Storage firm Promise Technology has introduced the first products based on Intel's new Nehalem chips for embedded and storage applications, delivering a fourfold increase in performance over previous generations, the company said.
The VTrak Ex30 series of storage arrays are high-performance units aimed at the mid-range enterprise market, scalable to configurations of 192 drives for 8TB up to 384TB of capacity.
Promise Technology said that it is the first vendor to come to market with products based on Intel's Xeon C5500/C3500 platform, otherwise known as Jasper Forest.
These are embedded versions of Nehalem chips optimised for applications such as storage, with hardware Raid support and I/O such as PCI Express lanes on-chip for lower latency.
With these, the Ex30 series boosts performance from the 1,500MB/s data transfer rate of existing products up to 6,000MB/s, the company claimed, while consuming less power than before.
"Promise Technology is now going the next step to the enterprise level and meeting customer needs with greater performance in terms of speed and IOPS," said Albrecht Hestermann, EMEA marketing director for Promise Technology.
Hestermann added that, in real-world testing, the company had demonstrated very low latencies of just two to four milliseconds when operating a database for Microsoft Exchange server with 5,000 mailboxes, each 1GB in size.
The VTrak Ex30 will ship initially with 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel as the host interface, but versions with 6Gbit/s SAS, 1Gbit/s iSCSI and 10Gbit/s iSCSI will be available from the first quarter of 2011.
A fully loaded Ex30 with 380TB of storage will cost about £100,000, Hestermann said, which works out at about 25p per gigabyte of storage.
Also in 2011, Promise Technology will bring to Europe its VTrak S3000 model, which provides storage services such as application-aware snapshots and volume virtualisation.
Already available in the US, each S3000 is capable of managing several E-class arrays such as the Ex30, according to Hestermann.
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