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Xyratex Scales Down for Green Storage

Xyratex is banging its green storage drum again, unveiling a scaled-down, low-energy version of its OneStor hardware.

The 3.5-Tbyte SP1224s is Xyratexs first offering to use 2.5-inch drives, which the vendor is aiming at applications requiring high input/output operations per second (IOPS). By packing 24 2.5-inch drives into a 2U form factor, Xyratex claims to offer double the performance density of its predecessor, the 4U, 24-Tbyte SP1424s, which relies on a dozen 3.5-inch drives.

“It’s double the IOPS density at half the watts consumed,” says Mark Hall, Xyratex’s senior product marketing manager, explaining that the SP1224s handles around 5,000 to 6,000 IOPS.

“This is really directed at those transaction-intensive applications,” he adds. “It’s for things like virtualized environments and transaction-intensive databases that handle shopping carts on the Internet.”

Unlike its predecessor, the SP1224s uses SAS drives. In contrast, the SP1424s uses a mixture of SAS and SATA.

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