SOURCE: Nexsan

January 24, 2008 08:00 ET

Nexsan First to Support MAID 2.0

Next-Generation Green Storage Technology Delivers Energy Savings Without Compromising Performance

THOUSAND OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - January 24, 2008) - Nexsan, a leader in energy-saving storage solutions, is adding its support to the intelligent power management (IPM) and MAID 2.0 technology announced yesterday by The StorageIO Group, a leading technology industry research firm.

Nexsan is the first storage provider to deliver MAID 2.0 and has been shipping this new technology since 2006 with its AutoMAID™ (Automatic Massive Array of Idle Disks) feature. AutoMAID comes standard with every Nexsan SATABeast™, SATABoy™ and Assureon™ product and allows the company's extreme-density storage systems to power down disk drives to several levels of activity including a completely idle state to conserve energy yet provide near-instantaneous access to data. The amount of energy saved depends on user-defined settings. Nexsan products have AutoMAID built-in at no extra charge, which future-proofs these long-term disk storage and archiving solutions.

Nexsan's green storage solutions deliver dramatic power savings. For example, where conventional fiber channel storage consumes 187KW of energy per petabyte, the Nexsan SATABeast system in Level 3 AutoMAID idle mode consumes just 6KW. This power savings is achieved without sacrificing storage performance and also reduces cooling and other energy-related costs. Because AutoMAID is included as part of the base Nexsan solution, there is no extra expense or effort involved for customers to implement this feature.

According to The StorageIO Group, IPM and MAID 2.0 signify the second generation of MAID technology. With initial MAID, disk drives were either on or off causing application performance degradation. IPM and MAID 2.0, on the other hand, address this issue by providing high performance in tandem with high energy savings, giving customers the ability to intelligently align multiple power-saving modes to balance energy savings with performance and availability needs.

Achieving greater energy efficiencies with enterprise storage solutions and within data centers in general is a paramount issue today. American data center energy usage is setting new records every day and the EPA estimates that it will exceed 100 billion kilowatt hours by 2011, up from 61 billion kilowatt hours in 2006 and at a cost of about $4.5 billion. The EPA further notes that data centers on average consume 15-20 times or more energy per square foot than a typical office building. This will further stress an already strained national electric grid and drive energy costs even higher unless solutions like MAID 2.0 are adopted en masse.

"At Nexsan we believe three things when it comes to energy savings," said Gary Watson, Nexsan's Chief Technology Officer. "Make it as simple as changing a light bulb, make it a standard feature rather than a high-cost extra, and never, ever, sacrifice performance. That's what we've delivered to our customers in every product we've shipped since 2006 and it's why we support MAID 2.0."

Greg Schulz, founder and chief analyst of The StorageIO Group, has outlined IPM and MAID 2.0 in his white paper entitled "MAID 2.0: Energy Savings without Performance Compromises." It is available for download at and at

About Nexsan Technologies

Nexsan Technologies is the worldwide leader in secure and energy-efficient storage solutions. Nexsan delivers secure storage appliances and modular, high capacity disk storage systems for a broad range of applications including fixed content storage and archiving, compliance and litigation support, primary storage, disk-based backup, digital video security, medical imaging, email and rich media. With a complete line of storage solutions that offer exceptional price/performance, Nexsan is the choice of Fortune Global 500 companies, major governmental agencies, and leading organizations worldwide. For more information, please see the company's website at

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