Globalstor Debuts FibreStor Storage System at NAB

Apr 15, 2010 1:42 PM


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Globalstor Data Corporation, an OEM integrator of high-performance RAID, SAN and storage/video servers, is launching FibreStor at this week's NAB show in Las Vegas. FibreStor is a portable tower with five drives and a single 4GB host connection that is designed for high-throughput professional audio applications, video editing, transporting data between facilities and other activities that require a small, portable Fibre Channel storage solution.

FibreStor comprises five Enterprise Class SATA drives disk drives or optional solid-state drives and a single 4Gbps Fibre Channel host interface, and offers a capacity of up to 10 TB storage with more than 20 hours of uncompressed 10-bit HD video footage. As such, FibreStor can support real-time HD and SD applications, including single 10-bit 1080i HD.

It offers a processing rate of 400 MBps, fast RAID 5 striping technology and an efficient, sustained performance that reduces the disc array count from four to three. Globalstor states that it performs exactly the same in redundant mode as non-redundant mode, so even if a drive were to fail, performance wouldn’t be impacted.

FibreStor has several levels of built-in redundancy, including a fail-safe RAID 5 disk array that connects directly to Fibre Channel host bus adapters or switch equipment, SATA drive HotSwap (even when I/Os are active), an LED drive mismatch warning when drives are removed and re-installed incorrectly, and RAIDWatch, which runs continually and silently in the background, reportedly without impacting performance. In the case of a system crash, an auto background drive can rebuild the storage topography in real time, even while users are working on a project.

FibreStor is designed for “plug-and-play” installation, with a rotary switch for easy configuration of RAID level options, and supports all operating systems, including Windows, Linux and Mac. The Fibre Channel interface includes 4Gb optical/copper cable interface support; multimode optics (850nM); auto-speed of 1, 2 and 4 Gbps; data transfer rates of full duplex 800MBps at 4Gb; and end-to-end data integrity (T10 DIF support).

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