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By | Chris Mellor 17th June 2009 14:37

Infortrend steps up to Fibre Channel

Award winning ESVA arrays get new goodies

Second-tier drive array supplier Infortrend has revamped its product catalogue with the ESVA line - Enterprise Scalable Virtual Architecture - including both Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity.

ESVA arrays include storage virtualisation, thin provisioning, distributed load balancing, array-based snapshots and replication. Infortrend says they are energy-efficient and have a high availability hardware design, featuring, for example, redundant controllers. The products are offered to mid-range businesses and, congratulations to Infortrend, have been awarded ‘Best Choice: Data Storage Product’ by Computex Taipei 2009, the world’s second largest ICT exhibition.

The ESVA-F20 is the entry-level Fibre Channel SAN model, with 4Gbit/s or 8Gbit/s connectivity and either 2.5-inch SAS drives or 3.5-inch SAS or SATA drives. The F40 is a 1U enclosure supporting up to 12 2.5-inch drives and 1.8TB of capacity. It can scale to 7TB with expansion enclosures and has 4 by 4Gbit/s FC ports. The F60 will be larger still and will be announced later this year.

On the iSCSI side are the ESVA-E20, scaling to 64TB of SATA storage with eight 1Gbit/s Ethernet ports, and the E60 featuring SAS drives and a maximum 19.2TB capacity.

ESVA arrays can be aggregated to create larger pools of storage in a scale-out design. Infortrend says the ESVA architecture has a dynamic virtualised ‘scale-out’ mechanism, which enables on-the-fly scalability, better capacity utilisation and data read/write load balancing. Array capacity and performance can be incrementally increased as needed. Energy-efficiency is enhanced with smart drive spin-down.

Infortrend has upped its drive array game from the current EonStor products. The ESVA details are slightly different from what was indicated earlier in the year, but there's enough here for its channel to be pleased. No pricing details were released. ®

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