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Disk-based storage systems specialist Nexsan announced its E-Series
storage systems are the first enterprise-class storage systems shipping
with 3TB SATA drives, delivering capacity of 180TBs in just 4U of rack
space. The E60X expansion chassis can be added to the E60 to house up
to 60 more 3TB drives for a total of 360TBs in just 8U of rack space –
representing 4 to 5 times the storage density of leading competitors,
the company claimed.

In addition, with AutoMAID level 4, Nexsan’s power management
technology, applications automatically benefit from up to 85 percent
power savings, with no special coding required. Additional enhancements
include higher throughput, scaling and interoperability.

Nexsan also announced that its E18 storage system, previously only
available with SSD and SAS drives, will now be offered with 1, 2, and
3TB SATA drives. This addition enables a more flexible configuration
for customers who do not need the capacity of the E60, but require the
higher performance storage controllers which power the E-Series.

Like the E60, the E18 can be expanded with an additional 60 drives by
virtue of the E60X expansion chassis. Both the E18 and E60 can mix and
match SSD, SATA, and SAS drives to meet varying storage requirements.
Both systems are now VMware Ready Certified, and are listed on VMware’s
hardware compatibility list, Additionally, the E60 and E18 storage
systems can now step up from the built-in 1Gb iSCSI ports with an
optional dual port 10Gb iSCSI card.

"Product ‘specs’ are intrinsically interesting, but only gain real
value when they are relevant to the intended users; that’s why Nexsan
has chosen to purpose build products for the  mid-market," said
Mark Peters, senior analyst with IT research firm Enterprise Strategy
Group (ESG). "Its new E Series is based on Nexsan’s Flexible Storage
Platform, allowing the delivery of exactly the sort of overall package
that demanding mid-market users want – industry-leading storage density
and power efficiency, together with enterprise-class features, while
retaining a mid-market price point."

All Nexsan E-Series storage systems feature centralized storage
management software designed to simplify deployment, management and
support and offer a range of features including system redundancy for
high availability and enhanced performance for demanding applications.
The Nexsan E-Series also delivers an out of the box experience by
integrating Nexsan storage hardware and E-Series intelligence.

"For our environment, power savings, density and reliability are
critical requirements," said Phil Butcher, head of IT for The Wellcome
Trust Sanger Institute. "With more than 10PB installed, Nexsan’s
power-managed storage with AutoMAID helps deliver in an energy and
space constrained environment. The E-Series product line also delivers
the flexibility and high-density needed so that we can easily scale our
infrastructure to meet operational requirements."