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Posted on May 01, 2004

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Exanet tackles grid storage

The 2.0 version of Exanet's ExaStore Grid Storage software, which is based on the company's ExaMesh grid architecture, clusters storage resources (including RAID arrays, servers/controllers, and cache memory) into a unified storage resource with a single name space via a global file system. The network-attached storage (NAS) architecture supports the NFS, CIFS, and AFP (Apple File Protocol) protocols for data/file sharing. The system manages the consolidated storage environment with dynamic capacity, performance load balancing, and distributed cooperative caching to eliminate performance bottlenecks.

The system's user access management supports authentication mechanisms such as NIS+, NT Domain Controller, and Active Directory, as well as internal authentication mechanisms. For safe resource and file sharing, ExaStore uses a distributed locking mechanism. Also included in the software is a quota system that allows storage space management, tracking, and enforcement of capacity usage policies across all protocols. The software works with off-the-shelf servers and RAID arrays.

Separately, Exanet announced a reseller agreement with Kodak Polychrome Graphics under which KPG will resell ExaStore in the graphics arts and digital content markets. www.exanet.com.

Xtore ships FC-SATA array

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At last month's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, Xtore debuted its XD 2000 series of disk arrays, which combine Fibre Channel host connections (up to 200MBps) with low-cost Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives.

Target applications include video/broadcasting, disaster recovery, nearline archiving, disk-to-disk-to-tape backup, and fixed content applications.

Available in JBOD or RAID configurations, the XD 2000 series supports up to 56TB of capacity in a 2U 12-bay version or 3U 16-bay version. The arrays will be available next month. www.xtore-es.com.

Dot Hill array addresses rich media

Also at last month's NAB show, Dot Hill introduced the RIO Xtreme disk array, which is optimized for rich media environments, including high-definition and standard-definition video and film editing and effects, streaming technologies, broadcasting, HDTV, and nearline storage. The 1U storage server supports Fibre Channel and Serial ATA (SATA).

The RIO Xtreme is based on technology from Chaparral Network Storage, which Dot Hill acquired in February. www.dothill.com.

NAS roundup

Dell recently began shipments of the PowerVault 745N NAS server, which is based on Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003. The appliance can be configured with 160GB to 4TB of capacity. The 1U 745N comes with either Intel Celeron or Pentium 4 processors and includes snapshot software. Pricing starts at $1,799. www.dell.com/storage.

Also based on Windows Storage Server 2003, Fastora's PowerStor and LiteStor NAS servers provide up to eight IDE drives for over 2TB of capacity in RAID 0, 1, 5, and JBOD configurations.

Features include hot-swappable disk drives, redundant power supplies, Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet ports, and Mini PCI expansions slots. Five models are available, with prices ranging from $950 for a 600GB LiteStore NAS-T2-IW to $3,995 for a 2.4TB PowerStor NAS-208-IW. www.fastora.com.

American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) combines NAS and iSCSI in its StorTrends iTX appliance, which the company demonstrated at last month's Storage Networking World conference. The system is based on AMI's Fi-BLO (file and block) software, which enables users to retrieve file- and block-based data from the same device. www.ami.com.

PolyServe recently began shipments of the NAS Cluster solution for Linux environments, which is designed to improve performance and availability of off-the-shelf NAS servers. NAS Cluster supports NFS with a symmetric cluster file system, high-availability services, and management capabilities.

The product aggregates up to 16 servers and is based on PolyServe's Matrix Server shared data clustering software. NAS Cluster is priced at $3,500 per server. www.polyserve.com.

STORserver adds life-cycle management

STORserver has added a Lifecycle Management (LM) Appliance to its line of business continuity appliances. The LM Appliance includes repository and data-retention capabilities that enable users to implement information life-cycle management (ILM) functionality as well as compliance with regulations such as HIPAA, Sarbanes Oxley, and DOD 5015.2.

The company also released Version 2 of its Backup Appliance, which features a Web-based management interface.

The appliance is based on Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003 platform and is designed for backup, archiving, and disaster recovery. www.storserver.com.

Connected handles e-mail archiving

Connected Corp. recently added an e-mail archiving solution that archives, manages, and recovers e-mail records, allowing users to meet compliance and legal discovery requirements. ArchiveStore/EM includes data-reduction technology, encryption, audit trails, and policy-based management for Microsoft Exchange environments. Other features include a secure audit trail, policy enforcement, and access control. ArchiveStore/EM is available as licensed software or as a hosted service through Connected's partners. www.connected.com.

Spectra Logic library includes TOE

Spectra Logic's T120 is the first tape library to include a TCP/IP offload engine (TOE), which the company claims enables Ethernet-based protocols such as iSCSI and NDMP to run at full wire speed. Other features include remote management, library partitioning, mixed media (AIT and LTO-2 tape formats), capacity on demand, and hot-swap drives and controllers.

The 14U T120 holds 30 to 120 tapes and scales up to six full-height drives or 10 half-height drives. Capacity ranges up to 48TB (compressed) with LTO-2 drives or 156TB (compressed) with SAIT tape drives. Interfaces include Gigabit Ethernet, 2Gbps Fibre Channel, or direct-attach SCSI. Pricing starts at $16,000. www.spectralogic.com.


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