Qsan brings SMBs enterprise-grade storage with AegisSAN Q500 Series & QLogic 16G FC bundle

Nov 12 , 2013
Taipei, Taiwan, 12 November 2013 - Qsan Technology Inc, the specialist manufacturer of SAN and unified storage solutions, today announced the launch of its AegisSAN Q500 series, which is performance-boosted by QLogic’s latest 16G Fibre Channel technology to offer a fully-featured enterprise-level SAN to SMBs. Designed to lower the total cost of ownership and enable increased availability and reliability, the Qsan Q500 array features Intel’s newest low-power SoC, the world’s first atom-based SAN solution with the benefits of increased energy efficiency. The five models in this new series include the AegisSAN Q500-P10, Q500-P20, Q500-F20, the Q500-F21 and Qsan’s flagship Fibre Channel SAN solution, the Q500-F30.

In response to the ever-increasing demands for greater storage capacity, more virtual machines and cloud deployments, the flagship model Q500-F30 adopts QLogic’s latest 16G Fibre Channel silicon to double the bandwidth to the host, achieve faster transaction rates and maximise the performance potential for storage platforms. The Q500-F30 is characterised by two 16G FC ports plus two 1GbE iSCSI ports for faster bandwidth and higher throughput. Designed to offer enterprise-level performance to SMBs, Qsan’s AegisSAN Q500 array offers features such as dual active controllers, fully redundant and modular hardware components, hardware RAID and multiple paths / load balancing functions for mission-critical applications.

“QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology helps the Qsan AegisSAN Q500 systems to support the growing bandwidth requirements of today’s highly virtualised data centres, which need maximum I/O capacity to support mission-critical business applications,” said Pohan Chang, vice president, worldwide OEM sales at QLogic. “QLogic’s innovative multi-port isolation architecture provides true hardware redundancy, scalable performance and the ultimate in reliability, while the QLogic target mode development platform enables Qsan to reduce development cycles and accelerate time-to-market for advanced storage solutions.”

“The AegisSAN Q500 series offers a suite of enterprise-level features yet remains cost-effective for budget-constrained organisations. The introduction of QLogic’s16G FC silicon in Qsan’s AegisSAN Q500-F30 enables the system to meet the requirements of the most data-demanding business applications, while maintaining reliability and unrivalled availability. The 16G FC interface, Q500-F30 is ideal for latency-sensitive applications and virtualised environments,” said Daniel Lin, sales director at Qsan. “Fibre Channel connections support backward compatibility with existing 4Gb and 8Gb FC infrastructure and the new AegisSAN Q500 series provides great price-performance, which renders its performance unmatched in the industry.”

The AegisSAN Q500 system supports comprehensive virtualisation technologies including VMware VAAI, Citrix and Hyper-V. With VAAI certification; the disk array can offload server and network loading, speed up provisioning of new virtual machines and increase VM density. The array also provides its QThin thin provisioning feature so that organisations can avoid allocated but unused storage and be able to purchase only the disk capacity they actually need. In addition, it has plenty of value add-ons such as writable snapshot (QSnap), remote replication (QReplica) and battery backup module (BBM).

Pricing and Availability of AegisSAN Q500 Series

- Q500-F30: 16Gb FC ports x2 + 1GbE ports x2 + 1GbE management port x1 per controller

- Q500-F21: 8Gb FC ports x4 + 1GbE ports x2 + 1GbE management port x1 per controller

- Q500-F20: 8Gb FC ports x2 + 1GbE ports x2 + 1GbE management port x1 per controller

- Q500-P20: 10GbE iSCSI ports x2 + 1GbE ports x2 + 1GbE management port x1 per controller

- Q500-P10: 1GbE iSCSI ports x6 + 1GbE management port x1 per controller

 
About Qsan
Qsan Technology is a specialist manufacturer of networked storage solutions. Its iSCSI and Fibre Channel SANs and unified storage offer outstanding performance, great reliability and a leading price-performance ratio to allow enterprises and SMBs worldwide to enhance IT infrastructure efficiency. Qsan Technology storage systems are now shipped to over 30 countries across Europe, US and APAC. For more information, please visit www.qsan.com

About QLogic
QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.