Your next generation of storage must manage ever-increasing volumes of data with greater availability, accessibility, and protection. At its core, it must be significantly more reliable with linear scaling of performance and capacity to meet these needs.
Based on revolutionary new Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) technology, Emprise storage solutions provide this solid foundation of reliability, performance, and scalability.
Patented processes eliminate many typical drive failures, and remediate failures in place, without intervention, to effectively eliminate the vast majority of storage-related service events.
#1 in Performance
Emprise storage systems delivered the best performance for the price in two important categories tested by the Storage Performance Council (SPC): I/Os per second (IOPS) and megabytes per second (MBps).
Scalable to 1 Petabyte
Seamless, incremental scaling-from one terabyte to one petabyte-provides effective storage for even the most demanding capacity requirements. And, as capacity grows, so does performance, while maintaining the easy management for which X-IO has become known.
Intelligent Storage Element Overview
Intelligent Storage Element technology is the result of nearly one million man-hours of development by the Advanced Storage Architecture group of Seagate Technology, LLC. X-IO acquired this revolutionary technology in 2007 and has incorporated it into its Emprise family of storage solutions.
Inside the ISE
Each ISE is an integrated environment of:
Single or dual sealed DataPacs, each with up to 8 terabytes of storage capacity
Dual Managed Reliability Controllers, which locally manage cache, data protection processes, and more
Dual power and cooling units
Dual battery modules
The ISE includes all new code for improved performance, advanced heal-in-place capabilities, and improved system telemetry. Additionally, the ISE features physical innovations such as vibration reduction; improved cooling; and increased reliability for the backplane, connectors, power supplies, and fans.
The ISE's patented technology provides more than 100 times the reliability of regular disk drives. With no drives to replace, you save valuable time and eliminate the risk of associated data loss. It also saves you considerable money, as disk replacements comprise a large portion of most vendors' maintenance agreements.
Preventive Technology to Minimize Failures
Reduced heat and vibration significantly extend the life of each DataPac.
Reconditioning and error-detection processes locate and fix potential problems before failure occurs.
Redundant, hot-swappable components ensure continued availability.
Repair Technology to Avoid Replacement
Self-healing processes enable the DataPac to recover from most failures.
Spare-in-place technology automatically rebuilds data to another area within the DataPac if needed.
Data recovery in small increments yields faster rebuilds.
Most storage systems are burdened with compatibility issues across many generations and manufacturers of drives, drive enclosures, and storage system controllers. In addition, controllers today must manage cache, RAID, drive rebuilds, and other processes that eat away at system performance.
In contrast, the ISE offers:
Far cleaner, simpler design that optimizes performance and reliability of its components.
Local processing power and cache to enable capacity scaling without overburdening controllers.
Linear scaling of performance: Add ISEs to increase performance 2x, 3x, 4x, and more.
High-performance, grid-based RAID to protect data while delivering fast access.
Dual active-active controllers that harness all available processing power.
Now your performance-hungry applications can reach their maximum potential, and enable you to reap the benefits: faster processing of sales, more responsive websites, and more.
In a single manageable element, an ISE provides the capacity of 20 to 40 disk drives, plus processing power and cache. This makes it easy to scale storage capacity up to one petabyte within a single system, avoiding performance bottlenecks or the headaches of managing thousands of discreet storage elements.
When you want more capacity or performance, simply add ISEs to your system. You can even use an Emprise 5000 system as a foundation for an Emprise 7000 SAN solution-enabling you to grow without losing your storage investment.
Flexible Configuration and Scale
DataPac options enable you to customize the ISE for your organization's needs. You may choose from:
Performance tier for transactional applications, such as Oracle Database or Microsoft SQL Server.
Capacity tier for cost-effective data backup and archiving.
Balanced tier for applications that require a mix of performance and capacity.