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Posted on February 01, 2009

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Fujitsu boosts array performance

Fujitsu Computer Systems has introduced a family of midrange storage systems that use quad-core processors and advanced cache management to double the performance over previous models.

The Eternus8000 and Eternus4000 storage systems support 8Gbps Fibre Channel or iSCSI host channels, and the ability to intermix SATA and Fibre Channel disk drives.

The arrays are equipped with virtual LUN, massive array of idle disk (MAID), encryption, and WAN optimization technologies. Fujitsu plans to roll out more advanced software for the Eternus family over the course of this year, including thin provisioning in the next quarter and solid-state disk (SSD) drives later in the year.

Fujitsu sells the Eternus family through channel partners and has expanded its reseller partnership with Synnex to address the midrange market. Previously, the Fujitsu-Synnex relationship had been limited to Fujitsu’s Lifebook notebooks and tablet PCs.

An Eternus4000 with dual controllers, dual power supplies, four Fibre Channel server connections, five 146GB 15,000rpm disk drives, and Eternus Storage Manager software, starts at $39,000.

DataCore bundles SAN software

Designed for SMBs and virtualization environments, DataCore Software’s bundled SAN software packages start at less than $2,000 per server, and include functionality such as thin provisioning, data migration, caching software, snapshots, replication, and high-availability features (such as failover/failback recovery). The software can be used in iSCSI and/or Fibre Channel environments, and supports capacities of 500GB, 1TB and 2TB.

Verbatim ships quad-interface drives

Verbatim is shipping 500GB and 1TB hard disk drives with support for the USB 2.0 (480Mbps), FireWire 400 (400Mbps), FireWire 800 (800Mbps), and eSATA II (3Gbps) interfaces. The 3.5-inch drives have a 7,200rpm spindle speed and 32MB of cache memory, and come with Nero BackItUp 2 Essentials software. Verbatim cites pricing of 25 cents per GB on the 1TB drives.

Startup combines NAS, cloud

Storage startup CTERA Networks has unveiled a product that combines a local NAS device with cloud storage services to provide small businesses with low-cost data protection.

CTERA’s technology, dubbed CloudPlug, works in concert with online-hosted storage services to create a hybrid backup infrastructure. The CloudPlug, which is about the size of the average AC power adapter, turns external USB flash drives into NAS devices with automatic backup capabilities.

The CloudPlug contains all of the software and services needed for online backup and file sharing, eliminating the need to install backup software on host machines.

According to Liran Eshel, CTERA’s founder and CEO, the contents of any USB drive attached to the CloudPlug device are automatically backed up online without the need for user intervention. Online backups stored in the cloud appear as shared drives on the user’s local network, allowing for drag-and-drop restores.

Eshel says CTERA’s “Cloud Attached Storage” approach is targeted primarily at small businesses, and will be available through Internet service provider (ISP) and managed service provider (MSP) partners. He says that the back-end cloud storage services can be supplied directly through CTERA’s own distributed cloud storage network or through partners’ data centers. The company provides its partners with a Web-based management infrastructure called the CTERA Portal, which handles all aspects of subscriber provisioning, monitoring, and reporting.

Pricing for the CloudPlug and its related online storage services has yet to be disclosed and will be partly determined by CTERA’s partners. But Eshel says the cost to end users will be based on a monthly, capacity-based subscription model.

Addonics adds iSCSI appliance

The Addonics iSCSI Subsystem includes a RAID/iSCSI stack, integrated hardware RAID controller, up to eight SATA drives (or up to 128TB of expansion capacity via port multipliers), 1GB of ECC memory, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports with load balancing and failover. Up to 256 logical volumes can be added to the array. Pricing starts at $999, and snapshot functionality is available.

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