Storage Blades Target High-Performance Apps Woes

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2006-01-18 Print this article Print

Performance Technologies' CPC5900 blade is geared toward NAS and SAN environments and is equipped with two hot-swappable SATA hard drives and an onboard PowerPC processor.

Ticketed to support a growing breed of high-performance and high-availability communications applications being used with more frequency and requiring increased storage capacity, Performance Technologies Inc. has launched the CPC5900 Storage Blade and CPC5910 Storage Expansion Blade as its new family of high-density storage blades. Currently available, the CPC5900 blade is geared toward NAS (network-attached storage) and SAN (storage area network) environments and is equipped with two hot-swappable SATA (serial ATA) hard drives and an onboard PowerPC processor. The new blade supports applications requiring full RAID 0,1, 0+1, 4, 5, 6 arrays that are establishing a firm foothold within application servers, storage appliances, embedded databases, and data-heavy logging tools.
The CPC5900 can serve as a PXE boot server as well, typically set in motion to auto deploy raw boards and Performances NexusWare OS environment, according to officials of Rochester, N.Y.-based Performance Technologies.
For its part, the CPC5910 SATA storage expansion blade is designed to bolster storage capacity for Performances CPC5900 or CPC5564 blades. Featuring two hot-swappable SATA hard drives, the product—which is currently shipping—fits snugly with the CPC5564 and can offload that blades single hard drive for better performance and capacity results. Performances new CompactPCI 2.16 and 2.9 compliant blades, the CPC5900 and CPC5910, offer 2TB of storage when combined and can be integrated into the companys Advanced Management Platform. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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