LSI adds iSCSI support

By Ann Silverthorn

—LSI today announced support for iSCSI across its Engenio line of disk subsystems and introduced the Simplicity 1532 array, which supports iSCSI host connections and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) disk drives.

Earlier this year, LSI introduced the Simplicity 1932, which has SAS and Fibre Channel host interfaces. The new 1532 will be based on the same architecture as LSI's other Simplicity systems, which also include the 1333 and 1331.

The Simplicity 1532 supports four Gigabit Ethernet hosts per dual-controller configuration, and 3Gbps SAS expansion interfaces. The array is based on a 2U, 12-drive SAS/SATA drive enclosure. Users can expand configurations up to 48 drives for a total capacity of 36TB.

Other features of the 1532 include enhancements to the Simplicity software, such as partitions, snapshots, and volume copy, as well as compatibility with VMware.

In addition, LSI has certified select SANtricity Fibre Channel arrays with QLogic's SANbox 6140 Intelligent Storage Router for multi-protocol connectivity between servers and SANtricity disk systems. This certification allows SANtricity arrays to be bridged across an IP network. It also enables a virtualized server-to-storage interface that allows the deployment of hundreds of virtual or physical servers to a SANtricity system, resulting in consolidated storage.

Since LSI sells primarily through OEM partners, company officials did not provide specific pricing information for the 1532. However, Gina Geisel, product marketing manager for the Simplicity line, expects some of LSI's partners to sell single-controller versions of the 1532 for about $5,000.

In an ongoing QuickVote poll of InfoStor readers, 8% of the respondents said that their primary storage architecture (in terms of total capacity) was iSCSI-based IP SANs, while 23% cited direct-attached storage (DAS), 24% NAS, and 45% Fibre Channel SANs.

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"Start-up accelerates iSCSI"

"Adaptec launches iSCSI arrays"

"VAR survey: iSCSI, de-dupe are hot"

This article was originally published on October 09, 2007