The Intel Storage System SSR212MA includes software and hardware to build a storage area network using Internet protocols and infrastructure, a cheaper alternative to fibre-channel systems, the company said. The system uses a single Intel Xeon processor to support up to 12 hard drives.
The package includes software tools for managing storage resources in different locations and for adding storage capacity, Intel said. A central console lets businesses configure the system, copy data, and authenticate users.
The company did not disclose the price of the new product, which will be available in mid-November.
Intel is targeting a lucrative market with this introduction. Recent market data show demand for storage hardware and software is growing, led bythat incorporate increasingly sophisticated features.
Yet the company is a relative newbie in the storage market, which is led by EMC, Veritas Software, Network Appliance, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.