NEC targets US disk array market

By Kevin Komiega

NEC, a major player on the global IT scene for more than four decades, is taking a crack at the North American storage market with the launch of a new series of modular disk arrays that can scale to more than a petabyte with zero downtime.

NEC Corporation of America’s D-Series arrays are available in five versions: The D8-1010, D8-1020, and D8-1040 provide a non-disruptive upgrade path for medium-to-large enterprises through NEC’s unified modular-monolithic design; the D1-10 and D3-10, which require offline upgrades, are targeted at SMBs.

  • D8-1040: Four-node configuration with up to 64 Fibre Channel ports, 1,536 SAS/SATA disk drives, and 128GB of cache memory;
  • D8-1020: Midrange model with two nodes and up to 32 Fibre Channel ports, 768 SAS/SATA drives, and 64GB of cache;
  • D8-1010: Single-node array with up to 16 Fibre Channel ports, 384 SAS/SATA drives, and a 32GB cache;
  • D1-30: Entry-level model for SMBs or departments with up to 12 Fibre Channel ports, 144 SAS/SATA disks, and 4GB of cache; and
  • D1-10: Low-end model with four Fibre Channel ports, 72 SAS/SATA disk drives, and 2GB of cache.

The D1-10 and D3-10 arrays are priced at $15,000 and $26,000, respectively. Pricing for the D8-Series ranges from $43,000 to $153,000. The D8-Series will not be available until the end of the summer.

Beyond the non-disruptive upgrade capability, NEC also packed the D-Series with a number of technologies for maintaining high-availability for business continuity purposes. For example, RAID Triple Mirror combines random access performance with continuous operation in the event of two drive failures. The D-Series also supports traditional RAID-6 technology.

The D-Series arrays can be configured with SAS and/or SATA drives, allowing users to implement tiered storage within a single array.

NEC is also bringing another patented technology to bear with the D-Series in the form of Phoenix, a self-diagnosing disk recovery technology that can reduce drive degradation by up to 50% and cutting the need to do rebuilds.

The disk arrays also features double redundant (four) power supplies, and double-mirrored cache to maintain high response rates in the event of a cache failure.

This article was originally published on June 01, 2007