Back-to-the-future Nexsan resurrects its SATABeast

Imation reaches into storage product history

12 Reg comments Got Tips?

Nexsan, the sole remaining real storage business inside the shell remnants of Imation, has resurrected its SATABeast array with a 4U shelf containing sixty 8TB 7,200rpm disk drives – 480TB in total.

The Imation website has had a full Nexsan make-over, with virtually all mentions of Imation excised. From now on Imation's future is Nexsan-centric.

With disk spin-down from its AutoMAID (automatic massive array of idle drives) technology, the BEAST claims an 85 per cent power saving over an equivalent non-MAIDed array. A full rack of BEASTs could store 4.8PB of data (and would be quite heavy).

But that would be four systems as the maximum BEAST array takes up 12U with 2 x 60-bay expansion units and scales to 1.44PB.

The system is fully redundant with hot swappable controllers, hard-disk drives, power supplies and fans. There are dual active:active controllers and RAID levels 0, 1, 1+0, 4, 5, and 6 are supported. Host connect is by 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel (2 ports/controller) or 1GbitE iSCSI (2 - 4 ports/controller). This is a bulk storage workhorse, not a Pony Express product.

Nexsan_BEAST

Nexsan BEAST array

Nexsan says the system is optimised for sequential streaming applications. CEO Bob Fernander expanded on this in a canned quote: "Nexsan BEAST is ideal for high volume applications including digital video surveillance, big data repositories, data archives and disk-to-disk backup as well as the channel partners that serve them."

Back in 2009, seven long years ago, the gen 3 SATABeast was introduced with 60 drive slots and 1TB drives, an update to the SATABeast2 which had 40 slots, also AutoMAID. Nexsan has gone back to its bread-and-butter array past to feed customer demand for denser, higher-capacity, basic bulk disk drive storage.

The Nexsan BEAST is available now. No pricing information was supplied. Get a spec sheet here (PDF). ®

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY TECH NEWSLETTER


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020