Promise, a tier 2 supplier of RAID arrays, has catapulted itself into the mid-range courtesy of Intel's Jasper Forest processor. Its Ex30 can do 5.5Gbit/s when reading sequential data, meaning inexpensive entry-level arrays can now hold much more data and be used in the mid-range. The VTrak Ex30 has active:active dual …
FC is better
"What small or medium company is going to set up a greenfield Fibre Channel SAN these days, when iSCSI is rampaging around?"
Given that it is cheaper and easier to buy a pair of Qlogic SANbox switches and set up zoning, than to buy a pair of decent wire-speed Ethernet switches and dick around with STP/QoS/trunking/VLANs/etc. to obtain equivalent performance, I'd say that any company that can crunch numbers without developing haemorrhoids would see the benefits of going the FC way.
440k disk IOPS (no cache)? Really? Did it go through SPC benchmark? How was this figure derived?
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