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Posted on September 01, 2001

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DISK/CONNECTIVITY

MTI caches in with solid-state accelerator
MTI Technology recently began shipments of its V-Cache, a shared file caching technology based on solid-state disks. The technology can speed up storage throughput by as much as 100x compared to standard disk drives, at prices ranging from $70,000 for a 4GB version to $600,000 for high-capacity configurations.

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The company also introduced the latest in its line of direct-attached RAID arrays: the 1.7TB Vivant D100 (see photo). The array can connect to a single host via dual Fibre Channel interfaces and includes four Fibre Channel disk drive interfaces. The D100 has dual RAID controllers, each with 128KB of mirrored cache, and comes with 12 or 24 disk drives (the 24-drive version takes up 10U of rack space).

The V-Cache "application accelerator" can be used in Unix and Windows NT/2000 environments and works with MTI's DataShield volume mapping technology, which allows the solid-state storage to be securely allocated among multiple servers and heterogeneous operating systems. Another key feature is switched Fibre Channel connectivity for integration into SANs, allowing the device to be shared (and amortized) across a storage network. V-Cache can be implemented independent of MTI's disk arrays. www.mti.com.

STK delivers virtual disk
Announced late last month, StorageTek's V960 Shared Virtual Array (SVA) will reportedly enable system administrators to use 100% of their purchased disk capacity. This compares to 30% to 60% for traditional disk systems.

The V960 is based on the same virtual disk technologies as STK's 9500 Shared Virtual Array and can be used in combination with the company's Virtual Power Suite software, a set of tools that helps users copy, move, and protect data.

STK claims that the V960 is the only disk subsystem capable of virtualizing data at the device level across a variety of platforms, including Solaris 2.6, HP-UX 11.0, AIX 4.3.3, NetWare 5.1, and Windows NT 4.0/2000. www.storagetek.com.

Adaptec controllers target midrange RAID
Adaptec has introduced two 64-bit 66MHz PCI RAID controllers-the 4-channel 3410S and 2-channel 3210S. Both controllers are based on the Ultra160 SCSI interface (up to 160MBps) and are targeted at the midrange server ($5,000 to $10,000) market.

The company claims the controllers double the PCI bus bandwidth up to 528MBps. Performance benchmarks are available at www.adaptec.com/go/ 210S_ benchmark.

Separately, Adaptec has entered the external RAID array market with a SCSI-to-SCSI subsystem (see InfoStor, August 2001, p. 66). A Fibre Channel-to-SCSI version is due next month.

Emulex FC HBA aimed at SBus, CompactPCI
Riding the trend toward 2Gbps Fibre Channel (see the Special Report in this issue, p. 19), Emulex has introduced Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) that target the SBus and CompactPCI markets.

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The LightPulse LP9002S (SBus) is compatible with Sun Microsystems' Solaris-based servers and has been certified by Sun under its Solaris Ready Certification program. The LightPulse LP9002C (CompactPCI) is compatible with all CompactPCI systems, including Sun's recently announced Sun Fire systems. www.emulex.com.

Xyratex enhances FC test equipment
This month, Xyratex released the 4.0 version of its Fibre Channel Investigator protocol analyzer software. Enhancements come primarily in the areas of increased triggering and filtering capability (e.g., counters and timers are now available within trigger definitions) and improved multi-channel support. The protocol database has also been extended to cover inter-switch traffic.

A new display within the Investigator viewer allows up to 16 channels to be viewed in a single window. The 4.0 release also includes new versions of the Mapper, Link Test, and Protocol Editor applications.

Also last month, Xyratex added a number of add-on test modules for its Notebook Investigator tester. The FS series adds multi-channel protocol analysis and traffic generation and works with 1Gbps or 2Gbps Fibre Channel. www.xyratex.com.

TAPE

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MaxOptix ships low-cost AIT autoloader
MaxOptix earlier this month began shipping an 8PAC AIT autoloader primarily into DDS markets. The device, which has a maximum 1040GB compressed capacity and a maximum 56GB per hour compressed throughput (when configured with AIT-2 drives), is reportedly the lowest-cost terabyte-capacity autoloader available today. An AIT-2 configured autoloader lists for $4,995 (Model 8PAC-2), the AIT-1 model for $3,495 (Model 8PAC-1). Both models feature a chassis-mounted robotic mechanism that picks and places cartridges with only two motors. The product supports all major operating systems and backup applications. www.maxoptix.com.

Quantum/ATL expands tape library family
This month, Quantum/ATL added two new products to its P-Series tape library family: the P7000 and P4000. The new libraries leverage the architecture and features of the existing P3000 and P2000 families but are designed to meet the capacity, throughput, and connectivity requirements of enterprise-class users. Additionally, the company claims the devices are the highest-density enterprise-class libraries on the market.

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The P7000 holds 16 tape drives and 679 cartridges for up to 149TB of capacity and 1.7TB per hour of throughput but can scale with additional modules to 64 drives and 2,359 slots for up to 500TB (with Super DLT drives) and 7TB per hour (with LTO Ultrium drives). A single P4000 library, meanwhile, supports up to 10 tape drives and 322 cartridges for up to 70TB of capacity and 1.0GB-per-hour throughput. It has the same scaling capabilities as the P7000.

Both libraries support DLT8000, Super DLT, and LTO Ultrium tape drives and feature connectivity options for SCSI, Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, or mixed envi ronments. The libraries offer hot-swap tape drives, power modules, and fans.

Pricing for the P7000 tape library starts at $90,000. The P4000, which will be available next month, is priced from $65,000. www.Quantum ATL.com.

SOFTWARE

NovaStor premieres TapeCopy v2.0
Last month, NovaStor began shipping version 2.0 of its TapeCopy tape duplication and migration software. The new release includes support for tape autoloaders and libraries, which gives users the freedom to make copies of tapes within a single tape library or across multiple tape libraries. The software also includes new migration capabilities such as tape-to-disk migration, which allows tape images to be catalogued on a local hard disk or NAS device for immediate restoration to any tape device. With this feature, older, low-capacity tapes, for example, can be saved to disk for fast recall or archived to a higher-capacity tape that can store multiple tape images.

TapeCopy supports virtually any tape media format such as AIT, LTO, and Super DLT and is currently bundled with Sony AIT tape drives. Two editions are available: TapeCopy v2.0 for tape drives ($399) and TapeCopy v2.0 Library Edition ($799). An upgrade is available for those who already use TapeCopy. www.novastor.com.

CA doubles VTS capacity
Computer Associates last month announced architectural improvements to its BrightStor CA-Vtape Virtual Tape System (VTS). Version 2.0 reportedly doubles the software's virtual volume capacity by allowing users to compress data stored in virtual volumes within the DASD cache. This allows administrators to add applications to the DASD cache and to keep data in cache for enhanced performance. The company claims the software will reduce the system resources required to support the accelerating volume of e-business operations, while reducing the cost and hassles of tape mounts. Other new features include parameter-driven customization, which makes it easier to modify installation options, and greater flexibility in grouping related data sets for more-efficient use of tapes. www.ca.com.

Netreon integrates NAS with Windows
Netreon recently began shipping its DirectoryPlus NAS for Active Directory v1.1, which lets Windows clients of a NAS server authenticate through Active Directory. The software provides support for Windows NT authentication method (NTLM). In addition, peer status in a Windows 2000 environment is supported, and single sign-on for administration is allowed.

DirectoryPlus NAS Active Directory embeds directory, networking, security, and client/server software in the NAS appliance. The software then can read and write to the enterprise directory and to the authentication services. The offering integrates the NAS appliance into the storage environment by enabling it to list itself in the network directory when it is installed and by downloading configuration information from the directory automatically. Netreon has also ported DirectoryPlus to Linux and VxWorks. www.netreon.com.

TeraCloud intros remote copy and recovery
Last month, storage resource management (SRM) provider TeraCloud debuted Remote TapeCopy (RTC) for remote copy and recovery of tape data. The software automates the process of OS/390 tape backup and recovery by tracking user-defined critical and recently altered data sets. Then, the data is mirrored to a remote facility. In the event of a disaster, users can recover tape data and update all catalog entries by switching to a secondary site and accessing previously mirrored data.

RTC interfaces with a production scheduler to manage remote copy functions, restart the copy process, and notify administrators if the copy attempt was unsuccessful. The software also features centralized storage management so administrators can manage tape infrastructure and backup from a single workstation. It also sorts and filters metadata on tape data set characteristics and usage. www.tcloud.com.

everStor releases ReplicatorReplicator is the latest management, replication, and archival software from everStor. The software centralizes control and management functions for replicating specific disks, directories, or files from any server or workstation within an enterprise LAN, WAN, or the Internet.

Replicator integrates with existing software platforms and provides online data availability. It runs on Linux or Solaris-based servers, or network appliances, and requires no installation of client software. Users access replicated or lost data from their desktops using a Web browser. A five-client user license for a Linux installation is priced from $2,475. www.everStor.com.

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EMC enhances EDM
EMC has added "bilingual" file support and multi-pathing options to EMC Data Manager (EDM). The enhancements give users the ability to perform simultaneous NFS (Unix) and CIFS (Windows NT) backups and to choose the highest-performance path-SAN or NAS-for specific file backups. The option is enabled by EMC's Celerra HighRoad software.

With analysts expecting upwards of 70% of all information storage to be networked over the next few years, the ability to back up and restore Unix and NT files and file systems simultaneously in SAN or NAS environments will become essential, according to EMC officials.

Previously, EDM users had to perform separate mounts for Unix and NT files. "EDM now allows them to do one backup while preserving the attributes of both file types," says Mitch Wolf, manager of recovery software at EMC.

EDM support for Celerra High Road takes this one step further by letting the backup application determine the optimal route for data delivery. Large NFS or CIFS files, for example, can now be moved directly from NAS-attached Sym metrix systems over a Fibre Channel SAN to an EDM-managed tape device, or multiple Celerra systems can be backed up to a shared, centralized tape library. www.emc.com.

Veritas expands HSM capabilities
Veritas Software recently released two new hierarchical storage management (HSM) products: NetBackup Storage Migrator for Windows 2000 and NetBackup Storage Migrator for Microsoft Exchange (version 3.0). Both products use HSM techniques to move data to less-expensive storage media.

Explains Jeff Lundberg, product marketing manager at Veritas: "Migrator takes our Volume Manager to a more granular level. It allows a Windows or Exchange server to have virtually unlimited capacity." It does so by copying seldom-used files to alternative media and then inserting a placeholder or link in its place, he explains. Migrated files are distinguished from online files by a minor change in icon appearance. When the link is accessed, Migrator retrieves the data from the alternate media without user intervention.

Veritas claims that by automatically migrating data to and from offline locations, users can maximize their use of existing disk storage hardware and reduce overall costs.

Migrator, in all its forms (Unix, Windows, and Exchange), is a component of Veritas' storage virtualization umbrella. The Windows Base Kit and Exchange version retail for $7,500 and $5,000, respectively. www.veritas.com.

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