Up to now, Permabit has offered archiving systems of up to 40 Tbytes, racked in clusters from four to 20 nodes. Now, the vendor is offering a 96-Tbyte system that can reach 3 Pbytes when up to 32 racks are clustered.
Permabit says its legacy systems, now renamed the Enterprise Archive Business Series, start at $55,000 for 4 Tbytes. The new Data Center Series starts at $75,000 for 10 Tbytes. Taking into consideration the size and pricing of all systems in each series, Permabit says the average cost-per-Gbyte for the Business Series is about $8, while the new Data Center series averages about $5 per Gbyte.
Data reduction brings those costs down to about 33 cents to $2.33 per Gbyte for the Data Center Series, Permabit claims. The vendor compares that with a self-set industry average range of $25 to $75 per Gbyte.
While some of this is clearly math serving marketing with tough-to-prove specifics, at least one source says Permabit's chief claim -- to offer humongous archiving space at lower prices than before -- is solid. "While the industry average may be smaller than Permabit claims, and its savings smaller, the delta is legitimate," says one industry analyst, who asked not to be named.