April 5, 2011
There’s no doubt storage is a constantly growing marketplace. With a Netgear ReadyNAS en route to me for testing, I’ve had NAS on the brain. And so does Avere Systems, which, just after launching an update to its storage OS, has launched new FXT Scale-Out NAS appliances with upgraded hardware platforms. The FXT 2550 and 2750 promise to bring big beefy system upgrades for “next-generation” NAS experiences. If you’re a storage VAR, read on …
The new FXT 2550 and 2750 are outfitted with Intel Xeon quad-core CPUs, six 1Gb Ethernet ports and dual 10GbE with copper and optical connectivity add-ons. Both devices are built on Avere’s A-3 architecture, and feature a tiered file system for intelligent data allocation, scale-out clustering, support for virtualization and GNS (global namespace) capabilities for easy management across large networks. The new FXT models also allow for enhanced connectivity for both local, remote branch-office and cloud usage. In addition, Avere has set up the A-3 based 2550 and 2750 to be “extensible” and essentially somewhat future-proof as storage needs evolve.
Tech specs from the 2550 include:
72 GB of DRAM
1 GB of NVRAM
3.6 TB of 15K SAS disk storage
Six 1 GbE ports two copper 10 GbE ports
The 2550 has a price tag of $72,500 and can be configured with dual optical 10 GbE ports for $75,500. Tech specs for the 2750 are the same as the 2550, but swaps the SAS disk tier for 512 GB of SSDs for $82,500.
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