SOURCE: Infortrend Corporation

Infortrend Corporation

January 19, 2010 12:32 ET

Infortrend Announces 10G IP SAN Storage Solutions

Latest Ethernet Technology to Enable Enterprise-Class Performance on IP SANs

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) - Infortrend®, the networked storage expert, (TPE: 2495) today extended its EonStor G6 family with two new 10G iSCSI-to-SAS/SATA storage systems -- the redundant-controller EonStor S16E-R1240 and the single-controller S16E-G1240. When users are upgrading their IP SANs from 1GbE to 10GbE to address intensifying performance demands, the two forerunners of Infortrend's 10G IP storage provide them robust support with breakthrough performance, flexible scalability, high availability and easy management. These new EonStor products integrate BLADE Network Technologies' RackSwitch G8124 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch to provide the essential high-speed, low-latency fabric for data-intensive storage networking.

With the decline in cost-per-Gbps of 10GbE ports, deploying 10G IP SANs has become more feasible to businesses of all sizes. Infortrend introduces two new storage systems featuring 10G iSCSI capability to address the growing demand for 10GbE storage requirements. Built upon a10GbE architecture, the S16E arrays prepare users for the seamless migration to 10GbE. With two 10G iSCSI ports on each controller, the S16E delivers breakthrough performance to meet the demands of virtualized datacenters and the most throughput-demanding applications, such as video on-demand, data mining and remote backup. For capacity expansion, a single S16E system can be connected with expansion enclosures to house a maximum of 112 drives. By intermixing SAS and SATA drives in the installation, users can flexibly meet diverse operational needs in a cost-effective way.

"Infortrend's new EonStor products provide a compelling solution for customers that are making the move to 10 Gigabit Ethernet IP SANs," said Peter Hall, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, BLADE Network Technologies. "We are pleased that Infortrend chose our RackSwitch G8124 to deliver the unsurpassed performance, scalability and availability and easy management required for EonStor 10G iSCSI storage environments."

In addition to outstanding performance and powerful scalability, the S16E also offers users the benefits of high availability, energy efficiency and simple management. To safeguard cached data during power outages, Infortrend's innovative CacheSafe® technology is integrated into the new products. Based on a High Availability (HA) modular design, all redundant modules including controllers, power supplies and cooling fans are hot-swappable to achieve high fault-tolerance capability. With a strong commitment to Green IT, Infortrend designed the systems with intelligent drive spin-down, 80 plus-certified power supplies and dynamic cooling mechanisms. All G6 subsystems can be administered, configured and monitored with SANWatch®, a Java-based storage management software developed by Infortrend to enable seamless management locally or remotely over LAN/WAN. These features enable companies to reduce their carbon footprint and lower operating costs.

"With the announcement of 10GbE protocol, users have another reason to choose iSCSI over Fibre Channel (FC)," said Thomas Kao, product planning director at Infortrend Technology. "The latest Ethernet technology provides higher performance than FC. Though its development is not fully mature, the declining costs signal that its market value will soon extend beyond the early adopters, such as video streaming and digital entertainment, to bring substantial benefits for the enterprise SAN. Our new S16E models from the EonStor G6 family will provide users robust support at the forefront of the market trend."

About Infortrend

Infortrend, the networked storage expert, is a pioneer in cost-effective, high performance storage products. The company provides ESVA®, EonStor®, EonNAS storage solutions and SANWatch® software for virtually all storage interfaces including Fibre Channel, SAS, iSCSI, SCSI and SATA. For over a decade, Infortrend has provided reliable, fault-tolerant technology to prominent ODMs, distributors, and storage integrators worldwide. The company's core competency includes performance optimized RAID ASICs, feature-rich firmware, and redundant, high availability RAID subsystems and storage solutions. Founded in 1993, Infortrend is traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (Taiex), ticker number 2495. For more information, please visit www.infortrend.com.

Infortrend®, ESVA®, EonStor®, SANWatch®, and EonPath® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Infortrend Technology, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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