Nexsan selects Toshiba SSD drives to accelerate next-generation E5000 NAS storage with FASTier

Nexsan, the independent provider of disk-based storage systems and Toshiba, the developer, designer and manufacturer of storage solutions, have partnered to boost the performance of Network Attached Storage (NAS) in virtualized operating environments, significantly improving file access. The partnership blends the innovations in Nexsan's E5000 Series NAS Family with advanced solid state drive (SSD) technology from Toshiba.

The inability of traditional NAS solutions to accommodate demanding I/O requirements in today's virtual infrastructure, including VMware, Citrix and Xen, requires a high-performance tier of storage to accelerate throughput. FASTierT is an exclusive Nexsan feature in the E5000 Series of NAS products which leverages multiple tiers of SSD technology to accelerate storage system performance with nearline-SAS, SATA or SAS drives - ideal for virtualized operating environments and random I/O workloads. To power FASTier, Nexsan has selected Toshiba MKz001GZB Series SLC NAND / SAS SSDs for advantages in performance and reliability.

Engineered to deliver performance, endurance and reliability for business critical applications, Toshiba MK-Series SSDs support the market's demand for high-performance applications. The new 2.5-inch small form factor SSDs utilize the latest 32nm enterprise-grade SLC NAND Flash memory and 6Gb/s SAS interface. Toshiba delivers performance that outpaces competing enterprise-class SSDs, with random sustained 90,000 read and 16,400 write IOPS* and sequential sustained 500MB/s read and 250MB/s write throughput. Combined with a low power requirement of only 6.5 watts at operation, Toshiba also delivers an industry-leading power efficiency rating of 13,800 IOPS/watt.

"Nexsan and Toshiba have come together to provide up to a 5X increase in NAS file access time as part of an easy-to-use and highly efficient NAS product line," said Victoria Grey, senior vice president, marketing, Nexsan. "This is particularly important to mid-market IT environments with high I/O performance requirements. With solid state technology from Toshiba, FASTier automatically optimizes files to ensure rapid and reliable access to data when needed."

"Enterprises today are looking to solid state drives and tiered storage to optimize their storage environments for increased productivity," said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing, Storage Device Division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. "With the Nexsan E5000 Series NAS systems powered by Toshiba SSDs, IT professionals benefit from improved data access, outperforming traditional storage systems for those applications requiring the highest possible performance."

The E5000 Family is the latest addition to Nexsan's Flexible Storage Platform. It fills the need for NAS storage, complementing the E-Series Fibre Channel and iSCSI block storage systems and the industry-leading CAS-based and highly secure AssureonR archive and cloud storage systems. The E5110 provides a highly available NAS system with 8TB to 62TB of capacity in 3U to 6U of rack space. The E5310 is a 3U high availability NAS head which leverages Nexsan's storage density, power efficiency, and enterprise-class reliability of the E-Series block storage systems to provide 9TB to 720TB of storage in just 19U of rack space. Powerful yet easy to use features include reservation-less snapshots, replication, quotas, AD and LDAP integration, and thin provisioning.

Both the E5110 and E5310 are available today through Nexsan's network of authorized channel partners, with pricing that starts at $14, 974 MSRP.

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