RAID Storage--High-level Impact
CyberBorg, a RAID Storage Management System that delivers up to 117MB/second of sequential transfer.
At Storage Computer, the focus is the OmniRAID cluster array for Windows NT. The product is designed for commercial printers and prepress shops looking to migrate core business applications from mainframe UNIX servers to NT, without incurring any additional storage management overhead or performance degradation.
Sounds familiar, but the neat thing about this product is that the OmniRAID cluster array automates data protection on a transaction vs. application level, eliminating the need to manage RAID levels continually for different applications stored on multiple NT or UNIX servers. Capacity may be scaled from 54GB to 1TB to enable clustered NT server-based infrastructures to benefit from mainframe-class storage services.
"The demand for simplified, centralized management, the need for enterprise-wide scalability and the realization that software-based storage platform-level functionality enhancements do not consume server or network resources are clearly bolstering the popularity of RAID," adds Anton Murphy, manager of worldwide strategic alliances at Storage Computer.
MicroNet Technology—acquired by Ampex Corp. earlier this year—puts its RAID energies into DataDock 7000, a high-capacity, fault tolerant, data storage solution featuring RAID 0, 1, 3, 5 and 0+1.
DataDock 7000 offers auto-configuration and MicroNet's configuration assistant, which reduces technical support requirements. DataDock 7000 is compatible with NetWare, Windows NT, UNIX and Mac OS, with hardware supported by IBM, Compaq, Silicon Graphics, DEC and virtually any CPU using SCSI interface.
Not unlike many RAID towers, DataDock can seem intimidating, with seven drive bays per DataDock 7000, hundreds of gigabytes on a single SCSI bus, Fast SCSI-2, Fast/Wide SCSI-2, Ultra and Ultra/Wide DataDock 350 modules.
Sometimes, intimidation is good.
DataDock 7000's design eliminates interdependence between components, providing nonstop operation, even in the event (gulp!) of component failure.
More commercial printing and prepress firms are moving to central storage, states Brian Lee, prepress business development manager at MicroNet. "Capacities are becoming higher and higher; RAID levels are proving to be a strong support for high capacity needs."