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Linux-powered NAS device does 90TB on 20 Amps

Dec 4, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Infrant is shipping a pair of network-attached storage (NAS) devices that run Linux and target low-power, high-density storage applications. The ReadyNAS 1100 has a rackmount design, while the ReadyNAS NV+ features an extremely shallow pedestal form-factor.

ReadyNAS 1100
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Both the 1100 and NV+ feature cases just 12 inches deep, enabling back-to-back installations that maximize rack density. Each typically draws 75 Watts, with all four drive bays full, enabling capacities as high as 90TB on 20 Amps of power, Infrant claims.

Both new NAS devices run Infrant's “RAIDiator” Linux implementation. Currently based on a 2.4 kernel, the firmware is scheduled to move to 2.6 next year, according to spokesperson Sam Feng.

Both devices are based on Infrant's IT-1004 SoC (system-on-chip), which is based on the SPARC RISC architecture. In the past, Infrant has offered its processors and boards as reference designs to OEMs; however, the company has “moved away” from the component-sales model, Feng said.

The Infrant NAS devices are priced slightly higher than consumer NAS devices from Buffalo and others, but offer two- to three-times better performance, Feng added.

ReadyNAS NV+
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Other touted NV+ and 1100 features include:

  • Dual gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Hardware RAID (0, 1, 5, X-RAID) acceleration
  • Up to four hot-swappable SATA hard drives
  • Sequenced hard drive power on, to prevent “start-up surging”
  • Three security modes (share, user, and domain for ADS integration)
  • System monitoring with e-mail alerts
  • Browser-based administrations screens
  • Journaling file system
  • Supports NFS, AFP, and SMB/CIFS
  • Support engineers available to help with integration

CEO Paul Tie said the company's “second-generation ReadyNAS 1100 is based on the valuable feedback from our existing ReadyNAS customers, resulting in the best price vs. power consumption vs. features option for the SMB and SME markets.”


The ReadyNAS NV+ and 1100 are available now, with prices starting at about $650 for the NV+ without drives, or $1000 for the 1100. A five-user license for EMC's Retrospect backup software is included.

Infrant also recently shipped a digital media file server with the look of high-end audio equipment, based on Linux running on a SPARC SoC.

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