Uses heat sensor to trigger responses to prevent overheating
Dot Hill Systems, a provider of unified virtual storage and SAN storage offerings, has been awarded patent for new technology that increases the likelihood of non-stop storage system operation in high-temperature environments, resulting in extended life of Dot Hill storage products and data availability for users.
The Dot Hill software uses heat sensors to trigger responses that prevent overheating, which can damage components or corrupt data, the company said.
According to the company when the danger of overheating has passed, the software enables the controllers to resume normal, full-speed operation.
Dot Hill’s patented power management system is used in the company’s 2002 Series and 3000 Series arrays.
The new patent includes 78 separate claims covering both single controller and dual controller environments. The claims involve failover, queuing, management of read and write instructions, and power controls.
Dot Hill Systems senior vice president of engineering Jim Kuenzel said their proprietary ASIC and software have developed an innovative means to ensure that Dot Hill storage arrays continue to operate in high temperatures so that organisations are never without access to their data.