Smaller Drives Filling Rack Systems

Arthur Cole

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.

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Apr 4, 2008 7:00 AM Pete Steege Pete Steege  says:
Note that these are 2.5" SAS drives. This is important, because unlike 3.5" drives, there isn't yet a server-class SATA 2.5" option. You're right, these Xyratex systems are high capacity due to high drive count - but these are definitely not like notebook drives in any stretch of the imagination. Reply

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