ONStor Unleashes 1.2GB/s Streaming Media Server Cluster for High-throughput Data Delivery

New NAS Gateway Targeted for Web, Content Delivery, and Large-Scale File Storage Applications Brings 3X Price/Performance Leadership Over Competition

LOS GATOS, Calif., Nov. 15 /-- ONStor Inc., the leader in high-performance scalable NAS gateways for multi-vendor storage, today unveiled the Bobcat 2280, a high-throughput NAS gateway featuring the FastPath accelerator chip for 40 percent more performance in streaming media, content delivery and large-scale file storage applications.

As the newest member of the ONStor Bobcat family of NAS Gateways, the Bobcat 2280 combines the industry's most scalable NAS gateway platform with a high-performance file data streaming engine that delivers accelerated performance for content-rich application environments. Target markets for the Bobcat 2280 NAS Gateways include streaming media and content delivery, as well as applications requiring large file read/writes including E-CAD, seismic data analysis, digital effects and processes associated with major manufacturing.

Featuring 40 percent greater performance than previous generations, the Bobcat 2280 includes the new FastPath streaming performance accelerator chip that enables 300MB/sec sustained reads and 265 MB/sec sustained writes. Integrated n-way clustering capability allows aggregate throughput to grow linearly to 1.2GB per second as NAS Gateways are added to the cluster. Delivering maximum benefits with minimal investment, Bobcat 2280 provides three times more performance per dollar than the nearest competitor and allows companies to leverage existing SAN-based storage, software and infrastructure components.

"The ONStor Bobcat is a next-generation NAS gateway and is an excellent solution for storing unstructured data, user directories, and sharing files as part of a workflow process," said Tony Asaro, senior analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group. "The Bobcat has now been tuned to provide excellent performance for rich media, large blocks, streaming and as a disk- to-disk backup target. ONStor has increased its value to its existing customers and provides a NAS gateway option to new customers that are looking for this type of performance capability."

"The Bobcat 2280 is far ahead of comparable products, allowing us to easily manage content throughout our storage infrastructure and stream it through the Internet at blazingly fast speeds," said John Welter, VP of operations for North West Geomatics. "ONStor brings us a smart and highly effective way to consolidate our storage environment, leverage our existing investment and supercharge our infrastructure."

New FastPath Accelerator Speeds Throughput

The new FastPath chip accelerates throughput with an additional processor that acts as a streamlined data channel within the Bobcat's multiprocessor architecture. The Bobcat 2280's purpose-built hardware platform employs 64-bit network processors to deliver both performance and efficiency. Capable of 300MB/sec throughput, the Bobcat 2280 NAS Gateway occupies only 1U of rack height and consumes just 160 watts, resulting in significant space and power savings verses conventional file servers.

"The Bobcat 2280 is lightning in a 1U package, delivering the extremely high performance needed for data-intensive applications at a price that can't be matched -- a 3X price performance advantage over all of the competition," said Bob Miller, president and CEO of ONStor. "Disruptive technologies such as Bobcat invariably accelerate the growth of emerging applications by reducing overall costs. Just as legacy NAS drove down the cost of complex design simulations, the Bobcat 2280 NAS Gateway will dramatically reduce the expense of digital media content distribution."

Partner Support

"All ONStor partners offer field-proven, cutting-edge technologies that successfully address the most challenging issues in storage," said Jon Toor, vice president of marketing at ONStor. "Bobcat NAS Gateways expand our partners' reach by allowing them to meet their customer's NAS requirements with a scalable, cost-effective solution that complements their own products. With the Bobcat 2280, ONStor further expands this opportunity for existing and future partners."

Certified with more than 100 different software and hardware solutions, Bobcat is the industry's most interoperable NAS Gateway. Leading storage providers and integrators agree that the Bobcat NAS Gateway provides a superior solution for scalable file services.


"UtiliCat, the combination of 3PAR's InServ Storage Server and ONStor's Bobcat NAS Gateway, is a utility-class unified block and file storage solution. In customer environments and in multiple SPEC performance benchmarks, UtiliCat has demonstrated unmatched simplicity, efficiency and scalability."

- Craig Nunes, VP Marketing, 3PAR


"ONStor's scalable NAS Gateways are the perfect complement for Asigra's Televaulting agentless multi-site data backup and recovery solutions. Together they provide a secure, easy to manage backup solution that overcomes the limitations of tape."

- Eran Farajun, Executive Vice President, Asigra

Dot Hill

"We're delighted to be working with ONStor to offer our customers a NAS solution that provides performance and value that matches our entire product range. Our cost-effective SANnet II SATA to our throughput-optimized RIO Xtreme solutions are flexible and complementary to what ONStor is offering in the marketplace -- which makes our customers happy."

- Shaun Walsh, Director of Marketing, Dot Hill


"Our customers want a NAS solution they can grow into as their needs expand. And they need an entry price point that makes the solution affordable today. Xiotech's Magnitude 3D storage solution and ONStor's scalable NAS Gateway give our customers a solution with enterprise-class features at a midrange price."

- Mike Stolz, VP Marketing, Xiotech


"Nexsan offers our customers storage solutions that deliver great capacity, reliability, and manageability, at a very affordable price. When combined with ONStor's Bobcat NAS Gateways, Nexsan SATABeast, SATABoy and SATABlade solutions deliver enterprise-class NAS with unbeatable performance and value."

- Brendan Kinkade, VP Marketing, Nexsan


"Midmarket businesses require enterprise-class file and block services at an affordable price. Compellent's modular scalability, intuitive interface, and intelligent tiered storage capabilities combined with ONStor's new Bobcat NAS Gateway provides the ideal combination of performance and features to reduce IT expenditures."

- Dennis Johnson, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Compellent

ONStor NAS Gateways are certified interoperable with solutions from all leading storage vendors, including 3PAR, Adaptec, BakBone, Brocade, Cisco, CommVault, Compellent, Data Direct, DataCore, Dot Hill, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, Infortrend, Legato, McAfee, McData, Nexsan, nStor, Qlogic, Quantum, Rackable, StorageTek, Sun, Symantec, Tivoli, TMS, VERITAS, Winchester Systems and Xiotech.

Availability and pricing

The Bobcat 2280 NAS Gateway is available from ONStor resellers and system integrators worldwide and has a list price of $59,000.

About ONStor

ONStor is the leader in enterprise-class NAS Gateways that consolidate file services on multi-vendor storage. ONStor storage solutions dramatically reduce management costs by providing customers with the most easily scaled storage environment, and reduce capital costs by delivering the freedom and flexibility of the industry's most interoperable platform. ONStor products and technology are offered by leading system integrators and resellers worldwide. All products are backed by a host of support offerings and by ONStor's uncompromising commitment to customer service. More information about ONStor can be found at onstor.com or by calling toll-free 877-2ON-STOR (877-266-7867).

CONTACT: Joe Austin of JPR Communications, +1-818-386-0403, joea@jprcom.com, for ONStor; or Jon Toor VP of Marketing, of ONStor, +1-408-963-2463, jon.toor@onstor.com

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