Nexsan, Reldata Combine for Unified NAS/SAN Package

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-04-05 Print this article Print

The SATABeast-based system can place its disk drives into an idle state to conserve energy, yet provide near-instantaneous access to data, the companies claim.

Storage system maker Nexsan Technologies and virtualization software provider Reldata announced April 4 that they have produced a unified IP SAN/NAS storage package that includes storage area network-level data replication over wide-area networks. The new product combines Nexsans SATABeast array with the Reldata 9240 IP Storage Gateway, resulting in an enterprise-class storage system that aims for high availability, full redundancy, wire-speed throughput and high capacity, a Nexsan spokesperson said. The SATABeasts design extends individual drive life and provides savings year over year, while its AutoMAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks) function allows SATABeast to place its disk drives into an idle state to conserve energy, yet provide near-instantaneous access to data, said Brendan Kinkade, vice president of marketing at Nexsan.
With a price/performance ratio of about $3,000 per terabyte (some packages may sell for around $2,000 per TB), the joint offering offers cost efficiency in an all-in-one package for enterprises, Kinkade said.
eWEEK Labs reviews SATABeast. Click here to read what they found. The Reldata IP Storage Gateway 9240 incorporates six 1 GbE ports and two Ultra SCSI ports in addition to the dual 4G-bps FC ports providing flexible connectivity, to work with existing Fibre Channel, SCSI or iSCSI connectivity. "This is a high-density product that is relatively cost-effective, when you compare it against some others in the same ballpark," Brian Babineau, storage analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass., told eWEEK. "Its versatility is also a good selling point, since you can use any kind of SAN or NAS [network-attached storage] connectivity on it." Babineau said this new package will probably compete for the same business as Lefthand Networks and the midrange offerings from NetApp and overall storage market leader EMC. "My customers have been looking for a cost-effective storage system that unifies their IP SAN and NAS environments and delivers high performance," said Rich Kuhar Sr., president of Arkay, a reseller of both Nexsan and Reldata. "Now I can combine a Nexsan SATABeast with a Reldata 9240 Storage Gateway and deliver an unbeatable integrated package that meets their needs," Kuhar said. "By offering a high-quality package at a much better price point than my competition, Im able to increase the level of service to my customers, while expanding my business." SATABeasts combination of enterprise-level features delivers high performance, reliability and cost savings for primary and near-line storage, disk-to-disk backup, secondary storage, and fixed content archive applications, Kinkade said. "This is a joint package that provides a high-performance unified iSCSI SAN and NAS offering that eliminates the need for the time-exhausting and costly creation of piecemeal IP storage packages," said Kinkade, in Woodland Hills, Calif. The new Nexsan/Reldata product is available now through both companies. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
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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