IBM unveils high-end storage array

Also, Panasas upgrades file system

IBM rolled out on Thursday the DS8700 storage array, which performs 2.5 times faster than the DS8300 and is 50% more energy efficient. The DS8700 is based on the Power6 processor and is backward compatible to previous DS arrays. The array incorporates solid state drives and uses software that automatically migrates data from Fibre Channel drives. The DS8700 starts at $290,000.

Panasas upgrades file system

Panasas announced on Wednesday the availability of its ActiveStor Series 9 parallel file system. The Series 9 incorporates support for solid state drive technology into its three tiers of storage – cache, SSD and Serial ATA. The solid state drive technology Panasas uses is the Intel X25-E Extreme SATA SSD, on which it stores metadata information.

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