TechEd: LSI, Microsoft Team On Low-Cost Clustered Server, Storage Solution

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LSI will use next week's Microsoft TechEd conference to unveil a new solution that allows high-availability storage clusters to be built with commodity hardware and Microsoft's Windows Server 2012.

The new LSI Syncro CS solution allows high-availability storage clusters with shared storage and storage controller failover, by modifying the company's RAID controllers, to actually talk to each other, said Tom McCarthy, senior product manager for the RAID Storage division of San Jose, Calif.-based LSI.

Current storage solutions are typically either single-node solutions that directly attach to a single server, which means no scalability or other advanced services, or multi-node solutions that use Fibre Channel or iSCSI to provide advanced features at a much higher cost, McCarthy said.


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While multi-node solutions using storage area networks provide performance and availability to enterprise data centers as well as to public and private cloud providers, they do not address the needs of small and midsize data centers or remote data centers, McCarthy said.

"We're filling that gap with hardware technology that provides shared storage and hardware RAID with the simplicity of server-based storage," he said.

Unlike traditional RAID controllers, which allow a server to connect to internal or external storage and which are not available for use by other servers, the LSI Syncro CS, built on LSI RAID controller technology, allows multiple servers to talk to external storage, McCarthy said.

LSI Syncro CS is sold to channel partners or storage OEMs as a way to provide clustered data protection to direct-attach storage environments in the event of a power failure.

The storage solution is available in two versions.

The first, the Syncro CS 9286-8e, is a kit including two Syncro CS controllers with brackets and two energy cells for protecting data if power is lost. It works with two industry-standard servers to provide shared storage and controller failover in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 environments.

The second, the Syncro CS 9271-8i, allows OEMs and system builders to use the Syncro CS controllers to build a two-node "cluster-in-a-box" solution for high availability in a single self-contained system.

Both solutions allow vertical scalability with the addition of external storage nodes, CPUs and memory as well as horizontal scalability via clustering with Microsoft Windows Server 2012.

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