Nexsan unveils SATA II RAID

By Ann Silverthorn

—This week, Nexsan introduced the SATABoy disk array, the latest in its line of InfiniSAN storage subsystems. Notable features of the Serial ATA (SATA) II array include 2x the performance of the company's ATABoy II array, high availability, a cache mirroring ASIC, and a small form factor.

Brendan Kinkade, vice president of marketing at Nexsan, says, "The SATABoy blurs the line between traditional primary high-end storage and bulk, or secondary, storage." The array can be used for primary transaction processing applications as well as long-term storage for compliance, retention, or disk-based backup applications.

Nexsan's recent partnership with Diligent Technologies will enable customers to implement disk rather than tape in their backup-and-recovery operations. Combining SATABoy or ATABoy subsystems with Diligent's VTF Open software eliminates the need to change existing backup policies or procedures.

The SATABoy provides 5.6TB on 14 drives in a 3U form factor. The system includes dual controllers, each of which can write at 285MBps and read at 380MBps, according to the company.

The array features active/active fail-over, two 2Gbps Fibre Channel ports, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. The 4-port active-active configuration allows redundancy using dynamic multi-pathing (DMP) applications such as Veritas' Storage Foundation. Most other ATA or SATA RAID systems have 2-port active-active fail-over or active-passive architectures, according to Kinkade.

The array comes with the company's NexScan software for centralized management and monitoring. NexScan is platform-independent and enables remote management and configuration of multiple arrays from a single GUI. Tele-Guard, Nexsan's "phone-home manager," provides monitoring and reporting of all system conditions.

The SATABoy is a big brother to Nexsan's first SATA array, SATABlade, which has a 1U form factor, eight hot-swappable SATA drives, and up to 3.2TB of capacity.

Pricing for the SATABoy is approximately $3,000 per terabyte. A fully loaded and configured version with 5.6TB costs approximately $16,600.

This article was originally published on June 29, 2005