Storage Expo product wrap-up

Posted on October 24, 2007

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By Ann Silverthorn

—Here's a sampling of product announcements from last week's Storage Expo show in London.

3PAR added native support for the lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) on its "utility storage" systems. LDAP is a standard network protocol for communication between clients and servers and is used for adding, removing, and modifying resources, and for searching hierarchical directory information. Support for LDAP enables administrators to manage the authentication and authorization of 3PAR's InServ Storage Server users. 3PAR's support for LDAP includes Microsoft Active Directory and comes bundled with the company's InForm operating system.

aXstor, an iStor Networks partner, launched iSCSI storage appliances that the company claims can exceed 1,100MBps and more than 80,000 I/Os per second (IOPS). The systems support both SAS and SATA drives and are scalable to 84TB.

AMCC showcased its serial RAID controllers, including the new 3ware 9690SA controller, which is the company's first foray into the SAS controller market. The low-profile controller is available in three versions: eight internal ports ($895), eight external ports ($945), or four internal and four external ports ($925). The 9650SA supports up to 128 SAS addresses per controller, and 32 drives per RAID set. For more information, see AMCC enters SAS space.

BridgeHead Software launched the HT FileStor Appliance—a new product for intelligently migrating network file data to self-managing NAS appliances. BridgeHead also introduced a Microsoft SharePoint data archiving product—HT ShareStore—under its Enterprise Data Archiving (EDA) strategy. The software provides automated scanning of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) environments and can perform analysis of SharePoint file attributes. The software also provides indexing and data de-duplication.

C2C unveiled the latest version of its e-mail archiving solution, Archive One, which incorporates Single Entity Storage (SES) to reduce storage capacity, a SharePoint Manager application for SharePoint archiving, as well as a new architecture that separates application agents from the core technology.

Data Domain showcased its DD510, DD530 and DD565 series of disk-based backup appliances with data de-duplication. The appliances scale up to 31.5TB and a throughput of 800GB per hour. Data Domain has migrated its entire product line to dual core processors to increase throughput performance.

FalconStor introduced two new virtual tape libraries (VTLs). The VTL Storage Appliance provides data protection for remote office, departmental, and mid-market customers. The VTL Virtual Appliance is a preconfigured virtual machine for VMware Infrastructure environments. Both products include single instance repository (SIR) technology for data de-duplication. For more information, go to FalconStor VTL aimed at SMBs.

Idealstor launched the Teralyte disk-to-disk backup system with ejectable hard drives. Features include one or two drives and iBac data-protection software.

Infortrend announced two new SAS-to-SAS RAID arrays: the single-controller EonStor (ES) S165-G1030 and the dual-controller S16S-R1030. The S16S comes with four SAS wide host ports that provide 12Gbps bandwidth per port. Both arrays support SAS and/or SATA drives.

LSI showcased its iSCSI-based Simplicity 1532 disk array, which supports SAS or SATA drives. The 1532 has four Gigabit Ethernet host connections per dual-controller configuration, and 3Gbps SAS expansion interfaces. The array is based on a 2U, 12-drive enclosure that can be expanded up to 48 drives for a total capacity of 36TB. For more information, go to LSI adds iSCSI support.

LeftHand Networks used Storage Expo as a platform for the European premier of its Virtual SAN Appliance for VMware ESX, which uses internal storage in x86 servers to create a SAN with high availability in VMware environments.

Neverfail Group announced the Neverfail Replicator, an entry-level replication solution designed for businesses that can tolerate limited downtime. This solution complements Neverfail's Continuous Availability suite, which supports mission-critical applications, including Exchange.

Overland Storage gave the first UK demonstrations of REO 4500, a disk-based backup/ recovery and VTL appliance for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Capacities range from 3TB to 27TB with SAN expansion arrays. The VTLs support Ethernet/iSCSI or Fibre Channel.

Tek-Tools introduced its Profiler 4.0 software, which has three modules: StorageProfiler, ServerProfiler, and AppProfiler. The software helps organizations with their capacity planning. The modular, real-time, and historical resources monitor, report, and provide a forecasting framework for storage, backup, and connectivity. The software works in virtual and physical environments.


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