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Posted on December 01, 2002

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Veritas acquires NTP SRM software. To round out its storage resource management (SRM) portfolio, Veritas has acquired NTP Software's Storage Reporter code, which gives administrators a detailed view of storage resource usage. Veritas will integrate the software into its SANPoint Control suite.

SNIA, Infinity I/O offer new exam. SNIA and Infinity I/O recently launched a third certification level: FC-SAN Specialist. The exam is designed to test the knowledge and skills of candidates who design and configure Fibre Channel SANs. It also tests professionals' knowledge of issues related to performance and interoperability. The exam costs $365 and can be taken at Prometric test centers worldwide.

DataCore fires back. In part to combat public statements by EMC regarding the performance bottlenecks caused by in-band virtualization engines, DataCore Software commissioned the Evaluator Group to perform a series of benchmarks on DataCore's SANsymphony platform. The tests recorded transaction rates of up to 400,000 I/Os per second and sustained throughput rates of up to 2.1GBps. The total cost of the test configuration was only $65,000. For more details, see www.evaluatorgroup.com.

Topspin virtualizes the data center. While storage vendors and administrators grapple with virtualizing storage, start-up Topspin plans to enable virtualization of the entire data center, including CPUs, storage, and networks. It's part of a trend that goes by various names: on-demand computing, utility computing, modular computing, etc., although Topspin uses the term "switched computing." The company likes to use the Lego analogy, in which its intelligent switch provides the green foundation layer and OEMs provide building blocks such as servers, storage devices, etc. Unfortunately, the company is also reviving the term "server area networks" (aka clustering), which might cause some confusion with storage area networks.

Storage Computer, Lucent demo optical network. Storage Computer and Lucent recently demonstrated a 2,100-mile optical storage network using Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) for real-time data mirroring and replication over an OC-48 network. The network was created using Lucent's OptiStar EdgeSwitch and Storage Computer's CyberBorgVSA to perform synchronous mirroring and replication between data centers in New York City and Denver.

EMC, Microsoft develop 45TB SQL SAN. EMC and Microsoft teamed up to develop a 45TB SQL Server SAN, which the companies claim is the largest SQL SAN ever built. The configuration included a 10TB human genomics database and EMC Symmetrix and Clariion disk arrays.

ClariStor develops SAN filer technology. ClariStor, formerly Agile Storage, is developing a SAN filer system that it claims is an alternative to NAS and NAS heads. Scheduled for availability next summer, ClariStor's hardware/software diskless filer system will use SAN storage to store/serve files. Unlike NAS gateways, the product is designed to provide file-based services on top of a SAN; therefore, all data, metadata, and journaling systems are stored on the SAN.

3PAR sells first units, completes SPC-1 test. 3PAR, a vendor of utility-class storage systems, recently shipped its first product: InServ. Early customers include Veritas Software and RagingWire. Veritas has reportedly used InServ to consolidate a 10 JBOD SAN environment; RagingWire has installed it in its northern California data center. 3PAR also recently completed SPC-1 benchmark testing. All Storage Performance Council test results are posted at www.storageperformance.org.

Cray adopts ADIC file system. Cray will use ADIC's StorNext File System as the primary SAN file system in its next generation of supercomputers. The file system will be configured for Cray's UNICOS operating system and will be delivered with all Cray X1 systems. The StorNext file system provides shared access to centralized disk storage for heterogeneous clients.

Brocade teams up with Emulex, HP. Brocade has partnered with Emulex to help centralize SAN management and secure SAN fabrics, from host bus adapters to switches. Separately, Brocade expanded its relationship with Hewlett-Packard. Brocade will integrate its Fabric Manager with HP OpenView Storage Area Manager, which will allow users of OpenView to manage Brocade switches across multiple fabrics.

Hitachi signs deals with CommVault, InterSAN. Hitachi Data Systems will resell and support storage management software from CommVault and InterSAN. HDS will resell CommVault's Galaxy backup-and-recovery software with its Freedom Storage systems and will begin a phased offering of InterSAN's Pathline storage area management software. Hitachi also announced a new Global Solutions Services organization, which will serve as the cornerstone of its TrueNorth storage vision. First services include SplitSecond for Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange, and data migration and storage consolidation.

CA lowers ARCserve pricing. Computer Associates has set a new price point for its BrightStor ARCserve Backup for Windows software and simplified the product's licensing structure. The latest version—release 9—is priced from $695. New features include the ability to specify separate network paths for backup tasks and to automate routine tasks.

Apcon lowers testing costs. Apcon, a maker of physical-layer switches for Fibre Channel, Ethernet, and SONET, claims that vendors can lower per-port testing costs by as much as 80% using its 8- to 64-port switches. The switches enable engineers and developers to automate testing and development of various storage networking devices, which can translate into cost- and time-saving benefits.

Fujitsu samples 2.5-inch Serial ATA drive. Fujitsu is sampling 2.5-inch Serial ATA drives, with production shipments expected in April. The Serial ATA interface provides data transfer rates of up to 150MBps

IBM boosts areal density. By sandwiching a three-atom layer of the element ruthenium between two magnetic layers, IBM is boosting disk drive areal densities to 70 gigabits per square inch and expects to achieve 100Gbpsi in 2003. IBM introduced the antiferromagnetically coupled media last year and is currently using it in its Travelstar 80GN mobile hard drive.


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