Seagate rolls storage kit for manufacturers down Dot Hill

Future channel for firm's SSDs and HDDs

Mountain. Pic: Henry Hemming
Seagate wants to climb the OEM mountain with Dot Hill

Seagate is pushing out OEM products from its eyrie atop Dot Hill.

These are for storage array suppliers, and based on its Dot Hill acquisition in August. It’s also tweaked the existing RealStor 6004 product.

The acquisition cost was $694m, so Dot Hill, now in Seagate’s CSES (Cloud Systems and Electronics Solution) business unit, has to pay its way.

The array line is called the AssuredSAN RealStor, continuing DotHill’s branding, and comes in all-flash and hybrid flash/disk versions, with 3000, 4000 and 6000 variants. Seagate says they feature a simple user interface, 99.999 per cent availability, real-time tiering and virtual snapshots from the RealStor OS.

The additions include:

  • SSDs optimised for endurance and affordability
  • OpenStack Cinder driver and simplified array management
  • RealSpan asynchronous replication across 1m – 10,000km distances and automated snapshots

The 6004 gets a performance boost, now having twice the transaction performance of the RealStor 4004. It already had 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel, 12Gbit/s SAS and 10Gbit/s iSCSI support.

Dot Hill OEMs which Seagate has inherited include:

  • Server OEMs
    • HP
    • Lenovo
    • Stratus
    • Dell
    • AMD
    • Quantum
  • Vertical market partners
    • Teradata
    • Motorola
    • Tektronix
    • Concurrent
    • Autodesk
    • Nokia Siemens

It also has Arrow in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Seagate says the general market for its arrays is that for cost-competitive, high-performance midrange enterprise-class storage. What Seagate is bound to do is to offer OEMs RealStor array models filled with its own SSDs and disk drives, with attractive prices to soften lock-in fears.

Products are available to OEM customers now. ®

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