Xyratex Demos New SAS Systems

The U.K.-based IBM spinoff moves toward the industry cutting edge by showing new systems at Storage Networking World.

ORLANDO, Fla.—Xyratex, an IBM spinoff that makes storage enclosures for OEMs and software integrators, demonstrated its new line of Serial-Attached SCSI hardware at Storage Networking World here.

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SAS provides enhanced performance, reliability and scalability that overcome many of the limitations of traditional parallel iSCSI implementations, Xyratex spokeswoman Lisa Hart told eWEEK.

Xyratex, based in Havant, United Kingdom, showed its new E5402E SAS-SAS/SATA RAID system, the latest addition to its RAID family of products, as well as its enhanced F5402E FC-SAS/SATA RAID, the RS-1603-E3-EBD SAS EBOD and other solutions that incorporate SAS technology.

The demonstrations also featured Xyratexs home-grown StorView system configuration and management software, which is integrated throughout the Xyratex portfolio of products.

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"Rapidly growing SME [small and midsize enterprise] and SMB [small and midsize business] markets, coupled with the robust performance and scalability features of SAS technology, are coalescing to make end-to-end SAS building blocks an increasingly attractive option for OEM storage providers," said Mike Karp, senior analyst with Enterprise Management Associates.

"Xyratexs latest offering in the SAS RAID arena is well-positioned to take advantage of this climate," he said.

Xyratex is the only manufacturer to offer a 4GB FC-SAS/SATA RAID mixed-environment enclosure, Hart said.

"Our advanced family of SAS products bolsters Xyratexs [existing] storage portfolio of RAID and SBOD/JBOD enclosures and underscores our commitment to providing innovative, best-of-class products to our OEM and systems integrator customers," said Hart.

Xyratexs range of viable SAS solutions offers connectivity choices and supports both SAS and SATA drive technology, Hart said. OEM customers continue to benefit from enterprise-class enclosure design, ensuring maximum reliability, performance and functionality, she added.

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