Dot Hill Unveils 10Gbit iSCSI Arrays For SMB Channel

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Dot Hill on Thursday expanded its SMB storage offerings with the company's first array with 10Gbit Ethernet iSCSI connectivity.

Dot Hill is targeting its new AssuredSAN 3400 series arrays at SMB customers looking for high-performance storage at a reasonable price, said Alan Bracken, hardware product manager for the Longmont, Colo.-based vendor.

The new AssuredSAN 3400 comes to market at a time when customers are expected to start looking at 10Gbit Ethernet as an alternative not only to higher-priced Fibre Channel but also to lower-cost Gbit Ethernet, Bracken said.

iSCSI, when run on a 10Gbit Ethernet network, rivals Fibre Channel in terms of performance while keeping costs down for SMB customers, Bracken said.

"By 2011 or 2012, we'll see a switchover from Gbit Ethernet to 10Gbit Ethernet for iSCSI," he said. "The cost of 10Gbit iSCSI storage will still be about twice that of Gbit iSCSI. But there will come a time soon when IT administrators will look at that and think, 'Two times the price for all that performance? I'd better do it.'"


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