LSI Logic Bolsters Storage Array

MILPITAS, CALIF. (05/11/2000) - Storage vendor LSI Logic Corp. this week introduced a high-end disk array intended to make remote data mirroring, serverless or LAN-free backup easier in e-commerce, data warehousing and transaction processing environments.

The MetaStor E4400 storage system is a full Fibre Channel disk array that lets storage administrators consolidate network servers to a single storage device in storage-area networks.

The E4400 features hot-pluggable support for disk drives, controllers and servers to save system downtime. The box has four dual-path Fibre Channel connections to host computers and four connections to the disk drives.

The MetaStor E4400 can hold up to 220 drives or a total of 16 terabytes of storage capacity. A minimum configuration is available with 180G bytes of disk space.

According to Stamford, Connecticut, research firm Dataquest, the market for Fibre Channel disk drives is growing fast and will expand to more than $27 billion in 2002 as companies' storage needs grow.

The array is managed with centralized management software. Dubbed SANtricity, the software allows the storage array to be partitioned for access by multiple host computers, as well as for monitoring performance, resource and events.

SANtricity also provides authentication to the storage array and remotely supports multiple arrays at different locations. It has a Java-based console that allows viewing multiple MetaStor storage arrays from a single location.

SANtricity costs $4,500.

In addition, an integrated Mini-Hub module is available that allows attachment of up to four host computers to Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop or switched-fabric environments.

The MetaStor E4400 is operating system independent. SANtricity management is only available for Windows NT, Sun Solaris or HP-UX networks. Pricing for the E4400 starts at $120,000. The product is available immediately.

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