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High density RAID takes on a whole new definition

Unknown to few outside of the high-density storage industry, 2.5" drives began to overtake several enterprise markets almost overnight with the advent of perpendicular recording.  The high densities, low costs and low power requirements for 2.5" drives make the drives perfect for corporate environments where reliability and density are the focus.

At Computex Taipei, DailyTech got a nice shot of a standard PC tower with fifty Fujitsu 200GB 2.5" drives in a RAID configuration.  The total storage of the array is 10TB, but 2TB are lost to parity for the array. The MHV2200BT hard drives featured in the array, announced by Fujitsu in March of this year, use SATA 1.5Gbps and a mere 4200RPM rotation speed.  Each drive has a peak power usage of 1.6W during a read/write operation, giving the whole array a peak power usage of just 80W.

Furthermore, each drive can be hot swapped in the event of a failure, and Fujitsu representatives had no problem removing drives during the live demonstration.  Fujitsu employees had no estimate on price of such a setup, but the MHV2200BT hard drives are expected to ship this summer.

Earlier this year, Fujitsu employees gave DailyTech the scoop on the migration of the enterprise market from 3.5" drives to 2.5",  and the company is already forcasting 1.8" drives to start packing a punch in the high density market.   Fujitsu already holds the world commercial storage record of 1.3PB.


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Coming from the Storage Industry
By illuvatar81 on 6/12/2006 9:22:02 AM , Rating: 1
I've got to say thats pretty lame.

I work with this stuff day in and dy out. HD arrays for storage are all over the place.

I just got through installing a Quantum DX storage array with 13Tera and two Centerra Clusters with 13 Tera each Mirrored over SAN. Thats some cool stuff, a sill tower with a bunch of drives in it is like a DAE from EMC from late 90's. OLD and BORING.




RE: Coming from the Storage Industry
By Lonyo on 6/12/2006 2:31:20 PM , Rating: 2
Did they have 8TB in a regular desktop size case and consume a maximum of 80W?


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