Verari Introduces Blade-Based Storage Subsystem

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-10-31 Print this article Print

The new subsystem for the company's BladeRack 2 blade server platform offers higher storage density and fully featured storage and server management.

ORLANDO, Fla.—Blade server maker Verari Systems Oct. 31 introduced its BladeRack 2 VB5150 Storage Subsystem, which uses a new architecture to address a broad set of network-attached storage requirements in both the high-performance computing and enterprise markets. The San Diego-based company introduced the new system here at Storage Networking World. The VB5150 is the first in the family of Verari Systems BladeRack 2 blade-based Storage Subsystems designed to provide a high-density NAS platform and still sport a low-acquisition cost, David Driggers, founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Verari, told eWEEK.
The VB5150 allows flexibility in deploying storage modules, which could appeal to a broad category of customers and is well-suited for applications requiring low-cost-per-terabyte, high-capacity network-attached storage, he said.
Click here to read more about Veraris data center offerings. "We see the VB5150 Storage Subsystem as ushering in a new era in NAS storage," Driggers said. "We have advanced the design of the BladeRack 2 compute clusters and have integrated the VB5150 systems into a high-density, energy-efficient architecture. This will enable customers to store more data, in less space, improve data center efficiency and reduce the overall total cost of ownership for their NAS systems." The VB5150 Storage Subsystem is made up of a VB1150 Head Node and four VB1055S Disk Blades. The Head Node contains the NAS I/O processing, a RAID controller, and the power and connectivity to the four VB1055S Disk Blades. Each VB1055S Disk Blade houses 10 SATA II (Serial ATA II) or SAS hot-swappable hard drives (40 total per VB5150 Storage Subsystem), providing a total capacity of 30TB per VB5150 Storage Subsystem. Twelve VB5150 Storage Subsystems can be deployed in a single BladeRack 2 platform, providing a total capacity of 360TB in a single rack while requiring only 7.6 square feet of floor space. Similar to Veraris other blade offerings, the VB5150 can be mixed with other compute and I/O blade offerings in the same BladeRack 2 rack, allowing for greater flexibility. The VB5150 Storage Subsystem is specifically designed for the BladeRack 2 platform and incorporates the patented vertical cooling and efficient power utilization of the BladeRack 2. The VB5150 Storage Subsystem can be centrally managed along with other Verari Systems BladeRack 2 compute and I/O blade offerings through the recently announced Verari Command Center management software. Veraris client list—which numbers more than 4,000—includes Akamai Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Lucasfilm, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Veritas DGC and Walt Disney Feature Animation. More information is available at Veraris Web site. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
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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