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OEM storage supplier Xyratex is adding a larger, much denser RAID system to its product line. The F5404E 4Gb FC-SAS RAID system is a 4U chassis holding 48 drives for up to 36TB of near-line storage. The appliance is the only 4U box in Xyratex's 5000 RAID line. It offers dual controller with a 512MB and 1GB of cache and hot …

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Similar?

Looks very similar to Sun's X4500. http://www.sun.com/servers/x64/x4500/

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Anonymous Coward

A rip-off of the Sun Fire X4500. So what?

This is just another press-release-disguised-as-an-article. The idea, and the best execution, belongs to Sun.

http://www.sun.com/servers/x64/x4500/

Where's your head, El Reg?

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Not like the X4500 at all...

This product isn't like the x4500 at all. The x4500 is a server, not a storage array. The hard drive layout might be similar. But the x4500 has just a single motherboard, while the Xyratex has dual RAID controllers only.

It is pretty sad when Register readers can't tell the difference between a storage array and a server. I guess oranges are poorly executed copies of apples.

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storage array, storage server, storage marketing

Not like the X4500 at all? Here's an article hand-waving about the densest storage solution on the market, while the Sun X4500, offering the exact same density for some time now, it pretended not to exist. It's sad when Reg writers (and readers!) can't smell marketing crap a mile away.

People buy the X4500 for storage density, not because there's anything mind-blowing about Sun's first-generation Opteron gear.

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Both products a take off of Nexsan's ATABeast and SATABeast

Nexsan started producing this design years ago.

www.nexsan.com

Sun and Xyratex did not come up with the original idea.

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