Pillar Data Systems, the provider of Application-Aware storage systems, is the first network storage company to make 2 terabyte SATA drives available to the enterprise market.

The drives have been introduced in a frame of the company’s initiative to “Stop Storage Waste” and will be available as a part of the its Axiom storage system.

The new drives push the Axiom’s overall usable capacity to over 1.6 petabytes per system, while driving down overall power consumption by 50 percent and space consumption by 2X.

According to the company, Pillar is the only storage vendor to guarantee 80-percent utilization on its Axiom storage system. “No other open systems storage array on the market today can deliver that level of disk utilization without performance degradation,” they assure.

The Pillar Axiom differentiates performance based on application priority, what Pillar calls Application Aware Storage. The company claims that this system “can dramatically reduce floor space and energy demands, and lower Total Cost of Ownership by up to 50 percent.”

Additionally, the Axiom system performed the fastest rebuild times in the industry, according to an independent analyst report. In April the Demartek’s study showed the Pillar Axiom 500 performed the fastest drive rebuilds – up to 71-percent faster – with minimal impact to application performance, when compared to competitors EMC (EMC CX3-40) and Network Appliance (NetApp FAS3050c.)

“As drive sizes continue to increase, more storage will be wasted unless you have a storage architecture that can utilize the full capacity with no performance degradation,” said Bob Maness, Vice President of Pillar Data Systems.

“Our latest innovations around SSDs and now 2TB drives will make it even easier for end-users to increase capacity and performance, while improving the overall efficiency of their system,” he added.

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