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Posted on April 01, 2007

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Atto enters SAS adapter market

Atto Technology recently entered the SAS adapter market with the ExpressSAS R348 (internal) and R380 (external) RAID adapters. The company also launched its SAS Advantage channel program for VARs and integrators targeting high-throughput environments such as digital video.

The adapters are based on the company’s proprietary Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) technology and Intel’s 800MHz IOP348 I/O processors for PCIe hosts. Atto claims a throughput rate of up to 903MBps in a RAID-5 configuration with 256KB transfers across 12 3.5-inch SAS drives, or 979MBps with 4MB transfers.

Like all SAS adapters, the ExpressSAS cards support both 3Gbps SAS and Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives.

In addition to virtually all standard RAID levels, the adapters support Atto’s DV RAID, which is designed to accelerate performance in streaming media applications such as high-definition (HD) digital video editing.

The adapters feature a native (as opposed to bridged) PCIe implementation with x8 PCIe-to-SAS/SATA interfaces and come in a low-profile form factor. The R348 has user-configurable internal port options with x4 Mini-SAS connectors (eight internal, or four internal and four external), and the R380 has eight external ports (two x4 Mini-SAS connectors).

Other features of Atto’s ExpressSAS adapters include support for up to 32 physical drives and 128 logical drives, 256MB of ECC SDRAM, and support for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms. MSRP for the adapters is $1,095.

Adaptec launches SAS/SATA controllers

Adaptec has released five “unified” Serial ATA (SATA) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) RAID controllers for PCIe systems.

The controllers are low-profile cards designed for entry-level to midrange servers and workstations. The 3405 has four internal ports, the 3805 has eight internal ports, the 31205 has 12 internal ports, the 31605 has 16 internal ports, and the 3085 with eight external ports has dual-path fail-over.

Features include the following:

  • Performance: Hot Space (RAID-5EE) spreads the hot-spare disk space across the array and increases performance by using the spare spindle rather than leaving it idle;
  • Protection: Dual-drive failure protection (RAID-6) ensures that the array can survive two disk failures without losing data; and
  • Manageability: Users can manage data backups by taking point-in-time snapshots and copying them to tape or disk without taking arrays offline. A hot-spare slot can be designated in the disk cabinet, so after replacing a failed drive, the array will reconstruct to its original configuration.

Prices for the controllers range from $445 to $995.

Symantec supports RHEL 5

Symantec’s Veritas portfolio supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and includes new storage management capabilities for Xen virtualization. Through its partnership with Red Hat, Symantec plans to provide its core Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster Server, and NetBackup software for users adopting the new subscription release.

Symantec and Red Hat also launched a Partner Gateway Initiative, a collaborative effort involving joint engineering, pre-release testing, and a shared virtual lab support model.

Symantec is leveraging the open-source Xen server virtualization to launch a beta program for its Storage Foundation and dynamic multi-pathing technologies. Xen will be bundled as part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and other Linux distributions. This will unite storage virtualization and I/O multi-pathing with virtualized workloads, enabling a centralized management model across all workloads and operating systems-physical or virtual.

Symantec also offers Veritas Storage Foundation Basic, a free version of Storage Foundation designed for edge-tier and infrastructure workloads. For more information, go to www.symantec.com/sfbasic.

Double-Take software protects virtual machines

Double-Take Software recently introduced software designed to protect virtual machines in VMware ESX environments. Double-Take for VMware Infrastructure can replicate data from one ESX server to another.

The software installs on its own stand-alone server and then manages the protection for the selected virtual machines, including operating systems, applications, and data. The software includes compression and the ability to configure replication frequency.

Regularly capturing changes, Double-Take for VMware Infrastructure keeps the target virtual disks up-to-date and ready for fail-over, recovery, and backup. During an outage, the replicated virtual machine can be started on the target server with the latest replicated data available.

A $2,495 license protects up to 10 virtual machines.

Illuminator monitors data protection

Illuminator has unveiled its first product in the “enterprise recovery management” space with the launch of the Virtual Recovery Engine, a software tool that continuously monitors data-protection processes across replication, snapshots, and backup technologies to ensure applications, databases, and file systems can be recovered according to an organization’s recovery objectives.

The Virtual Recovery Engine analyzes information from the application, database, system, storage, and backup domains and builds a repository of all available recovery points. The software uses real-time correlation to evaluate the data-protection process against potential exposures and automatically highlights recoverability risks in the application context, enabling storage managers to take appropriate action.

Company officials claim that the Virtual Recovery Engine goes a step beyond existing backup reporting technologies in providing visibility into the data-protection process while reducing the risk of failures in the recovery process.

The Virtual Recovery Engine supports Windows, Linux, and Unix, and storage platforms from vendors such as EMC and NetApp. Pricing starts at $50,000 and is based on the number of managed servers, applications, and storage frames. The software is also available under a subscription pricing model.

CipherMax focuses on encryption

CipherMax (formerly Maxxan Systems) has introduced the CM100 family of encryption products for tape media and disk-based storage networks. CipherMax was previously the security solution that ran on Maxxan’s MXV line of intelligent SAN switches. When the company decided to focus on security, it elevated the CipherMax brand from a product to the name of the company.

CipherMax also upgraded its SANCruiser SAN-management software and introduced key-management software called KeyCruiser.

The CipherMax solution adds encryption to the company’s switch technology along with software that provides both the SAN management and security administration through a single interface.

The CM100 line includes three models targeted for tape encryption and one for disk encryption:

  • Designed for tape encryption, the CM110T, CM140T, and CM180T are 1U devices with 256-bit AES encryption and support for up to 16 Fibre Channel ports (or 32 ports in a clustered configuration). The CM140T provides 4x the encryption/compression throughput of the CM100T, and the CM180T provides 8x the throughput; and
  • Designed for disk, the CM180D has the same switching capabilities as the other encryption devices. Features include automatic zone detection and optional LUN masking and remapping.

The CM110T starter bundle, which includes SANCruiser and KeyCruiser, is priced from about $30,000.

Storewiz enhances compression

Storewiz’ STN-6000 product line is built on a multi-core compression architecture that features improved compression ratios and an enhanced read cache algorithm that improves system response times by reducing the number of I/O requests read from storage.

The STN-6300 is designed for departments, remote offices, distributed applications, and archival/compliance applications. The STN-6500 is targeted at enterprises and technical applications.

The appliances install between the storage devices and the IP networking switch, compressing all data that is written to the storage. They support the CIFS and NFS NAS protocols. When users want to access the compressed data, Storewiz transparently decompresses the data.

For back office or chip-design applications, Storewiz claims a compression ratio of 3:1. Higher ratios-up to 5:1-can be realized on databases, according to company officials. No software agents, drivers, or configuration changes are required for the STN-6000 appliances, which support both file- and block-level data compression.

The 2U rack-mountable STN-6300 and STN-6500 are priced from $22,000 and $42,000, respectively.

iStor upgrades iSCSI software

iStor Networks has released the 1.4 v ersion of its GigaStor storage management software suite, which works with the company’s GigaStorATX network storage controller (available in 1Gbps and 10Gbps versions) and iS326 iSCSI storage system. Features include a performance boost for video applications, security management with secure socket layer (SSL) encryption, integrated diagnostics, the ability to mount a read-only volume, and support for multiple IP addresses.

Kano ships iSCSI system

Kano Technolgies’ NetCOR IP-SAN Enterprise Series appliances are based on dual-core Intel processors, 3ware 9650E RAID controllers, and Wasabi’s iSCSI software. Available in 1U, 2U, or 3U configurations, the systems start with four SATA drives at 1TB and can scale to 16 drives in the 3U model for more than 12TB of capacity. The arrays can be configured with up to four Gigabit Ethernet ports. Pricing starts at $3,299.


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