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SCSI Flash (CF) Network Drive

SCSIFlash (CF) Network Drives

Manufacturer: Solid State Disk Ltd

The CF (Compact Flash) based SCSIFLASH Network drive provides a solid state, drop-in replacement for SCSI hard drives whilst also offering network (ethernet-based) back-up and restore capability. 

The CF2SCSI/ SCSIFLASH Network (Ethernet) drive is currently available in two physical form factors:

  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) replacement with no external removable storage device
  • Magneto-Optical (MO) Tape and Floppy drive replacements with externally removable CF memory card slot (currently available up to 64GB*)

Note: some hosts systems will limit this capacity to the original drive specification

Solid State Disks Ltd, design and manufacture the Solid State SCSI SCSIFlash™ drive


Product Details

SCSIFlash Network drive Overview

The Solid State SCSIFlash™ back-up and restore capability enables vital data back-ups to be made as a complete disk image of its CompactFlash card at any given point in time and transferred via an Ethernet network to be stored remotely from the legacy equipment and restored as and if needed. Universal TCP is used for disk image transfers with remote execution of back-up and restore configuration operations controlled via the onboard Windows GUI, or user API /CLI and auto-online implemented on back-up completion.

The Compact Flash (CF) SCSI-Flash Ethernet back-up and restore capability generates considerable savings in time and expense in the face of process outages. In semiconductor manufacturing, for example, process outages can cost in excess of $1,000/$100,000 per hour/day. In the telecommunications industry they may incur considerable fines.

The SCSI-Flash Ethernet back-up and restore capability can also be used to replace traditional manual rotation of media with remote download of manufacturing files so that, for example, a CNC machine knows what program to run for a particular session or a semiconductor fab which recipe to use.

The SCSI-Flash emulator drive is a completely programmable replacement solution, enabling the SCSI device implementation nuances of all equipment manufacturers to be fully emulated. SCSI-Flash combines proven SCSI drive architectures (SASI, SCSI-1, SCSI-2) with industry-standard, solid state CompactFlash card technology to provide a high-reliability, solid state replacement for any style of SCSI-based drive including hard disk, magneto optical, tape and floppy drives. The SCSI-Flash drive supports CompactFlash cards up to 64GB and utilizes a 3.5 inch form factor (or larger 5.25 inch form factor). It is available in two package types either with or without an externally removable card.

The Compact Flash based Solid State Network emulation drive offers Ethernet back-up and restore capability offering the added benefit of being able take snapshots of the data and keep it offline from the legacy equipment with the option to restore at a later date, if necessary.

 

Key features of the SCSIFlash network drive

Key features of the SCSIFlash network drive

  • Login levels to prevent unauthorised use
  • Set emulation selection / configuration
  • Set Disk Capacity and erase Drive contents
  • On-line & off-line control
  • Diagnostics interrogation
  • Backup & restore of disk images via Ethernet (SCSIFlash drive maybe required to be off-line)
  • Set SCSIFlash drives IP address and name remotely
  • Auto on-line on backup completion
  • Universal TCP used for disc image transfers
  • Reduce cost associated with the exchange data archiving
  • Automating the process of retrieving exchange data
  • Remote device management

The embedded Flash2GUI Image Editor allows image files (.img) to be sent from the SCSIFlash drive to a local onsite PC or server. Allowing the unpacking, editing, and repacking of the imaged file. This file can then be resent to the SCSIFlash drive as new data file.

Key Features of the FLASH2GUI Image Editor Capability

  • View Drive Image contents.
  • Extract files, folders or entire disc contents to PC (this includes exported recipes, message logs, recipe files etc)
  • Add and remove files, folders from disc including recipes.>
  • Add new software install files to run from HD.
  • Create a new formatted drive.

Demonstrations of how to use FLASHGUI on SCSIFlash™ and FLOPPYFlash™ for configuration and control, back-up and restore and the selection of different drive emulations, can be seen of Solid State Disk’s YouTube channel:

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SCSIFlash Network drive in Telco Applications

SCSIFlash Network drive in Telco Applications

The SCSFlash network drive replaces the existing legacy SCSI drives ( hard disk drives and Magneto optic drives) used for both telecommunication switches for the existing billing system and data archiving. The emulator does not require changes in the telco host system. The emulator can be used as part of the automated billing system and archiving system data and control through the use of onboard GUI and API interface.

– Example Telco host systems include  - Siemens EWSD V.9, Nokia DX, Alcatel 5ESS, Alcatel Lucent DACSIII/DACSIV, Lucent 1631, Ericsson AXE, Ericsson AXE10, Nortel DMS10,  NEC NEAX SIGMA 61E , NEC NEAX SIGMA Sigma, Alcatel Lucent S12, Fujitsu Fetex 150, Telebras Tropico, Stromberg-Carleson DCO, NTT, ITT, North Electric, ROLM & Sagem

Other key market application examples

Legacy semiconductor manufacturing hosts systems include: HP1000, HP9000, HP UNIX HPUX9, HPUX10, AMAT (Applied Materials) P5000 / P5200, P5500, RTP, Endura, Centura, Canon FPS-3000, Canon FPS-5000, Canon B2000 / B2600,TSK, Tokyo Electron, TEL, LAM RESEARCH (CLASSIC, ENVISION) KLA, ASM EPI, KS, and DISCO.

Legacy industrial process control host systems include: IRMX86, HP1000A, HP9000, 12016A, VAX, uVAX using RWZ01, RZ23, RZ28, RZ29 SCSI drives, Rosemount RS3, Honeywell Measurex TDC 2000 / TDC 3000 universal station on MX open and VX works, Thor VX8 & VX9, WDA History Module, Honeywell SBHM (Single Board History Module).

Legacy engineering and manufacturing hosts systems include: IRMX86, HP1000A, HP9000, 12016A, VAX, uVAX using RWZ01, RZ23, RZ28, RZ29 SCSI Drives, Rosemount RS3, Unipro90, Honeywell Measurex TDC 2000 / TDC 3000 universal station on MX open and VX works.

Power generationhosts systems include: HP1000A, HP9000, 12016A, DEC VAX, uVAX using RWZ01, RZ23, RZ28, RZ29 SCSI HDD and Rosemount RS3.

Legacy oil and gas production host systems include:IRMX86, HP1000A, HP9000, 12016A, VAX, uVAX using RWZ01, RZ23, RZ28, RZ29 SCSI Drives, Rosemount RS3, Honeywell Measurex TDC 2000 / TDC 3000 universal station on MX open and VX works.

Legacy mil/aero equipment host systems include: Miltope, Thompson CSF, Dutch Signaal, OMTI, Solaris SUN SPARC/CPU-8VT, Iomega Bernoulli, IBM AS400 and RS6000. Examples of legacy simulator hosts systems include: Encore, Gould, 320 C2000 sim and Evans & Sutherland.

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