SNW product highlights wrap-up

By Kevin Komiega and Dave Simpson

October 17, 2008 -- We close out coverage of product introductions at this week's Storage Networking World show with a number of software releases.

Open-E enhanced its Data Storage Server (DSS) IP storage platform with availability and data-protection features. Sonny Banga, Open-E's director of business development, says the new features for DSS include automatic fail-over for high-availability clusters, WORM support for digital archiving, and NDMP support for backup.

Automatic fail-over enables DSS to automatically switch over from a primary storage server to a secondary device in the event the primary server fails. The WORM feature allows data to be permanently written to disk in read-only mode, and support for NDMP allows DSS to control backup-and-recovery data streams between primary and secondary storage servers in heterogeneous network environments. Open-E's implementation of NDMP supports Symantec's NetBackup, EMC Legato's NetWorker, CA's BrightStor, and other backup applications.

Open-E also announced that its DSS IP storage management software, which supports both block (iSCSI SAN) and file (NAS) I/O, will be available through Equus Computer Systems. Equus will integrate DSS software in its Nobilis 3016 SAN/NAS systems. Pricing starts at $5,000 for a 4TB configuration.

In a "whisper suite" at SNW, Wasabi Systems announced that it has developed an OSD t10-compliant object-based storage platform that allows for data stored in files to be combined with descriptive tags or other information about the data (metadata) as one entity that can be managed over its lifecycle. The technology eliminates the sector, block, and inode boundaries of existing file system-based approaches, according to company officials, making it particularly suitable for solid-state disk (SSD) drives.

Wasabi demonstrated the technology on a prototype OSD controller in a configuration that included a 1U platform with four SSDs, two 1Gbps Ethernet management ports, and a 10Gbps Ethernet data port. A Linux client ran in a virtual machine in a Mac system connected to the target, transferring files via iSCSI to the OSD target and converting the files to objects.

"Cloud storage" provider Nirvanix announced CloudNAS software, which provides access to the company's Storage Delivery Network (SDN). The software turns a standard 1U server into a NAS filer with "infinite" capacity for backup-and-archive data via the SDN. CloudNAS for Linux mounts the SDN as a virtual drive that can be accessed via NFS, CIFS or FTP. After installation, storage administrators can apply standard file, directory, or access permissions, and users can access the mapped drive.

Nirvanix's cloud storage service is typically priced at 25 cents per gigabyte per month, plus an 18 cents per gigabyte charge for data transfers. The CloudNAS software is free for customers that have a 2TB or greater contract with Nirvanix. Optional 24x7 support is available for $200 per month per server.

C2C, a provider of e-mail, file and messaging archiving software, announced that it is extending its Archive One platform to provide automated, policy-based record retention, discovery, search, and disposition for Windows file systems.

The new Archive One for Files feature offers users the ability to remove old files, large files, or particular types of files to optimize capacity usage and improve backup windows on primary storage devices.

Dave Hunt, C2C's founder and CEO, says Archive One can store all archive data in a single repository, or be separated by data type or logical departmental, each with its own repository.

Archive One is capable of data processing speeds of one million messages per hour.

Mimosa Systems has added a tiering option to its NearPoint Live Content Archiving Platform. The company announced the availability of the Mimosa NearPoint Tiered Storage Option (TSO), an add-on module that uses policy-based automation to map e-mail and file information access to service level requirements.

Mimosa's vice president of product management, Scott Whitney, says NearPoint TSO allows lower priority data to be automatically migrated to lower-cost storage hardware. Data prioritization is customizable and can be based on a number of user-defined parameters, including ownership, date, file and e-mail metadata, content, custom tags, keywords, numeric strings, and more.

Mimosa also announced that it has partnered with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) to integrate NearPoint with the Hitachi Content Archive Platform (HCAP) to create a system for e-mail archiving and e-discovery.

Xiotech announced plans to support Linux (in Q4 2008) and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V (in early 2009) in its ICON Manager provisioning and management user interface. ICON Manager already supports Windows, VMware, Unix, Mac, and NetWare.

Also at SNW, StorMagic announced that its iSCSI SAN management software -- the SM Series -- has been certified with VMware ESX 3.5 and ESX 3i.

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This article was originally published on October 16, 2008