Adaptec adds Ultra160 RAID controllers

Posted on September 01, 2000

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Adaptec adds Ultra160 RAID controllers

Taking aim at competitors such as AMI, ICP Vortex, Intel, and Mylex, Adaptec has added three Ultra160 SCSI devices to its line of RAID controllers. The two-channel 3200S ($825) and four-channel 3400S ($1,120) are 64-bit controllers that come in a 3/4th-size form factor. The 2100S controller is a half-size unit with one channel, priced at $499. All of the controllers are based on Adaptec's Trident II Ultra160 SCSI chip.
The 3200S and 3400S each have a 64-bit microprocessor with an optional battery backup module, and 32MB of socketed SDRAM cache memory, expandable to 128MB. Both models are based in part on technology that Adaptec acquired via its purchase of Distributed Processing Technology (DPT). All of the controllers come with Adaptec's Storage Manager Pro management software.
According to Robert Cox, marketing manager, Adaptec's shipments of Ultra160 SCSI RAID controllers recently surpassed shipments of the company's Ultra2 SCSI controllers. Adaptec began shipments of Ultra160 SCSI controllers early this year. www.adaptec.com.

Apcon extends SCSI

Extending the SCSI bus to 500 meters, Apcon's Lazer Link IV PCI card is an internal, fiber-optic extender that can be used to consolidate SCSI peripherals into a common location for easier management. Another application for SCSI extender cards is server consolidation.
The Lazer Link IV runs at an 80MBps Ultra2 SCSI data rate, and plugs into a
PCI slot. A 68-pin connector interfaces to the internal SCSI bus. Price: $1,295. www.apcon.com.

Atto expands SCSI-to-FC bridges

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Representing the third generation of the company's SCSI-to-Fibre Channel bridges, Atto's FibreBridge Enterprise adds features such as two GBIC connectors for redundant-path Fibre Channel attachment and an Ultra2 LVD option for SCSI attachment. Two SCSI buses are standard.
Features that are also available on Atto's previous-generation SCSI-to-Fibre Channel bridges include support for SCSI Enclosure Services (SES) and access to the bridge via in-band SCSI commands. FibreBridge Enterprise is available in four configurations, ranging in price from $4,295 to $5,195.
Atto also recently unveiled the ExpressPCI UL3S, an Ultra3 SCSI single-channel host bus adapter (HBA) priced at $349. The HBA uses Atto's Vpath technology, which allows users to take advantage of variable paths inside the PCI card. www.attotech.com.

JNI launches SBus FC HBAs

Hoping to add to its market share in the Solaris-compatible Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) market, JNI Corp. recently began shipping the single-port FibreStar FCE-1063 ($2,495) and dual-port FCE2-1063 ($3,275) SBus adapters. Both are based on JNI's Emerald ASIC technology. The adapters have been qualified with storage subsystems from vendors such as Compaq, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard, and LSI Logic.
The FibreStar 1063 family can be configured with either fiber-optic or copper connectors for use in any Fibre Channel SAN topology (point-to-point, arbitrated loop, or switched fabric).
JNI also released Version 4.0 of its Solaris driver, as well as a new version of its EZ Fibre management software. www.jni.com.

Toshiba enters RAID subsystem market

The Computer Systems Group of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. has begun shipments of its first external, direct-attached RAID array, the Magnia ESA-4000. The 3U enclosure holds 10 disk drives and comes with Fibre Channel host attachments and an Ultra2 SCSI backplane. The array will initially be targeted at Toshiba's Magnia thin servers, which come in a 2U form factor.
Features of the Magnia ESA-4000 include capacity scaling from 90GB to 1.44TB, 10 front-accessible drive bays, and dual Ultra2 SCSI controllers (from Mylex). Configured with five 18GB drives (36GB drives are also available), the Magnia ESA-4000 is priced at $24,405. Toshiba is also offering host bus adapters, that are based on QLogic's 2200 series. www.computers.toshiba.com.

NSS adds Ultra160 support to NAS

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Support for 160MBps Ultra160 SCSI is available on Network Storage Solutions' (NSS) line of Thunderbolt network-attached storage (NAS) servers. Equipped with the new interfaces, a 500GB Thunderbolt is priced at $50,000.
The company also added support for Gigabit Ethernet-over-copper interfaces in its SPANStor NAS appliances. The 1000Base-T interfaces, which are com-monly referred to as Copper Gigabit, re-duce cost of entry. Pricing starts at $45,000 for a 500GB RAID-5 configuration. www.nssolutions.com.

Zzyzx expands RAID arrays

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Zzyzx Peripherals' RocketRAID MAX RAID subsystem is based on Ultra2 SCSI interfaces (with attachment to as many as four hosts), a 64-bit RAID controller, a PowerPC processor, up to 1GB of cache, and support for RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, and 5. Packaged in a 5U rack-mount enclosure, the subsystem also includes two hot-swappable controllers, nine disk drives (expandable via daisy chaining to capacities in excess of 3TB), redundant components, and Java-based management software.
An entry-level configuration with one controller and 18GB of capacity is priced at $13,726. A maximum configuration, with dual controllers and 3TB of capacity, is priced at $138,998. www.zzyzx.com.

Solid Data intros file caching appliance

This month, Solid Data Systems began shipments of a solid-state disk (SSD) device that the company is positioning as a file-caching appliance. Packaged in a 1U form factor (1.75 inches) and offering capacities of 536MB, 1.07GB, or 2.14GB, the Excellerator e-100 is being targeted primarily at Internet infrastructure applications. (For more information, see "Solid-state file caching boosts RAID performance," InfoStor, August, p. 54.) The 536MB version is priced at $12,000. www.soliddata.com.

TAPE

Spectra Logic certifies SLS option

Spectra Logic recently certified its Shared Library Services (SLS) running on Spectra 12000 and 64000 platforms. SLS enables users to partition Spectra 12000 and 64000 libraries into multiple virtual libraries to be shared among multiple servers or networks, a capability that is particularly critical in centralized storage environments. The feature is included free with each library. www.spectralogic.com.

Breece Hill integrates DLT1

Breece Hill recently began shipping the B2.15 compact tape library, featuring Benchmark's DLT1 tape drive. The 15-cartridge, dual-drive library provides 1.2TB of capacity, has a 43.2GB/hr transfer rate, and is backward read compatible with DLT4000 media. Drives and media can be accessed from the front or the rear, and a standard 10-cartridge magazine simplifies tape loading/unloading, transport, and storage. The library's emulation mode supports more than 40 software management applications. A single-drive configuration carries a list price of $7,685. www.breecehill.com.

SOFTWARE

Xiotech enhances virtualization

Designed to improve management of the company's Magnitude disk arrays in storage area network environments, Xiotech's REDI SAN Links and REDI SAN Links Replicator software extend virtualization to multiple-array environments. Benefits include remote mirroring and remote backup, as well as improved data migration. The arrays are connected via Fibre Channel.
The Replicator function enables continuous backup, copying (snapshot backup), and transparent swapping between virtual disks in Magnitude arrays. Previously, Xiotech's virtualization techniques worked only with a single array.
REDI SAN Links and SAN Links Replicator are priced at $20,000 and $40,000, respectively. The software is compatible with Unix, Windows NT, and NetWare. www.xiotech.com.

LSC middleware improves write speeds

LSC Inc.'s SAM-Segment is file system software that copies only the segment of a file that has changed. Benefit: Improved performance vs. software that copies an entire file whenever a change is made. SAM-Segment is an option for LSC's SAM-FS V3.5.0 users.
SAM-Segment also allows users to stripe single files across multiple tape drives, which improves read/write performance. For example, an administrator can use a single drive to read an individual file segment, freeing the rest of the drives for other uses, even if the file is striped across multiple drives. Price: $37,000. www.lsc.com.

OTG launches EmailXtender

OTG Software last month announced EmailXtender management software designed to address the explosive growth of business-critical e-mail. EmailXtender automatically captures e-mail messages and their attachments, freeing up message servers and improving server reliability and uptime. The software also provides fast access to historical e-mails, allows up-to-the-minute recovery from virus attacks, and in the next release will enable users to centrally restore message systems from the server. A search engine enables users to perform full-text and key-word searches of e-mail archives, including text and spreadsheet attachments. Users can also search across multiple mailboxes, viewing messages via Web browsers or e-mail clients. www.otg.com.

SRM tool targets consultants, integrators

HighGround Systems has added a tool, called Surveyor SRM, to its Storage Resource Manager family. Designed for storage consultants and integrators, the software is a Web-based assessment tool that can be used in storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) environments.

Surveyor SRM automates the discovery of storage capacity, utilization, and availability statistics from distributed disks, partitions, and file systems in Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Unix environments. An annual license for Surveyor SRM costs approximately $30,000. www.highground.com.

Peer Software enhances PeerSync

Peer Software's PeerSync Plus option builds on the company's QuickSync technology for backup and synchronization operations. Enhancements include bi-directional synchronization, FTP site file synchronization, e-mail notification of synchronization, file recovery, network load balancing, and enhanced real-time file monitoring and updating. www.peersoftware.com.

BMC expands recovery options

Continuing its move from mainframes to distributed systems, BMC Software has added a recovery package that allows administrators to choose from transaction recovery, point-in-time recovery, and database recovery. Part of BMC's Patrol Suite, Patrol Recovery allows administrators to:

  • Analyze individual changes made to the database and remove errors.
  • Limit the recovery to only the object in error, even if the backup was taken of the full physical database.
  • Identify the point in time in which the table or database was last valid, and automatically recover to that point.
  • Test backups to make sure that they contain all the required objects.

The transaction-level software works with Oracle and Sybase databases. Pricing for Patrol Recovery starts at $9,900. www.bmc.com.

HP intros 'stress-free' backup

Introduced last month, Hewlett-Packard's latest SureStore Tape Array-the 5500-includes a number of new features. For example, the array's rack enclosure houses up to five full-height high-performance DLT drives in 4U (about seven inches) of rack space, for up to 200GB of native capacity. The 5500 can be upgraded to integrate Ultrium and Super DLT drives and media for an additional 300GB of native capacity. The 5500 supports backup applications from Computer Associates, Legato Systems, and Veritas Software. Tape RAID software is optional. www.hp.com.

Volume Manager gains mirroring

Veritas Software has added a FastResync option to the 3.1 release of its Volume Manager software, which creates and manipulates mirrored copies of databases and data online. An alternative to hardware-based methods, FastResync addresses applications such as decision support, data replication, batch processing, and data warehousing.

The software performs mirror resynchronization by continually tracking changes made whenever the mirror copy is offline. FastResync can handle as many as 32 mirror copies and works with any vendor's disk arrays.

Other enhancements in Volume Manager 3.1 include:

  • A hot relocation feature that improves data availability.
  • Improvements to the Java-based GUI that enable management of multiple hosts from a single console.

Pricing for Veritas' Volume Manager, which is compatible with Solaris and HP-UX, depends on server size and ranges from $2,995 to $42,995. Pricing for the FastResync option starts at $2,995. www.veritas.com.


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