In an attempt to simplify and optimize data storage, Coraid has turned its back on tiered storage-area networks, reports E Week. The company is offering new age direct-attached storage. Its new solid-state EtherDrive SRX AoE-based (ATA over Ethernet) storage virtualization appliances solve cost and complexity issues associated with competing SANs. EtherDrive storage can be accessed and shared by any server/host computer attached to the storage network.
“’With our system, you keep the same software all the time and get 10 times or 20 times performance improvements–sometimes better than that, depending on the workload–and you just add more disks as you grow. Works with all operating systems and protocols. Can’t get much easier to use than that.’”