This innovation, combined with enterprise features and functionality, delivered at a cost-effective price point, enables company's OEM partners to compete with hybrid cache-only arrays on the market.
For ROBOss, small businesses, general purpose server applications (Web, file, database, email) and backup appliances, AssuredSAN 3004 arrays with RealStor allow OEMs to deliver entry-level storage systems with enterprise features such as faster disk rebuilds, easy-to-manage pooled storage, cost-optimized provisioning and SSD read-cache performance at a starting price point of less than $10,000.
"Research shows that storage IT decision makers are looking for highly reliable storage at the lowest price per terabyte and solutions that optimize application performance for key business processes. They also want features that reduce operational costs such as staff, power and cooling requirements," said Bill Wuertz, SVP, products and solutions, Dot Hill. "In a VMware environment, the 3004 array can support three times the number of VM's at half the cost per VM when SSD caching is enabled. With RealStor technology, our 3000 Series hybrid storage systems deliver real-time access to data for constantly changing workloads common in virtualized SMB environments and workloads associated with the Internet of Things and third platform technologies."
"Small businesses invariably don't have the resources to dedicate to managing storage systems," said Mark Peters, practice director and senior analyst, ESG. "Featuring an improved user interface in its RealStor storage OS, Dot Hill has made significant improvements to the total user experience. AssuredSAN 3004 solutions are easier than ever to install and manage, without requiring storage experts."
AssuredSAN 3004 storage systems are available with multiple host interface options including company's 16Gb FC/10Gb iSCSI converged interface as well as a two-port 12Gb SAS interface option.
RealStor features include:
RealCache allows solid-state device SSD cache to become an extension of the controller cache, increasing effective cache capacity by up to 100 times.
RealPool enables users to simplify system management without complex policy settings to allow configuration for capacity expansion in less than 10 minutes with no downtime.
RealThin thin-provisioning optimizes capacity management and offers file-system integrated space reclamation which reduces the cost of capacity investments by up to 50%.
RealSnap virtual snapshots streamline the action of creating point-in-time images, providing capabilities to snap volumes multiple times with no performance impact, resulting in improved backup and recovery.
RealQuick rebuild improves system uptime and data protection by reducing the risk of data loss after a drive failure and providing up to 10 times faster restore time.