Recent announcements from:

Posted on March 23, 2010

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-- SunGard Availability Services announced expansion of its cloud computing platform to deliver application availability and ultimately recovery in the cloud. SunGard cloud solutions will take advantage of a Vblock Infrastructure Package, recently announced by the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, which was formed by Cisco and EMC together with VMware. SunGard's Vblock Infrastructure Package includes Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus 1000v and Multilayer Director Switches (MDS), EMC Clariion storage (secured by RSA), and the VMware vSphere platform. 

-- The Evaluator Group research/consulting firm has produced planning documents for file archiving, which are designed to help IT storage administrators evaluate options for file archiving. The report compares products from vendors such as CommVault, EMC, HP, HDS, IBM, NetApp and Symantec, as well as Atempo, Crossroads, Permabit, Powerfile and ProStor. More information can be found on the Evaluator Group's website.

-- LSI introduced two rack-optimized 6Gbps SATA and SAS JBOD storage enclosures in the channel – the LSI model 620J and 630J storage expansion enclosures. The LSI 600 series JBODs are 2U, rack-mountable storage enclosures based on 6Gbps SAS technology and powered by the LSI SAS2x36 6Gbps SAS expander IC. They offer hot-swappable drive bays that support 3Gbps and 6Gbps SATA or SAS hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state drives (SSDs) or self-encrypting drives.

-- QLogic introduced the industry's first quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand pass-through module. The new QLogic 12005-PT16 QDR pass-through module is now available for Dell PowerEdge blade servers in high performance computing (HPC) environments, and is designed to fit into the Dell PowerEdge M1000e chassis. The 12005-PT16 provides a dedicated 40Gbps QDR InfiniBand interface for Dell blade servers by extending connectivity from the server's InfiniBand mezzanine card to any external, industry-standard InfiniBand switch, including QLogic 12000 Series QDR switches and directors.

-- Synology America introduced the DS410 DiskStation, a four-bay network-attached storage (NAS) server for workgroups and small businesses. The new DS410 is faster than the DS409, its predecessor and offers like encrypted file sharing, automatic backup to the cloud, desktop and network backup, multi-media streaming, surveillance, email and web hosting and more. The DS410 DiskStation holds up to 8TB of storage across four bays of hard drives.  When configured in RAID 5, the DS410 reaches 110MBps read speeds and 54.9MBps write speeds within a 1 Gigabit environment. The diskless DS410 model will be priced starting around $499.

--  Akorri has added several enhancements to its BalancePoint software, including increased interoperability, new storage performance reporting capabilities, and ease of use enhancements. It features IBM XIV Storage, Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) and LPAR support and Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) support.

--  Northern has released Northern Storage Suite 8.5, featuring identification of aging data over time, enabling administrators to see percentages of seldom used or modified files per host, volume, share, and user. This broadens the new version's support for HSM-managed environments, according to the company. Northern Storage Suite 8.5 also introduces multi-threaded file monitoring and more precise resource utilization. NSS is priced per host and capacity. 


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