – all at a price point that was previously inaccessible to them given their limited budgets and resources," he added.

The NST2000 packs 96 GB of onboard system memory, providing FASTier with a generous amount of DRAM to accelerate storage workloads in conjunction with up to four SSDs. FASTier intelligent caching is particularly suited for random I/O workloads, like those produced by virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments, virtualized server environments (VMware, Xen or Hyper-V) and enterprise databases. In terms of spinning disks, customers can outfit their systems with 7,200 RPM and 10K SAS HDDs.

In total, the Nexsan NST2000 can provide up to 168 TB of raw capacity, which can be optimized with inline compression, which is 50 percent faster that the company's previous arrays. The hardware supports a wide range of unified storage protocols, including iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, FTP and Fibre Channel (FC), according to the company.

Supported RAID levels include 5, 6 and 10 and asynchronous replication capabilities provide business continuity and off-site disaster recovery. Other data services include snapshots and thin provisioning.

Deni Connor, founder of IT analyst firm SSG-Now, noted that the Imation's new offering helps bring high-end storage capabilities to midsized organizations.

"Imation is a company with a strong vision for data storage and the breadth and depth of a hybrid storage product family for a segment of the market that desperately needs it," she said in prepared remarks. "Now with its NST2000, mid-sized organizations can take full advantage of the benefits this product provides."

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on February 24, 2015