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Winchester SAS Disk Arrays Support 600-GB Disks

BILLERICA, MA--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - Winchester Systems Inc., a leading data storage solutions provider, today announced that their FlashDisk SX-2300 and SX-3400 SAS/SATA disk arrays now support the new larger capacity 600 GB, 10k rpm, disk drives thus expanding enterprise capacity.

For typical enterprise applications requiring the speed of 10k rpm disks, the 600 GB drives provide 50% more capacity per shelf and per disk array than with 400 GB disks -- at lower cost per gigabyte. The SX-2300 that supports up to 60 disks including the base unit and four expansion shelves now supports 36 TB of 10k rpm disks. Likewise, the SX-3400 that supports 80 disk drives now supports 48 TB of 10k rpm disks.

As tiered storage systems, the SX-2300 and SX-3400 continue to support 7.2k rpm disks up to 1 TB that provide a maximum capacity of 60 TB and 80 TB respectively. Each shelf supports either SAS or SATA disks so it is easy to create up to three tiers of storage using 15k, 10k and 7.2k disks in a single storage solution.

According to the company's chief executive officer, Mr. Joel Leider, "At a time when IT managers need to do more with less, FlashDisk now offers 50% more high performance storage in the same space."

For added protection of today's very large RAID disk arrays, the company includes high-speed, ASIC-driven RAID 6 dual-parity that protects data in the event of two drive failures as well as rebuild failures. According to the company's white paper, "Enterprise RAID 6," RAID 6 dual parity offers 500 to 30,000 times longer MTDL (Mean Time To Data Loss) than RAID 5. An informative 6-minute presentation "RAID 6 Essentials" is also available.

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