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ONStor Sets Cougars Free

Clustering specialist ONStor took the wraps off its Cougar 6000 Series gateway device this week, in an attempt to beef up its NAS offerings.

This is intended to help us move upstream,” says Narayan Venkat, ONStor’s vice president of marketing, explaining that the Cougar hardware offers a significant performance hike compared to the vendor’s existing Bobcat products.

Whereas the one-rack-unit-high Bobcat had six processor cores, the two-rack unit high Cougar has sixteen, according to Venkat. The Cougar can also scale up to Pbytes in a 4-node cluster, although the exec told Byte & Switch that will soon be extended.

”Within the next two to three months, we will be scaling up to eight nodes and 8 petabyes,” he says, adding that Bobcat can scale up to 2 Pbytes in an 8-node cluster.

The Cougar hardware also offers faster data transfer rates than its Bobcat predecessor. Each node is capable of 840-Mbyte/s in sequential reads and 700-Mbytes/s in sequential writes, compared to the Bobcat’s 240 Mbytes/s and 180 Mbytes/s, respectively.

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