SGI Expands InfiniteStorage Line with LSI Software

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-05-17 Print this article Print

The new SGI InfiniteStorage Select Product line comprises the InfiniteStorage 220-SP, 4100-SP and 4600-SP storage arrays. LSI provides the storage control software.

SGI is embarking upon "a global initiative with LSI Corporation to expand its SGI InfiniteStorage products with compelling new configurations powered by LSI," the company announced May 13.

This expanded relationship will market LSI's storage-control software in SGI's hardware through direct and indirect sales forces. SGI makes large-scale clustered computing systems for high-end enterprises.

The resulting SGI InfiniteStorage Select Product line consists of three new storage arrays: the InfiniteStorage 220-SP, 4100-SP and 4600-SP. These became available May 13.

This deal will enable midrange companies with smaller IT systems to sample some of SGI's wares for the first time, if they choose.

Smaller versions of the new storage arrays can be put to work in midsized systems, and they can be scaled up in size and capacity for large enterprises. The RAID-based storage systems feature "interconnect support for iSCSI, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and SAS," SGI said.

SGI also claimed that the new InfiniteStorage arrays are "application-ready for the Oracle Database," VMware ESX hypervisors, and Microsoft enterprise middleware, including such commonly used applications as SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint.

The InfiniteStorage systems will be sold through SGI's Global Channel Network. "The SGI channel Website has been expanded with LSI product information that provides partners a single point of access for comprehensive resources," SGI said. "LSI will provide training materials and field marketing resources to the SGI channel as part of the expanded relationship."

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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