Storage networking firm Infortrend has boosted its entry-level options with improved remote replication tools and thin provisioning features.
The SMB-focused EonStor DS storage systems offer enhanced data control, and can improve storage utilisation by as much as 90 per cent, the firm claimed.
Infortrend said that the EonStor DS units allocate capacity automatically to those systems that need it, while storage load is lessened by the creation of off-site copies of data.
This provides small companies with the sort of disaster recovery systems previously enjoyed only by large enterprises, according to Thomas Kao, director of product planning at Infortrend.
"Infortrend fully understands the IT challenges faced by these users. By adding thin provisioning and remote replication functions to our EonStor DS systems, we ensure that SMBs can take advantage of all that full-featured storage systems have to offer, while staying within their limited IT budgets," he said.
Infortrend uses thin provisioning to allocate a chunk of virtual capacity to application servers. This may exceed the physical capacity of the server, but is actually used only when data writes happen.
The firm described it as an on-demand version of allocation, claiming that it simplifies capacity planning and data management. For example, the EonStor DS system will automatically alert administrators when utilisation meets its thresholds.
Infortrend said that the features will be available across all EonStor DS systems by the end of November.
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