Silicon Image unveils low-cost storage appliance

Semiconductor company Silicon Image Wednesday announced its SteelVine Storage Architecture and Appliance for the personal video recorder market and small to midsized businesses.

The SteelVine architecture features storage virtualization or pooling, RAID and hot-plug and hot spare capabilities in an appliance that is not only affordable, but scalable.

Silicon Image claims its 'system-on-a-chip' technology will allow customers to build scalable systems at a price of US$1 per G-byte or US$1,000 per terabyte.

The SteelVine architecture uses Serial ATA (SATA) drives and a RAID system that doesn't require operating system drivers or software to load or configure fault-tolerance.

The software included consists of disk-to-disk copy and rebuild, packet cyclic redundancy checks and generation, hot-plug and asynchronous event notification. It supports SATA I and II.

The SV2000 is a five-drive configuration that lets systems integrators and value-added resellers stripe and mirror drives and configure hot-spare drives.

The SV2000 appliance is expected to be available in the US from December starting at US$3,295 for 1 terabyte of storage capacity.

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