Infortrend Ships SFF Subsystem

Infortrend ships world's first external small form factor RAID subsystem; 2.5-inch-drive arrays reduce footprint, improve performance

January 15, 2008

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- RAID storageexpert Infortrend(r) is now shipping the industry's first Small FormFactor (SFF) RAID subsystems: the EonStor(r) B12S-R/G1030 SAS-to-SASand the B12F-R/G1430 Fibre Channel-to-SAS arrays. SFF leverages thebenefits of emerging SAS technology and promises to be the future ofstorage with its small size, high density, lower power consumption, andimproved acoustics. The product was officially unveiled on October 29,2007 at SNW Europe in Frankfurt, Germany.

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The 2.5-inch SFF drives are 70 percent smaller than conventional3.5-inch drives, enabling them to deliver approximately 100 percentgreater system performance in the same footprint. Because the SFFdrives require 40 to 50 percent less power and run cooler, airflowrequirements are reduced and less overall pollution is generated.

Both the B12F and B12S come with a SAS expansion port that supports theconnection of Infortrend's new B12S-J1000 JBOD using SFF SAS drives.The arrays are also compatible with the company's recently releasedS12S-J1000 or S16S-J1000 JBODs that house standard 3.5-inch drives.These 3.5-inch-drive JBODs support SATA drives so users can reducedrive costs and build tiered storage applications -- high performanceSAS drives for mission-critical applications, and cost-effective SATAdrives for near-line backup, distribution, or archives.

"The new B12 SFF arrays have all the advantages of 3.5-inch-drive SASsystems, such as point-to-point architecture, higher performance andefficiency, simpler and longer cabling, and compact connectors, but ina compact, energy-efficient design," said Alex Young, technical andmarketing director of Infortrend Europe Ltd. "With our fifth generationASIC400 and support for RAID5 and RAID6, storage managers will benefitfrom the advantages of a smaller form factor without compromising ondata protection and reliability."

Infortrend Technology Inc.

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