Winchester Systems Adds Mirroring to RR2P Rugged Removable Canister Disk Arrays

Protects Data in Mission and Quickly Moves Copy to Safe Site

Billerica, MA.  June 12, 2015. Winchester Systems Inc., a leading data storage solutions provider for COTS rugged storage and servers, announced that their RR2P Rugged Removable Canister disk arrays now offers Canister Mirroring – the ability to write the same data on each of two removable canisters simultaneously.

“Now ISR missions can protect valuable data by writing two copies to protect irreplaceable data,” according to Mr. Joe Sanzio, the company’s chief technology officer.  “It also lets the ground crew send one canister to a safe location immediately while the reconnaissance and surveillance data on the other canister is analyzed for mission results,” he emphasized.  Fresh canisters can then be quickly inserted into the system in the mobile vehicle for rapid redeployment.  “Finally,” he added, “advanced ISR applications use all the CPU power available and the RR2P performs the mirroring within the data storage system without taxing the server.”

Each rugged removable canister holds ten 2.5” HDD or SSD drives with capacities up to 2 TB each. In capturing high resolution imaging data, recording speed is of the essence and the RR2P delivers up to 2,200 MB per second data throughput.  Canister Mirroring is implemented as RAID 10, where the same data is striped across all 10 drives in each canister.  Striping is critical for read and write speeds, as all 10 drives in each canister are used in parallel.

The RR2P is lightweight 2U RAID disk array chassis made of milled aluminum, weighting only 48 pounds with HDDs and 44 pounds with SSDs in two removable canisters.  All ten disks in a canister are carried as a single unit by a handle for safe transport and locks into place with a positive locking lever.  Reliable canister connectors are military grade for field usage and are mounted to float to protect against shock and vibration.

Designed for harsh environments, each canister includes an easy-to-replace filter that protects against ambient dust and humidity.  For added confidence in these environments, the RR2P canisters are each equipped with a real-time LCD status display that alerts the operator to any malfunction including temperature, controller, disk drives and other factors so that immediate remedial action can be taken to keep the mission on track.

The RR2P is a configurable Fibre Channel 8 Gb hosted product, with two ports per canister, that offer options including AC or DC power supplies variety of disk and SSD storage alternatives.  It is conveniently only 17” wide to mount with a variety of standard rackmount rails and offers optional base plate mounting screws for secure lockdown to the vehicle.

A white paper on the RR2P entitled, Field Proven Rugged RR2P Pluggable Canister RAID is Right for Military Surveillance is available.  Register and download by clicking here.

Prices for RR2P disk arrays start at under $40,000.  Products are available now, are built to order and delivery is 8-12 weeks.

About Winchester Systems Inc.

Winchester Systems provides high performance FlashDisk data storage plus servers and system integration services for VMware, CA ARCserve Replication, Windows, Linux and UNIX platforms plus Windows, Linux and Oracle Clusters.  Storage offerings include Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions for commercial, healthcare, government, military, security, surveillance and educational applications. These tiered storage solutions offer a wide variety of SAS and SSD disks for Fibre Channel, SAS and iSCSI environments.  For more information visit: www.mil-rugged.com.