New Products

Posted on February 01, 2007


LSI introduces FC-SAS array

LSI Logic’s 2U Engenio 1932 disk array has two 4Gbps Fibre Channel host ports and, in an entry-level configuration, support for 12 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) disk drives.

The systems can be scaled up to 48 drives for 14TB of capacity with 300GB SAS drives and are based on Engenio’s DM1300 drive modules. Simplicity Storage Manager software includes features such as online capacity expansion, volume creation, and host-to-volume mappings, as well as storage partitioning, snapshots and volume copy capabilities. Pricing starts at less than $15,000.

With most of the major server vendors shipping systems with SAS drives, end-user adoption of SAS is expected to rev up rapidly.

For example, International Data Corp. (IDC) predicts that the market share for SAS will surge from 7.1% last year to 15.7% this year and 25.9% in 2009. The increased market share for SAS will come primarily at the expense of its predecessor-parallel SCSI, which IDC expects to drop from a 48.8% market share last year to 27.3% this year and only 6% by 2009.

Removable drive stores 160GB

ProStor has added a 160GB drive to its line of 2.5-inch RDX Archival Disk Cartridges, which are also available in 40GB, 80GB, and 120GB versions. (The RDX drives are resold by vendors such as Dell, Imation, and Tandberg Data.) The new 160GB drive takes advantage of perpendicular recording and promises a 15% data-rate improvement.

2.5-inch SAS drive packs 73GB

Seagate last month began shipments of the 2.5-inch, 15,000rpm Savvio 15K disk drive, which is based on the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface.

The Savvio 15K includes a number of improvements over previous-generation drives. For example, the drive is 70% smaller and consumes 30% less power than existing 3.5-inch, 15,000rpm drives. The 2.5-inch Savvio is rated at a mean-time-between-failure (MTBF) of 1.6 million hours.

Hewlett-Packard was the first Seagate partner to qualify and ship systems with Savvio 15K drives, which are available in 36GB and 73GB capacities. Vendors such as IBM and Sun are also in the process of integrating the new drives.

Enhanced replication for Windows

Double-Take Software has launched two products based on a technology the company calls System State Protection and Recovery, which replicates the operating system, registry, drives, hot fixes, patches, applications and their settings, and data.

The two new products-Double-Take ShadowCaster and Double-Take Server Recovery Option-are built on top of the company’s replication technology and allow recovery to hardware that may be different from that of the production system, as long as it runs the same version of Windows. It can also be a virtual server.

ShadowCaster provides a high-availability solution for Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003. It includes Double-Take Replication and addresses the need for SBS local fail-over, allowing cluster-like availability. The software performs all target maintenance, such as patches and security hot fixes, automatically.

The second new product, Server Recovery Option (SRO), requires a Double-Take Replication license and combines continuous data replication with continuous system-state protection. It allows recovery from either a real-time image of the system or a snapshot image from a previous point in time. SRO replicates multiple servers to a central disk-based repository.

The software allows recovery from either a real-time image or a previous point-in-time image of the original server.

Because SRO uses Double-Take Replication, it allows compression, bandwidth throttling and scheduling, so the target server can reside in a separate location, unlike ShadowCaster, which requires a local target. SRO automates the recovery process-pushing Double-Take Replication plus the data, applications, and operating system of the production server to the new system.

SRO lists at $595 for each protected server, in addition to $2,870 for the standard edition of Double-Take’s replication software. ShadowCaster is priced from $1,495.

Software automates system recovery

Version 4.0 of BakBone Software’s NetVault: Backup VaultDR disaster-recovery software, which works on Intel platforms, automates system recovery, and provides cross-platform business continuity and disaster recovery. In addition to data recovery, system recovery can encompass operating systems, network settings, system settings, applications, and disk partitions.

Version 4.0 also includes support for Serial ATA (SATA) devices, data compression, and USB Flash Boot capabilities. The software can be integrated with BakBone’s NetVault: Backup software. NetVault: Backup VaultDR 4.0 is priced from $795 for the base system with five clients.

CDP software supports 64-bits

TimeSpring, maker of TimeData continuous data protection (CDP) software, now supports 64-bit applications running on the Microsoft Windows platform. The present version supports SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange, and file servers. TimeSpring’s TimeData continuously captures in real-time all data as it changes to an on-site or off-site repository. The company claims no protection gaps, no scheduling requirements, no backup-related system slowdowns, and no backup windows for administrators to manage. TimeData is designed to improve and simplify the management of data-retention policies in line with information lifecycle management (ILM) and regulatory requirements.

TimeData is priced at $1,295 per file server.

Multi-format library has 7,450 slots

Spectra Logic has added an optional expansion frame to its T950 tape library, enabling users to configure up to six frames per configuration, bringing total capacity to almost 10 petabytes in 7,450 cartridge slots, depending on tape format. The library supports LTO, SAIT, SDLT, and/or the RXT virtual tape library (VTL).

The company claims a native throughput of 9,600MBps using LTO-3 tape drives. The T950 also includes integrated AES-256 BlueScale Encryption, key management, and data compression. Configured as a VTL, the T950 holds 894TB of virtual tape capacity.

Pricing begins at $160,000 for a six-frame configuration.

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