The AssuredSAN 3400 Series, delivers 10G bps iSCSI storage capabilities and energy-saving features.
Storage solutions and software specialist Dot Hill Systems announced
the AssuredSAN 3400 Series, designed to deliver 10G bps iSCSI
storage capabilities to address expanding bandwidth demands, which have
been driving network convergence and I/O port consolidation. The
company said inclusion of the 10GbE high speed interface in a storage
array makes the 3400 Series well-suited for customer applications such
as rich media post-production, video streaming, HPC (high performance
computing) applications and applications running on virtual
Dot Hill's 3000 Series, introduced throughout 2010, now provides a line
of high-speed host connection interfaces including 8Gb Fibre Channel,
Hybrid Fibre Channel with iSCSI, 6Gb SAS and now 10Gb iSCSI. The Dot
Hill AssuredSAN 3400 Series will be available next month through
existing Dot Hill channel partners. List prices start at $18,970 for
Dot Hill branded 2U storage systems with dual controllers. Disk drives
are priced separately.
"A key criteria for many users when they're making new storage
purchases is the cost of future expansion," said Mark Peters, a senior
analyst with IT research firm Enterprise Strategy Group. "Much of the
interest in 10Gb iSCSI SANs is for users that need to support
immediate, increased server demands and higher bandwidth applications.
Looking further ahead, we anticipate there will be demand for systems
with virtual storage software capabilities--such as Dot Hill's
AssuredSAN 3400-because it can prepare and enable users for future
bandwidth demand increases."
All members of the extended 3000 line support AssuredSnap and
AssuredCopy data protection software, and mixed-drive configurations
including SAS, SATA and SSD. The 3000 Series features a list of green
and energy-saving enhancements such as drive-spin-down capability and
Dot Hill's EcoStor battery-free alternative for cache memory, which
leverages a combination of super capacitors and flash memory to
outlasts traditional batteries.
"The AssuredSAN 3400 Series makes 10Gb iSCSI storage solutions a
reality for our channel partners and their SMB customers for the first
time," said David Zimmer, vice president of worldwide channel sales and
marketing, Dot Hill. "Our resellers and customers continue to look to
Dot Hill to deliver the latest technology at affordable price points
and the AssuredSAN 3400 line is ideal for solution providers interested
in offering storage solutions that are on the leading edge of technical
In addition to the AssuredSAN line for channel partners, OEM versions of the 3400 Series are also
available. Dot Hill 3420 arrays with 2.5-inch drives and 3430 storage
systems with 3.5-inch drives feature four 10Gb iSCSI ports. The company
claimed it is first to deliver to OEM partners 10Gb iSCSI systems for
the entry-level market. A company release stated Dot Hill's primary
marketspace was OEMs, open storage partners and system integrators.
"We have been shipping 10GbE infrastructure for enterprise applications
for over three years. The 3400 Series is the key piece in the puzzle
for us to deliver the full benefits of converged 10GbE infrastructure
extending to the SMB segment," said Alexander Jeffries, managing
director of distributor Stordis. "The availability of trusted, high
quality storage will dramatically increase the attractiveness of the
whole 10GbE proposition and deliver a massive value add to existing
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.