Global Web hosting leader Hostway provides online
presence management to over 300,000 customers. HostwayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s services are
designed to meet the needs of customers large and small, from
individuals to corporate giants. Services include domain name
registration, email Web hosting, Web site hosting, ecommerce Web
hosting, dedicated servers and collocation. Hostway supports web sites
using both Linux and Windows platforms. Like many hosting companies,
Hostway constantly searches for ways to lower costs, especially those
pertaining to storage.
Hostway has found a low cost and highly scaleable solution for their
storage expansion through the use of EtherDrive Storage Blades.
CoraidÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s EtherDrive Storage Blades offer economically scaleable block
storage that uses simple Ethernet networking. Through Ethernet
connections, EtherDrive attaches additional disks to servers and
prevents having to expand storage by purchasing additional costly
Currently, Hostway utilizes CoraidÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s EtherDrive Storage Blades for
their second tier–disk to disk backup to provide data protection. The
simplicity of use as well as the flexibility of system configuration
makes EtherDrive an ideal choice for second tier storage where disks on
the server are backed-up by the disks in EtherDriveÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s storage blades.
An exceptional benefit to EtherDrive is that it allows independent
servers to share data stored in EtherDrive Storage Blades.
CoraidÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s EtherDrive Storage Blades provide a low cost networked
storage solution using Ethernet connections between the server and a
shared storage array (pool). Multiple servers can access a common disk
storage system eliminating wasted captive storage. This also allows
servers to be sized to meet their application load, not by how much
storage capacity they can hold. With EtherDrive Storage Blades, the
storage pool can be expanded easily with simple Ethernet connections.
Storage array performance is limited only by the number of disks
configured for RAID stripping and the speed of the Ethernet connection
at the server. EtherDrive Storage Blades are Direct Network Attached
(DNA) block storage. DNA provides an Ethernet interface for hard disk
drives. Coraid offers an optional EtherDrive RAIDBlade/20 Controller
for users that donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t want to use Linux software RAID.