Storage Startup Intransa to Make Debut
The latest storage startup, Intransa Inc., will launch next week with a distributed approach to merging IP networking and scalability.The latest storage startup, Intransa Inc., will launch next week with a distributed approach to merging IP networking and scalability. By separating array components across an Ethernet network, users can scale drives and controllers independently, bringing easier management and a good-enough performance class compared to traditional arrays in storage-area networks, officials of the San Jose, Calif., company say. "A lot of this has to do with recognizing the commodity value in the hardware. We make each drive directly addressable on the network and use the network as the interconnect. Theres a trade-off in terms of what you optimize for," said Peter Wang, CTO and founder.
Intransas product, IP 5000, will ship in June for $62,500. That includes a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch with enclosures holding 3.2TB each of parallel ATA drives. The block-based system connects to Linux and Windows servers and has basic mirroring and shapshot features.
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