LSI Gets Into the White Box Storage Business
Recognizing an opportunity when it sees it, components vendor LSI has launched a line of configurable white box storage components for the channel. Here are some quick details.
LSI, which provides storage and networking vendors with many of the components used in their systems, has identified a need for channel partners to offer more customized storage solutions for their end user customers, especially as more networking options such as cloud computing and managed hosting come into play. The components will allow system builders and integrators to build, customize, brand and their own external storage system configurations, creating a completely custom storage environment without having to purchase preconfigured vendor-branded systems.
“The CTS2600 family complements our existing channel portfolio and provides partners with one-stop shopping for delivering both direct-attached and external storage solutions to vertical market segments such as managed hosting, cloud, medical applications and digital content,” said Brent Blanchard, director of worldwide channel sales and marketing at LSI in a release.
Components in the CTS2600 line include controllers, storage enclosures and disk drives, and are designed for the small to midsize enterprise in direct-attached and SAN environments. The controller module features two SAS connectors and either 8-Gbit Fibre Channel, iSCSI or additional SAS connectors, depending on customer needs.
The 2U rack-mount storage enclosures have 6-Gbit SAS connectivity on the back end that can be configured with 24 2.5-inch or 12 3.5-inch hard drives or with SSDs to meet customer requirements.
White box builders and channel partners into building custom configurations for their customers, either for fun or by necessity, could find the new LSI components a welcome addition to their inventory of self-branded systems. Likewise, customers on a budget that are considering alternative networking options may welcome the idea of getting the technology they need without having to pay major vendor prices. Either way, it’s a potential win-win.