Serial ATA roundup
IBM recently announced its TotalStorage FAStT100 Storage Server, which includes up to 14 250GB Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives for a total capacity of as much as 14TB. Shipments are scheduled for next month. Previously, IBM's support for SATA was limited to the EXP100 expansion unit, which attached to the company's FAStT900 and FAStT600 storage servers.
IBM is positioning the entry-level FAStT100 for nearline storage applications. Features include four 2Gbps Fibre Channel ports for external connection, and expansion up to 56 SATA drives with EXP100 units.
The FAStT100 reportedly will be available as part of IBM's TotalStorage Data Retention 450 (DR 450) systems within the next month. The DR 450 is designed primarily for compliance applications and combines IBM pSeries servers, Tivoli Storage Manager software, and TotalStorage disk arrays. www.ibm.com.
Engenio Information Technologies (formerly LSI Logic Storage Systems) last month added an entry-level disk array to its line of enterprise SATA systems. The model 2822 array is based on Engenio's 2822 controller and SANtricity Storage Manager software.
The array includes four 2Gbps Fibre Channel host connections. Starting capacity is 3.5TB in a 3U enclosure, but the system can be scaled up to 112 SATA drives for a total capacity of 28TB. Specs include a maximum sustained transfer rate from media of 485MBps; max burst I/O rate from cache of 74,000 I/Os per second; and a max sustained I/O rate from media of 10,000 I/Os per second.
Engenio is positioning the 2822 for secondary storage applications, including reference data, fixed content, disaster recovery, and backup. www.engenio-it.com.
Advanced Technology and Systems Co. Ltd. (ADTX) is shipping three RAID subsystem models, each with SATA disk drives. The ArrayMasStor L-LM and L-HP Fibre Channel arrays have two 2Gbps Fibre Channel host connections per controller, and the ArrayMasStor L-HP SCSI array has two Ultra160 SCSI host connections per controller.
The 7,200rpm SATA drives are available in 120GB or 250GB capacities, and all of the subsystems can be configured with one or two controllers and 512MB of cache per controller. RAID support includes levels 0, 1, 0+1, and 5. Other features common to all of the ArrayMasStor RAID arrays include up to 64 LUNs, up to 64 initiators, and as many as 15 drives per enclosure. Optional hardware-based features include instant copy, remote backup, and remote mirroring.
Available through resellers, the ArrayMasStor L Series subsystems are priced from $5 per gigabyte. www.adtx.com/us.
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC), which acquired 3ware earlier this year, last month began shipments of three SATA RAID controllers: the 9500S-4LP ($399, four ports), 9500S-8 ($599, eight ports), and 9500S-12 ($899, 12 ports). All of the controllers are based on 3ware's StorSwitch architecture. The 9000 Series supports up to 4.8TB per controller using 400GB SATA drives. The controllers have an onboard processor and an integrated RAID ASIC that offloads RAID controller functions from the host CPU. Other features include online capacity expansion, battery backup, and enclosure management services via an I2C bus. www.amcc.com or www.3ware.com.
Digi-Data has added support for SATA in its STORM line of disk enclosures. For example, the STORM Xtreme now supports the multi-port SATA Disk Enclosure Module (DEM), as well as Fibre Channel disk drives. Fibre Channel capacity is 120TB, and SATA capacity is 200TB.
The company also added support for the SATA DEM in its STORM Xata storage system. Both RAID arrays are based on Digi-Data's F8 Turbo RAID controller. www.digidata.com.
Designed primarily for streaming video, rich media, and nearline storage applications, Dot Hill's 1U RIO Xtreme disk array supports SATA and Fibre Channel disk drives, as well as shared file systems and a number of video-editing software and hardware platforms. The array can handle multiple streams of 2K and high-definition (HD) video. Capacity ranges up to 62TB per server. The system comes with redundant controllers, I/O modules, power modules, and fans. The RIO Xtreme is based on technology from Chaparral Network Storage, which Dot Hill acquired in February. www.dothill.com.
Dynamic Network Factory last month debuted the Enterprise 16320 (2U, 12-drive, up to 3TB) and 16320 (3U, 16-drive, up to 4TB) SATA-to-Ultra320 SCSI RAID systems. Both models can be configured with as much as 1GB of cache memory and come with dual host connections and optional dynamic volume sharing capability. RAID support includes levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 30, and 50, as well as JBOD configurations.
Separately, Dynamic Network Factory released a Virtual Tape Library appliance designed for disk-to-disk backup and recovery. The VTL 8000sa and 4000sa come with SATA disk drives and are priced at less than $2.50 per gigabyte. The VTLs hold 1.5TB (4000sa) or 3.5TB (8000sa). External interfaces include Ultra320 SCSI and Gigabit Ethernet. The units come with FalconStor Software's IPStor software and are compatible with Windows and Linux. www.storageexpert.com.
Enhance Technology is shipping eight-drive (Ultrastor RS2080SA) and 16-drive (Ultrastor RS3160SA) RAID arrays based on SATA disk drives. Both versions come with two Ultra320 SCSI host channels or two 2Gbps external Fibre Channel ports, a 64-bit RAID architecture, and dynamic online RAID expansion.
The company also sells the IS200 interchangeable drive module, which supports Ultra320 SCSI, Ultra320 SCSI-to-IDE (via conversion modules), SATA, and SATA-to-IDE (via conversion modules) configurations. In addition, Enhance Technology announced compatibility certification of its four-drive QuadraPack Q34SA SATA backplane with AMCC/3ware's Escalade line of SATA RAID controllers. www.enhance-tech.com.
Fastora, the storage division of Axiomtek, this month announced network-attached storage (NAS) appliances with four SATA disk drives (PowerStor NAS-104-AW) or 15 SATA drives (PowerStor NAS-315-AW). Based on Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003 software, the appliances store up to 1.2TB (1U) or 4.5TB (3U). The NAS-104 comes with two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, while the NAS-315 has three GbE interfaces. The appliance can be configured to support RAID 0, 1, 5, or JBOD. www.fastora.com.
Adding to its line of SATA RAID arrays, Infortrend recently began shipping the dual-controller EonStor A16F-R1211 subsystem, which comes with two 2Gbps Fibre Channel host interfaces per controller and 16 SATA disk drives. The new model features dual controllers, support for up to 1,024 LUNS, 64TB per logical drive, online expansion, support for all RAID levels, 16 drive bays (SATA or parallel ATA) in a 3U form factor, and fully redundant components. The controllers have up to 1GB of cache memory, an IBM PowerPC processor, one Ethernet port, and two RS-232 ports. www.infortrend.com.
TeraMaxx USA's RKSS series of RAID arrays stores 6TB with 26 SATA drives in a 5U chassis. The systems include dual Xeon processors, hot-swappable drives, up to three RAID controllers with 64-bit PCI-X support, four power supplies, and support for Windows and Linux. www.teramaxx.com.
Xtore is targeting its XD 2000 series Fibre Channel-to-SATA disk arrays at applications such as video and broadcasting, disaster recovery, nearline archiving, disk-to-disk backup and recovery, and fixed-content storage applications. The XD 2000 comes in 2U 12-bay or 3U 16-bay versions with up to 56TB of capacity. Shipments began this month, with pricing starting at $10,000. www.xtore.com.
Nexsan doubles performance
Nexsan Technologies has added dual Fibre Channel controllers to its ATAboy2 disk arrays, claiming a performance improvement of 2.5 times over previous models and a sustained RAID-5 read rate of more than 600MBps. The ATAboy2x systems have two 2Gbps host ports (and two Gigabit Ethernet ports for management) and can store 5.6TB in a 3U enclosure. www.nexsan.com.
Arena ships NAS RAID
Arena Maxtronic has released three NAS filers that support RAID, up to four 1.8GHz processors, and Gigabit Ethernet connections. The Pegasus 220GT (two-bay), 410GT (four-bay), and 820GR (eight-bay) filers include ATA 133 disk drives; support for the CIFS, NFS, AFP, and HTTP protocols; and, in the 410GT and 820GR, support for RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, and JBOD. www.maxtronic.com.
Iomega expands entry-level NAS
Based on Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003, Iomega's entry-level 160GB NAS 200m and 240GB NAS 300m appliances are priced at $1,099 and $1,699, respectively.
The filers support RAID 1 or 5 and leverage Windows features such as Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS), Distributed File System (DFS), File Replication Service (FRS), and Encrypting File System (EFS). www.iomega.com.
LXI introduces vaulting appliance
LXI Corp.'s OffStor is an off-site tape media management and vaulting appliance for Windows, Unix, Linux, and IBM iSeries platforms that includes LXI's Tape Tracker software. Tape Tracker provides a global view of all enterprise tape pools, tape inventory management, scratch management, and vault management. Pricing starts at $12,000 for the appliance. www.lxicorp.com.
NTP upgrades software
Version 5.1 of NTP Software's flagship Quota & File Sentinel (QFS) storage management software adds features such as the following:
- Storage Investigator, a real-time Web-based analysis tool that scans and delivers storage usage information on any Windows drive or folder;
- Support for managing Network Appliance filers in conjunction with the Net-App Management Module; and
- Increased security that can be administered on a per-policy basis.
The quota management software is compatible with Windows 2003. www.ntpsoftware.com.
Blue lasers provide 23GB per disc
Sony this month began shipments of a series of Professional Disc for DATA (Pro-DATA) kits that include optical disc drives based on blue-laser technology, which provides 23GB per disc. Sony is targeting applications such as document and medical imaging, e-mail archival, content management, multimedia, and audio/video editing and authoring.
The models include internal SCSI ($2,995), external SCSI ($3,299), and external USB 2.0 ($3,299) versions. The drives have a sustained read rate of 11MBps and a 9MBps write speed. Media is available from Sony and TDK. www.sony.com.