Vendors Refresh Midrange RAID Arrays

There is a new crop of RAID arrays on the market, all designed with an eye toward meeting the storage needs of small businesses. Data Robotics, Dot Hill and MicroNet Technology, are all shipping new RAID systems for the SMB, sister site InfoStor reports.


“Data Robotics introduced the newest member in its Drobo line of RAID arrays. The DroboPro FS (file sharing) is an eight-drive NAS appliance that can be configured with 2TB SATA drives. Users can mix and match drive speeds (rotation rates) and manufacturers.

“One key addition in the DroboPro FS is Drobo Sync, which provides asynchronous, block-level replication for uni-directional offsite backup. Only changed data is sent over the wire.

“DroboPro FS, which is based on Data Robotics’ BeyondRAID and Auto-Thinning (thin provisioning) technologies, comes with two Gigabit Ethernet ports.

“Dot Hill, which sells through the channel, began shipping the AssuredSAN 3400 Series of RAID arrays this month, which are targeted at SMBs. Most notably, the AssuredSAN 3420 (up to 24 2.5-inch drives) and 3430 (up to 12 3.5-inch drives) come with 10Gbps iSCSI/Ethernet interfaces.

“The 3400 series arrays are available with Dot Hill’s optional AssuredSnap (up to 1,000 snapshots) and AssuredCopy (up to 128 volume copies) data protection software, and can be configured with a mix of SAS, SATA and solid-state disk (SSD) drives. “Green” features include drive spin down and the company’s battery-free EcoStor alternative for cache, which combines super capacitors and flash memory.”

For more, read “Mid-Range RAID Recap: Data Robotics, Dot Hill, Infortrend, MicroNet” at InfoStor.

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