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Posted on August 01, 2006

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Overland ships entry-level LTO libraries

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Overland Storage has introduced a new series of entry-level tape automation products targeted at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The first models in the ARCvault family include a 12-cartridge autoloader and a 24-cartridge library with up to 19.2TB of capacity.

With capacity ranging from 2.4TB to 9.6TB, the ARCvault 12 is a 2U autoloader with 12 cartridges and one LTO-2 or LTO-3 tape drive. It is upgradeable to the 24-slot library.

The ARCvault 24 tape library is also 2U high, but has 24 cartridge slots and two LTO-2 tape drives or one LTO-3 drive and a capacity of 9.6TB to 19.2TB.

The ARCvault devices are compatible with a variety of backup software packages, including CA BrightStor and ARCserve, CommVault Galaxy, EMC/Legato NetWorker, IBM Tivoli Storage Manger, Symantec/Veritas BackupExec and NetBackup, and Yosemite Backup Standard. Supported operating systems include Windows, Linux, and NetWare.

 The ARCvault 12 autoloader is priced at $4,995 with an LTO-2 drive and $6,369 with an LTO-3 drive. The ARCvault 24 library is priced at $5,994 with an LTO-2 drive and $7,369 with an LTO-3 drive.

Compellent adds ‘ILM’

Compellent’s Storage Center QuickStart ILM is a turnkey SAN that automates tiered storage within a single enclosure. QuickStart automates data classification and data movement between storage tiers based on how often blocks of data are used. This eliminates the need for users to create policies based on the type of data or application, as is required with most information lifecycle management (ILM) solutions.

Another difference between QuickStart ILM and other ILM products is that it moves blocks of data rather than entire files and volumes. Each block is time-stamped, and if it sits unused it is automatically moved to lower-cost storage devices. Within one enclosure, high-performance Fibre Channel drives store frequently accessed data and lower-cost Fibre Channel drives store less-frequently accessed data. Data movement is bi-directional, so blocks that experience increased activity can be automatically returned to higher-performance drives.

In many cases, as much as 80% of a company’s data is inactive. Compellent claims overall disk expenditure reductions of up to 74% by moving this inactive data to lower-cost devices. The company also claims higher performance by freeing up space on the high-performance drives.

QuickStart ILM uses industry-standard hardware, including Xyratex disk drive enclosures on the back-end and a Supermicro server for the RAID controllers.

Pricing for Storage Center QuickStart ILM starts at $49,500 and includes a Storage Center SAN with 6.4TB of capacity split between 10,000rpm and 7,200rpm Fibre Channel drives, as well as features such as automated tiered storage, thin provisioning, and continuous snapshots. QuickStart ILM’s modular architecture enables users to scale to more than 300TB on the same platform, with replication to multiple sites.

DataDirect delivers archive system

DataDirect Networks’ S2A9500 is a nearline or archive storage system based on SATA disk drives and the company’s Silicon Storage Appliance (S2A). The appliance includes up to 48 SATA drives, or 480TB in a two-rack configuration. Other features include parity checking of all read I/Os (via a parallel parity processing engine), hardware-based RAID 6, a disk controller engine (DCE) to manage SATA drive latencies, and 20 Fibre Channel interconnects for extra performance.

Iron Mountain combines backup, encryption

Iron Mountain Digital, the technology arm of Iron Mountain Inc., has combined its backup software product, Connected Backup/PC, and its data-protection solution, DataDefense, into a new marketing strategy called the PC Data Protection Suite. For PCs and laptops, Connected Backup/PC backs up and restores data, and Data Defense encrypts data and also remotely eliminates data if a laptop is lost or stolen to prevent unauthorized users from accessing its data.

The Connected Backup/PC product became part of Iron Mountain Digital’s portfolio when Iron Mountain acquired Connected Corp. in October 2004. Connected Backup/PC allows automatic backup of PCs and laptops without disruption to users. The product’s MyROAM feature allows control of backup and restoration from inside or outside company firewalls. Connected Backup/PC scales from five to hundreds of thousands of PCs using one centralized management tool.

Iron Mountain Digital launched DataDefense in January. On the server side, administrators set rules that the agent, which is downloaded to the PC or laptop, follows. If an unauthorized user tries to hack into the laptop and has, for example, 10 failed password attempts in a row, the agent will start eliminating pre-identified data on the machine. Or, if the machine is out of contact with the server for a specified period of time, it will also delete data. If the user knows the PC has been stolen, an administrator can order the server to wipe out the data on the PC if it should come online.

Pricing for Connected Backup/PC starts at about $18 per seat per month. DataDefense is priced from $120 per seat per year. Customers can also purchase the PC Data Protection Suite as a licensed product.

Aptare offers backup reporting

Aptare now offers StorageConsole backup reporting and active management for Veritas NetBackup and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) as a managed service. StorageConsole Managed Services Edition has the same features as StorageConsole 5.1 Enterprise Edition. Using a centralized Web-based portal, storage administrators can identify unprotected data, improve capacity planning, increase performance, and provide compliance with audits and legal discovery.

New features in StorageConsole Managed Services Edition include a customer-provisioning interface that helps resellers and managed-service providers provision and manage customers’ data, regardless of the environment’s size or number of locations. Flexible branding templates allow resellers and managed service providers to apply their own company branding to the StorageConsole portal. Aptare will host the portal for services providers, eliminating the up-front costs of hardware and managing a secure Internet portal.

NTP Software adds chargeback software

Earlier this month, NTP Software began shipments of its new Storage Billing System software, which enables storage administrators to charge back for storage consumption according to usage. Administrators can charge back by user and/or by department and have the ability to assign rates by department. The software also generates billing reports. Storage Billing System, priced at $1,095 per server license, can work with NTP’s flagship QFS quota management software, allowing administrators to bill based on quota usage or over-quota usage.

Lucid8 provides CDP for Exchange

Lucid8’s new version of DigiVault backup and disaster-recovery software offers continuous data protection (CDP) for Microsoft Exchange databases. DigiVault 1.4 tracks changes to the Exchange database and stores the incremental changes as they are committed.

Lucid8’s GOexchange software works with DigiVault to provide disaster prevention and database optimization. GOexchange removes hidden database errors, increases disk space, and rebuilds indexes. Lucid8 claims that GOexchange reduces Exchange storage requirements by 30% to 55% and, when combined with DigiVault and a third-party archiving solution, it can potentially result in a 90% reduction in storage requirements.

DigiVault is the first module developed within the Lucid8 Enterprise System Protector (ESP). Additional ESP modules for SQL Server, Active Directory, SharePoint, IIS, and other third-party platforms, such as Oracle’s database systems and IBM’s Lotus Notes, are under development. DigiVault licensing is provided on a per-server basis, with pricing based upon the number of mailboxes, starting at $695 for 25 mailboxes.

Idealstor adds CDP

Idealstor has added CDP for Windows servers to the 4.0 version of its Ibac data-protection software. Ibac 4.0 continuously backs up systems at the byte level and allows users to recover lost or corrupted data from any point in time.

Ibac performs an initial backup and then stores only changes to the data. The data is stored in its native format using DESX or 3DES encryption at up to 10GB per minute, according to Idealstor officials.

Restores are also quicker because files can be restored by name or accessed directly from the backup server. Ibac also performs bare-metal restores.

Using the change logs in Windows applications such as Exchange and SQL, Ibac 4.0 allows users to back up to any point in time, even for open files. This allows administrators to restore to a state prior to data loss or corruption.

By employing two separate modules, Ibac 4.0 gives users the ability to choose which applications will be protected by CDP. The software can separate regular scheduled backups from continuous backup. Users can assign more-critical servers to CDP and less-critical servers to backups on a scheduled basis.

The software operates with Idealstor’s backup appliances-including the FrankeNAS, Idealstor Backup Appliance, and Idealstor SATA-as well as any other Windows server appliance with enough capacity to store the backed up data.

Ibac can also operate with ejectable disk media, which Idealstor offers, allowing media to be taken off-site as with tape storage. Ibac 4.0 is sold in pairs at a cost of $1,500 each for the source and target.

Atto eases tape server workload

Atto Technology has introduced a network data management protocol (NDMP) backup appliance called the FastStream NDMP 4600. The new product offloads the tape server workload from NDMP filers. The filers can perform faster because of the separate data and control path for tape backup. Users gain an advantage of improved management control and operating efficiency of tape libraries because the FastStream 4600 attaches directly to the libraries.

The 1U FastStream NDMP 4600 can be integrated with rack-mount systems and then attached to existing SCSI tape libraries. Atto claims that storage devices can operate at near-native speeds with throughput of more than 1TB per hour. FastStream features Express-NAV, a Web-based GUI.

EVault streamlines e-discovery

Evault’s new EVault Insight is designed for corporations and law firms that need to manage electronic discovery for regulatory compliance, retention, and litigation. The solution is designed to simplify and reduce the cost of discovery by reducing cycle time and IT resource requirements.

Insight has both a technology and a professional services component. The two e-discovery services include EVault Insight File Conversion Service and Online Review Service.

The Insight File Conversion service is designed for firms with smaller review projects. It converts files to TIF or PDF, the formats most litigation management software requires. The Online Review Service is a Web-based, hosted document repository and review service that allows a litigation review team to manage millions of documents from a secure Website. It performs keyword and concept searches, customizable foldering, tagging, reporting, and security.

Cutting Edge launches ANStor64

Earlier this summer, Cutting Edge launched ANStor64, which sells iSCSI/NAS software to systems/storage integrators, VARs, and OEMs. The native 64-bit operating system software (also called ANStor64) is available as a disk-on-module device that plugs into an IDE port on Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron-based servers to automatically turn them into a NAS, iSCSI, or combo appliance. (The “ANS” in ANStor stands for Area Network Storage.)

ANStor64 is based on Linux and provides both iSCSI target and initiator functionality. Other features include built-in remote replication for disk-to-disk backup, mirroring, IP fail-over, multiple snapshot capability, and integrated security features.

Pricing generally ranges from $750 for the iSCSI version to $1,200 for the NAS version. A combination version (iSCSI and NAS) is priced at about $1,500.

DNF augments NAS servers

Dynamic Network Factory (DNF) has introduced new versions of its FlexStor-NAS servers that are based on Microsoft’s Windows Storage Server R2. New features include Intel Xeon “Woodcrest” processors, support for 750GB hard drives, support for clusters and NAS gateway functionality, and support for RAID 6, which protects against the simultaneous failure of two drives. The NAS systems are priced from $4,000.


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