Solid Data Excellerator

Solid Data Systems Inc. is announcing new storage devices for data- and traffic-intensive Web sites, messaging systems and back-end databases. Dubbed the Excellerator 100, 800 and 1000 Ultra SCSI, these drives use solid state disk technology to speed access to data. The Model 100 is a 1 7/8-inch high Ultra SSCI rack-mountable drive that holds from .5G byte to more than 2G bytes of data. The box features a single disk controller and memory board. The Model 800 and 800FC are 9-inch-high boxes with a capacity of 10G bytes. They each contain five memory boards capable of storing 2G bytes of data. The 800 and 800FC have a SCSI for direct connection to a server or a Fibre Channel connection for linkage to a Fibre Channel-based storage-area network. Like the Model 800 and 800FC, the Model 1000 and 1000FC contain Fibre Channel and SCSI connections. The Model 1000 has 16 memory boards capable of holding 32G bytes of data. The box has larger power supplies and fans than the 800 series models, and is capable of supporting a larger load. The Model 100 will be available in August for $12,500 for .5G byte of data capacity; the Model 800, which will be available this month, starts at US$35,000 for 1G byte of data capacity. The Model 1000 starts at $56,700 for 1G byte of capacity, scaling to $270,000 for 16G bytes. All drives work on Windows NT or Unix networks. Solid Data in Santa Calra, Calif., is at

Prices listed are in US currency.