Promise offers power-saving RAID for SMBs

By Kevin Komiega

-- Promise Technology is now shipping the VessRAID series storage systems, with energy efficient drive spin-down technology aimed at meeting the long-term storage needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The VessRAID has front-end iSCSI connectivity with support for SAS and/or SATA drives on the back-end. The 16-bay model can scale up to a 60-bay, 160TB configuration via expansion shelves.

The VessRAID line features Promise's GreenRAID power-scheduling technology, which allows the systems to power-on from standby mode to run user-scheduled tasks such as backups and archives. The system then goes into standby mode until the next scheduled task.

Ray Bahar, Promise Technology's vice president, Americas, says the VessRAID green features make the system a fit for disk-to-disk backup or archiving applications.

The VessRAID series supports Windows and Linux and is certified with VMware's vSphere 4.0.

The VessRAID Series is available now through distributors. Pricing starts at $2,099 for an unpopulated eight-bay system and ranges to $3,099 for a 16-bay configuration. According to Bahar, a fully populated 16-bay subsystem with enterprise-class 7,200rpm 2TB HDDs costs approximately $0.26 per gigabyte.

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This article was originally published on September 03, 2009