Smaller disk drives usually found in laptops are becoming an increasingly nifty method for enterprises to expand low-cost/low-power storage environments as storage capacities increase and new multi-rack solutions hit the market.
Xyratex has just introduced the OneStore SP1224, an extensible storage platform that holds up to 24 2.5-inch Seagate Savvio drives in a 2U form factor. The design shaves nearly 85 percent of the power draw compared to 3.5-inch drives, while doubling the performance density for transaction-intensive applications.
The system is designed to be either part of a tiered storage system or racked to the floor. The company is also catering the system to the OEM market through Field Replaceable Units and Storage Bridge Bay 2.0 compatibility, allowing for faster integration and improved inventory capabilities.