November 22, 2005

Coraid Provides Fiberlink with Affordable SAN

Anonymous Reader writes "SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22, 2005--Coraid Inc. today announced that Fiberlink Communications Corp., a leading innovator and trusted enterprise partner for secure mobile workforce solutions, has selected the Coraid 3U SATA-RAID EtherDrive(R) Storage appliance to archive its standby offsite cold databases. Fiberlink's configuration includes eight 500GB SATA disks for a total of four terabytes of storage attached to a network supporting an HP ProLiant server running Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

"We were looking for an inexpensive alternative to SAN solutions," said Justin Cirelli, Fiberlink's UNIX system administrator. "We evaluated some serial ATA SANs, and also looked at SCSI JBODs, but they were far more expensive than the EtherDrive. We wanted a scalable solution that allowed us to use off-the-shelf serial ATA disks, and EtherDrive Storage provides that functionality. Best of all, when we put the product to use, the EtherDrive's performance exceeded our expectations with extremely fast write speeds, an important feature for our application. It's an excellent product for the price."

Coraid's 3U SATA+RAID EtherDrive Storage appliance provides direct network attachment (DNA) block storage that connects with servers via Ethernet connections. The appliance can connect up to 15 serial ATA disks configured into one or more RAID sets with a maximum capacity of 7.5 terabytes of storage (depending on disk size). DNA uses the open ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) protocol that bypasses TCP/IP processing, eliminating the need for expensive network adapters. Disks inside the appliance can be assembled into RAID sets including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and concatenated/linear combinations.

Since each EtherDrive Storage appliance has its own Gigabit Ethernet connections, storage system performance increases directly proportional to the number of appliances in the system. Adding a new appliance to the storage system adds more processing power, which increases throughput and IOPS performance. As a result, there are no limits to how many disks can be attached to a single server.

About Fiberlink

Fiberlink provides the software and services that enable enterprises to securely mobilize their workforces and strike the best balance of user productivity and IT control. Since 1994, more than 800,000 mobile workers have relied on Fiberlink's solutions for access to e-mail, corporate data and other network-based resources. Today, Fiberlink's mobile workforce solutions go beyond basic network connectivity to ensure IT organizations have control over the myriad security threats, compliance policies and cost concerns that are often associated with mobile computing. Gartner, Yankee Group and Burton Group consistently recognize Fiberlink as an innovative leader in mobile and remote access solutions. With headquarters in Blue Bell, Pa., Fiberlink has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Additional information about Fiberlink is available at

About Coraid

Coraid designs and manufacturers innovative, affordable networked storage appliances based on the "power of simple." Coraid also developed the open AoE (ATA-over-Ethernet) protocol used by EtherDrive storage products that leverages the cost advantages of Ethernet to provide true networked storage. Coraid Inc. has headquarters at 2730 Camino Capistrano, Suite 1, San Clemente, CA 92672. For more information, please telephone Coraid at 706-548-7200, e-mail or visit


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