Midrange Storage Gets an Overhaul

Storage vendors spent Monday jockeying for position with midrange customers, with Adaptec and Hitachi Data Systems moving their products upstream and Isilon unveiling a lower-cost system.

Clustered NAS vendor Isilon Systems unveiled the Isilon IQ 200, which at a list price of $39,000 sells for half the cost of the company’s enterprise line.

While Isilon’s high-end clustered storage products can scale up to 10Gbps of performance and one petabyte of capacity in a single file system and single volume, the IQ 200 scales from 6TB to a maximum of 48TB. Isilon hopes the new offering will open new markets for its clustered NAS approach.

The new offering uses the same OneFS operating system as Isilon’s higher-end products, offering a single file system and volume for easy configuration and management.

“The challenges created by the rapid and sustained growth of digital content have extended beyond just large enterprises and are fueling the need for a new class of clustered storage solutions,” stated Isilon marketing vice president Brett Goodwin, who said IQ 200 delivers the “powerful punch of clustered storage … at an unmatched price.”

The IQ 200 integrates with Isilon’s data protection and management software applications, including SnapshotIQ, SyncIQ and SmartConnect.

Adaptec, meanwhile, moved its Snap line up market with the new Snap Server 650, which scales to 64.2 TB. Adaptec has refreshed the entire Snap line in recent months.

The Snap Server 650 is based on the product line’s GuardianOS operating system and also offers data protection features such as antivirus, backup and recovery and data replication, including BakBone’s NetVault WorkGroup. Built on the AMD Opteron architecture, the 650 offers a base capacity of 1.2TB with SAS drives and memory that is scalable from 2GB to 4GB for high-performance environments and offers data throughput speeds of up to 1045 Mb/s. JBOD expansion units offer both SAS and SATA options.

The Snap Server 650 starts at $15,695, and SANbloc S50 JBOD expansion units start at $4,431.

Hitachi on Monday boosted the performance of its midrange storage system, the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage model AMS1000, by 20 percent with new multi-processing technologies.

The system offers multi-protocol support for iSCSI, NAS, and Fibre Channel SAN, and customers can mix and match Fibre Channel and SATA drives and RAID levels.

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