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Posted on January 01, 2002

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Crossroads to expand FC-SCSI routers
This month, Crossroads Systems announced the Model 10000 router, the high-end member of its multi-protocol router family. The device will initially support Fibre Channel and SCSI for connecting SCSI-based tape libraries to Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) but will eventually support emerging protocols such as iSCSI and InfiniBand. Crossroads plans to ship OEM evaluation units of an iSCSI version in the spring, with production shipments expected in late summer.

The FC-SCSI version will ship to OEMs in March and to Crossroads' distribution channel in April.

On the SCSI side, the 10000 supports Ultra 2 and Ultra 3 HVD and LVD tape devices. The router supports 1Gbps and 2Gbps Fibre Channel.

Users and integrators can mix and match ports on the 10000. A typical configuration might include up to two Fibre Channel ports and as many as 12 SCSI ports.

Comparing its Model 8000 and Model 10000 routers, the company claims performance increases from 180MBps to 300MBps. The unit ships with Crossroads' Visual Manager software. www. crossroads.com.

Raidtec releases virtualization appliance
Raidtec recently began shipping its SNAZ SAN virtualization appliance (SNAZ SVA) and InstaView snapshot software. SNAZ SVA is an asymmetric, or out-of-band, appliance that connects directly to a SAN and presents attached storage as one or more global storage pools. Storage volumes can then be created, expanded, assigned, and replicated to hosts. Users can configure each volume pool or storage volume to meet specific performance requirements or for redundancy or replication. The SVA has a Web-accessible GUI that simplifies and centralizes SAN management.

Optional InstaView software is available for point-in-time volume imaging. A virtually unlimited number of views can be individually allocated, on a read-only or read-write basis, to any server. Other features include data replication and data rollback. www.raidtec.com.

Tricord launches clustered NAS device
Lunar Flare NAS 1200 is Tricord Systems' next-generation cluster network-attached storage (NAS) server appliance. It features 240GB per appliance and allows 16 appliances to scale up to 3.8TB. The cluster can handle large files up to 20GB on a 16-appliance cluster. Overall performance has been enhanced by 25% over previous Lunar Flare NAS appliances, and write performance has more than doubled, according to company claims.

The device provides Macintosh support, enabling AppleTalk clients to modify, delete, and manage files on the cluster that have been designated for Mac access.

New features include the following:


  • SNMP interface;
  • High-speed backup capabilities;
  • Integrated client load balancing and fail-over; and
  • Gigabit Ethernet support.

The appliance is priced at $7,499. www.tricord.com.

Low-cost NAS from Ateonix
Addressing the requirements of cash-strapped IT departments, Ateonix's NASAS-2040 NAS server is priced at $1,800 for a diskless version. Users and integrators can add up to four disk drives (any size) for up to 640GB of total capacity.

Features include a Flash ROM-based operating system; 1U form factor; 10/100BaseT Ethernet port; support for RAID 0, 1, and 5; and support for the CIFS/SMB, NFS, AFP, HTTP, and FTP protocols. OEM shipments have begun, with volume shipments scheduled for the first half of this year. www.ateonix.com.

Infortrend adds RAID array, controller
Infortrend's IFT IDE 6300 is a 3U, 12-bay RAID array with almost 2TB of capacity, a RAID controller based on a PowerPC RISC processor, 32MB to 256MB of cache, 1Gbps Fibre Channel or Ultra160 SCSI interfaces, data transfer rates of up to 140MBps, hot-swappable components, and support for RAID 0, 1, 3, and 5. Infortrend's RAIDGuide software is included.

Infortrend also introduced the Sentinel RAID 2500 R6 controller, which comes in a 1U form factor. The company claims performance to 220MBps with up to six channels for Ultra160 SCSI drives. The controller supports virtually all RAID levels and is configured in an active-active redundant configuration. www.infortrend.com.

Ancot enhances Fibre Channel analyzers
Ancot has increased the trace memory on all of its FCAccess 2000 series of Fibre Channel analyzers to 4GB (up from 2GB). Pricing starts at $17,300.

The company also introduced a notebook-sized FCAccess 200A analyzer, dubbed the Notebook Companion. The 3.5-pound portable unit features trace memory up to 4GB, data-recording speeds in excess of 540MBps, data recording in native 10B code, and support for both 1Gbps and 2Gbps Fibre Channel. Pricing starts at $17,300. www.ancot.com.

TAPE

ADIC integrates SAN support
Leveraging technology inherited from its acquisition of Pathlight Technologies, Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) last month announced that its midrange Scalar 100 and enterprise-class Scalar 1000 libraries have been enhanced to increase the performance, reliability, and manageability of backup in SAN environments.

The libraries now offer integrated security, management services, multiple fabric support, and data path conditioning. ADIC claims that these capabilities not only make it easier to install the libraries into a SAN, but also improve SAN security, performance, and availability. Other features include the following:

  • End-to-end path security-The libraries have a "built-in firewall," which ensures the integrity of the data and path configuration and provides programmable access, independent of switch zoning, between hosts and drives. Control is at the individual address level.
  • Managed library connectivity-Similar to RAID, the libraries feature a controlled interface between network and library devices. This interface masks the complexity of the system, simplifies resource sharing, and manages the protocol interface. It also can be configured to support multiple fabrics, to provide redundant paths, and for partitioning and management.
  • Integrated data movement-The library architecture includes a multi-streaming data mover, which moves data directly from disk to tape for serverless backup.
  • Data path conditioning-A set of utilities that operate automatically and proactively in the background to protect the integrity of the entire data path (end-to-end path verification), to make data transmission faster and more reliable.

Both libraries support 1Gbps and 2Gbps Fibre Channel. Support for iSCSI is expected later this year. www.adic.com.

STORServer simplifies backup and recovery
Colorado Springs-based STORServer-a provider of storage management products and services-recently introduced two stand-alone network appliances: the STORServer K1000A and the Q1000A. The K1000 integrates an IBM server, and the Q1000 a Compaq server. Both systems provide 70GB to 200GB of backup capacity on two AIT-1 drives but can reportedly scale to tens of terabytes of capacity. Integrated STORServer Manager software eliminates complex scripting and scheduling needs. The software also works as add-on to Tivoli Storage Manager. The appliances can be installed in less than 15 minutes. www.storserver.com.

SOFTWARE

Fujitsu Softek enhances QoS
Three new software products from Fujitsu Softek are geared to help IT administrators quickly diagnose performance problems and to more efficiently monitor the health of critical applications and information. Together, the products provide continuous end-to-end views of service levels throughout the enterprise.

The suite includes a revamped version of Softek's EnView, as well as two new products: Server Monitor and Reporter. Server Monitor proactively gauges performance and capacity throughout Unix, Windows, and Linux server environments. Reporter allows administrators to correlate the data and post it to the Web.

New EnView features include a GUI interface and centralized administration of assets. The software can be purchased separately or as a bundle. www.fujitsusoftek.com.

InterSAN introduces 'SAM' software
Based on a technology designed for managing the application path to storage, Pathline is InterSAN's first storage area management (SAM) software. Pathline manages the relationship between applications and their storage and centralizes management of resources and data across a storage domain(s) to provide shared services to a group of servers and their applications.

The software allows users to automate storage provisioning, provide and measure differentiated service levels, and provide SAN security based on policies.

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Using InterSAN's Virtual Private Data Path (VPD) technology, Pathline "abstracts" the network infrastructure so that each device does not have to be managed separ ately. Provisioning, configuring, managing, and monitoring of heterogeneous networked storage com ponents are automated. The software continuously monitors availability or uptime of the data paths for each application. IT administrators can monitor and control storage networking by application, line of business, location, or storage domain.

The software provides various drill-down views for problem diagnosis. SAN security settings are continuously monitored. Corrective action, including automatic configuration rollback, is administered through policies and alerts. Discovery and topology rendering is provided through in-band and out-of-band protocols used to automatically discover and visualize SAN devices, their connections, and paths.

Pricing for Pathline is based on the amount of SAN-attached storage, the number of switch ports, and other factors. www.intersan.net.

Veritas reduces cluster complexity
Veritas Software recently announced the availability of Veritas Cluster Server 2.0. The new release expands operating system and hardware platform support and adds new workload management features to reduce the complexity of deploying and managing large clusters of servers (up to 32). New features include the ability to set up procedures to eliminate downtime and to optimize application workloads across multiple servers. Pricing starts at $6,000 per server. Cluster Server 2.0 can be integrated with Veritas Global Cluster Manager and Volume Replicator. www.veritas.com.

BMC upgrades Patrol Recovery for Oracle
Addressing the data-recovery issues of database administrators, BMC this month released Patrol Recovery for Oracle v. 2.0. New features include the ability to centrally manage databases across the enterprise from a single console; quick transaction recovery of bad transactions through log analysis; and the ability to do point-in-time recovery analysis. Version 2.0 also provides remote management of backup-and-recovery tasks. www.bmc.com.

CommVault upgrades management software
The latest release of CommVault's enterprise data management software-Galaxy-has expanded support for Unix (AIX and Tru64) and Microsoft Windows XP environments. Other features include

  • Simplified enterprise management-schedule policies, tape export policies, and silent installs;
  • Extended business continuance-Selective aux copy to support tape rotation, emergency recovery to tape, disaster-recovery tool;
  • Expanded NAS/SAN support-EMC Fastrax (for Exchange 5.5 and 2K), BlueArc filer, NDMP;
  • Enhanced media management-via StorageTek's ACSLS; and
  • Enterprise Microsoft support-Exchange Public folder restores, Granular Active Directory restores, and support for SQL 2000 clusters. www.commvault.com.

CA releases SRM software
Computer Associates is shipping Release 6.2 of BrightStor Storage Resource Manager (SRM) software, formerly known as CA-Vantage Open Systems. This release supports Microsoft Exchange and BrightStor Enterprise Backup, as well as offering enhanced support of Tivoli Storage Manager.

The software works with Windows NT/ 2000, NetWare, Linux, and Unix platforms.

The SRM software features a consolidated view of all network storage assets throughout the enterprise. A common user interface and cross-platform design enable interactive navigation through storage object trees, allowing all platforms to be displayed together.

A Web-browser interface for reporting/ viewing lets users create customized reports on any aspect of their distributed storage environment.

Pre-defined reports can be run on domains, servers, volumes, files, owners, etc. Trend analysis, forecasting, and threshold-based or event-oriented automation are also featured. www.ca.com.

Maxtor: virtualization, e-mail software
Working in conjunction with OTG Software, Maxtor introduced two software products for its MaxAttach line of NAS devices: Storage Virtualization Solution (SVS) and Email Management Solution (EMS).

SVS aggregates up to five MaxAttach servers (Models 4100, 4300, or 6000) into a common storage pool. Based on MaxAttach's current capacities, SVS could provide up to 28TB of storage. Different versions of SVS are available to allow for aggregating non-MaxAttach servers, such as a Windows 2000 or an NT server, into the virtualized storage pool.

EMS is e-mail-archiving software for off loading e-mail from either Exchange or Lotus Domino servers onto a MaxAttach server.

Up to 2,000 users and two e-mail servers are supported with EMS. Both EMS and SVS are pre-loaded onto MaxAttach servers as a bundled product.

SVS is priced at $1,149 for the MaxAttach 4100 and 4300 servers, or $4,599 for the MaxAttach 6000, and EMS is priced at $4,999 for the 4300 and 6000. EMS is not supported on the 4100. www.maxtor.com.


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