OK, this needs a starting point. All storage systems have three core attributes for customers to consider in their design and purchasing decisions. 1) Capacity, 2) Performance and 3) Footprint.
The first two, Capacity and Performance, are pretty straight-forward with the questions.
- “How much data do you have or plan to have?”
- “What application is this data used with?”
With the answer to these two questions, most storage vendors can advise you on which of their products make most sense for you. Every enterprise storage product today claims TBs to PBs of capacity and massive IOPS (I/Os per second) of performance.
It’s pretty clear that some storage vendors in the industry can get to 1 million IOPS with their products. The subtle, tricky, and very important question is “In what footprint?” and “With how many hard drives?” The customers I get to talk with frequently are comfortable with multiple 42U equipment racks of legacy storage (think multiple full-size refrigerators here) with thousands of hard drives to get the IOPS performance and capacities their application workloads need… Customers also expect to run these storage solutions for 5 years or more.
“Are you comfortable running multiple full-size refrigerators with thousands of hard drives for 5 years?” I would hope you are not happy with this prospect for your datacenter footprint. Bigger is just not better.
Xiotech ISE products are capable of delivering you the capacity, performance that everyone else can but in most cases with 1/2 the footprint of our competition. 1/2 the footprint means 1/2 the power and 1/2 the cooling costs (over your projected 5 years)…
Further, with our new generation of Hybrid ISE we can cut the footprint down by another large amount. Our Hybrid ISE in just 3U (5.25″) with 20 SSDs and 20 HDDs give you 14.4TBs usable (BTW, Xiotech pays for your hot spare space) with an industry leading 60,000 (estimated) IOPS and we provide a standard 5-year hardware warranty with our ISEs.
Are you attending Microsoft’s TechEd conference in May in Atlanta? If so, stop by and see Hybrid ISE in our booth. We would love to have the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your capacity, performance AND footprint requirements.
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Please call 866-472-6764 or email Runbetter@xiotech.com.