Next month Adtron will release its Bladepak EA8R iSCSI AdvancedTCA storage blade with dual GigE interfaces for both base and fabric for use in the industrial marketplace.
The dual star configuration supports high availability applications and multiple initiator access, as well as host-independent disk hot swapping. Dual GigE support on the fabric interface provides redundant network support and
the option of separating the management and control functions on the base
interface from data and payload functions on the fabric interface.
Coupled with SCSI over Internet Protocol (iSCSI), the EA8R delivers multiple initiator access with SCSI command and control deployed in a variety of operating environments such as carrier-grade Linux, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
High availability features include disk and board hot swap, synchronization between active and standby EA8Rs, and health usage and maintenance services.
Jim Haager, Adtron Director of Engineering, said that board-level IPMI on the
EA8R supports health reporting down to the individual disk drive level, essential in high availability applications incorporating individually hot-swappable enterprise-class disk drives to reduce overall MTTR.
Shipments begin in late July 2005 with quantity units available in the fourth
quarter of 2005. EA8R list pricing in a RAID5 configuration starts at $5,500
without media. Several capacities and RAID0 configurations are also available.