Chatsworth, CALIF. — Underscoring its commitment to optimizing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in Storage Area Networking, DataDirect Networks said it will introduce a unique “Pay as you Grow” scalability dimension throughout the company’s SAN appliance family.
“Pay as you Grow” refers to a new SAN scalability model that employs SAN appliances to supply incrementally higher levels of performance, capacity, caching and connectivity on an as-needed, pay-as-you-go basis. At the heart of “Pay as you Grow” is the SAN directION SAN Appliance. The entry-level SAN directION SAN Appliance addresses the SAN requirements of small workgroups and clusters while enabling a cost-effective growth path to the largest SAN DataDirector SAN Appliance configurations. The SAN appliance hardware and software needed to cope with future workloads can be installed today, with the user paying for only that portion of the configuration actually placed into service.
Wes Adams, Vice President of Operations for Graphic Orb said: “Graphic Orb specializes in motion picture advertising. Our fast-paced design and pre-press environment mandates that our data be secure and immediately available. We have trusted products from Data Direct Networks in the past and SAN directION [SAN appliance] is a welcome upgrade to our facility at this time of explosive growth.”
“The availability of a range of configurations from entry-level on, allowed us to stay well within our budget without compromising our requirements, continued Adams. “By choosing SAN directION [SAN appliance] over other solutions, we can satisfy our appetite for additional speed, capacity and redundancy without losing our initial investment.”
According to Alex Bouzari, CEO of DataDirect Networks, “‘Pay as you Grow’ is a natural extension of the company’s SAN scalability strategy. Our customers are seeing usage growing steadily, driven by rich media and streaming content. They are estimating that their streaming capability will have to triple or quadruple in as little as two years which translates into constant disruption. ‘Pay as you Grow’ is a highly flexible solution to this anticipated growth. It allows our customers to install the SAN appliances they will need tomorrow, knowing that they will only pay for the performance and connectivity they need today. When the higher workloads arrive, their SAN appliances can non-disruptively increase performance and connectivity using a simple software key.”
“As companies focus on harnessing the potential of rich media, they want to protect themselves from unanticipated or disruptive performance and connectivity demands,” said Bouzari. “With ‘Pay as you Grow’, companies get the technology they need when they need it while simultaneously reducing capital expenditures and staffing requirements.”
As part of the SAN appliance family of products, “Pay as you Grow” gives IT professionals the ability to quickly deploy a high bandwidth, virtualized, fault tolerant, scalable SAN using the plug and play SAN directION SAN appliance. The SAN directION SAN appliance brings a wide range of next generation features to companies preparing to deploy SAN technology including data virtualization and storage pooling, massive scalability, centralized management, integrated security, high availability through extensive fault tolerance and multi-vendor heterogeneous operation.
The SAN directION SAN appliance offers the full capabilities of the SAN DataDirector SANappliance in a convenient and versatile “pay-as-you-go” model that grows with customer storage networking needs.
SAN directION allows users to build an entry-level SAN starting with as few as two Fibre Channel host connectivity ports supplying up to 200 MB/Second of data transfer performance, 640 MB cache and nine disk drives. The SAN directION SAN appliance can grow incrementally to eight host ports with as much as 800 MB/sec of data transfer performance, 20 GB cache and up to 960 data drives when needed.
Complete information on the SAN directION SAN appliance as well as the SAN DataDirector SAN appliance can be found at the company’s web site http://www.datadirectnet.com .