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Dot Hill Systems Corp., a provider of carrier-class information storage and storage area network (SAN) solutions, this week unveiled its new SANnet(TM) Axis, a line of innovative, self-contained appliances that add affordable intelligence to existing storage and network infrastructures.
The company said SANnet Axis is a line of products available in several task-optimized models. A compact product, requiring just one unit (1.75 inches high) of rack space once installed, SANnet Axis is designed for use in continuous computing environments. According to Jim Lambert, Dot Hill's chief executive officer, "SANnet Axis represents a new, expanded business direction for Dot Hill which complements the company's existing line of SANnet storage solutions. The move to develop innovative appliances such as SANnet Axis is a direct response to customers who prefer to leverage, rather than replace, their existing storage infrastructures to support new enterprise applications."
Every SANnet Axis provides a rich set of standard features, including SRM, LVM, virtualization, storage-to-IP network routing, point-in-time volume imaging ("snapshots"), a Web-enabled graphical user interface (GUI) and strong client-server security. All functions are performed directly by SANnet Axis -- requiring no special assistance from storage, networks or servers -- to preserve application performance, the company said.
SANnet Axis base pricing varies by model. Suggested U.S. retail pricing for SANnet Axis Remote is $39,995 each, sold in matched pairs; SANnet Axis HA is $29,995 each, sold in redundant pairs; SANnet Axis Basic is $19,995 each, sold separately. The suggested US retail pricing of SANnet Axis advanced options vary by function, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. SANnet Axis solutions are available now to members of Dot Hill's SANnet Early Access Program. General availability is planned for Q4 2001.