ATTO Technology Launches Upgraded Fiber Channel Storage Controller

ATTO Technology, a provider of connectivity and infrastructure systems for data-intensive computing environments, has launched the latest version of its ATTO XstreamCORE FC storage controller range.

Called the XstreamCORE FC (Fiber Channel) 7600, this is a standalone, accelerated storage controller that connects any external SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) device, such as a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) array, assembly of either hard or solid-state disk drives (HDD or SDD), or external tape devices for archiving.  It either presents these as single coherent storage devices to individual hosts or shares them over a FC SAN (Storage Area Network) fabric. It includes proprietary ATTO technologies, ATTO xCORE hardware acceleration processor and the firm’s intelligent Bridging Architecture, designed to keep latency added by the storage network to below three microseconds.

The product enables up to 64 FC connected clients to access and share up to 240 SAS/SATA SSD or HDD devices remotely via JBOD or JBOF (respectively for connecting disk drives or flash memory) at direct attached speeds within this three microseconds added latency budget. Attached SAS LUNs are connected via four 12GB wide lane SAS ports and mapped and presented via two 32GB FC ports as FC targets. LUNs (Logical Unit Numbers) identify devices on SAN networks.

ATTO Technology has been going over 30 years and was one of the pioneers of SAN technology during the 1990s. The premise is still to separate storage from computation such as to improve overall performance and cost efficiency, and the new XstreamCORE FC 7600 fits that mold, according to Jim U’ren, product manager at ATTO. “Several use cases for XstreamCORE build upon the disaggregation of storage from compute,” said U’ren. “These include using JBOF enclosures as cache for attached hosts, adding raw storage to blade servers, externally attaching storage to hyperconverged servers, allowing the scaling of storage without compute nodes and remote connectivity to existing or decommissioned SAS storage to use as test/dev storage or cheap and deep backup targets.”

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