LSI Launches New Midrange Storage System

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-08-26 Print this article Print

The Engenio 4900 storage system -- which is OEM'd to IBM -- features both 8G-bps Fibre Channel and 1G-bps iSCSI host interfaces, a modular architecture, and an option to add self-encrypting drives for higher-level security.

LSI, which supplies IBM with a high percentage of storage products that Big Blue rebrands as its System Storage line, Aug. 25 launched its own branded version of a second-generation storage system for midrange and small to medium-size businesses.

The Engenio 4900 storage system features both 8G-bps Fibre Channel and 1G-bps iSCSI host interfaces, a modular architecture, and an option to add self-encrypting drives for higher-level security. LSI's SafeStore Encryption Services help secure a drive's data from unauthorized access or modification resulting from theft, loss or repurposing.

Oracle's engineering staff benchmarked that the Engenio 4900's architecture delivers 1.6GB of data bits per second on sustained reads from disk, LSI Director of Marketing Steve Gardner told eWEEK.

"This system is really designed for high-end performance-it delivers more than 50,000 IOPS [input/output operations per second] disk reads, 25 percent faster than the previous generation," he said.

Because many IT shops do not yet have 8G-bps Fibre Channel connectivity, the Engenio 4900 also can be integrated "easily" into an existing 2GFC or 4GFC infrastructure, Gardner said.

"This helps to protect current IT investments while establishing a foundation for the future upgrade to 8GFC SAN environments," Gardner said. "Also, the ability to intermix FC and iSCSI host interfaces can result in good savings in infrastructure costs by allowing less performance-sensitive applications to run on servers utilizing lower-cost iSCSI interfaces."

The 4900's modular architecture allows users to start as small as 2TB in capacity and grow storage capacity up to as many as 112 FC or SATA (serial ATA) drives, including self-encrypting drives, Gardner said. The scalability allows users to intermix up to 16 FC, SATA or SEDs in a single drive enclosure.

The 4900 includes redundant components, automated path failover, and extensive online administration and maintenance capabilities, he said.

While LSI has added more features and options to the Engenio product line, it has tried to keep its pricing down as low as possible, Gardner said. Pricing starts at about $25,000, he said.

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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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