SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- RAID storage
expert Infortrend(r) is now shipping the industry's first Small Form
Factor (SFF) RAID subsystems: the EonStor(r) B12S-R/G1030 SAS-to-SAS
and the B12F-R/G1430 Fibre Channel-to-SAS arrays. SFF leverages the
benefits of emerging SAS technology and promises to be the future of
storage with its small size, high density, lower power consumption, and
improved acoustics. The product was officially unveiled on October 29,
2007 at SNW Europe in Frankfurt, Germany.
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The 2.5-inch SFF drives are 70 percent smaller than conventional
3.5-inch drives, enabling them to deliver approximately 100 percent
greater system performance in the same footprint. Because the SFF
drives require 40 to 50 percent less power and run cooler, airflow
requirements are reduced and less overall pollution is generated.
Both the B12F and B12S come with a SAS expansion port that supports the
connection of Infortrend's new B12S-J1000 JBOD using SFF SAS drives.
The arrays are also compatible with the company's recently released
S12S-J1000 or S16S-J1000 JBODs that house standard 3.5-inch drives.
These 3.5-inch-drive JBODs support SATA drives so users can reduce
drive costs and build tiered storage applications -- high performance
SAS drives for mission-critical applications, and cost-effective SATA
drives for near-line backup, distribution, or archives.
"The new B12 SFF arrays have all the advantages of 3.5-inch-drive SAS
systems, such as point-to-point architecture, higher performance and
efficiency, simpler and longer cabling, and compact connectors, but in
a compact, energy-efficient design," said Alex Young, technical and
marketing director of Infortrend Europe Ltd. "With our fifth generation
ASIC400 and support for RAID5 and RAID6, storage managers will benefit
from the advantages of a smaller form factor without compromising on
data protection and reliability."
Infortrend Technology Inc.