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Firms RAID networks

Western Scientific and NetFrame introduce new RAID storage systems for networking applications.

Western Scientific and NetFrame Systems (NETF) both introduced new RAID storage systems today for networking applications.

Western Scientific introduced their new Cyclone RAID system, which supports RAID levels 0, 3, and 5 simultaneously. The system features a spare disk drive that is automatically written to if another drive fails. When the failed drive is swapped out, the system moves the data to the replacement drive.

The company says its single-tier 21GB CycloneRAID can be expanded to over 300GB without adding another controller and without reconfiguring the whole system. The system also includes redundant power supplies, cooling fans, and local and remote controller failure sensing. Western Scientific claims sustained transfer rates of up to 17MB per second using a 32-bit RISC processor running at 25-MHz.

In other news, NetFrame Systems announced that they are adding the ClusterRAID 9000 to their product line. The new system supports level 5 RAID and comes standard with 16.8GB of drive capacity, expandable to over 150GB.

ClusterRAID 9000 allows administrators to change drive partition size or increase the number of partitions without interupting the server or data access, NetFrame says.

To ensure high availability, NetFrame says that the battery backed up cache will maintain data for a minimum of 100 hours to prevent loss of data. An optional dual-redundant controller is available.

Western Scientific's CycloneRAID is priced starting at $15,960. NetFrame's ClusterRAID 9000 is priced starting at under $32,000. Both products are available for immediate delivery.