Adaptec, WD target Serial ATA
Interest in Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives, controllers and RAID subsystems is starting to pick up steam, as evidenced by recent SATA-related announcements. Last month, Adaptec began shipping a 4-port SATA RAID controller—the 2410SA—that is a higher-end version of the company's 2-port SATA controller. The 2410SA supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD configurations; up to 1.5Gbps throughput; RAID level migrations, and online capacity expansion. MSRP is $390. www.adaptec.com.
Western Digital's Caviar Special Edition (SE) SATA disk drives have a 7,200rpm rotation rate, a capacity of 250GB, an 8MB buffer, and SecureConnect cable technology, which the company claims strengthens the drive-cable connection by 500%. (Weak drive-cable connections were a drawback to some first-generation SATA drives.) Data throughput is 150MBps over the SATA interface. www.west erndigital.com. (For more information on Serial ATA and the other leading disk interfaces, see "Disk drive/array interface options expand," InfoStor, June 2003, p. 16.)
Hitachi broadens mobile disks
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies last month began shipping its second 4,200rpm mobile hard drive. The Travelstar 4K80 joins the 80GN, which is already shipping. While the 80GN boasts high performance and low acoustics, the 4K80 touts a 250 G/2ms shock tolerance. Both drives have a 40GB-per-disk capacity and are available with one or two disks for a maximum 80GB capacity. http://global.hitachi.com.
Snap ups NAS capacity to 1TB
Snap Appliance has raised the capacity of its Snap Server 4500 network-attached storage (NAS) device to 1TB. The appliance uses an Intel Pentium 4 and Snap's Linux-based GuardianOS software for cross-platform file sharing. The software integrates with Active Directory and has data-protection options such as snapshots, server-to-server synchronization, and eTrust Antivirus software from Computer Associates. The 1TB 4500 is priced at $6,495.
The company also introduced the Guardian-based Snap Server 4200, which provides 320GB for $3,195 in a 1U form factor. Features include hot-swap disk drives, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, support for Active Directory Service (ADS), and a 2GHz Celeron processor. www.snapappli ance.com.
Arco ships disk duplicators
Arco Data Protection Systems' EzCOPY disk duplicator makes exact copies of virtually any hard drive without requiring connection to a host system. The company claims a duplication speed of less than one minute per gigabyte.
Source and target drives can be different capacities and/or from different manufacturers. The portable system is based on Arco's DupliDisk disk mirroring technology. www.duplidisk.com.
Atto upgrades FC HBAs
Atto Technology's ExpressPCI FC 3342 is a quad-channel Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) that provides 2Gbps Fibre Channel performance and data-transfer rates up to 400MBps per channel. The board is compatible with PCI-X. Target applications include rich media, streaming media backup, imaging, and other high-bandwidth applications.
The HBAs include Atto's Advanced Data Streaming technology, which provides controlled acceleration of large and small blocks of data for faster performance. In addition, the company's PrecisionPath technology reduces bit-error rates. www.at totech.com.
PowerQuest extends backup family
PowerQuest recently announced two additions to its disk-based backup and disaster-recovery products. The V2i Protector 2.0 Server Edition and the V2i Protector 2.0 Desktop Edition target Windows platforms. Both products reduce the amount of time needed to back up images and recover from a disaster, and provide bare-metal recovery. Both packages can be configured to create periodic incremental backup images.
Features include support for Active Directory, enhanced functionality for backing up and restoring database volumes, hot incremental imaging, and incremental rollbacks. The V2i Protector 2.0 Server Edition costs $995 per server. The Desktop Edition is priced $799 for 10 workstations. www.powerquest.com.
TeraCloud adds NAS support
TeraCloud has added NAS support to its SpaceNet 3.0 storage management suite via development relationships with EMC and Network Appliance. NAS support covers file system space use, quotas, qtrees, volumes, and RAID groups. The software includes an auditing utility for drilling down to directory and file levels, and a space reclamation utility. The software can re-provision NAS devices and report on which hosts are using the devices. www.teracloud.com.
Tek-Tools intros DNS monitoring tool
Profiler for DNS Monitoring is Tek-Tools' latest storage resource management (SRM) tool for monitoring and identifying DNS server issues related to service level agreements (SLAs). The software is a module of the Storage Profiler Suite and has agent-less monitoring, real-time downtime alerts, a DNS service availability console, DNS root hosts overview, and instant reporting capability.
Other features include DNS non-root hosts overview, success/failure reporting on all hosts, including results on ping, port scan, NS lookup, last poll, response time, resolved host name, and trace path. The software costs $1,500 per site. www.tek-tools.com.
Acronis courts OEMs, resellers
Acronis is offering some of its disk imaging and data migration utilities to OEMs, systems integrators, and resellers, including True Image 6.0, which allows users to create duplicates of their hard disks and systems manufacturers to clone disk drives for multi-system installations. The company is also offering its MigrateEasy 6.0 application, which lets users transfer their programs and data directly from one drive to another without needing to re-install or reconfigure software. www.acronis.com.
Signiant enhances data movement software
Signiant's Mobilize 4.0 is the latest version of its automated data movement software for transferring data among heterogeneous systems. In this release, Signiant added AES (256-bit) encryption, high availability with automatic fail-over, and support for international character sets. The software helps reduce the cost of repeatable data movement among distributed Unix, Linux, and Windows systems for applications such as consolidating files from remote sites for centralized backup, archival, or regulatory compliance. www.signiant.com.
Imperial tunes server-storage I/O
Known primarily as a solid-state disk vendor, Imperial Technology recently released software that enables IT administrators to monitor and tune I/O throughput between servers and storage devices. Called Serv2Stor, the software determines whether throughput problems are being caused by servers or storage and provides guidelines for improving performance. The code also monitors load balancing and includes SRM functions such as determining which devices are over-provisioned or under-provisioned. Serv2Stor runs only on Solaris, although support for other operating systems is under development. www.imperialtech.com.
Arkeia ships plug-in for Lotus 6
Arkeia's backup software now supports Lotus 6 via a plug-in that is available for download from http://www.arkeia.com/downloadlotus.html. Features include an IBM/Lotus API; hot backup of online files; full, incremental, or differential backup/restore; point-in-time recovery with redirect; multi-level data security; and Lotus Notes file backup, including archive logs.
The plug-in supports Linux, AIX, Solaris, and Windows. Prices start at $990 for Linux and Windows systems, and $1,990 for Unix. A bare-metal disaster recovery feature is also available to rebuild Linux servers automatically. www.arkeia.com.
Atempo upgrades backup software
Atempo last month announced the availability of a Business Edition of its Time Navigator backup-and-recovery software, which can be used to protect up to 10 Windows, Linux, or NetWare hosts. The Business Edition includes a feature that allows users to restore virtually any time slice of data history. The software has been optimized for both surgical restore of user files and complete recovery of file systems or databases. Data encryption is available as an option. Pricing starts at $2,500. www.atempo.com.
STORServer integrates AIT libraries
STORServer's Y Series of backup appliances are now available with Sony's LIB-162 AIT libraries. The Y Series includes the Y1, Y500, and Y1000, which differ in the number of tape drives and amount of disk cache they provide. The Sony LIB-162 library includes one or two AIT-2 or AIT-3 drives and has 16 tape cartridge slots for up to 700GB. A dedicated Ultra160 SCSI channel attaches the tape drives to the STORServer backup appliance.
To back up data, users attach the STORServer backup appliance to a TCP/IP network and install a software module on any system on the LAN. Because backed-up data is moved first to disk cache (ATA or SCSI) in the appliance, multiple backups can be done simultaneously. Additionally, data can be backed up directly to tape. Backups to disk and tape can also be done simultaneously—even from the same system. Pricing starts at $12,900. www.storserver.com.
Avail tackles disk, tape backup
Avail Solutions last month introduced version 1.4.5 of its Integrity backup-and-recovery software. The release allows users to manage disk and tape backups in a single storage environment. New features include adaptive file transmission, which determines the best-available protocol for transmitting data; automatic offline file ..grooming; and FreeBSD server support. Version 1.4.5 also touts a more-user-friendly GUI and better documentation and installation procedures than previous releases. Redundancy and fail-over are built-in to ensure continuous data availability. Integrity supports a variety of operating platforms, including Windows, Solaris, and Linux. Pricing starts at $850. www.availsolutions.com.
Plextor ships 52/32/52 CD-R/RW drive
Plextor's PlexWriter Premium CD-R/RW drive features 52X CD-Write, 32X CD-Rewrite, and 52X (maximum) CD-Read speeds. It includes an 8MB data buffer and burst data-transfer rates of 16.6MBps (PIO Mode 4/DMA Mode 2) or 33.3MBps (UDMA Mode 2). The drive is designed for Windows PCs and includes an ATA/ATAPI-5 interface and support for horizontal or vertical drive bay orientation. MSRP is $129. www.plextorshop.com.