Recent announcements from:

Posted on October 14, 2009


-- SGI has introduced SGI InfiniteStorage NAS and SGI LiveSAN, two new members of the company's InfiniteStorage Total Control storage management software suite. SGI's InfiniteStorage Total Control suite now includes LiveSAN for block-level virtualization, InfiniteStorage NAS global namespace technology, Data Migration Facility (DMF) for tier virtualization, and the LiveArc digital asset management framework. The software components are available individually or as part of an integrated set. LiveSAN is available now. InfiniteStorage NAS is available for pre-order and will begin shipping December.

-- Iron Mountain is opening its cloud-based Archive Services Platform up to developers and independent software vendors (ISVs). Through the new Iron Mountain Developer Program and , the company will offer developers tools and resources for integrating Iron Mountain's enterprise-class cloud archiving services with their own applications. The Developer Program offers application developers seamless integration with Iron Mountain's Archive Services Platform through an application programming interface (API) that provides secure, off-site long-term data storage for data-intensive applications, as well as advanced indexing, search and retrieval capabilities and retention and destruction functionality.

-- Sepaton has joined up with Bus-Tech, a supplier of virtual tape library (VTL) controllers for IBM and compatible mainframes, to let mainframe users implement disk-based backup and recovery without changing backup policies. The resulting certified solution features the Sepaton S2100-ES2 VTL and Bus-Tech's Mainframe Data Library (MDL) model 100V for direct-to-VTL connectivity for ESCON and FICON mainframe users.

-- Fujitsu is now offering more connectivity options for its entry-level disk storage system customers in North America. Eternus DX60 and Eternus DX80 systems are now available in a choice of three base models – Fibre Channel, iSCSI, or SAS. In addition, the company announced support for enterprise-class solid-state disk (SSD) drives in the Eternus DX80.

-- Overland Storage announced the availability of the new NEOS family of automated tape libraries for small and medium-sized enterprises and distributed network environments. The NEOS line includes the NEO 200S, a 2u model that provides up to 38.4TB of capacity and the NEO 400S, an expandable library with up to 76.8TB of capacity in a 4u form factor. The NEOS libraries use HP LTO3 and LTO4 tape drives and feature SCSI, Fibre Channel and SAS configuration options.

-- There is a new family of SATA and SAS host bus adapters (HBAs) based on 6Gbps SAS technology available from LSI. The LSI SAS 9200 series HBAs, based on the LSISAS2008 6Gbps SAS controller IC, offer improved speeds and scalability for internal and external direct-attached storage (DAS) deployments using SATA and SAS disk drives. The LSI SAS 9200 series adapters provide both high bandwidth and high I/O transaction processing and the flexibility to connect to 3Gbps and 6Gbps SATA and SAS hard drives or SSDs. The new family of HBAs includes the LSI SAS 9211-4i, LSI SAS 9211-8i and the LSI SAS 9200-8e. The adapters more than double the performance of the previous generation SATA+SAS HBAs, delivering throughput rates of up to 2.6GBps in sequential reads, 3.0GBps in sequential writes and up to 317,000IOPs (input/output operations per second) performance.

-- Testing systems maker Ixia unveiled a new set of test solutions that allow equipment manufacturers, data center operators and storage vendors to assess the functionality and performance of their Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), Data Center Ethernet (DCE), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and Storage Area Network (SAN) devices. In addition, Ixia and Emulex have cooperated in the development of test methodologies for converged network adapter (CNA) testing.

-- Avnet Technology Solutions and Scale Computing are teaming up to develop a new storage appliance. Avnet will assist with Scale Computing's product development and assembly by integrating Scale Computing's ICS technology onto the IBM System X server platform to create the iSN1000 storage appliance. In addition to running on IBM's System X server line, Scale's ICS technology uses IBM GPFS (General Parallel File System) as its core file system. ICS taps into many of the features of the GPFS and adds others of its own including the ability to run CIFS, NFS and iSCSI protocols simultaneously, creating a unified SAN/NAS environment. The iSN1000 is a 1TB (usable) storage node. Customers must make an initial purchase of three iSN1000s to create a 3 usable TB cluster, called the StarterSAN. Scale's MSRP for the 3TB StarterSAN is $18,300.

-- ProStor Systems is now shipping the ProStor InfiniVault Model 5, an integrated storage appliance in a tower design with 5 slots for ProStor's RDX removable disks and a 1.8TB file area that can manage 250 million files. Using 500GB RDX removable disk cartridges, ProStor InfiniVault Model 5 is able to keep 2.5TB (5TB compressed) data online (in RDX removable disk cartridges). The ProStor InfiniVault Model 5 costs $14,995.

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