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Posted on November 01, 2007

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Product snippets from SNW

There weren’t any discernable themes in terms of technology/product announcements at last month’s Storage Networking World conference in Dallas, but there were plenty of announcements. Here’s a quick rundown:

Emulex and QLogic separately announced partnerships with Nuova Systems to develop products based on the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standard. In both cases, OEM qualification products are expected in the first half of 2008, with production shipments slated for the second half of 2008. FCoE enables native transport of Fibre Channel traffic over Ethernet networks.

At SNW, QLogic partnered with Nuova and Network Appliance in an FCoE demonstration that included converged network adapters (CNAs) from QLogic, FCoE technology from Nuova, and FCoE- enabled storage systems from NetApp running over 10Gbps Ethernet. CNAs appear to operating systems as converged Fibre Channel HBAs and Ethernet NICs.

Also at SNW, QLogic unveiled a number of next- generation products, including the following:

  • 8Gbps Fibre Channel HBAs and switches;
  • Midrange double data rate (DDR) InfiniBand switches and gateways to Fibre Channel SANs and Ethernet LANs; and
  • A DDR InfiniBand host channel adapter (HCA) for high-performance computing (HPC) clusters.

There were a number of security-related announcements at the show. For example, NeoScale Systems announced the first set of its KeyVault Integration Toolkits (KITs): the LTO4 Tape KIT and Disk KIT. The toolkits enable the company’s partners to connect their products to a NeoScale CryptoStor KeyVault key management appliance and take advantage of network-based key management services.

The LTO4 Tape KIT includes a key management client library, sample code, use case documents, and documentation for tape library vendors. The Disk KIT includes the same components for disk vendors.

The APIs offered by the KITs support a command set for generating, accessing, and storing keys on a network-based key management service that scales to support cross-enterprise key sharing.

NeoScale is working toward broadening the interoperability of its KITs to support a variety of endpoints, such as files, applications, and databases.

CipherMax announced that its CM140T storage security system now supports the key management functions for LTO-4 tape drives and media with encryption, as well as line-speed data-encryption capabilities for virtual tape libraries (VTLs). The CM140T can now manage legacy tape devices as well as devices with drive-level encryption using a common key management system.

The CM140T secures information stored on tape media with 256-bit AES encryption and data compression. The architecture supports up to 16 Fibre Channel ports (or 32 ports in a clustered configuration) with an integrated switching function.

The CM140T has been certified under HP’s Tape Automation Compatibility Testing and is now included on the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Backup Solution (EBS) compatibility matrix.

3PAR announced native support for lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) on its “utility storage” systems. Support for LDAP enables centralized user authentication and authorization using a standard protocol for managing access to IT resources.

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.

Seagate joined forces with IBM and LSI to announce a collaborative effort aimed at extending Seagate’s Full Disk Encryption (FDE) technology into hard drives used to store data in enterprise storage systems.

Drive-level encryption is seen by many as the next step in storage security and as the only way to protect against breaches that can occur in drives and systems that have been repurposed, decommissioned, disposed of, sent for repair, misplaced, or stolen.

Drive-level FDE technology, commonly found in laptop drives, is supported by the security protocol developed through the Trusted Computing Group, an organization consisting of more than 70 companies, including all drive manufacturers.

According to Seagate, drive-level encryption does not impact performance because the encryption engine is in the drive’s controller ASIC and matches the drive’s maximum port speed. Seagate plans to deliver enterprise-class drives with FDE next year.

Software aplenty

Building on its recently announced Universal Distributed Storage (UDS) strategy, Microsoft has added an updated version of its System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 to its storage software portfolio.

DPM 2007 includes continuous data protection (CDP) for Microsoft applications and file servers using integrated disk and tape media. The software is designed to bring data protection to a range of different files and applications, including SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint Portal Server, under a common framework. In addition, Microsoft has added capabilities such as recovery from disk and archive to tape.

CommVault announced that it has expanded its OEM agreements with both Hitachi Data Systems and Dell for the reselling of CommVault’s Simpana 7.0 software suite (formerly known as QiNetix).

STORServer announced two new products for its business continuity appliances at SNW:

  • STORServer Report for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager captures data from TSM servers, and provides reports and alerts for problem analysis, trending, hardware utilization statistics, and configuration inconsistencies; and
  • STORServer Agent for VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) improves backup management by centralizing the backup of VMware ESX servers to TSM servers, which eliminates the need to have individual backup clients on each virtual machine.

Following on the heels of announcing its EdgeFort 300 series of data-protection appliances, which are based on the company’s backup software, Arkeia introduced the Central Management Server, which enables hundreds of EdgeFort appliances at remote sites to be managed from a single point. Features include enhanced reporting on backup performance (disk and tape utilization, completed backups, etc.); global data management policy implementations to ensure corporate/legal/regulatory policy requirements are being met; and centralized software updates.

SAS, SATA, iSCSI

Fujitsu Computer Systems entered the SMB market with the Eternus 2000 SAN array, which features massive arrays of idle disks (MAID) technology to reduce power consumption. With prices starting at less than $12,000 for a fully redundant configuration with 2TB of capacity, the array can be configured in three tiers using SAS drives, SATA drives, and MAID groups. Other features include SAN boot and replication (full volume and point-in-time).

Dot Hill launched the model 2330 iSCSI RAID array, marking the company’s initial foray into the iSCSI market. The 2U 2330 has 12 drives per enclosure, and supports up to 56 SAS/SATA drives, offering users the ability to mix drive types in a single enclosure or in expansion arrays for a maximum capacity of up to 42TB. The 2330 supports RAID 6 and includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports per controller and 512MB of mirrored cache per controller. Other features include active-active controllers and support for MPIO, volume copy, and snapshots. Pricing starts at $13,500.

iStor Networks introduced the integraStor line of iSCSI disk arrays, which scale up to 100TB in multi-chassis configurations. Software includes snapshots and CDP functionality, which is based on technology from InMage Systems. The first product in the series-the iS5-is a RAID array with eight Gigabit Ethernet ports for iSCSI connectivity, two MiniSAS expansion ports, up to 4GB of cache per controller, and SAS and/or SATA disk drives.

Infortrend used SNW to introduce 16-bay SAS-to-SAS RAID arrays-the single-controller EonStor (ES) S16S-G1030 and dual-controller ES S16S-R1030. The 3U arrays come with four SAS host ports that provide 12Gbps of bandwidth per port. Via expansion units, the arrays can support up to 80TB with 1TB SATA drives. The arrays support all RAID levels.

Xyratex unveiled its OneStor Extensible Storage Platform (ESP) at SNW and demonstrated the OneStor SP1424s, which supports up to 24TB of SAS/SATA drives in a 4U form factor. Capacity can be expanded to 96TB via expansion units. “Green” features include scalable power supply profiles based on disk selection; individual drive power control; adaptive cooling technology; and 85%+ efficient power conversion.

Intransa introduced the StorStac Performance family of iSCSI-based IP SAN systems, which support 1Gbps and 10Gbps Ethernet and up to 1,000TB of capacity.

The company claims that a “standard” configuration delivers 220MBps to 880MBps of throughput with Gigabit Ethernet connections. A high-end system delivers 750MBps to 3,000MBps throughput with 10GbE interfaces.

Rasilient Systems introduced the Rastor 3500/7500/8500 family of disk arrays, which are based on 64-bit, dual-core processors from AMD and active-active controllers, redundant components, 12 drives, and SAS expansion units. The systems can be configured with Fibre Channel, iSCSI or SAS host connections, and SAS or SATA drives.

Xiotech introduced the Magnitude 3D 4000 storage system with an emphasis on management, provisioning and data protection. ICON Manager software provides both storage-centric and server-centric views, as well as provisioning that maximizes capacity utilization without over-subscription. Users can view and manage storage from the perspective of an application and Windows server administrator. The company’s new Full Spectrum Data Protection software assesses data protection requirements and maps to technologies such as CDP, off-site hosting services, and asynchronous replication. Three models are available, ranging from 84TB of capacity and 124 server connections to 168TB and 248 server connections.

In a twist on conventional storage architectures, JMR Electronics unveiled a number of disk subsystems and an architecture-dubbed PeSAN-that relies on the PCIe host bus for storage connectivity. The company demonstrated the BlueStor Storage Server, an AMD Opteron-based RAID system. In a configuration with Microsoft Storage Server 2003 and LSI’s MegaRAID 8344 PCIe controllers, the BlueStor system clocked more than 55,000 I/Os per second (IOPS).

JMR also claims that its BlueStor PCIe RAID disk arrays with PeSAN PCIe technology connected to a BlueStor Storage Server can achieve a sustained throughput of more than 1,000MBps, with a peak throughput of about 1,300MBps, with three PeSAN drive shelves. PeSAN connects storage resources directly to a PCIe host bus.

Wasabi Systems introduced its Storage Builder for IP-SAN 3.0 software and demonstrated it running on Intel’s Storage Server SSR212MC2. Designed for OEMs and VARs, the software includes support for SAS RAID controllers from LSI, Intel, and 3ware; configuration copy functionality for faster integration and setup of multiple appliances; and support for SES and SNMP. Suggested retail pricing for the software starts at $1,495.

Backup and archive

ProStor Systems unveiled the InfiniVault line of archive appliances, which feature the company’s removable disks. The company also announced a partnership with e-mail archiving vendor Quest. The InfiniVault appliances integrate ProStor’s RDX removable drive technology, fixed disks, and Archive and Compliance Engine (ACE) in three tiers of storage (online, nearline, and offline).

Spectra Logic announced new models in its T-series tape library line. The midrange Spectra T200, T380, and T680 tape libraries offer a growth path from 1 to 120 tape drives, and 50 to more than 10,000 slots.

The T-series now incorporates a TranScale feature, which enables users to invest in a library that can scale to meet future requirements without necessitating a transition to a new library. TranScale eliminates repeat investment in drives, power supplies, interface cards, and robotics.

The systems scale through a simple chassis replacement and a transfer of existing components during an upgrade. TranScale eliminates the need for host/server reconfiguration, serial number changes and world-wide name changes typically required when introducing a new library.

T-series libraries are available with Fibre Channel interfaces and can be configured with LTO tape drives or RXT removable disk TeraPacks.

A single-drive, 60-slot T380 is priced from $67,000. The T200 and T680 will be available in the first half of 2008.

WysDM released WysDM 4, which includes enhancements to the WysDM for Backups and WysDM for Fileserver products. The company also added WysDM for disks to its data-protection management (DPM) suite.

WysDM 4 joins the DPM suite to provide configuration and status information for disk arrays, allowing storage administrators to manage utilization metrics, balance LUN allocations across array ports, and ensure fan-out ratios do not exceed vendors’ specifications. The software also reduces the time to provision storage.

The company also added support for applications such as CommVault Galaxy, Symantec PureDisk, and CA ARCserve software.

Crossroads announced SurePath ShareLoader, a disk and tape appliance that provides data protection for laptops, desktops, and remote offices without requiring IT overhead. ShareLoader emulates the functionality of a unique drive and tape library to each connected host system and combines disk-based backup with tape. The appliance also emulates a tape library that is sharable among 100 machines.

Mendocino Software introduced the 2.1 version of its InfiniView for Microsoft Exchange Server software, which now includes more recovery options and expanded platform support. The software supports Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS), Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS), and Windows 64 on x64 Intel and AMD systems.

InfiniView combines disk-based backup, CDP, application awareness, and brick-level recovery. (Hewlett-Packard OEMs InfiniView.) The InfiniView 2.1 for Exchange is priced from $34,000.

BridgeHead Software 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.

AMCC enters SAS space

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) recently became the last of the major RAID controller vendors to enter the SAS market with the introduction of the 3ware 9690SA controller.

The low-profile controller is available in three versions: model 9690SA-8I, with eight internal ports (MSRP: $895); model 9690SA-8E, with eight external ports ($945); and the 9690SA-4I4E, with four internal ports and four external ports ($925). The RAID controllers are based on the company’s StorSwitch non-blocking switch fabric technology and include the same features as AMCC’s model 9650 SATA controllers.

The 9690SA supports up to 128 SAS addresses (devices) per controller and 32 drives per RAID set.

Integrators and users can mix SAS and SATA drives behind the 9690SA, but SATA drives cannot be placed in a SAS RAID set and SAS drives cannot be placed in a SATA RAID set.

The 3ware 9690SA is based on the 500S I/O controller chip from Emulex, which includes BlockGuard data integrity technology. The controller supports SAS expanders from vendors such as LSI, PMC, and Vitesse.

The 9690SA controllers support all RAID levels, including RAID 6 with simultaneous P+Q calculations for increased performance. Other features include 512MB of DDR2 533 cache memory and a native PCI-Express host interface.

LSI adds iSCSI support

LSI has announced support for iSCSI across its Engenio line of disk subsystems and introduced the Simplicity 1532 array, which supports iSCSI host connections and SAS disk drives.

The Simplicity 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 SAS/SATA drive enclosure. Users can expand configurations up to 48 drives for a total capacity of 36TB.

Other features include enhancements to the Simplicity software, such as partitions, snapshots, and volume copy, as well as compatibility with VMware.

In addition, LSI has certified select SANtricity Fibre Channel arrays with QLogic’s SANbox 6140 Intelligent Storage Router for multi-protocol connectivity between servers and SANtricity disk systems. This certification allows SAN-tricity arrays to be bridged across an IP network.

It also enables a virtualized server-to-storage interface that allows the deployment of hundreds of virtual or physical servers to a SANtricity system, resulting in consolidated storage.

Since LSI sells primarily through OEM partners, company officials did not provide specific pricing information for the 1532. However, Gina Geisel, product marketing manager for the Simplicity line, expects some of LSI’s partners to sell single-controller versions of the 1532 for about $5,000.


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