The partnership blends technology in Nexsan's E5000 Series NAS family with solid-state drive technology from Toshiba.
a provider of disk-based storage systems, and Toshiba, a specialist in the
development, design and manufacturing of storage solutions, partnered to boost
the performance of network-attached storage in virtualized operating
environments, with the aim of providing improved file access. The partnership
blends the technology in Nexsan's E5000 Series NAS family with solid-state
drive technology from Toshiba.
the E5110 and E5310 are available through Nexsan's network of authorized
channel partners, with pricing that starts at $14,974.
inability of traditional NAS solutions to accommodate demanding I/O
requirements in today's virtual infrastructure, including VMware, Citrix and
Xen, requires a high-performance tier of storage to accelerate throughput, the
companies said in a joint statement. FasTier is a Nexsan feature in the E5000
Series of NAS products that leverages multiple tiers of SSD technology to
accelerate storage system performance with nearline-SAS, SATA or SAS drives,
which the company said is ideal for virtualized operating environments and
random I/O workloads. To power FasTier, Nexsan has selected Toshiba MKz001GZB
Series SLC NAND/SAS SSDs for advantages in performance and reliability.
to deliver performance, endurance and reliability for business-critical
applications, Toshiba MK-Series SSDs are 0.5-inch small-form-factor SSDs that
utilize 32nm enterprise-grade SLC NAND flash memory and a 6G-bps SAS interface.
Toshiba delivers performance with random sustained 90,000 read and 16,400 write
IOPS and sequential sustained 500MB/s read and 250MB/s write throughput.
Combined with a low power requirement of only 6.5 watts at operation, Toshiba
also delivers a power efficiency rating of 13,800 IOPS/watt.
and Toshiba have come together to provide up to a 5X increase in NAS file
access time as part of an easy-to-use and highly efficient NAS product line,"
said Victoria Grey, senior vice president of marketing for Nexsan. "This is
particularly important to midmarket IT environments with high I/O performance
requirements. With solid-state technology from Toshiba, FasTier automatically
optimizes files to ensure rapid and reliable access to data when needed."
E5000 family is the latest addition to Nexsan's Flexible Storage Platform. It
complements the E-Series Fibre Channel and iSCSI block storage systems and the
CAS-based and secure Assureon archive and cloud storage systems. The E5110
provides a NAS system with 8TB to 62TB of capacity in 3U to 6U of rack space.
The E5310 is a 3U high-availability NAS head that leverages Nexsan's storage
density, power efficiency and reliability of the E-Series block storage systems
to provide 9TB to 720TB of storage in just 19U of rack space. Features include
reservation-less snapshots, replication, quotas, AD and LDAP integration, and
today are looking to solid-state drives and tiered storage to optimize their
storage environments for increased productivity," said Joel Hagberg, vice
president of marketing for the storage device division of Toshiba America
Information Systems. "With the Nexsan E5000 Series NAS systems powered by
Toshiba SSDs, IT professionals benefit from improved data access, outperforming
traditional storage systems for those applications requiring the highest
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.