December 2004
UNIX Update;Dec2004, Vol. 15 Issue 12, p7
Trade Publication
This article reports on the launch of RASTOR 400 Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) storage platform from RASILIENT Systems Inc. in December 2004. The entry-level storage market is the largest market opportunity for storage hardware and software vendors with full feature functionality, high availability, and low cost as being three major requirements. As storage becomes networked, high availability becomes a requirement for all segments, but limiting functionality to reduce cost is not acceptable to customers. To address this challenge, a new standards-based storage appliance is needed that offers the functionality, flexibility, and performance typically seen in mid-range Fibre Channel systems, but at a fraction of the cost. RASILIENT Systems' new RASTOR 4000 SATA storage platform, which is now shipping, addresses these challenges by integrating an open architecture hardware platform with custom-tuned Linux software. RASILIENT's unique approach to using Linux software to emulate full Redundant Arrays of Independent Disks and volume management functionality, iSCSI protocol and active-active failover capabilities has significant advantages over traditional approaches using dedicated hardware. The advantages to the company's approach are lower cost; greater customization for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) since it is easier to tune, port, and upgrade; and less complexity and higher serviceability. The ability to fine-tune RASTOR 4000's performance for diverse applications creates unique product differentiation and gives its OEM partners a higher-degree of value-add for their customer base.


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