Avere Ships New Scale-Out NAS Appliances

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-04 Print this article Print

New arrays, like most all of the newer-generation storageware, feature faster and cooler-running Intel Xeon quad-core processors.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Storage-appliance maker Avere Systems on April 4 launched a pair of new scale-out NAS (network-attached storage) devices for midmarket and large enterprises.

The company made the announcement on Day 1 of the Storage Networking World conference here at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The event continues through April 7.

The FXT 2550 and 2750 arrays, like most all of the newer-generation storageware now being produced, feature faster and cooler-running Intel Xeon quad-core processors. These machines also feature additional capacity on the DRAM (dynamic RAM) cache tier, CEO Ron Bianchini said.

The new appliances also offer more connectivity choices than previous versions, with six 1G bit Ethernet ports to go with dual 10GbE ports-with copper or optical options, Bianchini said.

The new FXT appliances run on Avere's A-3 storage architecture, which includes three key Avere features: a file system that uses demand-generated algorithms dynamically to tier data automatically for best access, scale-out clustering for high-end transactional workloads and controls to manage multiple heterogeneous NAS systems as needed.

Up to 25 FXT appliances can be clustered to provide for up to "millions of IOPS and dozens of gigabytes per second throughput," Bianchini said.

Avere's FXT 2550 includes 72GB of DRAM, 1GB of nonvolatile RAM and 3.6TB of 15K SAS (serial-attached SCSI) disk storage, six 1GbE ports and two copper 10GbE ports for $72,500. The unit can be configured with dual optical 10GbE ports for $75,500. 

The FXT 2750 features the same configuration but substitutes the SAS disk tier for 512GB of SLC (single-level cell) SSD storage for $82,500. The dual 10GbE optical port version sells for $85,500. All of the new FXT scale-out NAS appliances with the Avere 2.0 Operating System and global namespace are currently available.

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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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