Enterprises running data-intensive applications might want to take a look at the Gear6 CACHEfx G200 cache appliance for a quick way to complement Ethernet-based disk storage.
Although not cheap at $400,000, and with a form factor that fills half a rack, says the Channel Register, the G200 provides an instant 250 GB of storage, an IOPS rating of 250,000 at 1.6 GBps throughput (better than most NAS systems) and latency of less than half a millisecond, which is better than you'd get with most clustering software. The higher-end G400 offers twice the performance.
The box contains eight x86 storage servers tied together as a single cache with the company's Reflex OS management system. Current management tools include memory sharing and job scheduling. Planned upgrades include partitioning capabilities.
The company's Web site includes a software download to analyze your network to see how the Gear6 would fit in.