Winchester Delivers Two 10 GbE FlashDisk Arrays

By Stuart J. Johnston

Winchester Systems said Monday that it has added two disk arrays in its FlashDisk VX-3460 Series RAID line that are designed to run on 10 Gb Ethernet (10 GbE) networks.

The Billerica, Mass.-based company is offering two new models -- the FlashDisk VX-3464R and the FlashDisk VX-3462S. The VX-3462S comes equipped with a single controller that sports two 10 GbE ports, while the VX-3464R has two controllers and features four 10 GbE ports, according to a company statement.

Both models can be deployed with a base unit and six expansion shelves to provide virtual tiered storage of up to 336 TB of capacity.

"Many customers prefer to place data storage on an Ethernet LAN rather than a Fibre Channel SAN for convenience and low cost," Joel Leider, CEO of Winchester Systems, said in a statement.

"Now with 10 GbE available, network-centric environments can obtain much better performance than using traditional 1 GbE and have convenience and performance together for the first time," he added.

The VX-3460 Series supports either 3.5-inch drives or 2.5-inch drives in 3.5-inch carriers with 7.2K rpm, 10K rpm, or 15K rpm rotational speeds, or solid-state disks (SSD). The arrays can be deployed for use in small and medium business datacenters or for departmental deployments.

Additionally, they can be configured with 2 TB and 3 TB drives for disk-to-disk backups, disaster recovery, and archiving, the company's statement said.

The disk arrays also come bundled with CA ARCserve Replication for system, application, and data availability.

"[ARCserve Replication] offers local replication for business continuity and remote replication for disaster recovery, as well as continuous data protection for recovery from accidental deletions, data corruption or viruses," Winchester Systems' statement added.

The new FlashDisk VX-3460 Series RAID disk arrays start at less than $15,000 and are currently available for two to three-week delivery.

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 June 27, 2011