SOURCE: Infortrend

April 18, 2005 08:00 ET

Infortrend Spotlights High Performance RAID Storage for Digital Media, Broadcast Market

Storage Enclosures Optimized for HD NLE, Broadcast Servers, Remote SAN, Audio Recording

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2005 -- NAB2005, Booth SL3962 -- RAID storage expert Infortrend® is demonstrating the latest RAID arrays in its EonStor® subsystem line at the National Association of Broadcasters NAB2005 show in Las Vegas this week. New products include the industry's first iSCSI and 4U 24-bay SATA II external RAID subsystems, plus two enterprise-performance Fibre Channel to SATA II arrays. The RAID for High Definition (HD) technology demonstration features the EonStor A16F-G2221 optimized for video editing applications.

"The demand for greater data storage and sustained transfer rates has grown along with the widespread use of digital media in the broadcast industry," commented Thomas Bayens, director of marketing for Infortrend. "Infortrend's innovative products stay ahead of the performance and budgetary needs of the digital content market with a variety of cost-effective, extra large capacity RAID arrays suited for a range of applications."

Products Demonstrated

Infortrend SATA and Fibre products that will be part of the booth display are:

--  EonStor A16F-R2221 and A16F-G2221: Using Infortrend's fourth
    generation 266ASIC, these SATA II RAID subsystems more than double the
    performance of the previous controller design. Each model also offers
    greater than 6TB of storage and support for more than 2TB.
    
--  EonStor A08U-C2410: The ES A08U provides flexible SATA II storage in a
    compact convertible desktop or tower "Cube" subsystem. Four desktop Cubes
    can be stacked and cascaded together to create capacity expansion up to
    12TB. The EonStor A08U-C2410 is ideal for DAS applications in digital
    media, broadcast, medical imaging, and security.
    
--  EonStor A24F-R: This 4U, 24-bay, Fibre to SATA II redundant controller
    RAID array features front-accessible, individually hot-swappable drive
    trays for easy access and replacement as well as redundant critical
    components for no single point of failure.
    
--  EonStor A12E-G2121: The ES A12E combines Infortrend's sophisticated
    RAID technology with iSCSI flexibility for low-cost storage that easily
    integrates into Ethernet networks.  Shipping now, it is ideal for disk-to-
    disk volume distribution, data backup, storage consolidation, and
    replication among networked servers.
    

Infortrend Product Features

Safety features contained in the firmware include: Intelligent Drive Handling, auto shutdown, auto cache flush, auto switch caching mode and auto shutdown (of the controller). These features are critical to the use of SATA drives in high-capacity enclosures and help to ensure the integrity of subsystem data. Media Scan examines drives to detect the presence of damaged sectors or bad blocks. Its ability to work in both degraded mode and during rebuild operations to reconstruct the array demonstrates the versatility of bad-block management in minimizing potential data loss.

Infortrend controllers and subsystems support up to 64TB per array and can deliver a broad range of RAID levels that include 0, 1(0+1), 3, 5, 10, 30, 50, JBOD, and NRAID. Each controller supports up to 1GB cache, has an IBM PowerPC processor, an Ethernet LAN port, and an RS-232C (audio jack) serial port for RAID array management.

RAIDWatch®, a Java-based GUI RAID management tool, offers centralized issue notification and administration of all RAID arrays from a single screen. In-band support includes Windows 2000/XP, Sun Solaris, and Linux. Out-of-band support for Mac OS X and the above operating systems is available via web browser using the onboard Ethernet port.

About Infortrend

Focused on RAID storage technology since its founding in 1992, Infortrend designs, manufactures and markets cross-platform, high performance RAID storage solutions. The company specializes in firmware, driver, ASIC design and development of RAID controllers and subsystems that are storage area network (SAN) ready, and support Fibre Channel, SCSI, ATA and SATA interfaces. Designed to be flexible, cost-effective and feature-rich, Infortrend products are available through a worldwide network of OEMs, distributors, and storage integrators for high availability storage applications. Infortrend is traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (Taiex), ticker number 2495 and is on the web at www.infortrend.com.

Infortrend, EonStor, and RAIDWatch are trademarks or registered trademarks of Infortrend Technology, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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