LSI Enhances Flagship Engenio 7900 Storage System

New high-density enclosure, solid-state drive support and iSCSI host interface increase operational efficiency in both physical and virtual environments

September 29, 2009

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MILPITAS, Calif., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LSI Corporation (NYSE:LSI) today enhanced the LSI(TM) Engenio 7900 storage system with a state-of-the-art, high-density SATA drive enclosure, solid-state drive (SSD) support and iSCSI host interface support. Advanced storage monitoring and reporting capabilities are also available for LSI storage systems through Tek-Tools Storage Profiler??. Together, these enhancements are designed to help customers optimize storage performance, reduce operational costs and more efficiently manage both physical and virtual environments.

"Cost-effective midrange storage is becoming the centerpiece of the data center, helping IT managers confront soaring data growth, escalating energy bills and flat budgets," said Phil Bullinger, executive vice president and general manager, Engenio Storage Group, LSI. "The Engenio 7900 system incorporates innovative features that help customers lower costs, improve energy efficiency and realize the full benefits of virtualization technology."

The Engenio 7900, based on the seventh-generation system architecture from LSI, is the flagship member of the LSI Engenio family of modular storage systems. The system provides scalability and adaptability features that protect overall storage investments and support large-scale virtualization and consolidation projects. New features and enhanced capabilities include:

  --  The high-density Engenio DE6900 SATA drive enclosure, which is capable
      of housing 60 3.5-inch SATA drives in a 4U space. The enclosure's
      front-loading drive drawers are designed to be easily serviceable and
      maintain data availability by keeping drives online while the drawer
      is open. The enclosure provides 2.8 times greater density compared to
      the current sixteen-drive enclosure, enabling a 480TB system to reside
      within a standard 19-inch rack. The increased density reduces power
      consumption by more than 30 percent and floor space by more than 65
  --  Support for enterprise-class STEC ZeusIOPS SSDs, which can deliver
      nearly 80 times the IOPS (input/output operations per second)
      performance of traditional drives, enabling a new tier of storage for
      the most demanding workloads. Using SSDs can lower power consumption
      by up to 80 percent and reduce the required amount of rack space while
      delivering equal performance on an IOPS basis.
  --  Support for tiered storage area networks (SAN-tiering) via
      multi-protocol SAN connectivity which enables the concurrent
      intermixing of a new dual-ported 1Gb/s iSCSI host interface card with
      4Gb/s and 8Gb/s Fibre Channel host cards. Mixing Fibre Channel and
      iSCSI host cards allows less-demanding applications to run on servers
      using lower-cost iSCSI interfaces, producing as much as a 57 percent
      savings in infrastructure costs. Multi-protocol SAN connectivity is
      also available on the recently introduced Engenio 4900 storage system.

  --  Deeper visibility into the performance and capacity utilization of
      Engenio storage systems using an enhanced version of Tek-Tools Storage
      Profiler. Leveraging the advanced monitoring and reporting
      capabilities of Storage Profiler, IT managers can create a holistic
      view of their virtual and physical environment to identify and resolve
      problems in real-time and increase operational efficiency.The LSI Engenio 7900 storage system is currently available to OEM customers. More information is provided at
About LSI
LSI Corporation (NYSE:LSI) is a leading provider of innovative silicon, systems and software technologies that enable products which seamlessly bring people, information and digital content together. The company offers a broad portfolio of capabilities and services including custom and standard product ICs, adapters, systems and software that are trusted by the world's best known brands to power leading solutions in the Storage and Networking markets. More information is available at

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