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Posted on June 01, 2007

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Intransa delivers 10Gbps IP SAN

Intransa recently introduced the 10Gbps StorStac Performance Controller Unit 100 (PCU100) for IP SANs and applications such as video-on-demand, IPTV, digital imaging, video surveillance, data mining, and other I/O-intensive applications.

Users can independently scale performance by adding controllers or increase capacity by adding more disk spindles.

Jeff Whitney, vice president of marketing at Intransa, says the company discovered during testing that applications designed to run on 1Gbps links don’t always auto-swap well with 10Gbps. “At 1Gbps, the applications fill up the pipe. At 10Gbps, the applications don’t fill the pipe and aren’t designed to process more than one transaction at a time, so we tuned our 10Gbps product to work with any application,” he says.

Integrated StorStac OS software provides fail-over, load-balancing, volume management, snapshots, and replication. Fault-tolerance is based on Intransa’s n-way active-active architecture.

StorStac systems can be deployed with up to four networked 10Gbps PCU100s or 2Gbps PCU20 controllers and up to 15 Storage Capacity Enclosures (SCEs), which range in capacity from 3.75TB to 12TB.

The PCU100 uses Neterion’s 10Gbps Xframe iSCSI adapters.

An entry-level StorStac system with one PCU20 and 4TB of RAID-protected storage carries an MSRP of $44,000, while a 10Gbps PCU100 system with 4TB has an MSRP of $76,400. Users can add PCUs and SCEs for more capacity and performance. For example, a PCU100 with 24TB would cost about $132,000; with two PCU100s and 24TB, the cost would be about $187,000.

Copan touts MAID for archiving

Disk-based backup and archiving specialist Copan Systems has upgraded its Revolution 220A File Archiver product by increasing the system’s scalability and adding new software features for storing, retaining, and searching archived data. The systems are based on Massive Array of Idle Disks (MAID) technology.

The 2.0 release of the Revolution 220A File Archiver scales up to 448TB of raw storage capacity.

On the software side, Copan’s Millennia Archive software gives users the ability to set archive policies and view, search, and retrieve files, as well as dynamically update their data archives.

The Millennia Archive software also makes use of Copan’s Disk Aerobics software to check disks for stability at least once every 30 days, ensuring data integrity for long periods of time. In addition, the company claims a 10-year deployment life and provides a four-year warranty.

The Revolution 220A offers file indexing and searches based on user-defined fields, policy-based data archiving, and dynamic views of the archive data. The platform also provides file protection against deletion or modification, addressing the requirements of data immutability, and verification-upon-retrieval functionality.

MAID technology addresses the long-term data storage requirements of write-once, read-occasionally (WORO) data. MAID operates on the principle that when long-term data is stored on disk, all disks don’t need to spin all of the time. Instead, only those disks that contain data that is requested by a specific application are powered on, and then are powered off when they are not needed. With the MAID platform, only a maximum of 25% of the drives are powered on at any time, which extends the life of the disks and reduces power and cooling expenses.

Unitrends unveils all-in-one appliance

Unitrends has released its Data Protection and Rapid Recovery 3.0 appliance and a new Multi-Drive Archive device. The appliance-based backup, recovery, and archiving platforms include bare-metal recovery, disk-based backup and retention, and electronic off-site vaulting.

Additions to Data Protection and Rapid Recovery 3.0 include centralized monitoring and reporting and support for more than 20 operating systems, including VMware.

The appliance restores operating systems, applications, and data. Applications can be recovered to an operational level, and data can be recovered to a specific point in time. Point-in-time restoration does not require that the new hardware be identical to the old.

Data Protection and Rapid Recovery 3.0 supports remote vaulting to allow block-level data to be transported from Unitrends’ Data Protection Unit (DPU) to a Data Protection Vault (DPV), which is an additional drive on the DPU.

The DPU stores seven to thirty days of backups, and pricing is based on capacity and the number of days’ worth of data stored. Data older than 30 days can be migrated to Unitrends’ Multi-Drive Archive System, which can be located at a remote site. The Multi-Drive Archive System offers removable disk-based archiving for 6TB to 10TB of compressed data per disk set and has up to four 750GB SATA drives per archive.

The 1U archive appliance supports RAID 5 and can be connected to a DPU. Data is compressed, but not encrypted. The company plans to add encryption by year-end.

Pricing starts at $4,600. A 325GB configuration is priced at $8,600, and a 3.5TB system costs approximately $78,000.

Onaro ties apps to storage

Onaro has added to its SANscreen family of storage resource management and monitoring software with the debut of software that directly links storage resources with application requirements.

SANscreen Application Insight 2.0 combines storage infrastructure utilization data with application path awareness to draw a map of storage resource utilization and efficiency from a given application down to the underlying storage arrays.

SAN administrators can analyze storage tier assignments, load-balance their applications, and prevent application outages.

SANscreen Application Insight applies a number of different techniques to understand an application’s path to the storage environment, as well as device performance.

The software provides historical performance and throughput information and also collects port performance information across all the ports in the SAN and aggregates host-specific information, including port throughput, errors, and traffic-balance ratios between paths.

The SANscreen Application Insight 2.0 is priced from $70 per port.

Akorri links VMware to storage

Akorri released a new version of its management software specifically aimed at improving application performance and storage resource utilization in VMware environments.

Akorri’s BalancePoint 1.5 provides cross-domain management for applications, running on VMware, in addition to the software’s existing storage management, monitoring, and analysis tools. BalancePoint provides visibility into server and storage resources to help resolve performance problems and improve service levels. The new version of the software also introduces support for Oracle database mapping.

BalancePoint 1.5 includes Examiner and Analyzer modules, which are integrated on a rack-mount appliance. 

The software can help users understand the physical and logical relationships between applications and how they are supported by their underlying storage platforms.

BalancePoint Examiner for VMware provides visibility into the server and storage resources that are being used by applications running on VMware and supplies users with performance information for ESX Server and virtual machine guests. Akorri’s vice president of marketing Tom Joyce says BalancePoint Examiner can help administrators troubleshoot and resolve VMware application performance issues.

The other module, BalancePoint Analyzer for VMware, can identify points of resource contention and assess the impact of infrastructure changes, provide specific recommendations for improving application service levels, and analyze performance and capacity utilization over time, keeping track of metrics even as virtual machines are migrated to different servers using VMotion.

Akorri also introduced GuidePoint Dynamic Thresholds, which predicts performance 48 hours into the future based on historical behavior; the company’s new GuidePoint Storage Analysis uses analytics to assess storage system utilization and performance to help match application workloads to the storage resources.

Sharpeware manages Exchange

Sharpeware’s SPACEWatch for Exchange is an e-mail analysis and storage management solution for Microsoft Exchange that addresses capacity planning, compliance, governance, and e-mail analysis and management. The software joins the company’s SPACEWatch Storage Management Suite. With capabilities for e-mail content analysis and reporting of Exchange server mailboxes, folders, and .pst files, SPACEWatch allows businesses to achieve an enterprise view of e-mail storage spanning user and group levels. It also identifies storage hot spots, highlights e-mail usage trends, and analyzes content. Additionally, SPACEWatch features an optional chargeback module. Pricing starts at $2,999.

Siafu supports VMware

Siafu’s Swarm series of IP SAN appliances for encrypted iSCSI storage are now available for VMware Infrastructure 3 environments. Key features on the Swarm for VMware appliances include active-active fail-over, 1TB to 7.5TB of capacity, snapshots with Microsoft VSS consistency, and 256-bit AES encryption. Pricing starts at $8,995.

Double-Take adds reporting

Double-Take Software added a reporting feature to its core Double-Take software, as well as SQL and Exchange data-protection enhancements to the Application Manager module.

Reporting Center features include

  • Centrally collect statistics about a Double-Take environment;
  • Analyze the information;
  • Report the results;
  • Predict future protection effectiveness; and
  • Decide what actions should be taken regarding a data-protection strategy.

Double-Take is also offering new data-protection options for Exchange 2007 and SQL Server in Application Manager. Providing a unified console for automation of application-protection configuration, monitoring, and management, Application Manager has new features that include an Exchange cluster support option, SQL-named instance protection, and many-to-one SQL database fail-over.

Asempra upgrades CDP software

Asempra’s Business Continuity Server (BCS) 2.5 has several new features in addition to scalability and performance improvements, including support for Windows applications running in a VMware environment, integration with tape, and Microsoft clustering protection.

The application-aware software provides file-based continuous data protection (CDP). Version 2.5 extends the software’s integration with tape backup software from vendors such as EMC/Legato, IBM/Tivoli, and Symantec/Veritas. Using the CIFS protocol, BCS can export a mountable CIFS volume that can be used by existing backup software, which frees protected servers from the backup process.

Through the incorporation of 64-bit Linux, BCS now provides protection for up to 100 data sets per cluster while scaling to more than 32PB of supported capacity.


CALENDAR

September 10-13
2007 Developer Solutions Conference & Showcase-San Jose, CA

Sponsored by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and produced in conjunction with the SNIA Technical Council, the conference features more than 50 sessions covering topics such as iSCSI, security, continuous data protection, storage management, Fibre Channel, information assurance, and information life- cycle management. For more information, go to www.storage-developer.org/events/storage-developer2007/. 

October 15-18

Storage Networking World - USA-Dallas, TX
Sponsored by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Computerworld, the conference focuses on the continued rapid growth and implementation of storage networking, data management, architecture, infrastructure, and data-center technologies. The event features more than 140 educational sessions and offers a SNIA-sanctioned Interoperability and Solutions Demo. For more information, go to www.snwusa.com.

October 17-18

Storage Expo-London, UK
Organized by Reed Expositions and collocated with Documation UK, the event is expected to attract more than 4,800 end users and 135 exhibitors. Technical experts discuss strategies, products, and innovations, while attendees can get help with planning and forecasting for future growth. This data storage event covers SAN, NAS, tape and disk solutions, storage networking, business continuity, SRM, and security. For more information, go to www.storage-expo.com.

October 22-26

In-Depth SCSI-Santa Clara, CA
Sponsored by Solution Technology, this three-day seminar provides a comprehensive summary of SCSI architecture and protocol. Each topic is accompanied by instructor-led demonstrations using state-of-the-art test equipment, logic analyzers, and SCSI devices. For more information, to register online, or to see the seminar schedule, go to www.soltechnology.com.


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