Brocade ships 2Gbps FC switch
Brocade has begun shipping to its OEMs a 2Gbps Fibre Channel switch, dubbed the SilkWorm 3800, that is based on the company's Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture. The 16-port switch features
- Advanced Zoning-Allows hardware-enforced, logical partitioning of storage and servers in a SAN for security;
- Inter-Switch Link (ISL) trunking-Aggregates bandwidth between switches in a fabric, quadrupling the speed of the links from 2Gbps to 8Gbps;
- Advanced Performance Monitoring-Enables administrators to track SAN resource usage, proactively plan network capacity, and maximize performance;
- Fabric Watch-Monitors SAN fabric health and passes threshold alerts and notification information to management applications; and
- Frame Filtering-Provides content-based analysis.
Despite the fact that most Fibre Channel switch vendors-and all host bus adapter (HBA) vendors -are now shipping 2Gbps products, analysts predict a relatively slow adoption of 2Gbps devices. For example, International Data Corp. expects 2Gbps port shipments to account for less than 4% of all shipments this year. (For more information on 2Gbps Fibre Channel, see "Fibre Channel update: The move to 2Gbps," InfoStor, September 2001, p. 19.)
Brocade officials declined to provide specific pricing for the SilkWorm 3800, saying that final pricing will be determined by the company's OEMs, but officials expect it to be available at about a 10% premium over Brocade's SilkWorm 2800. www.brocade.com.
QLogic delivers $9,999 SAN
Aimed at small and medium-sized companies that are having trouble justifying the expenses associated with storage area networks (SANs), QLogic is bundling a starter configuration that includes a Fibre Channel switch, four HBAs, SAN management software, and cables. Specifically, the $9,999 configuration includes
- QLogic's 8-port SANbox switch;
- Four SANblade 2200 series HBAs;
- Device driver software; and
- Veritas Software's SANpoint Control for QLogic and the QLogic Management Suite (QMS) software.
The SAN Connectivity Kit can connect four servers, two disk arrays, and a tape library. With dual HBAs in each of two servers with HBA fail-over software, the configuration can support a high-availability two-node workgroup. www.qlogic.com.
SAN Valley launches IP-SAN gateway
SAN Valley's SL1000 IP-SAN Gateway allows IT organizations to connect Fibre Channel SANs over WANs via the Fibre Channel to Internet Protocol (FCIP) encapsulation standard. The 8-port, one-rack gateway is priced at $30,000.
SAN Valley's SVS management software allows administrators to manage provisioning, operation, and performance of remote SAN connectivity. Using SNMP, the management software provides control of configuration, event, fault, and performance parameters. The application integrates with management platforms such as CA Unicenter, HP OpenView, and Tivoli NetView. The SVS software is priced at $995. www.sanvalley.com.
Nishan premieres IP storage switches
Nishan Systems' 16-port IPS (IP storage) 4000 series switches support standards such as Fibre Channel, iFCP, and iSCSI. The multi-protocol switches allow the integration of Fibre Channel and iSCSI end systems with standard IP networks at wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet performance. The one-rack units include E-port support, allowing interoperability with Fibre Channel switches.
With 16 MultiService Interface ports, which can be user-configured to support Fibre Channel or Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, the IPS 4000 switches are priced from $33,000. www.nishansystems.com.
StorageTek expands disk array lineup
Storage Technology has expanded its disk array lineup with the D173, an entry-level to midrange disk subsystem. The D173 supports up to 30 dual-ported Fibre Channel disk drives for more than 5TB of capacity. The device is "SAN-ready," with fabric log-in support and heterogeneous attachment capabilities.
Other features include redundant active-active controllers, hot-swappable components, and StorageTek's Object Manager software for a single view of various subsystems. This software allows users to set up storage, add capacity, configure changes, and receive event notification non-disruptively. Prices start at $30,999. www.stor agetek.com.
Amdahl/Fujitsu enter North America, Europe
Amdahl IT Services, a member of the Fujitsu Group, recently announced that it will sell Fujitsu's GR730 and GR740 disk arrays in the North American and European markets. The subsystems have been available in Japan and the Asia Pacific region for about two years.
The GR740 can scale up to 16TB in RAID 0+1, 1, and 5 configurations and includes up to 16 host connections supporting the Solaris, Windows NT and 2000, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, and OS/390 operating systems. Features include integrated data replication through point-in-time replication (One Point Copy) and mirroring (Equivalent Copy). The systems can be direct-attached to hosts or implemented in Fibre Channel SAN configurations.
Amdahl IT Services also launched a bundle of storage-related services centered around business continuance, storage consolidation and management, high availability, business continuity, and backup and restore. The InfraCare Service offerings are based on Amdahl's Adaptive Integration methodology. The company's partners include Brocade, Fujitsu Softek, Microsoft, Sun, and Veritas. www.itservices.amdahl.com.
MTI combines benefits of NAS and SAN
At Comdex, MTI Technology unveiled its StingRay network-attached storage (NAS) system, which can be coupled with the company's Vivant series disk arrays to combine the benefits of NAS and SAN. StingRay is available in single- or dual-server configurations. The systems support Windows NT/2000 CIFS and Unix NFS platforms. The NAS servers also support Windows 2000's Active Directory Services and Primary Domain Controllers.
Separately, MTI introduced DataSentry 2.0 hardware-based data replication technology for its Vivant V series arrays. DataSentry generates background copies of active production data either locally or remotely. www.mti.com.
Auspex NAS scales to 4TB
Auspex's Brat NAS server scales from 500GB to 4TB in 500GB increments. It includes NDMP-based TurboReplicator software; support for Unix and Windows; two RAID controllers; and one network interface card.
The 52x28-inch cabinet occupies roughly half the space Auspex's other NAS servers. The company claims performance of 19,755 I/Os per second in Unix environments. www.auspex.com.
SGI rolls out 2Gbps FC RAID
SGI has rolled out its 2Gbps Fibre Channel-based Total Performance 9400 RAID arrays, which scale up to 20TB in a 19-inch rack. The TP9400 features parallel controllers with multi-functional cache modules and advanced cache management microcode. Host support includes SGI IRIX, Linux, Windows NT/2000, and Sun Solaris platforms.
An entry-level SAN configuration with 360GB of capacity, a 16-port switch, two HBAs, and one dual-port RAID controller is priced at $100,000. www.sgi.com.
LSI integrates NAS and SAN access
This month, LSI Logic Storage Systems began shipments of the ConverSANt Storage Networking feature for its MetaStor family of storage systems. The technology combines file-level (NAS) and block-level (SAN) access in a single system and works with the company's E-Series SAN-attached and N-Series NAS servers.
LSI Logic Storage Systems also announced that its MetaStor E4600 RAID arrays now support 2Gbps Fibre Channel connections. The E4600 supports up to four Fibre Channel host connections, and 180GB disk drives. The company claims performance of up to 110,000 I/Os per second, or 380MBps of sustained throughput. www.lsilogic.com.
Separately, LSI Logic has added a 4-channel PCI IDE HBA to its RAID product line. The MegaRAID i4 supports RAID 0, 1, and 5 and is designed for entry-level servers and workstations. The half-size HBA is based on an Intel i960RS I/O processor and dual-channel IDE controllers and supports up to eight drives per adapter. www.megaraid.lsilogic.com.
Agilent announces 2Gbps FC HBAs
Based on the company's Tachyon DX2 single-chip controller, Agilent Tech nologies' HHBA-542X Fibre Channel HBAs are dual-port PCI-X cards with a maximum data-transfer rate of 800MBps (aggregate, full duplex). A 133MHz PCI-X interface enables bus transfer speeds of up to 1GBps.
The HBAs are backward-compatible with 1Gbps Fibre Channel device as well as 33/66MHz PCI. Shipments are expected in the first quarter of 2002, with volume OEM pricing starting at $2,400. www.agi lent.com/view/storage.
CMD intros FC-FC, FC-SCSI controllers
Silicon Image's CMD Storage Systems division recently began shipments of two RAID controllers: the Titan CRA-7400 and CRA-7240 (CRA = CMD Rack Array). The CRA-7400 is a 4-channel, Fibre Channel-to-Fibre Channel rack-mount controller, and the CRA-7240 is a 6-channel Fibre Channel-to-Ultra160 SCSI controller. Both devices are available in single-controller or redundant active-active configurations.
Features include automatic fail-over and fail-back, non-disruptive online firmware updates and RAID level migration, LUN mapping, and hot-swappable controllers, power supplies, fans, and hubs.
Pricing for the CRA-7400 and CRA-7240 starts at $9,895 and $9,195, respectively. www.siimage.com.
Texas Memory: Network-attached SSD
Texas Memory Systems has released a solid-state disk (SSD) SDRAM device that can attach directly to Gigabit Ethernet networks. Capacity for the NAS-250 ranges from 8GB to 32GB in a 2U form factor. All writes to the system can be mirrored to two internal hard disk drives. Also included are redundant uninterruptible power supplies. File-sharing support includes Unix/NFS and Windows/CIFS. The NAS-250 can be used as a front-end cache for traditional NAS servers.
Texas Memory also introduced the RamSan-210 SSD device, an 8GB to 32GB unit that includes a Fibre Channel controller with two 1Gbps ports. The system can be expanded to two additional Fibre Channel ports. Features include LUN management/masking and SNMP remote management. A 700MBps backplane delivers 200,000 I/Os per second, sustained. www.superssd.com.
StorCase delivers 14-bay enclosure
StorCase Technology's InfoStation II is a 4U, 9-inch rack-mount backplane chassis with 14 disk drive bays. Features include dual-controller RAID (for active-active fail-over), fully redundant components (power supplies and hot-swappable drive carriers), Ultra160 SCSI or Fibre Channel connectivity, and the ability to upgrade from JBOD to RAID. Pricing ranges from $3,249 for a JBOD enclosure to $4,279 for a 4-channel RAID-ready configuration. www.storcase.com.
Sony intros AIT-3
Last month, Sony Electronics began shipping third-generation Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) drives and cartridges. AIT-3 boasts a 100GB native capacity and a 12MBps sustained transfer rate and is backward read/write-compatible with previous AIT generations. The drives incorporate Sony's Remote-Memory-In-Cassette (R-MIC) chips for near-instantaneous data access. The cartridges feature advanced metal evaporated (AVE) media, which enables high-density recording and minimal head wear and eliminates the need for periodic head cleaning. www.sony.com.
Quantum to ship SDLT/DLT1 autoloader
At Comdex last month, Quantum previewed a 2U-high (3.5 inches) DLT autoloader. General availability is slated for early next year.
The 16-cartridge SuperLoader has a 1.7TB native storage capacity (3.5TB compressed) and a 22MBps data-transfer rate, when configured with SDLT220 tape drives. It can also be configured with DLT1 drives for 600GB of native capacity (about 1.3TB compressed).
"DLT1 has a little more momentum than Super DLT right now, so we expect users to slightly favor the DLT1 configuration in the near term," says Ted Oade, director of marketing at Quantum. The option to equip the SuperLoader with DLT1 or SDLT220 tape drives gives users the flexibility to scale their storage down the road, he says.
Other features include a mail slot for on-the-fly cartridge import and export, an optional bar-code reader, and remote Web-based management. www.quantum.com.
CommVault expands platform support
CommVault's Galaxy 3.7.0 backup-and-restore software now supports Windows, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Tru64, Linux, Exchange 5.5/2000, MSCS, SQL Server, Oracle, Informix, Netware, Domino/Notes R5, EMC TimeFinder for Windows and Exchange, EMC NDMP-based storage arrays, EMC Fastrax data movement, Compaq StorageWorks SAN and NAS, NDMP-compliant NAS servers from Network Appliance and Blue Arc, shared storage options for tape libraries, and LAN-free, serverless backup.
CommVault also added management features such as schedule policies and tape export policies. The software has extended business continuance support for selective aux copy, emergency recovery to tape, and disaster recovery. www.commvault.com.
NSI adds MSCS support
NSI Software recently added Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS) support to its real-time data replication software, GeoCluster 4.1. The software integrates with MSCS to create geographically distributed clusters with replicated data, eliminating the hardware dependency and single point-of-failure of shared disk clusters.
Other new features for GeoCluster include support for Microsoft Exchange 2000, encrypted file support, and enhanced management, verification, and resynchronization functions for high availability. Active Directory integration has also been added. www.nsisoftware.com.
Apogee adds storage chargeback capablility
Apogee Networks' NetCountant Account a bility software enables usage-based chargeback capabilities for enterprise data storage. The software links storage services maintenance and support for storage costs directly to users on a consumption basis. Chargeback can be performed from disaster-recovery storage, online and offline volumes, mirrored storage, and application volumes.
Each cost center responsible for an application receives charges based on the amount of storage allocated for that application, regardless of actual quantity in use. In addition, usage-based billing enables IT departments to allocate transferred costs based upon the amount of data written to or read from the storage device.
Features include time-sensitive metering, dynamic tariff-generation algorithms, multiple fixed and variable cost components, sub-net and host-sensitive accounting rules, billing and traffic reporting functions, user-defined subscription plans, and billing screens for IT staff.
NetCountant Accountability has three components: a billing engine for tariffing and reporting functions, a collector subsystem for gathering utilization data, and a user interface that runs as Java applets. The software runs on Windows NT and Solaris. www.apogeenetworks.com.
IBM expands Tivoli support
IBM recently introduced new Tivoli products for SAP Enterprise Business Solutions and other software applications and middleware.
Tivoli Management Solution for mySAP.com manages performance, availability, security, storage, and change management for mySAP.com products.
Tivoli Manager for R/3 release 2.2 provides availability and performance monitoring, integration with the SAP monitoring architecture, event management, deployment of SAP R/3, and management of SAP R/3 as a distributed enterprise application.
Tivoli Data Protection for IBM Enterprise Storage Server for R/3 provides near "zero impact" backup capability. The software leverages IBM's FlashCopy function to generate a copy of production data, which is then used for backup.
Tivoli Manager for MQSeries Version 2.4 is designed for MQSeries middleware across both host and distributed environments from one desktop. Tivoli Data Protection for Informix provides centralized, online, incremental backup capabilities for restoring and managing Informix databases and logical logs. It also features LAN-free support on AIX and Solaris platforms. www.tivoli.com.
Sanrise introduces storagetone DMSS 4.0
Sanrise has introduced version 4.0 of its storagetone Data Management Software Suite (DMSS), which optimizes use of storage resources and manages enterprise-wide heterogeneous storage devices. The software comprises a transactional-based operating system, SAN administrator, and a Web-based management portal and interface for real-time reporting and charting of storage.
The software is based on Java and includes a service provisioning wizard, ad-hoc backup and restore, SAN discovery and visualization, and real-time tape library usage monitor. www.sanrise.com.
BakBone releases NetVault 6.5
BakBone Software recently began shipping NetVault 6.5, the latest version of its backup-and-recovery software. The company claims to have added more than 30 features to the new release, including Application Plugin Modules (APMs) for disaster recovery and open file management, as well as disk virtualization capabilities.
- Vault DR APM-Allows companies to recover from disk failures without having to manually re-install the operating system. A VaultOS mini-kernel supports most NIC and SCSI card drivers and has the ability to create bootable media.
- Open File Manager APM-Enables users to capture and restore files that are open or in use during the backup process. This module supports both block- and file-level backup and restore and synchronizes single or multiple volumes concurrently.
- Disk virtualization-Enables users to create, delete, or expand virtual drives or libraries from physical disk storage from a single NetVault domain console without network downtime.
NetVault supports Unix, Linux, NT, and Windows 2000. Pricing starts at $695. www.bakbone.com.