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Infortrend Qualifies Fujitsu 2.5-Inch SAS Hard Disk Drives for Use with its Small Form Factor RAID Subsystems


San Jose and Sunnyvale, CA.— Networked storage expert Infortrend® (Public TPE: 2495) and Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., one of the world’s leading suppliers of innovative computer products, today announced that the Fujitsu MBC2073RC, MBC2036RC and MBB2147RC, enterprise-class, 2.5-inch SAS hard disk drives have passed qualification testing for use with Infortrend EonStor® (ES) B12 series RAID subsystems. Available in 36GB¹, 73GB or 147GB capacities, these 15,000 and 10,000 RPM, Small Form Factor (SFF) SAS drives combine with ES B12 arrays to give IT managers an ideal storage system for applications that demand efficient space utilization, low power consumption, and 24/7 reliability and performance.

For years, 3.5-inch disk drives have been the dominant choice for enterprise storage arrays. At the end of 2007, Infortrend announced the industry’s first 2.5-inch RAID subsystems: the EonStor B12S-R/G1030 SAS-to-SAS and the B12F-R/G1430 Fibre Channel-to-SAS arrays. These smaller, more efficient arrays have received positive reviews and derive many of their benefits from the advantages of the SFF drives they house. The 2.5-inch Fujitsu drives are 70 percent smaller than conventional 3.5-inch drives, allowing the ES B12 subsystems to deliver twice the throughput in the same footprint. Additionally, the SFF drives use 40 to 50 percent less power and generate less heat when operating, thereby reducing the cost of cooling.

“Infortrend and Fujitsu share a commitment to consistently deliver better storage solutions to the market through our close cooperation in product research and development,”said Thomas Kao, director of global product marketing and planning at Infortrend Technology Inc. “Integrating high-performance Fujitsu drives into an EonStor B12 subsystem unites industry-leading technology that satisfies the needs of IOPS-intensive and space-critical environments.”

“Infortrend has demonstrated the benefits of Small Form Factor hard disk drive technology by launching 2.5-inch arrays into the RAID market,” said Lorne Wilson, senior vice president, sales and marketing at Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. “The 2.5-inch SAS hard disk drives continue to prove greater energy efficiency versus traditional 3.5-inch hard disk drives, deliver higher performance and utilize less rack space.”

¹One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity depends on the operating environment and formatting.


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