EMC to launch storage arrays for SMBs

EMC plans to announce next month two arrays designed to make setting up and maintaining IP and Fibre Channel storage-area networks easier.

According to a data sheet obtained by Network World, the EMC Clariion AX150 and AX150i are designed for small and mid-size businesses or sites that may not have experienced storage administrators. The arrays offer an alternative to direct-attached storage.

EMC declined to comment.

The new boxes expand EMC's family of AX100 arrays. The AX150 and AX150i double the capacity of the 3TB AX100 and AX100i. They also use the Serial ATA II disk interface for 300M-byte/sec data transfer to and from disk. The current AX100 and AX100i use the 150M-byte/sec Serial ATA interface.

Although EMC declined to comment, what is known about the new arrays is that they are 2U (3.5-inch) high rack-mountable systems with three to 12 Serial ATA drives at 250GB or 500GB each, for a total capacity of 750GB to 6TB.

The AX150 Fibre Channel array supports either SAN or direct-attached connections to host computers. The AX150i has an iSCSI interface for connection to the Gigabit Ethernet network. Both support connections to as many as 10 Windows, Linux, NetWare or Solaris hosts and 256 host connections to storage. The arrays are available in single- or dual-controller models for high availability.

The arrays ship with EMC's PowerPath for AX150 software, which offers availability via path failover and load balancing. They support RAID-5 and RAID-0+1 and feature as much as 512MB of battery-backed cache memory, redundant cooling fans and power supplies.

Included with the arrays is EMC Navisphere Express installation and management software.

Like the EMC Clariion AX100, the AX150 and AX150i are expected to be available from Dell, Computer Discount Warehouse (CDW) and TechData.

Pricing and availability could not be learned by press time.

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