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The simplicity of 1GbE with ten times the speed

Qsan Technology Inc, a specialist manufacturer of iSCSI SAN RAID systems and controllers for SMBs, today announced the addition of the Intel® 10GbaseT Ethernet controller X540 to its P600Q, P500Q, and U600Q RAID arrays. This will allow enterprises and workgroups to benefit from design simplicity while enjoying speeds up to ten times faster than 1GbE at a highly competitive price.

Compared to other 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) storage systems on the market, the Qsan arrays with Intel® X540 controller lower TCO by reducing cabling costs and by allowing the adoption of FCoE without the need for any hardware changes. They also offer an average latency which is three times lower than systems based on 1GbE and, at a packet size of 512 bytes or more, the throughput is significantly better too.

At the physical level, this latest range of Qsan systems offers three connector options: CX4 and copper cable, GBIC and SFP+ cable, and RJ45 and Cat6A cable. The latter connector allows SMBs to use legacy network cabling without any cost increase, a considerable advantage for organisations wishing to maximise their existing investments rather than adopt a rip-and-replace approach.

Daniel Lin, sales director at Qsan, said: “Qsan always aims to offer high-spec, high-performance, and affordable RAID systems. And this time we are adopting Intel space-saving single-chip solutions to deliver outstanding performance while retaining low-cost, low-power and backward-compatibility with existing Gigabit Ethernet networks. This makes the arrays ideal for small and medium-sized businesses which are particularly sensitive to IT budget and scalability pressures.”

In addition, the 10GBase-T daughterboard featured in the Intel-based Qsan arrays has passed a series of 3 Intel IEEE conformance and interoperability tests to ensure it delivers the highest quality. This certification reassures Qsan’s customers and partners that the company’s systems comply with industry standards and meet full interoperability requirements with the 10GBase-T switch and cables on the market.