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StorageTek Unveils SATA Arrays

StorageTek used its annual Forum customer event, held this week in San Antonio, Texas, to unveil a new line of storage arrays.

Officials of the Louisville, Colo.-based storage vendor showed its new FlexLine 600-series of arrays. The 600-series, the company's first to use SATA hard drives, is focused on capacity-centric applications, said J.R. Roedel, senior director for ILM solutions.

StorageTek also told solution providers and end users at the conference that its D-series and B-series of arrays, aimed at more performance-centric applications, are being renamed the FlexLine 200-series and 300-series.

Going forward, the company's arrays will be split between capacity-centric models, for such applications as data archiving and information lifecycle management where performance is not a requirement, and performance-centric models for such applications as on-line transaction processing and databases, Roedel said.

StorageTek's move to embrace SATA further legitimizes the technology, which has now been embraced by most major vendors, said Michael Fanelli, western regional manager of SSI hubcity, a Metuchen, N.J.-based solution provider.

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