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Vol. 3 No. 5 July 2004

SATA Arrays are Cheap-ish

Just because SATA drives cost less than a quarter the cost of Fibre Channel drives on a $/GB basis, don't expect those kinds of savings in the new SATA-based arrays from EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems and Sun. There, the savings shrink to approximately 50%. According to Chris Wood, director of technical sales and marketing with Sun's networked storage division, the price range for these arrays--$3/GB to $12/GB--is consistent across all the major vendors. That makes sense, Wood says, since "we all buy our drives from the same manufacturers." The latest SATA arrays include: EMC's Clariion AX100, which as resold by Dell, costs between $10.41/GB for a single controller model with 480GB, to $3.12/GB for a dual controller model with twelve 250GB drives. IBM's TotalStorage FAStT100 has a list price of $9.06/GB for a 3.5TB unit. The FAStT100 can support up to four 3.5TB EXP100 disk shelves. Sun's StorEdge 3511, a 12-drive model that can take an additional eight 3TB expansion trays. The unit also comes standard with eight ...

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Features in this issue

  • Technology Report: WORM Tape

    WORM tape is increasingly being used for long-term archival purposes. Why? Because it's cheap, portable and satisfies today's demanding regulations.

  • First Look: Copan Systems Revolution 200T

    by  Lawrence Didsbury

    Can the Revolution 200T, which uses a new technology called MAID, straighten up your messy backup situation?

  • Tune down costs

    by  Marc Farley

    To save money and get the best performance, match the right type of storage with the application it's best suited for. We list several practical ways to optimize your storage.

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