Nexsan SATABeast Xi

Low-cost SATA storage for Xserve and MacPro environments Nexsan SATABeast Xi

Although all Nexsan SATA RAID systems are completely OS-independent, the SATABeast Xi disk arrays are designed to complement Mac environments.

The administrative GUI has been redesigned to match the look-and-feel of Mac OSX and Leopard, to give managers a seamless experience when administrating their Mac environment, giving Mac users a cost-effective storage option for data-intensive applications like video productions and streaming. Nothing is sacrificed in terms of OS compatibility with the SATABeast Xi, it can still be used in mixed environments with the same amount of ease as the SATABeast.

42TB of cost-effective SATA in 4U

The Nexsan SATABeast Xi is a high-performance SATA disk array that offers OS-independent, high-density storage capacity for a variety of storage applications, from primary application storage, to D2D (disk-to-disk) backup, and nearline and secondary storage.

Supporting 1TB, 750GB and 500GB SATA II 7,200 RPM drives, the SATABeast Xi fits up to 42TB of storage in a 4U form factor. The SATABeast Xi offers high performance, with up to 800Mbps sustained throughput, and includes dual 4Gbps Fibre SFP LC host and dual iSCSI ports in each of its dual RAID controllers with wire-speed throughput. These ports auto-negotiate with host speed, and the redundant controllers can be run in an active/active configuration.

The Nexsan SATABeast Xi supports multiple RAID sets with multiple volumes for each set, supporting RAID levels 0, 1, 1+0, 4, 5 and RAID6. LUN security is standard and built-in, and the SATABeast Xi supports up to 256 LUNs per controller.

Reliability, Availability, Serviceability

The Nexsan SATABeast Xi features an advanced architecture with a horizontal midplane featuring anti-accumulative rotational vibration, designed to reduce vibration and insertion stress points, maximize airflow, and provide superior cooling to maximize the lifecycles of the drives, reducing ongoing costs and minimizing TCO. The horizontal

To keep your SATA storage up and running, all components of the SATABeast Xi are fully redundant and hot-swappable , including the controllers, cooling and power supplies. In addition, the disks are hot-swappable as well.

The Nexsan SATABeast Xi features a web-based GUI for management over a standard 10/100/1000 Base-T port, and also supports email alerts and SNMP traps. In addition, the SATABeast Xi features a phone-home features in the event of errors or predications of errors, and with WorldView, you can manage multiple SATABeasts from a single GUI.

AutoMAID™ Green Storage Technology

Nexsan’s patented MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks) technology, AutoMAID, is designed to provide real cost savings by reducing the energy requirements & thermal output of unused drives. This feature comes standard on all of Nexsan’s SATABoy disk arrays, and provides transparent cost savings without requiring any software changes. AutoMAID allows IT to choose what combination of cost savings and performance requirements fits their business needs, with three levels of “idleness”:

Level 1: at this level, disks can achieve 15% - 20% savings by unloading the head. The disks keep spinning though, providing sub-second recovery times

Level 2: achieve 35% - 45% savings by unloading the heads and slowing the disk down to 4000 RPM. At this level, recovery times average 15 seconds.

Level 3: maximize your savings by stopping the disk spin and putting it into sleep mode, but powered on. This level provides 60% - 75% savings, and 30-45 second recovery times.

Data is continuously verified with Nexsan’s AutoMAID technology, which performs periodic surface scans to ensure data integrity.

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