By Dave Simpson
-- Reldata this week introduced the 9240i RAID array, a SAS-only disk subsystem with up to 12TB of capacity in a 2U form factor, expandable up to 120TB per RAID controller.
Instead of bundling all software functionality and pricing according to capacity, Reldata offers a pay-as-you-go approach. Optional software includes NAS (with support for CIFS and NFS), non-disruptive block data migration, disaster recovery for Fibre Channel SANs, and support for heterogeneous disk arrays. Integrated software includes block-based local/remote replication and applications to simplify iSCSI SAN management, including Adaptive Storage Wizards for simplified configuration, RELbot task automation software, and the RELvos 2.0 Virtualization Operating System.
Pricing starts at just under $40,000 for a 1Gbps iSCSI array with 12TB of SAS capacity (or about $50,000 for a 10Gbps iSCSI version) and $85,000 for a 48TB configuration. The array is available with either six 1GbE ports (expandable up to 16) or, optionally, up to eight 10GbE ports. External Fibre Channel and/or SAS interfaces are also supported. Users and integrators can mix-and-match various SAS drives with different capacities (up to 1TB) and rotation rates (up to 15,000rpm), but the 9240i does not support SATA drives.
Dave Hubbard, Reldata's CEO, says that the 9240i is positioned against iSCSI arrays from vendors such as HP/LeftHand, Dell/EqualLogic, EMC, and Dell, and NetApp.
On the performance front, Reldata claims more than 70,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) and 820MBps of throughput for the 9240i.
Reldata hopes to capitalize on the rapid adoption of iSCSI. In a QuickVote poll of InfoStor's readers, almost one-third (31%) had already implemented iSCSI, 16% plan to deploy it within six months, and another 12% plan to add iSCSI-based IP SANs in six to twelve months.
Via compatibility with VMware and Citrix, Reldata also hopes to capitalize on increased adoption of iSCSI in virtual server environments. In another InfoStor QuickVote poll of users with virtual servers, 28% said their primary storage configuration was an iSCSI SAN, while 56% cited Fibre Channel SANs, 10% use NAS and 6% still rely on direct-attached storage (DAS).