Nexsan Unveils SATABeast Networked Based Storage Array

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Nexsan Technologies, theleader in innovative storage solutions, today introduced SATABeast(TM), thecompany's latest enterprise-class storage array built around Serial ATA diskdrives and designed to deliver the highest performance and utmost costeffectiveness in a single, scalable solution ideal for data-intense storageapplications such as online archiving and disk-based backup.

With SATABeast, Nexsan has developed the industry's most complete andcost-effective high-capacity storage system. SATABeast's advanced mechanicaldesign provides superior cooling for optimal thermal operation, reduces drivevibration and delivers outstanding energy efficiency in an extremedensity -- 21 terabytes of storage capacity in just 4U of rack space -- formfactor. SATABeast's unique design extends individual drive life and providessignificant savings year over year.

SATABeast employs Nexsan's revolutionary AutoMAID(TM) energy savingtechnology that automatically and transparently places the array's disk drivesin an idle, yet active, state to reduce power consumption and operationalcosts. AutoMAID delivers the cost-saving benefits of MAID (Massive Array ofIdle Disks) without the limitation of slow access times and special hostsoftware. Nexsan's AutoMAID is granular to the individual drive level andenables users to determine access times and the level of energy savingsdesired. AutoMAID automatically monitors and performs regular integritychecks of all idle drives in the array.

"Customers are embracing Nexsan storage systems and the SATABeast is thenatural evolution of the company's product line," said Tony Asaro, senioranalyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group. "The SATABeast brings a moreefficient design with its new AutoMAID technology, which reduces powerconsumption and heat generation on idle drives. The Nexsan team has thoughtahead addressing the issues of power and cooling for the future as drivecapacities continue to grow upwards of 500 GB. Customers looking at storagesystems that support high density drives should consider this as a majorissue."

With unparalleled density, security and energy efficiency, the SATABeastis ideally suited for primary and near-line storage, disk-to-disk backup,secondary storage and fixed content archive applications. Using Nexsan'saward-winning Performance SATA(TM) design, the array's dual controllersprovide blistering wire-speed throughput with 42 drive spindles that can besegmented into multiple RAID sets or a single large storage pool.

"The enormous capacity of the SATABeast enables companies to easily storeand access their important information on a single system that provides highavailability in a compact enclosure at a cost-effective price," said DiamondLauffin, Senior Executive Vice President at Nexsan. "The combination ofprice, performance and built-in safety features makes the SATABeast a force tobe reckoned with."

Nexsan's SATABeast is engineered to meet necessary enterprise-classavailability requirements with the inclusion of fully redundant componentsthat are individually online hot swappable, including drives, controllers andpower supplies. This advanced design provides increased ROI by eliminatingthe need to replace an entire multi-drive blade should a single drive fail.Each RAID controller is configured with dual high-performance 2 Gigabit FibreChannel SFP LC host ports powering the SATABeast to sustained reads speeds ofover 700 MB/s. The advanced architecture of the SATABeast features aninnovative horizontal midplane design that promotes superior airflow andalleviates insertion stress points. Triple intake fans along paired with tworedundant 760-watt power supplies with tachometer-monitored blowers providemaximum power and cooling. The system's Anti-Accumulative RotationalVibration (ARV) design enables maximum performance and long-term reliability.

The SATABeast's NexScan(TM) management interface is built into theSATABeast controller, alleviating the need to have a separate server orapplication manage the storage array. This sophisticated management utilitymonitors and reports the status of all subsystems over a 10/100/1000-networkport. Included in NexScan are Tele-Guard(TM), Nexsan's phone-home feature foruser notification of errors or prediction of error, and WorldView, thecompany's multi-box management feature.

About Nexsan Technologies

Nexsan Technologies, headquartered in Woodland Hills, Calif., is theleader in innovative and correct-cost storage solutions. The company createsand delivers award-winning, storage-centric hardware and application-basedsolutions worldwide through one of the most diverse and established networksof professionals in the storage industry. Next generation Nexsan storageproducts are designed for corporate, graphics, medical imaging, animation andspecial effects, real time/event monitored/ online/off site storage, Internetdelivered content, digital film and video, financial on-line transaction data,music and voice, video security, and document imaging. For more information,please see the company's website at