Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions provider, Dot Hill Systems has launched its high-performance, high capacity Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays. Designed to accommodate the next generation of 4K workflows, the Ultra48 is designed to ‘maximise storage processing power in a minimal rack footprint.’

The ultra-density chassis houses nearly 58 terabytes of data on small form factor 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD), while utilising 23 per cent less power in an efficient 2U footprint. For high performance transaction workloads, the array can support any combination of solid-state drives (SSD) and HDD drives in the same enclosure. This footprint also reduces weight by 25 per cent, which is critical in crowded data centre environments such as superyachts.

Indeed, when asked by SuperyachtNews.com how integrators will respond to next-gen data requirements Dot Hill’s Matt Alsip said the Ultra48 offered the “perfect compromise between capacity and storage.” “High performance storage needs to be managed separately to conventional IT systems on board, and the demands are so much different.” And according to Ed Narvaez, its military-spec, US government-endorsed attributes will guarantee “robust storage in the most demanding environments”, such as at sea.



Alsip added that a superyacht should be equipped with ample storage and metadata, which is why the appointment of a “really good systems integrator” is paramount. The “irreversible transition to 4K” that Narvaez referred to should be of paramount consideration when evaluating future storage requirements.

"While other vendors currently offer 'cheap-and-deep' high-density products based on high-capacity 3.5-inch drives, our unique, ultra-density chassis offers twice the performance and twice the capacity per rack unit compared to traditional chassis for unprecedented throughput and transaction performance and efficiency," explained Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill. "The Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage solutions are designed specifically for high-performance throughput applications, delivering up to 6400 MB/s sustained reads and 5300 MB/s writes in a single enclosure; this configuration delivers more performance across a range of vertical markets and traditional data centre environments. In doing so, Dot Hill effectively doubles the throughput performance achievable in a data centre cabinet."