Alacritech Launches New NAS Accelerator Appliance

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-13 Print this article Print

The ANX 1500 appliance moves data faster in network storage systems without needing modifications to filers. And it just plugs right in.

With data stores continuing to get out of hand in terms of management control, the ability to move loads quickly and efficiently within system and time limitations is paramount for data centers.

A growing number of companies are coming out with products specifically for that purpose. A prominent one is San Jose, Calif.-based Alacritech, which has a lot of IP in application acceleration and is now using it to speed up file service in network storage.

To this end, Alacritech unveiled the ANX 1500 appliance on Jan. 12, which moves data faster in network storage systems without needing modifications to filers. It just plugs right in, discovers what it needs in the system and works, Vice President of Marketing Doug Rainbolt told eWEEK.

"Isn't that what appliances are supposed to do?" Rainbolt asked, rhetorically.

The appliances, which also feature TCP/IP offload engines, can work natively with most NFS-based NAS filers, including those from EMC/Isilon, NetApp and BlueArc.

The 2U version of the ANX 1500 can take up to 20 solid-state drives; it comes in capacities of 2TB or 4TB. Both machines carry a whopping 48GB of DRAM.

Rainbolt said the ANX 1500 can perform up to 120,000 operations per second using 4TB of solid-state disk drive capacity and 48GB of DRAM.

Pricing starts at $70,000 for an appliance with 2TB of SSD capacity. A 4TB system starts at $110,000. They are available now.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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