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
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.
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.