SOURCE: Coraid


March 23, 2010 06:00 ET

CORAID Delivers New High-Performance EtherDrive Storage Arrays and HBAs

EtherDrive SRX-Series Delivers 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Support for SATA, SAS, and SSD Drives

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) -  CORAID® Inc., a leading developer of scale-out storage solutions with more than 1,100 customers worldwide, today announced availability for its new line of CORAID® EtherDrive® SRX-Series storage arrays, and unveiled an extended family of host bus adapters (HBAs) enabling high-speed Ethernet SAN access for Windows, Solaris, and Linux environments. These new offerings further extend the price-performance advantage of EtherDrive Ethernet SAN solutions relative to legacy storage solutions. 

Data visualization vendor Tableau Software, ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing U.S. companies and one of the 25 fastest-growing software companies, has deployed EtherDrive SRX3200 appliances to support high-performance access to enterprise applications.

"Our new, free service Tableau Public has already helped hundreds of thousands of people all over the world analyze and publish data visualizations on the web -- fast and flexible storage is fundamental to our mission," said Jorge Reyes, director of operations at Tableau Software. "CORAID EtherDrive delivers an exceptional level of storage performance for us, without the complex topologies of traditional SAN solutions."

"CORAID's approach to storage offers an undeniable price/performance advantage over traditional SAN implementations," said Mark Peters, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "With the explosive growth of server virtualization in data centers of all sizes, and the resulting increased workload that this places on storage, CORAID's disruptive economics are sure to gain it considerably more attention."

CORAID is redefining the fundamental economics of storage with Ethernet SAN solutions that provide enterprises of all sizes with a flexible tier of high performance, scale-out storage. CORAID's breakthrough EtherDrive storage platform has organically amassed over 1,100 customers, including large enterprise and government organizations, since its 2005 launch into the Linux market. Using innovative software with 100-percent commodity hardware and raw Ethernet, EtherDrive storage arrays enable a scale-out SAN architecture that is ideally suited to dynamic virtualization and cloud environments. Starting at under $500 per terabyte and scaling to multiple petabytes, EtherDrive delivers a 5-8x price performance advantage over legacy Fibre Channel and iSCSI solutions, while eliminating layers of complex SAN management.

CORAID EtherDrive Solutions
The new EtherDrive SRX-Series storage appliances support up to six Gigabit Ethernet or four 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, enabling high-performance access for demanding virtualization, cloud and primary storage applications. In addition, the SRX-Series arrays support SATA, SAS, and SSD drives in the same chassis, enabling customers to tune performance for a wide range of workloads. SRX-Series appliances can deliver more than 500 Megabytes/sec throughput, enabling deployment in extremely demanding high-performance computing and virtualization environments. New SRX appliances include:

  • EtherDrive SRX2800: 16-drive appliance, 3.5" drives, up to 32TB capacity, 3U form factor, dual power supplies
  • EtherDrive SRX3200: 24-drive appliance, 3.5" drives, up to 48TB capacity, 4U form factor, dual power supplies
  • EtherDrive SRX3500: 24-drive appliance, 2.5" drives, up to 12TB capacity, 2U form factor, dual power supplies

CORAID EtherDrive HBAs enable high-performance, simplified integration of servers into Ethernet SAN environments. HBAs are available in 2 x 1-Gb Ethernet and 2 x 10-Gb Ethernet configurations, and multiple HBAs can be deployed in "port-flooding" mode to provide additional throughput and availability without the need for complex multi-pathing software. Instead of waiting weeks to re-architect complex SAN topologies, application and virtualization administrators can simply add more HBAs to address application throughput bottlenecks. New HBAs include:

  • Windows: Designed to support multiple versions and configurations of Windows servers, as well as Hyper-V server virtualization environments.
  • Linux: Extends EtherDrive software initiators that have been available since 2005 in the Linux kernel, adding premium features and performance. Ideal for Xen server and desktop virtualization deployments, as well as cloud-based Xen environments.
  • Solaris: Supports Ethernet SAN integration for Solaris and OpenSolaris environments, enabling use cases including high-performance integration with ZFS.

EtherDrive SRX-Series appliances are available immediately. New EtherDrive HBAs are planned for availability in Q2'10.

CORAID redefines storage economics with its breakthrough line of EtherDrive® storage solutions. EtherDrive delivers scale-out performance, Ethernet simplicity, and 5-8x price-performance advantage over legacy storage. Designed from the ground up for virtualization and reliability, CORAID solutions have been deployed by more than 1,100 customers worldwide. For more information, visit

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