Pogo Linux expanded its line of StorageWare servers Wednesday with the release of three new servers that feature Serial ATA technology.
The Linux hardware vendor claims its offering is the first Serial ATA server to be available on Linux.
The new Serial ATA StorageWare servers -- StorageWare S140, S212, and S316 -- span the gamut of 1U to 3U rack-mountable servers. All three are powered by dual Intel Xeon Processors with Hyper-Threading technology.
The servers contain the most recent Serial ATA hard drives from Seagate and are configured with a 3ware 8500 Escalade Serial ATA RAID controller in a RAID 5 array.
Pogo Linux believes that the 3ware RAID technology combined with the high-capacity Serial ATA drives gives the StorageWare servers the fastest possible ATA disk performance at a fraction of the cost of high-end SCSI-based alternatives, even the new ones.
Designed to be a complete out-of-the-box network-attached storage server, the new StorageWare servers provide 2240 GB of redundant storage in a dense, rack-mountable footprint. Set up in a RAID 5 configuration, the systems feature what Pogo Linux believes is sufficient storage to house a small to midsize company's database, hold data backups, or function as a dedicated file server.
The vendor is also positioning the new StorageWare servers as ideal for high-performance database environments.
Pogo Linux selected Serial ATA drives over the more commonly deployed ATA because of Serial ATA's capabilities, scalability, and reliability. Serial ATA supports hot swap capabilities, offers better data reliability with 32-bit (CRC) protection on both command data and data on the bus, and contains smaller cables that allow for better airflow throughout the server.
"Our customers have asked for powerful, reliable servers that won't cost them an arm and a leg. Serial ATA is the next step in storage evolution with features such as hot swap," noted Tim Lee, president of Pogo Linux.
The servers are priced starting at $3,499 for the S140, $7,499 for the S212, and $9,499 for the S316.