EMC will today introduce a storage area network (San) with up to 3TB of data capacity for smaller companies, which it claims can be installed by the customer in under an hour.
The diminutive rack-mounted Clariion AX100 system, previously code-named Piranha, will be sold entirely through EMC's distribution and original equipment manufacturer partners worldwide.
"You can carry it under your arm: controllers, power, cooling, disk drives, all in a 2U-high rack unit," Mike Wytenus, senior director of EMC Clariion global storage, told vnunet.com.
He described the AX100 as the only market system for small and medium businesses (SMBs) with network storage built in, providing a low-cost migration path from direct attached storage (Das).
A minimum 480GB configuration starts at $5,999 in the US. The San uses Serial ATA disks of either 160GB or 250GB and supports up to eight Windows, Linux and NetWare servers.
A switching and management wizard guides customers through installation and upgrade.
Wytenus said SMBs are expanding Das for messaging systems and web services, but with limited budgets. This is inefficient, he claimed, adding: "Storage has to go on the network and the AX100 enables this."
Eric Sheppard, research manager at IDC, told vnunet.com: "To date there has been massive growth for high-end Sans. We have not seen it at the low end, but [data] growth exists regardless of company size.
"The next growth area is low-end [Sans]. These need to be low-cost and very simple to deploy. But the issue is education, [as they are] competing with internal [Das] storage."
The Clariion AX100 can include a second controller for high availability and directly connects by fibre channel to servers. Complementary Emulex and QLogic Host Bus Adapters and Brocade switches have been qualified and will be sold at special prices.
The product will be available in early June.
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