Nexsan Claims It's First to Ship Enterprise Storage with 3TB SATA

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-02 Print this article Print

That kind of storage density works out to about 45TB of usable storage per 1U storage unit within an array.

Midmarket storage systems maker Nexsan on April 29 claimed to be the first company to make available the option of using 3TB Serial ATA hard drives in an enterprise-class storage system.

That kind of storage density works out to about 45TB of usable storage per 1U storage unit within an array. No other vendor can claim anything in that ballpark at this time.

Unofficial industry talk also has EMC Iomega coming out soon with desktop appliances and rack-mounted arrays that also will option 3TB HDDs, the highest-capacity drives now available. Other manufacturers are expected to announce their own 3TB options in the near future.

Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Nexsan said that it has been delivering E-Series storage systems with 3TB SATA drives, namely inside its 4U Nexsan E60 storage system, since earlier this quarter. As of this week, these new 3TB SATA drives are now available in all Nexsan E-Series storage packages, including the E18 and E60X.

Nexsan said its E-Series features an expandable, high-density and high-performance platform. All E-Series storage systems feature centralized storage management software, which is easier to handle, the company said.

Enterprise-class features also include high-reliability, low-power operation and small space consumption.

"This level of storage density and energy savings is impressive and sets the bar for other storage system vendors," said George Crump, principal analyst for Storage Switzerland. "As the first to bring these innovations in density and power management to market, it speaks well of Nexsan's engineering team and the company's ability to execute."

The Nexsan E-Series storage systems are available immediately. Pricing for the E60 with 3TB SATA drives and a single controller starts at under $80,000.


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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