Data storage company nStor Technologies Inc. has launched its new range of Ultra160 SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) storage systems, the company announced Wednesday.
Specifically, the NexStor range of products include the 802S/1202S JBOD (just a bunch of disks) modules and the 3000S series of RAID (redundant array of independent disks) systems, the company said in a statement.
In competition with vendors such as EMC Corp. and Network Appliance Inc., nStor is hoping its NexStor range of products will shore up its market share in the lucrative storage industry.
According to nStor, dense packaging is the future of enterprise storage, and its 2U and 3U products are aimed at that market. In data center parlance, 2U equals 3.5 inches (8.9 centimeters) of rack space while 3U equals 5.25 inches.
The NexStor 802S, a 2U-sized storage product, can support up to eight 1-inch or 1.6-inch drives, with as much as 1.44T bytes of storage capacity using 180G-byte drives. Also 2U in size, the 1202S can support up to twelve 1-inch drives, providing a total of 432G bytes of storage capacity, nStor said.
But when storage devices are packed into such small spaces, heat generated by the drives becomes a major factor. The company says airflow between storage devices is assured through its patent-pending 2U enclosure.
The RAID products, specifically the 3150S and 3250S, have data-transfer rates of 160M bytes per second per host connection, up to 1G byte of cache and work with multiple servers with host-independent, controller-based LUN (logical unit number) mapping, nStor said.
The NexStor products are all SAN-ready (storage area networks) and are interoperable with other SCSI devices, nStor said. SANs are desirable for the ability to put storage on a separate network, where it can be centrally managed and accessed by multiple servers.
Pricing was not available nor were the specific dates for when the data storage products would hit the market.