Overall Product Of The Year: ION SR-71 SpeedServer
For CRNs readership, one product clearly stood out as the best of the year: the SR-71 SpeedServer from ION Computer.
The SR-71 turned out to be one of the highest-performing systems weve examined in more than 20 years of product reviews. The system we examined was built with two dozen, 48-GB SSD 2.5-inch drives, mounted in front-accessible hot-swap bays, configured in three RAID arrays of eight drives each. They were managed by three discrete RAID controllers.
The SR-71 consumes remarkably little power. When running with a moderate load, the SpeedServer consumed just 191 watts.
Credited with the units frugal power consumption are, of course, its Solid State Drives. Theyre also responsible for the SpeedServers great performance.
Fully configured, this system could run north of $30,000, though ION says pricing could ultimately be left to channel partners.
We choose this as overall Product of the Year not just because its a stellar solution available to just about anyone in the channel, but because we also believe ION this year stands as an example of what is truly possible for solution providers using best-in-breed, industry-standard technology.