Sun expands NAS family
Sun Microsystems has added two filers to its network-attached storage (NAS) family, scaling from 200GB to more than 10TB in standalone configurations. The StorEdge N8400 and N8600 filers have completed the Oracle Storage Compat-ibility Program (OSCP) NAS test suite for Oracle database environments.
The N8400 filer scales to 4TB and is based on Sun Enterprise 420R server technology. The N8600 filer is based on the eight-way Sun Enterprise 4500 server and Sun StorEdge T3 arrays. The filer scales to 10TB and includes three SBus slots. Both filers support the CIFS and NFS protocols and hardware RAID 5 and have built-in component redundancy.
The filers are priced from $53,800. www.sun.com.
Procom intros midrange NAS
The NetFORCE 1700, Procom's latest appliance targeting the midrange network-attached storage (NAS) market, provides up to 1.8TB in a 5U form factor at a cost of 2.4 cents per MB in a fully loaded configuration. The company claims a 10-minute installation time and a LADDIS benchmark rating of 4,054 operations per second with 0.89-millisecond overall response time. The appliance supports NFS and CIFS file sharing as well as NDMP.
The 1700 has checkpoint support for immediate recovery of accidentally modified or deleted files without the need to revert to tape backups. A browser-based interface allows local and remote management. Other features include RAID 5, hot-swappable drives, and battery backup for RAID cache.
The NetFORCE 1700 appliance is priced from $26,661 and $43,331 for a 540GB and 1.8TB configuration, respectively. www.procom.com.
Resilience premieres Solaris-based NAS
At Networld+Interop last month, Resil-ience introduced its UltraStor network-attached storage (NAS) device, featuring hot-swappable components for online reconfiguration, expansion, and tuning of storage for continuous availability. UltraStor is based on Resilience's version of the Solaris operating system and uses the UltraSPARC III processor and 1GB of iCache.
The unit includes five 100Mbps Ethernet connections and load-balanced dual RAID controllers. Prices start at less than $85,000 for a 90GB configuration. www.resilience.com.
Continuous targets telcos with NAS
Continuous Computing recently introduced its Hi-File network-attached storage (NAS) appliance, which targets telecommunications applications that require high availability and reliability. Hi-File uses Continuous' upSuite middleware technology for transparent sub-second fail-over and file-system replication over TCP/IP. Hi-File provides sub-second fail-over to network clients by enabling IP address fail-over and file handle fail-over. The appliance offers 99.999% availability, according to the company.
The NAS appliance has 48V AC or DC power supplies to meet telco standards. In addition, Hi-File has 12 36GB hot-swappable hard drives. It also features dual SCSI chains, three 10/100 Ethernet ports, optional dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and two expansion slots. Network protocol support includes NFS, CIFS, and HTTP.
Hi-File is available now and has a list price of $19,995. Two Hi-File appliances are priced at $38,995. www.ccpu.com.
QLogic: 2Gbps HBA with Virtual Interface
QLogic's SANblade QLA2300-VI is a Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) with support for Virtual Interface (VI) architecture. In addition to other applications, VI-compliant HBAs are expected to boost performance in database environments such as SQL Server and Oracle. VI-based adapters are also expected to play a role in server-to-server clustering and storage area network (SAN) scaling.
VI is also the underpinning for the Direct Access File System (DAFS) protocol. (For more information on DAFS, see the Special Report in the April 2001 issue of InfoStor, p. 27.)
"By using Fibre Channel to transport VI, users can leverage their storage and system area networking investments while enjoying significantly better response time and throughput," says Nick Allen, vice president of storage research at the Gartner Group consulting firm.
The SANblade QLA2300-VI is a 64-bit 66MHz PCI-to-2Gbps HBA that, according to QLogic, provides more than 40,000 operations per second and supports VI, IP, and SCSI protocols. Operating system support includes Windows NT/2000, Solaris, and Linux. www.qlc.com.
JNI demonstrates HBA-based fail-over
At last month's Networld+Interop show, JNI demonstrated fail-over and load- balancing software that works with the company's host bus adapters (HBAs). HBA-based fail-over and load balancing provides an alternative to host-based approaches and is designed to reduce downtime while improving perfor mance. The software is compatible with Windows NT/2000, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, and Red Hat Linux.
At N+I, JNI also showed its second- generation 2Gbps FibreStar Fibre Channel HBAs working with 2Gbps devices from Eurologic, Gadzoox, Seagate, and Vixel. www.jni.com.
Emulex: Low-profile 2Gbps FC host bus adapters
Emulex's LightPulse LP9002L is a low-profile Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) that runs at 2Gbps (400MBps on a full-duplex link) and provides more than 30,000 I/Os per second and 64-bit 66MHz PCI connectivity. The HBA is backward-compatible with 1Gbps devices via automatic speed selection. The low-profile form factor is designed for 1U and 2U servers and appliances. Features include switched fabric and multi-protocol support. www.emulex.com.
MaxOptix intros LTO libraries
MaxOptix recently began shipping what it claims to be the broadest range of LTO libraries. The line includes the 4.30/4.50, 6.100/6.210, 9.140, 12.420, 15.350, and 18.280. The 4.30 and 4.50 models are midrange, four-drive, 30/50-cartridge libraries with native capacities up to 5TB.
The 6.100 boosts capacity to 10TB and has a 160MBps transfer rate, while the 6.210 has room for 210 cartridges and 21TB of capacity and is designed for enterprise-class open-system environments (e.g., Unix, Windows NT, and Netware). The 9.140 is also an enterprise-class library, featuring nine drives and 140 cartridges for up to 14TB of native capacity.
For storage area networks (SANs), MaxOptix introduced the 12.420, 15.350, and 18.280, which feature connectivity to SAN configurations, Web-based browser control, instant remote access, and Standard Data IQ, which simplifies integration and allows for broad protocol support. Native capacities range from 28TB for the 18.280 to 42TB for the 12.420. Transfer rates range from 180MBps for the 12.420 to 270MBps for the 18.280. www.maxoptix.com.
Quantum/ATL: Backup for SAN filers
Quantum/ATL recently announced its Pegasus backup system for storage area network (SAN) filer environments-the next evolution of the Open Storage Network initiative formed a year ago by Quantum/ATL, Network Appliance, and other vendors. Pegasus has been tested and certified by Network Appliance as part of its Fibre Channel Full Fabric Tape SAN Backup solution.
In a SAN, multiple NetApp filers can share a Quantum/ATL P2000, P3000, or P6000 tape library. With Pegasus, NetApp filers can interface with a Fibre Channel switch for a direct, high-speed connection to Quantum/ATL P-series libraries.
Pegasus supports NDMP-compliant backup applications such as BakBone NetVault 6.03, CommVault Galaxy 3.1, Legato Networker 6.0.1, Quadratec Time Navigator 3.5, Syncsort Backup Express 2.1.4, and Veritas NetBackup 3.4.
Pricing for the backup system starts at $109,070, which includes a P2000 library with four DLT 8000 drives and 100 slots. www.quantum.com.