3PAR targets midrange

Posted on October 01, 2006

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3PAR Data shrunk its disk systems to fit departmental, replication site, and remote data-center deployments with the introduction of the InServ E200 Storage Server, a midrange complement to the company’s high-end InServ S400 and S800 arrays.

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The InServ E200 uses the same operating system as 3PAR’s S-Class disk arrays, which allows for movement of data from the high-end boxes to the midrange systems, a feature that the company hopes will make the E200 an attractive option for existing customers.

The InServ E200 is based on 3PAR’s InSpire architecture and scales from 16 to 128 drives and from 2TB to 63TB. Users can configure the system with 147GB Fibre Channel, 300GB Fibre Channel, or 500GB Nearline drives.

Users can choose different connectivity options, including support for 4 to 12 Fibre Channel host ports in conjunction with four optional iSCSI ports. The InServ E200 features the InSpire architecture’s “single-system” cluster technology, whereby redundant E200 Controller Nodes simultaneously service and export all storage volumes in a load-balanced manner.

Software includes the company’s Rapid Provisioning, Dynamic Optimization, Thin Provisioning, and Virtual and Remote Copy.

An InServ E200 with 2.3TB of capacity and the InForm Operating Suite (including Rapid Provisioning, Access Guard, and Full Copy software) is priced from about $65,000-a step down from the price of an S-Class array, which can start at $100,000. The 2.3TB configuration also includes four Fibre Channel host ports, system installation, two years of software support, and a two-year hardware warranty with four-hour business-day response.

Infortrend adds multi-pathing

Infortrend’s EonPath software provides multi-pathing functionality for the company’s EonStor line of RAID subsystems. Multi-pathing is a fault-tolerant technique that helps avoid downtime and/or data loss that can result from a connection (path) failure. In addition to path fail-over, the technology provides load-balancing for performance improvement. The software works with Windows, Linux, and Solaris platforms.

SGI expands NAS

Based on the company’s Altix 450 servers, SGI’s InfiniteStorage NAS 4550 has up to 67TB of raw disk capacity, 64GB of main memory in addition to 2GB or 16GB of disk cache, 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and four 4Gbps Fibre Channel ports. The server includes eight cores (dual-core Itanium 2 processors) and can support more than 500 multi-user workloads. Other features include redundant controllers and 10,000rpm or 15,000rpm Fibre Channel disk drives (up to 224 drives in 146GB or 300GB capacities).

ExaGrid upgrades D2D backup

The ExaGrid 2.3 is a disk-to-disk (D2D) backup system that features byte-level delta data reduction, compression, and Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives. The company claims that the data reduction and compression combo reduces the amount of disk space required by at least 20:1. New features in the latest release include selective data copy to a second site system (which reduces the size of the system required at the remote site); optimized SQL share for direct backup of SQL databases; and support for a variety of backup applications, including CA BrightStor ARCserve Backup, CommVault Galaxy, and Symantec Backup Exec and NetBackup.

PowerFile ships archiving appliance

PowerFile’s Active Archive Appliance (A3) stores permanent data on a virtualized array of DVD optical media. The system leaves a copy of frequently accessed data in primary cache for fast retrieval. Capacity scales to 30.6TB.

PowerFile claims that since the system is designed for long-term online archive, power usage is typically 5% of spinning disk and that the total cost of the system over five years is about 1/10 to 1/20 the total cost of disk-based systems.

The A3 is implemented as a NAS device that mounts as a network drive supporting NFS and CIFS. The appliance includes a disk-based cache server that ranges from 1TB to 4TB, file management software, and optical WORM-based libraries. A “starter-kit” implementation provides 3.4TB of capacity at a cost of $15,900, with 1.7TB expansion units available at $5,900.  

Nexsan teams with Reldata

Nexsan and Reldata have developed a unified SAN/NAS system that allows users to run NAS, iSCSI SAN, or both at the same time. The system combines Nexsan’s SATABoy disk array and Rel-data’s 9200 IP Storage Gateway.

The system offers disaster-recovery and backup features such as read-only and read/write snapshots and can handle replication of the complete file system or iSCSI target. Local and remote mirroring for transactional data protection is also possible with the iSCSI feature.

Nexsan’s SATABoy is a Serial ATA (SATA) RAID array with dual 2Gbps Fibre Channel connections. Nexsan claims sustained throughput up to 370MBps per controller.

The Reldata IP Storage Gateway 9200 is a storage virtualization system that consolidates multi-vendor Fibre Channel, SCSI, and iSCSI storage resources in a unified SAN-NAS infrastructure.

The Nexsan-Reldata solution is available through VARs and OEMs, and a 7TB configuration is expected to cost about $36,500.

Paralan bridges iSCSI and SCSI

Paralan’s iS500 is a bridge that allows users to connect parallel SCSI devices to an iSCSI-based IP SAN to merge direct-attached storage (DAS) with SAN configurations. Available in board, box, or rack-mountable versions, the iS500 is based on a 32-bit, 844MHz processor and Ultra160 SCSI controller chips from Adaptec. The bridge also allows users to locate HVD SCSI devices at remote locations via Ethernet and the iSCSI protocol. Pricing ranges from $1,495 to $1,795, depending on configuration.

Asempra upgrades CDP

Asempra officials claim that the 2.0 version of the company’s Business Continuity Server (BCS) moves the product from “near” continuous data protection (CDP) to “true” CDP for Exchange environments. Granular recovery of any Exchange object reduces downtime and allows organizations to recovery any type of object-such as e-mail, contacts, or full user in-boxes-without taking the Exchange server offline. Traditionally, administrators have to recover a whole volume and then manually sift through the data to find the file that needs to be recovered.

If an entire Exchange server needs recovery, BCS starts the server immediately, without users noticing that they are in recovery mode. The product can be used locally or remotely.

In addition to CDP for Exchange, BCS combines data protection and disaster recovery for any Windows file server or SQL database application. The software can be integrated with backup software such as Veritas NetBackup, Legato NetWorker, and Tivoli Storage Manager.

Existing customers can receive the CDP upgrade at no cost. For new customers, pricing for the BCS software is based on capacity. For example, the software is priced at about $25,000 for 250GB.

Topio integrates with NetApp

Topio has completed the integration of its Topio Data Protection Suite (TDPS), which provides replication and data-recovery functionality, with Network Appliance’s Data ONTAP 7G and FlexClone software. The combo provides data management functions such as continuous replication and on-demand cloning for production support applications such as development and testing, reporting, data analysis, point-in-time recovery, and archiving. The solution enables non-disruptive, continuous replication from virtually any production storage system to Network Appliance systems.

BitArmor combines DLM, encryption

BitArmor’s Systems Security Suite is designed to protect sensitive data at every stage of the data lifecycle, whether in-flight or at rest. The integrated software package ensures only authorized personnel can access data stored on servers, desktops, laptops, and removable media. The software addresses issues such as compliance, risk mitigation, e-discovery, secure data sharing, and data tracking.

Security Suite offers wire-speed encryption using standard AES and 3DES algorithms without affecting application, storage devices, or networks.

The company claims that the suite’s automatic key management eliminates the complexity and costs associated with public key infrastructure (PKI)-based solutions.

Other features include automatic data classification, availability, and retention; encryption in-flight and on any storage media; data expiration; and data destruction. An audit log allows administrators to track the secured data across the organization.

Pricing for a small enterprise with five laptops is $10,495 per year for three years. For an enterprise with support for 500 desktops and laptops, pricing is $65,495 per year for three years.

Acronis ships SDK

Designed for software developers, OEMs, or IT administrators, Acronis’ True Image Software Development Kit (SDK) enables development of imaging and backup/recovery software based on the company’s True Image software. Developers can customize the applications with their own user interfaces and administrative tools. In addition to the True Image agent, the SDK includes Acronis’ Secure Zone technology, which is a hidden partition for storing backup archives on the system being imaged. List price for the SDK is $5,000.

Xiotech adds CDP capabilities

Xiotech recently introduced CDP capabilities for its TimeScale line of data-protection systems with the addition of TimeScale 200 and TimeScale 300. The new systems allow users to recover single files, applications, or entire volumes at any point in time, across a retention period defined by the user. Both TimeScale 200 and TimeScale 300 feature CDP for Microsoft Windows 2003 environments. TimeScale 300 provides additional long-distance replication capabilities allowing customers to deploy a mixture of data-protection capabilities to meet individual application needs. All changes to data are protected without performance impact to the host system.


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