Nexsan, a provider of storage systems for small to medium-size businesses (SMBs), announced the launch of the E-Series storage systems, purpose built and priced for the midmarket. The new E-Series advances Nexsan's Flexible Storage Platform by delivering a suite of storage systems with high storage density, power efficiency, and an enterprise-class feature set. The E18, E60 and E60X are available immediately. Pricing for the E18 with SAS drives and a single controller starts at under $45,000, and the E60 with SATA drives and a single controller starts at under $52,000.
The E18 utilizes SAS and/or SSD drives to deliver high performance storage to physical or virtual hosts via a Fibre Channel or iSCSI SAN. The E60 adds storage density of 60 drives in 4U of rack space, with the ability to save up to 87 percent on power, which the company said makes it suited for backup to disk and archive applications.
Product models include the E18, which offers 18 SAS drives in 2U, for up to 10.8 TB of capacity per chassis. The product can also support mixed SAS/SSD drive types and includes Nexsan's next-generation controller, two 8 Gb/s FC and two 1 Gb/s iSCSI ports per controller, and comes with up to two controllers per E18. It also features a dedicated Ethernet port for management and no single point of failure configurations.
The E60 features 60 SATA/SAS drives in only 4U for up to 120 TB of capacity per chassis. Able to support any mix of drive types, the E60 includes Nexsan's next-generation controller, two 8 Gb/s FC and two 1 Gb/s iSCSI ports per controller, and comes with up to two controllers per system. The E60X includes 60 SATA/SAS drives in only 4U for up to 120 TB of capacity per chassis. Also able to support any mix of drive types, the E60X offers two 4x SAS connectors and a dedicated Ethernet port for management.
"Many midmarket companies are seeing their data volumes double every two to three years," said Mark Peters, senior analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group. "But IT groups are also typically resource constrained and struggle to provide storage solutions that are robust enough for their environments at a price that aligns with their business model; they need scalable, reliable solutions that can also provide high density, power-efficiency and a rich feature set, yet with simplicity of configuration and deployment. Nexsan's Flexible Storage Platform is designed to meet all these needs and will no doubt enhance the company's reputation for delivering enterprise-class solutions priced for the midmarket."
Nexsan's E-Series also features technologies for energy efficiency and high density including Active Drawer Technology, designed to simplify the maintenance of a high density system by offering specially designed cables for continuous operation even when one of three self-contained drawers is momentarily opened so a single person can perform disk and fan service.
Also included is AutoMAID Technology, which delivers "Speed with Green" for up to 87 percent reduction in power consumption without for popular applications such as backup to disk. When AutoMAID is extended with Level 4 capabilities it provides additional power savings, according to a company release.