The AssuredSAN 3004 models improve on previous-generation 3000 Series arrays by providing next-generation affordable storage to meet entry-level requirements with greater capacity and performance. In addition 3000 Series customers can take advantage of field upgradability to the next generation AssuredSAN 3004 RAID controller, simplifying deployment to achieve an instant performance and connectivity boost. Leveraging improved price/performance for the Band 2 (IDC characterizes the Band 2 price band encompassing storage systems with a purchase price of $5,000-9,999) storage market, AssuredSAN 3004 models also provide a range of flexible, high-speed host connectivity options, and Dot Hill's 99.999% data availability, making them for vertical market customers as well as standard data centre applications such as email, backup, replication and virtualized server environments. In addition, both the AssuredSAN 3004 and 4004 models now provide 50% higher capacity storage in the same rack space with support for 6TB HDDs. AssuredSAN 3004 storage systems feature a range of high-bandwidth host interface options, including: 16Gb and 8Gb FC, and 10GbE and 1GbE iSCSI with Dot Hill's flexible FC or iSCSI converged interface. With the ability to support up to 288TB of total capacity, AssuredSAN 3004 storage systems are available in a variety of 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDDs. "Dot Hill's ability to deliver more performance from its new 3004 entry-level system is right in line with what users are demanding," noted Mark Peters, senior analyst, the Enterprise Strategy Group. "Performance needs are driven up by such things as consolidation, virtualization and VDI as well as many ever-more-demanding applications, all of which are endemic across IT organizations of all sizes. And users realize that affordable performance is paramount - when respondents in ESG's survey of Storage Market Trends were asked about the key messages that storage vendors should emphasize, performance and cost were ranked as the top two value propositions." AssuredSAN 3004 Solutions Deliver High Available Bandwidth With Flexibility The converged interface solutions provide the flexibility to run 16Gb FC, 8Gb FC, 4Gb FC, 10GbE iSCSI and 1GbE iSCSI networks using the same hardware. With a quick swap of a transceiver module, IT administrators can configure their storage in the field to 16Gb FC or 10GbE iSCSI. The interface arrays are backward-compatible with 8Gb/4Gb FC and 1GbE iSCSI networking solutions such as switches and HBAs. All AssuredSAN 3004 models are meta-data compatible with previous-generation AssuredSAN arrays, so customers can accomplish data-in-place migration by upgrading controllers. "AssuredSAN 3004 storage systems offer a highly compelling combination of performance and capacity at a tremendous value," said Jason Beeson, solutions director, Hammer plc, European distributor dedicated to storage. "The flexibility of the converged interface models makes it easy and inexpensive for IT administrators to upgrade or change storage interfaces in the field from 8Gb to 16Gb FC or convert to iSCSI. The AssuredSAN 3004 is ideal for any number of use cases, and is a perfect backup storage target solution for off-site replication." Performance, Data Availability and Compatibility The AssuredSAN 3004 solutions are built on the company's RAID architecture, and deliver up to 80% greater performance over the 3000 series with sustained sequential read performance of up to 3,300MB/s and writes of up to 2,400MB/s and 40,000 IO/s from disk. The Dot Hill RAID Companion Processor (RCP) allows the solutions to deliver performance gains at aggressive price points, including streaming performance optimization to handle randomized, sequential workloads. Dot Hill's latest firmware utilizes a proprietary Adaptive Read-Ahead Algorithm that analyses workloads and fine-tunes options for performance, delivering better response times to meet IT SLAs. "UtilizingDot Hill's proven, versatile controller architecture that is featured in all of our next generation products, the AssuredSAN 3004 line-up is priced to maximize performance and terabytes per dollar, raising the bar for performance in anentry-level storage array," said Joe Swanson, VP, marketing and business development, Dot Hill. Support for Data Management Software AssuredSAN 3004 arrays support the full complement of Dot Hill's data management services including the company's RAIDar management interface, and DR software comprised of AssuredSnap for point-in-time snapshots, AssuredCopy for creating volume copies and AssuredRemote for array-based remote replication. Support for popular storage software platforms such as vSphere, Hyper-V, Xenserver and Veeam Backup & Replication is included.