by Lyle Smith

Lenovo S2200 and S3200 SAN Storage Arrays Announced

Lenovo has announced two new SAN storage arrays to add to its portfolio, the S2200 and the S3200, both of which offer SMBs with simplicity, speed, scalability and availability at an affordable entry-level price point. Lenovo also indicates that both storage SAN offerings are ideal for companies who want to transition to flash technology at a reasonable cost. Each new array is equipped with either a single or dual controller in a 2U form factor as well as the option of 12 and 24 drive bay configurations: the S2200 supports up to 96 drives whereas the 3200 supports 192. Additionally, while both are compatible with Fibre Channel, iSCSI and SAS, the S3200 has multi-protocol connectivity, enabling the simultaneous use of Fibre Channel and iSCSI.

Lenovo indicates that their new storage solutions have real-time tiering, allowing the devices to automatically move frequently accessed data to higher-performing drives every 5 seconds. Thin provisioning and SSD read caching are also offered by both SAN storage arrays, resulting in additional speed and improved IO. In addition, the company quotes the S3200 with up to 120,000 IOPS, which is very close to all flash array performance; however, this performance is achieved at much lower price point.

The S2200 and S3200 are equipped with Rapid RAID Rebuild, which minimizes recovery time when rebuilding the RAID array as the technology extracts as much data as possible from a failed drive before resorting to a RAID recovery. The SANs also feature snapshot functionality, which captures point-in-time copies of live data without performance degradation and without requiring any other backup software. In addition, the newly released storage arrays are built with redundant power supplies and hot-swappable fans and drives; this further decrease downtime by allowing systems to continue to run without the need to migrate data first.

Availability

The Lenovo S2200 and S3200 SAN arrays are slated for a release this June in 2015 and are anticipated to be priced at $3,400 and $6,500 respectively.

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