SOURCE: Infortrend


November 30, 2010 10:00 ET

Infortrend's Commitment to Green Design Ensures Environmentally-Friendly Data Storage, Enhances Storage System Operations

Storage Virtualization, Thin Provisioning, Hardware Features Optimize Storage Utilization, Improve Energy Efficiency, Reduce Costs

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2010) - Infortrend® (TPE: 2495), the networked storage expert, delivers storage systems that maximize energy efficiency and contribute to overall environmental sustainability. Key features of Infortrend's storage systems that help to achieve sustainable data storage include storage virtualization and thin provisioning, as well as numerous hardware features.

Thomas Kao, director of product planning at Infortrend, said, "Infortrend is fully committed to a green design philosophy that enables the market to use storage resources in an environmentally-friendly way. Our green designs significantly increase storage utilization, improve energy efficiency and reduce costs."

In traditional direct-attached storage (DAS) environments storage utilization is approximately 30 percent, and in storage area network (SAN) environments utilization is often still no more than 50 percent, as the free capacity dispersedly located on different physical resources cannot be consolidated for use. Storage virtualization aggregates the resources of different physical storage resources into a single storage pool. In addition, the thin provisioning technology on Infortrend's storage systems allocates just-in-time free space to applications when data is written and eliminates allocated but unused space. Capacity utilization can therefore be optimized up to 80-90 percent.

This increase in storage utilization significantly improves the energy efficiency of storage systems, as more can be done with the same energy resources. In addition, increased utilization can extend the lifespan of a storage system, reducing unnecessary hardware waste and helping enterprises lower costs.

Furthermore, many hardware features improve energy efficiency. Infortrend's storage systems include 80 PLUS-certified power supplies, which deliver more than 80 percent energy efficiency. Intelligent multi-level drive spin-down technology helps reduce the power consumption of individual disk drives in storage systems by up to 65 percent.

Infortrend also offers a large number of small-form-factor (SFF) systems that accommodate 2.5" disk drives. These drives consume 40 percent less power per IO than 3.5" drives, and SFF systems reduce the physical space and energy needed for storage systems. Meanwhile, SSDs (Solid State Drives) supported by Infortrend systems consume 80 percent less power per IO than traditional 3.5" drives, while offering significantly better performance.

Infortrend is also in compliance with major international environmental regulations such as Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

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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

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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