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iQstor Networks Announces iQ2850 iSCSI Storage System
iQstor Networks, Inc., a leading developer of intelligent and integrated Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions, today announced the iQ2850 iSCSI storage system developed to deliver automated IP SAN solutions with enterprise-level features including volume management-based virtualization, snapshot, mirroring, remote replication, storage provisioning and policy-driven capacity expansion at a cost-effective price point.

The iQ2850 iSCSI Storage System builds upon the companys successful iQ2880, taking its enterprise-class features and functionality -- including embedded intelligence, scalability and plug and play simplicity -- and adding the capability to easily deploy it within current data center network infrastructures to implement an IP SAN for better utilization of storage resources supporting storage applications such as backup and disaster recovery. The addition of the iQ2850 provides IT managers the ability to optimize their storage deployments cost-effectively by moving their data over IP networks using block-level storage systems to create and manage heterogeneous environments.

Weve designed the iQ2850 to address the market demand for a storage system that easily fits into an existing network infrastructure where the users don't need to invest in additional training and additional resources to implement iSCSI, said Jason Lo, president and CEO of iQstor Networks. iQ2850s iSCSI connectivity offers fast throughput at up to 800MB/s per array and the system can scale to 240TB more than enough storage for most online projects. The iQ2850 can be populated with FC or SATA disk drives to optimize performance or capacity and its embedded storage management software guarantees ease-of-use and management.

Each iQ2850 supports up to fifteen 4Gb 400GB FC drives providing 6TB of storage capacity or 15TB using 1TB SATA drives, and can scale to 96TB FC or 240TB SATA through connectivity with the J2880 SBOD disk enclosure. Other features of the iQ2850 include hot-swappable and fully redundant controllers, power supplies, fan modules and disk drives.

Enterprise-level data protection features provided by the iQ2850 include:

  • Volume Manager-based Virtualization (VMV) to consolidate storage resources, reduce complexity and increase ease-of-use
  • Managed Snapshot Services (MSS) to improve disaster recovery and increase data availability
  • Remote Replication Asynchronous (RRA) for off-site replication over IP offering enhanced business continuity and the ability to access data immediately after a primary site disaster
  • Volume Copy Services (VCS) to create local mirrors providing a comprehensive replication solution within the storage network
  • Database Application Agents (DAA) to ensure transactional integrity of databases while safely and reliably taking snapshots
  • Multi-path Agent (MPA) to provide high availability in case of a path failure
  • System Manager is an embedded wizard-driven browser that automatically discovers, monitors and manages the iQ2850

The iQ2850 addresses other key concerns for interoperability, reliability and ease-of-use. Its open system architecture lets users connect their servers with little or no ramp up time. Reliability is assured with iQ2850s dual redundant RAID controllers and the integrated data protection software offers IT administrators confidence that their critical data will be readily available when they need it.

Pricing and Availability

The iQ2850 iSCSI storage system has a U.S. list price of $14,400 and will be available through iQstors network of domestic and international channel partners in March 2008.

Published Friday, November 30, 2007 5:37 AM by David Marshall
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