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Verari Systems Announces Industry's First High Capacity Blade-Based NAS and iSCSI Storage Appliance
Verari Systems®, the premier developer of energy efficient data center and desktop consolidation platforms utilizing independent blade-based compute and storage solutions, today announced the industrys first blade-based high capacity storage appliance. The SB5165XL StorageServer combines unified NAS and iSCSI SAN storage networking functionality and a comprehensive feature-set with appliance-like manageability.

With the SB5165XL StorageServer NAS/iSCSI appliance, Veraris Storage Group is demonstrating its commitment to continuous innovation and providing customers with an alternative to existing NAS solutions, said Deni Connor, principal analyst, Storage Strategies NOW. Verari is delivering industry-leading capacity and energy efficiency with the added benefit of investment protection by delivering new types of solutions for its BladeRack 2 X-Series platforms.

This high capacity blade-based NAS and iSCSI storage appliance for the Verari Systems BladeRack® 2 XL platform is a powerful enabler for storage consolidation and as an effective alternative for enterprises to consolidate server virtualization resources providing a dramatic improvement in cost of ownership. The iSCSI capabilities of the SB5165XL StorageServer simplify the migration of data resident in server blades to networked storage while the StorageServers NAS-based file services are complementary to its IP network-based services. Applications such as Web 2.0, social networking and media achieving, that require file sharing are ideally suited for the SB5165XL, which can deliver significant ease of use, provide heterogeneous data sharing and enable organizations to automate and simplify their data management.

Purpose-built for the Verari Systems BladeRack 2 XL platform and FOREST containerized data center solution, the SB5165XL StorageServer appliance consists of an SB1165 StorageServer blade and up to two SB1056 disk blades, providing up to 24TBs of RAID 6 protected capacity. A single platform can house up to 24 StorageServers delivering 576 terabytes of unified storage in just two data center floor tiles while a FOREST container solution boasts up to 12 petabytes of capacity. These configurations make the SB5165XL StorageServer the densest and most energy efficient NAS/iSCSI storage appliance in the industry, with up to 50 percent savings in energy use and 77 percent better floor space utilization than traditional storage systems.

The SB5165XL StorageServer appliance is the first of several new products to come from our recently announced Storage Group, said Dan Gatti, senior vice president, marketing. We have been encouraged by the rapid adoption of our DataServer technology into the commercial enterprise grid and virtualization environments. Those early adopter customers provided Verari Systems with valuable feedback: bring the iSCSI and NAS appliance features found in the SB5165XL StorageServer to market while retaining the highest density storage footprint and energy efficiency in the industry.

Verari Systems will be demonstrating its platform-independent blade-based StorageServer and DataServer solutions at the 2008 Storage Networking World Fall conference in Orlando, FL on April 7-9, 2008 in booth #200. The SB5165XL StorageServer NAS/iSCSI appliance will be available starting in May 2008.

Published Monday, April 07, 2008 8:28 AM by David Marshall
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