SGI Introduces Easy-to-deploy RAID Array for Networked Storage

by Vitaly Popovich [Published on 12 Dec. 2006 / Last Updated on 12 Dec. 2006]


SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) today introduced the newest member of its storage portfolio, the easy-to- deploy SGI® InfiniteStorage 220 RAID system. This storage solution enables data consolidation for organizations of any size, with fully integrated software and a flexible appliance-like design for simplified deployments. These systems feature a number of configuration choices that allow customers to choose the exact features that match their storage requirements. With Fibre Channel or Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) host connectivity, as well as a choice between SAS and SATA disk drives, the InfiniteStorage 220 can be introduced as a solution to a wide number of storage challenges. The affordable SGI InfiniteStorage 220 solution delivers maximum value for data backup, disaster recovery, and general file storage applications.
The new SGI InfiniteStorage 220 platform makes it easy to gain the benefits of high availability and RAID protection without the complexity of typical Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions. In concert with its new Storage Management Interface (SMI) software, the new storage platform builds in many improvements for storage environments, whether they are SAN or Direct Attach Storage (DAS) implementations:

Ease of deployment - With only basic familiarity with servers and storage, users can set up and deploy cost-effective RAID storage.
Ease of Management - Many tasks are automated and streamlined using SMI, including data protection and diagnostic tasks.
Ease of growth - Low-impact scalability allows for the installation of additional storage to be managed easily and transparently without shutting down.

"The plug-and-play design of the SGI InfiniteStorage 220 storage solution makes high-performance RAID storage very accessible to any business, and lowers costs during the life of the platform," explains Kurt Kuckein, SGI RAID product manager. "This newest addition to the SGI storage family broadens the choices and gives customers the ability to protect their

SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) today introduced the newest member of its storage portfolio, the easy-to- deploy SGI® InfiniteStorage 220 RAID system. This storage solution enables data consolidation for organizations of any size, with fully integrated software and a flexible appliance-like design for simplified deployments. These systems feature a number of configuration choices that allow customers to choose the exact features that match their storage requirements. With Fibre Channel or Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) host connectivity, as well as a choice between SAS and SATA disk drives, the InfiniteStorage 220 can be introduced as a solution to a wide number of storage challenges. The affordable SGI InfiniteStorage 220 solution delivers maximum value for data backup, disaster recovery, and general file storage applications.

The new SGI InfiniteStorage 220 platform makes it easy to gain the benefits of high availability and RAID protection without the complexity of typical Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions. In concert with its new Storage Management Interface (SMI) software, the new storage platform builds in many improvements for storage environments, whether they are SAN or Direct Attach Storage (DAS) implementations:


  • Ease of deployment - With only basic familiarity with servers and storage, users can set up and deploy cost-effective RAID storage.
  • Ease of Management - Many tasks are automated and streamlined using SMI, including data protection and diagnostic tasks.
  • Ease of growth - Low-impact scalability allows for the installation of additional storage to be managed easily and transparently without shutting down.


"The plug-and-play design of the SGI InfiniteStorage 220 storage solution makes high-performance RAID storage very accessible to any business, and lowers costs during the life of the platform," explains Kurt Kuckein, SGI RAID product manager. "This newest addition to the SGI storage family broadens the choices and gives customers the ability to protect their current storage investments while integrating their choice of drives in a single enclosure. The scalability and flexibility suit RAID novices and experts alike."

Start Small - Add As You Grow

The modular and cost-effective SGI InfiniteStorage 220 configurations allow businesses of any size to address small initial storage needs and scale up as their requirements grow. With a range from 2 to 48 drives, an InfiniteStorage 220 can cover the gamut of storage requirements for many organizations. Each platform can be configured with one or two controllers, supporting up to 12 integrated disk drives and up to 36 additional drives (in three add-on enclosures). This adds up to a capacity of 24TB with current 500GB SATA drives.

The simplicity of SGI's InfiniteStorage 220 solutions overcomes the data management challenges of today and allows businesses to manage multiple drive technologies and expanding capacities without introducing complexity.

Pricing and Availability

The SGI InfiniteStorage 220 is now available for order with shipments beginning in early Q1 2007. InfiniteStorage 220 configurations start at less than $8,000.00 USLP. For more information please visit www.sgi.com/storage.

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