SOURCE: Promise Technology

PROMISE Technology

November 02, 2009 06:00 ET

PROMISE Technology Introduces First 6G SAS SBB 2.0 Solution Marking the Next Advancement in Storage

Solution Delivers Outstanding Enterprise-Class Performance to Entry-Level Market -- Providing Customers High-Efficiency Design, Value and Quality

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - November 2, 2009) - PROMISE Technology, Inc., a leading supplier of versatile RAID storage solutions catering to customers from enterprise to consumer, announced today its 6G SAS Storage Bay Bridge (SBB) 2.0 JBOD storage subsystem for use in the entry-level market is available with limited distribution. This industry-first introduction provides enterprise-class performance, reliability and high-efficiency design at an affordable price; it marks the next advancement in storage, whereby customers have more choice, value and a wider range of technology features than available before.

"Today, CIOs and businesses of all sizes are looking to balance the issue of technology cost versus technology performance," said Roger Cox, Research Vice President, Gartner. "Bringing enterprise-level features to the entry-level market is becoming very necessary as customers, regardless of their size, look to improve efficiency and performance as they take advantage of all the technology advancements available today."

The 6G SAS SBB JBOD storage subsystem delivers an affordable high-performance solution with advanced enterprise level reliability and functionality. The multilane external 6G SAS port provides up to 24G of bandwidth for storage applications requiring massive expansion capabilities.

"For years our storage solutions have resonated with customers who need to have a broad range of features," said Chi Chen Wu, Senior Vice President and CTO, PROMISE Technology. "With this offering we are introducing additional capabilities that are helping customers improve efficiency and performance. This product is another example of how PROMISE is redefining the dynamics of data storage in keeping with customer requirements."

According to Jin-Lon Hon, Vice President of Engineering, PROMISE Technology, "Since PROMISE's inception, we have worked hard to maintain a position at the forefront of storage efficiency and effectiveness. This offering, based on the SBB open standard, provides a simplified approach and decreases costs for customers. It provides quicker access to new storage technology, which is a win for everyone. The 6G SAS solution was developed to provide massive expansion capabilities and can dramatically reduce operating costs because of the reduced heat output and improved cooling efficiency."

The 6G JBOD is backward compatible and interoperates with current VTJx10s 3G E-Class units. The solution is also forward upgrade compatible from the SuperTrak to the PROMISE VTrak. The high performance architecture supports flexible connectivity to both SAS and SATA hard drives delivering enterprise-class availability, performance and reliability for Windows and Linux environments. Depending on the chosen connection, the solution can do up to four levels of JBOD cascading in each port for a total of up to eight JBODs connection and 256 HDDs. Up to four 24-bay J-Class units can be connected to a single SAS HBA for a total of 96 drives.

Affordable Enterprise-level Storage

--  By utilizing the simplicity of the SBB, customers will soon be able to
    change the identity of an array by changing the controller card. Identities
    such as JBOD, RAID, iSCSI, Fibre Channel SAN and NAS will be able to fit,
    connect and function within the SBB-compliant storage array.

Outstanding Performance

--  The cutting-edge 6G SAS architecture gives the solution immense
    available bandwidth to support the flood of unstructured data now flowing
    across networks today. Fully backward compatible with 3G drives, users have
    the ability to deploy 3G, 6G, SAS and SATA drives for tiered storage

No Single Point of Failure

--  With a no single point of failure design, the 6G SAS solution offers
    enterprise-class reliability at a revolutionary price. All system
    components are redundant and are constantly monitored using industry
    standard protocols for trouble-free operation and ease-of-use in
    heterogeneous environments. Dual active-active JBOD I/O modules allow for
    redundant data paths to ensure data availability.


--  Products utilize environmentally friendly production methods and
    materials as well as high-efficiency designs that save energy. The 80 Plus
    Bronze Certified power supplies improve total cost of ownership by reducing
    heat output and improving cooling efficiency. The internal 6G SAS expander-
    based architecture also allows for transparent access to each drive,
    enabling full utilization of the green features.

Service and Support

The offering is backed by the PROMISE 3-year limited warranty with 24/7 (Americas and EMEA) telephone and email support. PROMISE offers extended warranty and onsite parts replacement options with service levels as low as four hours.

Pricing and Availability

The PROMISE 6 G SAS SBB JBOD storage subsystem is available in limited distribution and will be commercially available through distribution in Q1, 2010.

MSRP for the 6G SAS JBOD subsystem starts at $3,789 for the 3U-16 bay SAS single. The 4U-24 bay SAS single is priced at $4,829.

About PROMISE Technology, Inc.

With a long history of innovation, PROMISE Technology, Inc. develops and manufactures sophisticated RAID solutions recognized worldwide, ranging from a complete line of RAID controller cards to FC/iSCSI/SAS/SATA RAID subsystems. Catering to enterprise, mid-range, entry-level and consumer data protection needs, PROMISE products are distinguished by their Unified Common RAID Core and management software and unparalleled support. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., PROMISE has operations throughout Asia and Europe. For more information, visit PROMISE Technology's website at

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