Ellison-Backed Startup Banks on Serial ATA
Storage startup backed by Oracle chief Larry Ellison readies Serial ATA-based array.Startup Pillar Data Systems Inc. is gearing up for its fall 2003 launch with the development of a Serial ATA-based array designed to give users the option to connect using direct-attached storage, network-attached storage, or in a storage-area network. Storage using such drives would be cheaper and easier to administer than todays Fibre Channel- and SCSI-based products from EMC Corp., IBM, Hitachi Ltd., and Network Appliance Inc., advocates say. Pillars technology leadership comes from Pillar president and CEO Mike Workman, the former IBM storage veteran. The vendor is backed with a $100 million investment from Lawrence Investments Inc., the venture firm of Oracle Corp. founder, chairman, and CEO Larry Ellison.
The product in mind "is one that can deliver blocks in a cost-efficient way," Workman said, in Milpitas, Calif. It will scale from several hundred gigabytes to several hundred terabytes and will likely use the Common Information Model for management, he said.