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Dataram storage appliance squeezes more out of storage infrastructure

At more than 40 years old, Dataram certainly isn't a technology start-up, but the memory company has come up with a new approach to storage optimization that could help midsize companies squeeze out more performance from their existing devices.The technology, called XcelaSAN, is an appliance that works within Fibre Channel SANs to better allocate the most active data to high-performance solid state storage.

At more than 40 years old, Dataram certainly isn't a technology start-up, but the memory company has come up with a new approach to storage optimization that could help midsize companies squeeze out more performance from their existing devices.

The technology, called XcelaSAN, is an appliance that works within Fibre Channel SANs to better allocate the most active data to high-performance solid state storage.

Why do I consider this to be green? Consider that Dataram says that using its appliance, a company can run a typical database application with one storage array and 25 SAS disks at the same performance levels as an installation requiring 8 storage arrays and 200 SAS disks. What's more, Dataram claims a management advantage. As in, it's easier to manage a SAN using its appliance rather than a hodge-podge of other systems.

Pricing for the appliance starts at $65,000. XcelaSAN is supposed to ship in the United States during the fourth calendar quarter, with availability in Europe and Asia scheduled for the first half of 2010. The company is building a VAR channel that can represent its products in the financial services and life sciences industries, as well as the public sector.