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Dot Hill announced today the availability of a new -48 VDC-powered version of its ultra thin, rack-mountable RAID Blade storage system. Telecommunications companies and equipment providers as well as Internet Service Providers desire DC models of critical equipment because they operate independently of the power exchange and are easily sustainable.
"The AC version of our RAID Blade has been very well accepted since its introduction last year," said Dana Kammersgard, chief technology officer of Dot Hill. "Like the AC model, the DC version is easy to use, cost-effective, and has the same small footprint and generous storage capacity. There are a number of applications where this new model is needed, including voice mail and unified messaging."
The high availability RAID Blade storage system includes two SCSI ports that allow redundant connections when used with Dot Hill's SANpath(R) software. SANpath provides load balancing, failover and failback. The system can directly connect to a server via the SCSI ports and achieve high performance without the need for a host bus adaptor. The RAID Blade offers up to 292 gigabytes (GB) of storage in a 1U (1.75 inches high) system. The RAID Blade transfers data at rates up to 160 megabytes (MB) per second, and includes a RAID controller and four hot-swappable SCSI disks drives of 18 GB, 36 GB or 73 GB.