Storage Networking World Europe
Infortrend Booth # S3

2.5-inch Drive Arrays Reduce Footprint by 70 Percent, Improve Performance by 100 Percent

FRANKFURT, Germany, October 29, 2007 – Today at SNW Europe, RAID storage expert Infortrend® unveiled the industry's first Small Form Factor (SFF) RAID subsystems: the EonStor® B12S-R/G1030 SAS-to-SAS and the B12F-R/G1430 Fibre Channel-to-SAS arrays.  

SFF leverages the benefits of emerging SAS technology and promises to be the future of storage with its small size, high density, lower power consumption, and improved acoustics.

The 2.5-inch SFF drives are 70 percent smaller than conventional 3.5-inch drives, enabling them to deliver approximately 100 percent greater system performance in the same footprint. Because the SFF drives require 40 to 50 percent less power and run cooler, airflow requirements are reduced and less overall pollution is generated.

Both the B12F and B12S come with a SAS expansion port that supports the connection of Infortrend’s new B12S-J1000 JBOD using SFF SAS drives.  The arrays are also compatible with the company's recently released S12S-J1000 or S16S-J1000 JBODs that house standard 3.5-inch drives. These 3-5-inch drive JBODs support SATA drives so users can reduce drive costs and build tiered storage applications—high performance SAS drives for mission-critical applications, and cost-effective SATA drives for near-line backup, distribution, or archives.

"The new B12 SFF arrays have all the advantages of 3.5-inch SAS systems, such as point-to-point architecture, higher performance and efficiency, simpler and longer cabling, and compact connectors, but in a compact, energy-efficient design," said Alex Young, technical and marketing director of Infortrend Europe Ltd. "With our fifth generation ASIC400 and support for RAID5 and RAID6, storage managers will benefit from the advantages of a smaller form factor without compromising on data protection and reliability."

Target Markets and Uses

The compact EonStor B12 takes up less space yet improves performance by 100 percent compared to 3.5-inch drives, making it ideal for companies that manage a high volume of data transactions, such as banking, telecommunications, and insurance.

EonStor B12 Highlights


The EonStor B12 series is expected to ship by the end of 2007 and will be sold through Infortrend's worldwide network of ODMs, distributors, and storage integrators.

About Infortrend

Infortrend, the RAID storage expert, is a pioneer in cost-effective, high performance networked storage. The company’s products include EonStor® storage systems and RAIDWatch® software for virtually all storage interfaces including SAS, SCSI, iSCSI, SATA and Fibre Channel.  For over a decade, Infortrend has provided reliable, fault-tolerant technology to prominent ODMs, distributors, and storage integrators worldwide. The company's core competency includes performance optimized RAID ASICs, feature-rich firmware, and redundant, high availability RAID subsystems.  Founded in 1993, Infortrend is traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (Taiex), ticker number 2495.  For more information, visit


Infortrend, EonStor, RAIDWatch, and EonPath are trademarks or registered trademarks of Infortrend Technology, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:

Asia Pacific

Infortrend Technology, Inc.
Frances Tso
Tel: +886-2-22260126, ext. 8553


Fleishman-Hillard Munich GmbH
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North America

Sturgeon Public Relations
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A3 Communications
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