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Friday, July 13, 2012
The 2.5” market has steadily become more dominant in the storage industry because of the advancement of cutting edge storage such as SSD’s (Solid State Drive), and well designed traditional high speed hard drives. In the Small to Medium Business (SMB) or larger markets, 3.5” 10K and 15K SAS hard drives have been the most reliable type of storage, because of the reliability and performance. The two performance categories when deciding what hard drives to use in a storage array is: Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and sustained transfer rate. Since a Storage Area Network (SAN) uses either iSCSI or Fibre Channel (FC) protocols, there isn’t much of a change that can be made at this end. This is one of the reasons why 2.5” SAS hard drives has been becoming the better choice, in addition to the affordability, the increase in IOPS, and in sustained transfer performance, compared to the similar spec of the 3.5” SAS counterparts.
So, the question becomes of how to upgrade your current SAN or server with 2.5” SAS hard drives or SSD. Given that the your current system uses SFF-8482 3.5” hard drives, that means that there is a difference in form factor, which makes transitioning to the newer storage difficult and purchasing new hardware/infrastructure with dedicated 2.5” slots can be very expensive and will have down time during the setup process.
This is not the most efficient use of resources, especially when reducing costs is crucial. If the goal is to have high performing 2.5” SAS SSD/HDD to improve your system’s overall performance, it will be much more cost-effective to find a different solution. Our solution is to easily provide an upgrade enterprise converter kit for your 2.5” SAS SSD or HDD and then converting it to have the same compatibility with your current 3.5” data center, server, or any enterprise environment using a large storage arrays. This comes in the form of theMB982IP-1S-1 2.5” to 3.5” SAS HDD/SSD enterprise full metal converter.
How the MB982IP-1S-1 Fits into your Current System:
The MB982IP-1S-1 converter is an excellent enterprise tool to quickly perform upgrades to your current infrastructure while keeping the costs low. This is a great as a low-risk, high-reward investment for your company or your client to be more competitive and productive. When selecting the SSD or HDD to use for your application, theMB982IP-1S-1 will fit most standard 2.5” SAS drives, from 9.5mm up to 15mm height. Thus, installing into the converter is seamless with our completely screw-less design drive installation, as a DIY type application. The device also uses exact mounting holes and connector (using SFF-8482) as a standard 3.5” SAS hard drive, so there are no additional tools needed in order to upgrade.
Two Tiered Storage that Greatly Benefit From the MB982IP-1S-1:
In Tier 0 storage systems, data is time sensitive and needs to be at the highest possible speed, so the choice of storage is 2.5” SAS SSD’s. The benefit of using a 2.5” SAS SSD over a traditional 2.5” SAS hard drive is the excellent performance gain in IOPS in the 4K, 8K, and 16K sectors. For example, for a corporate email server, accessing the data quickly is crucial for day-to-day operations, or a negative impact on sales could be experienced.
For Tier 1 storage systems, IOPS is not the main requirement, however, the overall performance of the hard drive are considered carefully. 2.5” SAS hard drives are the best for a tier 1 system because of the performance boost compared to 3.5” SAS hard drives, and larger capacity with lower cost compared to 2.5” SAS SSD’s. Some applications that would best benefit from this are media streaming or online retail server systems.
The KEY Features of Using MB982IP-1S-1 for Upgrading your 3.5” SAS Hard Drive System:
‧ Minimize the down time ‧ Fast drive and system installation ‧ Performance consistency – No speed loss ‧ 3 years warranty ‧ Cost effective ‧ Quick and easy drive maintenance
The MB982IP-1S-1 makes post installation issues very easy to deal with. When time is crucial for many businesses, having a hard drive failure is never a good thing. However, the design of the converter makes it very simple to replace your SSD or HDD. All that is needed is to eject the tray on your array, open the lid of the MB982IP-1S-1, replace the drive and close the lid. This can be done in 30 seconds or less. In case there is an issue with the converter itself, our 3 year warranty is complementary to each unit purchased. These additional features provide an overall good experience when working with 2.5” SAS hard drives or SSD’s.