For data archival, data reference and near-line storage applications, the IBM TotalStorage FAStT EXP100 Storage Expansion Unit is designed to enable the attachment of Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) disk drives for the FAStT900 and FAStT600 Storage Servers. The new FAStT EXP100 is a rack-mountable enclosure that supports up to fourteen of the new FAStT 250GB SATA disk drive modules, offering up to 3.5 terabytes (TB) of capacity per enclosure. Coupled with the FAStT900 Storage Server, you can configure RAID protected storage solutions of up to 56TB, or up to 28TB with the FAStT600, to help provide economical and scalable storage for your rapidly growing application needs for limited access, data reference capacity. The EXP100 utilizes SATA technology and is designed with redundant 2Gbps Fibre Channel connections to the FAStT Storage Server, supporting increased reliability and performance as compared to older, nonredundant parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) products.
FAStT Storage Servers with EXP100 SATA disks build upon the highly successful and widely established base of FAStT Storage Servers. You can add them to storage area networks to satisfy the needs of various fixed content, data reference applications that require large amounts of storage capacity but do not have the high utilization and access characteristics satisfied by Fibre Channel disk drive storage. Users will continue to have the advantages of the FAStT Storage Manager's common, centralized management interface for handling both classes of storage needs.