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Xiotech on Tuesday plans to officially unveil the latest in its Emprise family of storage arrays based on the company's Intelligent Storage Elements (ISE) technology with an eye to making the arrays a cornerstone of virtual desktop implementations.
The Emprise 9000 is Xiotech's ISE first storage array to offer scale-out performance, said Eric Lomascolo, product manage director for the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based vendor.
The ISE is a self-contained, sealed storage module complete with hard drives; redundant storage controllers with local RAID, cache, and drive management software; redundant power and cooling; and battery backup.
Each ISE DataPac has a total capacity of 8 TB. Two DataPacs can sit side-by-side in an industry-standard rack, giving a total capacity of 16 TB in a 3U space.
The Emprise 9000 lets customers scale a single storage system from two storage controllers to 12 controllers, Lomascolo said.
As a result, the Emprise 9000 Enterprise array can scale to up to 1.8 petabytes of data, 4,096 server connections, a maximum of 255 TBs in a single storage volume, and a 96-GB maximum cache size, Lomascolo said.
This compares to a maximum storage capacity of 1 petabyte, a maximum of 1,024 server connections, and a maximum cache size of 3 GB, he said.
Xiotech is complementing its new Emprise 9000 with the introduction of two new software applications to improve the management of the storage arrays.
The first, ISE Manager, allows the pooling of multiple ISE DataPacs across the same data center or across data centers, Lomascolo said. Previously, the application being replaced by ISE Manager could manage multiple ISE DataPacs, but without the pooling capabilities, he said.
"This provides a single view for managing and auto provisioning across VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, and XenServer environments," he said.
The second application, ISE Analyzer, is a new tool that provides detailed trending and analysis reporting in ISE environments. ISE Analyzer provides performance utilization, capacity utilization, and chargeback capabilities, he said.
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