Dot Hill Systems
has joined the ranks of vendors offering low-cost storage provisions with new hardware geared to pack more capacity into a data center without packing a punch to the customer’s checkbook.
The Carlsbad, Calif.-based storage systems manufacturer has hinged its new SANnet II SATA systems on Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (Serial ATA or SATA), a high-speed interface standard for hard drives based on serial signaling technology.
Mike Karp, an analyst with Enterprise Management Associates, says SATA is attractive because it lets businesses retrieve data in a more timely manner, which is now required by law in the form of record-keeping regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley for financial services and HIPAA in the healthcare industry.
Most major vendors in storage, such as EMC
, and HP
, support it for all of these reasons.
SANnet II SATA
SANnet II SATA storage systems feature 12 drive bays with a capacity of up to 3 terabytes (TB) in 2U (3.5 inches high) of rack space. They can scale up
to 16 TB of usable RAID
The SANnet II SATA systems will use the same SANscape storage management software and SANpath storage networking software that is used with the other SANnet II systems.
Dot Hill’s CTO and Co-founder, Dana Kammersgard, said in a statement that SANnet II SATA will easily integrate into the tiered storage model —
or information lifecycle management (ILM) — that businesses are adopting in order to more efficiently manage information based on its value.
“Compared to some of the recently introduced SATA products, the SANnet II SATA is significantly more scaleable in terms of capacity, host connections, and performance,” Kammersgard said. “It is also much more rugged as measured by independent NEBS Level 3 and MIL-STD-810F certifications.”
Multiple Fibre Channel (FC)
The approach helped it reel in major customers such as Sun Microsystems
, IBM, StorageTek
, Teradata, and Hitachi Data Systems
. The company calls it an easier and less expensive approach to installation, configuration, and management of networked storage, which are important considerations for cost-constrained small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
Dot Hill, which acquired Chaparral Networks in February to bolster its midrange offerings, hopes to ship SANnet II SATA to customers in June, including a major OEM customer.
To accommodate the growing interest in servers with more compact form factors, the company also introduced on Tuesday a “blade” storage system based on Ultra320 SCSI
SANnet II Blade Ultra320
At 1U (1.75 inches) and with four drive bays supporting up to 584 gigabytes, the SANnet II Blade Ultra320 SCSI array is geared for data centers where space is at a premium, while providing higher performance and faster throughput than the previous SCSI interfaces. It easily integrates into a rack or a
desktop, according to a company statement.
As with SANnet II SATA, Dot Hill will ship this blade server in June to all customers, including a major OEM.
Story adapted from Internet News.
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