Coraid announced today that its innovative
EtherDrive Storage product is now available for Serial ATA disk drives.
In a move resulting from market feedback, in part by the hosting
industry, the company has upgraded its EtherDrive Storage appliance
with a list of features considered high priority by hosting companies.
The refined chassis design includes 15 hot swap drive bays which
accommodate standard SATA disk drives. The new shelf offers a dual GigE
Interface, redundant hot swap power modules and fans. Fully populated
drive bays using 400 GB disk drives yield 6 TB of storage, but using
500 GB drives, the new Coraid shelf provides an impressive 7.5 TB of
This ultra reliable storage appliance uses the AoE (ATA over Ethernet)
protocol, the simplest, most efficient, and lowest cost means for
networked storage. Using Ethernet connections, EtherDrive Storage
Blades appear to servers on the network as locally attached disks.
EtherDrive Storage can easily be assembled into large RAID sets and
Like CoraidÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s PATA product which is used by numerous hosting companies,
the new SATA platform provides extreme scalability. Exceeding storage
capacity proves nearly impossible as storage arrays are limited only by
physical rack space. The SATA EtherDrive shelf has dual GigE
connections, so storage array performance is fast and reliable. A
single shelf can provide 200MB/sec. of storage access throughput and
because the AoE protocol is so simple, almost any host can saturate its
Ethernet connections to the storage and still have CPU cycles left for
the servers main applications.
EtherDrive Storage is less expensive than any other networked storage.
Traditional fibre channel SANÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s are very expensive and can prove cost
prohibitive for many companies. Fibre channel requires a large
footprint, expensive fibre channel switches and complicated management
software. iSCSI is burdened with the processing of TCP/IP, creating
bottlenecks. The price of the new SATA EtherDrive Storage is only
$3,995 Using 400 GB SATA disk drives at their current price, a complete
6 TB shared storage solution can now be assembled for $1.32/GB, helping
to provide hosting companies with a clear cut competitive advantage.