Reldata simplifies 'unified storage' management

By Dave Simpson

-- Reldata today took the wraps off the latest version of its RELvos software, with a focus primarily on simplifying management of unified storage environments, which in the case of Reldata refers to the combination of block-level iSCSI SANs and file-level NAS.

According to IDC, the market for iSCSI-based IP SANs is expected to grow at a 24.6% CAGR over the next five years.

Key enhancements in RELvos (virtualization operating system) 2.4 include:

• Support for high availability via iSCSI bridging/mirroring.
• Performance improvements in the company's asynchronous replication software. (Support for synchronous replication is also available.)
• Additional system utilization and I/O statistics charts in the GUI (e.g., the ability to monitor performance on a per-disk basis).
• New adaptive wizards for easier management.
• Additional RELbots (which automate management tasks).
• The ability to set automatic expiration dates for snapshots and clones. (The software supports unlimited snapshots.)

Unlike some other iSCSI platform vendors, Reldata licenses its software functionality on a per-module basis, independent of capacity.

The Linux-based, 64-bit RELvos 2.4 runs on the company's 9240i hardware platform, as well as its older 9240G gateway system. The 9240i is a standard x86-based server from Supermicro, with up to 12 SAS drives, 16 GbE or four 10GbE ports (that can be mixed) for iSCSI connectivity, one or two LSI RAID controllers, and Fibre Channel HBAs from QLogic. In addition to the internal capacity, the platform virtualizes third-party storage on the back end.

Reldata claims performance of more than 108,000 I/Os per second (IOPS), and throughput of 820MBps, on the 9240i. Entry-level pricing starts at $21,891 with 6TB of internal capacity.

Reldata also announced two additions to its executive management team – CEO Steven Murphy and senior vice president of worldwide sales Peter Cmaylo.

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This article was originally published on September 22, 2009