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Dot Hill Supplies NEBS-Compliant Storage Solutions to Stratus Technologies


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September 19, 2011

Dot Hill Supplies NEBS-Compliant Storage Solutions to Stratus Technologies

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Dot Hill Systems, a provider of NEBS Level 3 compliant disk array storage solutions, announced that Stratus Technologies (News - Alert) has selected the Dot Hill 3000 Series next-generation storage platform for its ftScalable storage line.

Stratus Technologies provides high availability server and software solutions for uptime assurance and protects mission-critical systems from downtime. The company serves clients in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, public safety, government, and travel & transportation sectors where the potential harm from service failures is very high.

The NEBS-compliant storage solutions from Dot Hill Systems address the continuous availability data management requirements of these companies. “NEBS” (Network Equipment Building Systems) is the most commonly used set of safety, spatial and environmental design guidelines applied to the telecommunications equipment in the United States that guarantee high reliability no matter what type of environmental conditions.

"Dot Hill and its products align perfectly with Stratus' unrelenting commitment to deliver industry-leading uptime assurance to our customers," said Roy Sanford, Stratus chief marketing officer, in a statement. "We focus on system-wide reliability, and proactive availability management. Dot Hill has collaborated closely with us from the start of our relationship to ensure our storage products are fully integrated into that customer value proposition."

Since 2006, Stratus Technologies has leveraged Dot Hill AssuredSAN-based storage platforms as the foundation for its ftScalable storage solution for all Intel (News - Alert) processor-based ftServer lines supporting Windows, Linux, VMware, and Stratus' own VOS operating system.

The next-generation 3000 Series of storage solutions from Dot Hill offers support for higher performance 8Gb Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), dual interface 8Gb Fibre Channel and iSCSI and enhanced data management capabilities.

3000 Series ensures increased energy efficiency thanks to the support of automatic drive spin-down technology. Availability features such as redundant and hot-swappable components, online firmware upgrades and hot spares are augmented by optimized SAS (News - Alert) drive topology handling and integration with the Stratus Active Service Network features.

"Stratus' selection of our new Dot Hill 3000 Series next-generation storage platform underscores its value as a high-performance storage solution that can be relied on to support the continuous availability, mission-critical computing needs of businesses today," said Garrett Wein, vice president of worldwide OEM sales, Dot Hill Systems, in a statement. "The solution supports fast access to data via 8Gb Fibre Channel, plus redundancy via dual controllers, hot swappable drives, fans, and power supplies."

Dot Hill storage solutions offered by Stratus scale to support up to 72 SAS or nearline SAS disk drives, totaling up to 72 terabytes (TB) of capacity based on today's 1 TB disk drive capacities and feature a 2U 24-drive rackmount footprint, company officials said.

Featuring AssuredSnap snapshot capability, the storage solutions further enable companies to reduce the burden of meeting modern data retention policies and compliance requirements associated with government regulations such as the HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley acts.

Furthermore, the NEBS Level 3-compliant Dot Hill disk array storage solutions are designed to meet the rigorous MIL-STD-810F requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense for land, sea and air deployment.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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