SOURCE: Coraid


August 31, 2009 15:00 ET

CORAID Boosts Affordability of Virtualization Storage With New Appliance for SMBs

New EtherDrive SR821T AoE-Based SAN Lowers Cost Barrier to Storage Virtualization, Eases Complexity in Quiet Tower Appliance

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - August 31, 2009) - (VMworld) -- CORAID, providers of affordably fast SAN, today introduced the EtherDrive® SR821T Storage Appliance, the industry's most affordable storage device that fully leverages the virtualization environment and benefits of VMware's vSphere operating environment. CORAID, a leader in fast, affordable open technology storage solutions delivers an unmatched price to performance storage virtualization environment that is based on the open storage protocol ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE). New EtherDrive SR821T provides businesses with the simplest way to efficiently migrate their storage infrastructure to Ethernet and operate a significantly more affordable virtualized storage environment.

The EtherDrive SR821T is the newest member of CORAID's popular and award-winning storage product line that utilizes the open AoE storage protocol to provide a simple and reliable alternative to more complex and expensive iSCSI and Fibre Channel SAN technologies. EtherDrive SR821T is designed for SMB storage environments that want to utilize the benefits of virtualization without the high price tag or vendor lockin. The appliance can hold up to 8 standard SATA I or II disk drives and scales to accommodate more than 16TB in total storage capacity. The SR821T and hosts dual 1Gbps network interfaces. The SR821T is a quiet tower unit that is designed for small businesses that don't generally have large storage equipment racks.

"By moving to simple Ethernet technology, our customers dramatically reduce storage complexity with improved performance. Testing shows AoE running on VMware delivers 36% better read throughput and 90% for writes. This breakthrough means using open storage and AoE-based storage virtualization not only protects against vendor lock-in, but also achieves far better performance with considerably less investment," said Brantley Coile, CORAID CTO. A comparison of ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) running in a VMware® ESX™ environment versus iSCSI and Fibre Channel is available for download here:

A long-time leader in affordable SAN-based storage solutions, CORAID's new appliance enters the market with a proven SAN storage technology that is simple, reliable and easy to configure. EtherDrive offers standard plug-and-play hardware along with a simple, wizard-type GUI to guide administrators through the process of setting up a virtual storage environment by creating partitions and LUNS (logical unit numbers), assigning policies and permissions to each storage space, in addition to managing the entire storage operations.

Stop by CORAID in booth #2319 to learn more about the benefits of EtherDrive AoE-based storage and enter to win a free EtherDrive SAN.

New EtherDrive SR821T is immediately available worldwide through the company's network of resellers, channel partners, systems integrators and CORAID's salesforce. For more information, please contact CORAID at +1-706-548-7200, email or visit

About CORAID, Inc.

CORAID's EtherDrive®, the affordable network storage, provides fast SAN solutions exceeding Fibre Channel speeds at Ethernet prices. CORAID designs and manufactures innovative, affordable network storage appliances based on the open ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) lightweight network storage protocol. AoE leverages the advantages of Ethernet without the burden of TCP/IP overhead. EtherDrive SAN is the affordable alternative to iSCSI and Fibre Channel. CORAID was recently named among "Linux Magazine's Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2009" and has won InfoWorld's BOSSIE Award for Best of Open Source in Storage and Product Excellence Award for Best Data Backup and Storage Solution at the Linux World Expo. For more information, visit

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