Bull strengthens its mid-range StoreWay Optima line with the Optima 2000 family of SAN storage.
20, 2010 -
As Bull enters its 10th year of storage OEM partnership with Japanese partner NEC Corporation, it announces a continuation of the technical co-operation that integrates NEC storage technology within Bull server and storage solutions, and the extension of its existing Optima SAN storage line with the new Optima 2000 series
The Optima 2000 storage combines 8Gb/s fibre channel and 10 Gb/s iSCSI SAN connectivity with a 6 Gb/s backend SAS architecture and supporting 600 GB SAS and 2 TB SATA disk technology.
Bull's StoreWay Optima line of SAN storage is based on the successful NEC D-Series, leader in its domestic Japanese market. As the major supplier of NEC storage in the European market, Bull delivers the NEC technology through its Optima brand which provides a compelling alternative to other offers available on the market with both an aggressive cost per GB combined with extreme levels of reliability proven in the most demanding environments in the Japanese market.
Eric Desnos, director of Bull's StoreWay storage division notes "Our StoreWay Optima line occupies a special place in our product portfolio alongside our partner-branded offer. The OEM relationship and technology co-operation program with NEC allows us to tailor the offer to provide optimised storage components within Bull solutions such as our StoreWay Virtuo virtual tape library, GCOS mainframe servers, and within our bullx High Performance Computing offer."
With 3 families - the Optima 1000, 3000 and now the new Optima 2000 - StoreWay Optima covers the complete spectrum of mid-range storage needs from low-cost SAN and iSCSI direct-attach storage, to the modular Optima 3000 which scales to over 1,5 Petabytes of storage through a inter-module switching technology unique in the mid-range market.
"StoreWay Optima is the fifth generation of NEC storage technology delivered by Bull to its markets in Europe and beyond" states Mr. Takao Maruyama, Associate Senior Vice President of the IT Hardware Products at NEC Corporation. "The NEC D-Series storage software has evolved without rupture as we have added new features and supported successive storage hardware technologies. This continuity ensures protection of customer investment, interoperability and extreme reliability."
With prices starting from 6000 Euros, the StoreWay Optima line supports both fibre-channel and iSCSI SAN connectivity, support of SAS and SATA disks, with advanced features such as high-performance RAID-6, triple mirroring, non-disruptive upgrade and MAID disk spin-down technology saving up to 30% in energy costs.
Bull is a leader in secure mission-critical digital systems. The Group is dedicated to developing and implementing solutions where computing power and security serve to optimize its customers' information systems, to support their business.
Bull operates in high added-value markets including computer simulation, Cloud computing and 'computing power plants', outsourcing and security.
Currently Bull employs around 9,000 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2011, Bull recorded revenues of 1.3 billion.
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