Xiotech's original magnitude array always had a good usability story, thanks to the dynamic provisioning technology that allowed users to bring new hosts and applications onto the storage area network (SAN) with ease. Then last year, Xiotech introduced the new and improved Magnitude 3D, based on a so-called Dimensional Storage Clustering Architecture. Together, dynamic provisioning and storage clustering help fulfill Xiotech's goal for its systems: no planned or unplanned downtime.
Some judges had their doubts about its performance, but they were universally wooed by its clustering implementation, which provides for failover at the controller and cluster level locally. Overall, Magnitude 3D was deemed "a quality midtier storage solution," according to one judge. In particular, one judge said: "The Magnitude 3D is a real winner for storage shops that change their configuration frequently."
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