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This article is part of the Vol. 3 No. 5 July 2004 issue of Email storage lessons learned from Citigroup
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 host ports. HP's MSA1500 ... Access >>>
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