All three storage systems are supported by storage networking connectivity solutions from QLogic.
Acer America Corp. has
extended its line of server and storage solutions for the U.S. market to
include a family of storage systems for small and midsized business and
midmarket applications. The storage systems are integrated with Acer's server
solutions and are designed to help customers manage escalating storage growth
while optimizing data security and availability for Microsoft Exchange Server,
VMware, databases and other business applications.
Acer's expanded storage
offering is the result of the company's partnership with Hitachi Data Systems,
and includes the AS2040 storage system and the Adaptable Modular Storage 2000
(AMS 2000) family of scalable storage systems. All three storage systems are
supported by storage networking connectivity solutions from QLogic.
The AS2040 storage arrays support
up to 180 terabytes of data using multiple RAID levels and offer data security
capabilities through a symmetric active-active architecture. Load-balancing
logic monitors controller workloads, and users can configure systems with mixed
tiers of SAS and Serial ATA drives. The SAS back-end design provides switch
point-to-point connectivity to disk drives, and support for more than 2,000
logical volumes. Data availability is further enhanced through online microcode
updates and redundant, hot-swappable spares.
The AMS 2000 family includes
the AMS 2100 and AMS 2300 systems. The AMS 2100 system supports up to 512
virtual server ports and scalable capacity up to 236 TB, while the AMS 2300
supports up to 2048 virtual server ports and 472 TB of capacity. The Hi-Track
Remote Monitoring system provides round-the-clock system diagnostics, and
Hitachi TrueCopy Remote Replication software provides a continuous,
non-disruptive, host-independent remote data-replication solution for disaster recovery,
data retention or data migration over any distance.
The company noted price
depends on configuration and base configurations (five hard drives), and begins
at $11,699 for the Acer Hitachi AS2040 storage array, $18,499 for the Acer
Hitachi AMS 2100 storage array and $31,499 for the Acer Hitachi AMS 2300
storage array. Like Acer's companion server line, all Acer and jointly branded
Acer Hitachi storage products are available only through indirect sales
"These tailored storage
solutions meet customer demand for cost-effective storage performance,
simplified storage management and return on storage investment over time,"
said Bruce Chumley, vice president of Americas strategic alliances for Hitachi
Data Systems. "Hitachi and Acer are committed to providing U.S. customers
with solutions that enable them to simultaneously manage explosive data growth,
IT costs, complex applications, legal compliance and security."
Acer's storage offering is
supported by converged network adapters, host bus adapters and Fibre Channel
switches from QLogic. The company's latest U.S. storage systems join its
recently introduced Acer NAS (network-attached storage) line, which offer
features like RAID, redundant hot-plug power, redundant hot-plug cooling, and
data de-duplication and snapshot capabilities.
"The selection of QLogic as
Acer's go-to-market partner for Fibre Channel and 10GbE converged networking
technology broadens QLogic's reach into the SMB space," said Satish
Lakshmanan, senior director of product marketing for QLogic's host solutions
group. "With unique technologies such as QLogic ConvergeFlex, which
enables convergence of storage and data networking through concurrent
multiprotocol support on the same hardware, QLogic provides Acer SMB customers
with networking solutions that are designed for today's virtualized world,
delivering superior performance and features while consuming minimal