SANs get mil-spec ruggedized

SANs get mil-spec ruggedized

This is how a Dot Hill SANnet 7100 series storage array looked before ruggedization testing.

The top and front of a SANnet 7128 were salt-encrusted after ruggedization tests.

Two storage area network products from Dot Hill Systems Corp. have received certification for a ruggedized military standard, Mil-Std-810F.

The Dot Hill SANnet 7100 and 3300 series of storage systems survived such environmental stresses as high and low temperatures, humidity and salt fog, said Helene Dashefsky, senior field marketing manager for the Carlsbad, Calif., company. Other tests involved altitude, vibration, functional shock, and travel in watercraft and marine vehicles.

The 7100 and 3300 SANnet rackmount units' maximum of 10 180G disk drives can hold 1.8T, Dashefsky said. The 7100 model comes with two or four redundant Fibre Channel fabric host channels; the 3300 unit's channels meet the Ultra160 SCSI specification.

Maximum sustained data transfer rate for both series is 190 megabytes/sec.

Dashefsky said an independent San Diego testing laboratory owned by BAE Systems Inc. of Arlington, Va., performed the tests.

The SANnet storage products had already passed the Network Equipment Building Systems Level 3 survivability tests for telecommunications carriers.

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