DAS stands for Directly Attached Storage. In fact, most computers have some form of directly attached storage, at least in the form of a boot hard drive. In this context, we mean high capacity storage, generally housed within a single computer server case. While there are physical limitations as to how much capacity can be directly attached, the advent of two terabyte hard drives and SAS expanders which support up to 256 hard drives on a single controller has effectively eliminated the constraint for most “real world” applications. DAS is generally the least expensive form of mass storage, because hardware costs are reduced since a single computer case, power supply, mother board, etc. hosts both the server components and the storage components. Current drive capacities satisfy the majority of needs in a single system, though disk arrays larger than fifty 3.5 inch drives or twenty four 2.5 inch drives do require external drive chassis. DAS also offers some of the best price to performance ratios with low latency since everything is either “all in one box” or at least attached to a single system, eliminating network latencies. 15.6 TB of 2.5” storage or 200TB of 3.5” storage coupled with a six core quad processor AMD Opteron server is indeed an impressive amount of storage and computing power in a single server! Why not order one today?
CCSI developed the Rapid RAID storage server back in the early 1990’s, among the first implementations of RAID 5 in a PC based storage solution. Since then, the insatiable demand for ever increasing storage capacity has prompted CCSI to develop a line of Storage Servers. Whether you need basic NAS storage or iSCSI SAN storage or cost effective AoE storage or near line storage with tape emulation or a blazingly fast disk sub system for transaction processing, CCSI has you back. Browse our extensive storage server solutions or feel free to call and speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives to build a custom storage solution tailored to your needs.
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