Connex debuts midrange NAS
Going head-to-head with midrange NAS leaders such as Hewlett-Packard and Procom, Connex recently began shipments of N3100 NAS server. The N3100 supports NFS (Unix) and CIFS (Windows) protocols, and provides a 33% capacity increase over N3000 NAS servers.
Equipped with one-inch-high 10,000rpm 36GB disk drives, the N3100 scales to 288GB. In a RAID-5 configuration, usable capacity is 250GB. Connex plans to ship 73GB drives within the next couple months.
The N3100 uses the Ultra160 SCSI internal interface and includes redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans. Users can configure the NAS server with internal AIT-2 tape drives or with external AIT or DLT tape devices. An internal AIT-2 drive takes up two of the eight bays. Allowing LAN-free backup, the N3100 is compliant with the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) and NDMP-compliant software such as Legato's Networker 5.6.1, Syn-csort's Backup Express 2.1.2b, and Veritas' Netbackup 3.2.
Connex claims a maximum Net-bench score of 98Mbps. Depending on configuration, pricing can be as low as $0.07 per MB. A three-drive configuration is priced at $13,500, while a fully configured eight-bay version is priced at $24,000. Within the next month, Connex plans to announce support for dual network interface cards for attachment to Gigabit Ethernet networks. www.connex.com.
TrueSAN array combines block, file services
Allowing users to support both SAN (block-level) and NAS (file-level services) operations in a single disk array, TrueSAN Networks' Paladin Storage Network System provides up to 50TB. The array is based on the company's MetaFabric architecture, an embedded subsystem that TrueSAN claims can deliver 128Gbps of non-blocking bandwidth. The Paladin system is configured with TrueSAN's SANengine, a storage management appliance.
The Paladin architecture includes Fibre Channel disk drives, available in increments of 200GB, 400GB, or 800GB, with 512MB of cache and 2Gbps of bandwidth per module. The system can be scaled to 50TB, 32GB of cache, and a bandwidth of 128Gbps. Pricing starts at $88,000. www.truesan.com.
Agilent ships 2Gbps FC components
Agilent Technologies has released a number of 2Gbps Fibre Channel devices, including host bus adapters (HBAs), a controller chip, fiber-optic transceiver, port bypass circuit, and serializer/deserializer (SerDes) chip.
Based on Agilent's Tachyon XL2 controller chip, the PCI-to-Fibre Channel HBAs come in three models, each compatible with 64-bit, 66MHz PCI systems. The HHBA-5220 includes a standard copper media interface, the HHBA-5221 comes with a Small Form Factor (SFF) fiber-optic transceiver, and the HHBA-5220-1 includes a Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) fiber-optic transceiver, 2Gbps SerDes, and port bypass integrated circuits. The HBAs will be phased in over the next three months.
All of the products are backward compatible with first-generation 1Gbps Fibre Channel devices.
Separately, Agilent recently formed a Storage Networking Division in Palo Alto, CA. The division will focus initially on Fibre Channel technologies, but will also produce InfiniBand and IP SAN products as those markets emerge. www.agilent.com.
SAN Valley demos IP SAN technology
SAN Valley Systems has begun shipping gateways that enable companies to connect Fibre Channel-based SANs over IP networks. The company demonstrated the technology at September's Networld+Interop show.
The SL1000 gateway tunnels Fibre Channel data across a Gigabit Ethernet network using hardware-based encapsulation technology that the company claims overcomes the bottlenecks associated with software-based approaches. Flow control technology minimizes jitter and latency. The routers enable interoperability with Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and dense wave division multiplexing.
SAN Valley's SAN Patrol software is a network management application that collects and displays performance data for network administrators. For more information on SAN Valley's technology, see InfoStor, September 2000, p. 20, or visit www.sanvalley.com.
ECCS array scales to 4TB+
Introduced at last month's Oracle Open World 2000 conference, ECCS Inc.'s Synchronix 3000 RAID array packs up to 4.38TB in a 70-inch cabinet. Users can expand to 20.1TB with the addition of two cabinets.
ECCS claims a transfer rate of up to 190MBps over two channels in an end-to-end Fibre Channel configuration. The array supports RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 10, 30, and 50 in a fully redundant configuration.
With ECCS' SANStar data storage en-gine, the array can be connected in DAS, NAS, or SAN configurations.
For more information on SANStar, see InfoStor, August 2000, p. 14. www.eccs.com.
Rancho expands Ultra3 SCSI
Rancho Technology's RTLVD-LVD3 Multi-mode Expander is an external Ultra3 SCSI expander that doubles the transfer rate of the Wide Ultra2 SCSI bus from 80MBps to 160MBps by using double-edge clocking.
A multimode feature enables the expander to operate in either low voltage differential (LVD) or single-ended (SE) mode, with an "autosensing" feature that determines the appropriate interface. The device can be used to extend the LVD or SE bus or to convert an LVD bus to an SE bus.
The expander supports 16-bit arbitration, disconnect/reconnect, and multi-threaded SCSI applications, and can also act as a SCSI isolator. Price: $220 in 250-piece quantities. www.rancho.com.
CMD controller boosts Ultra ATA rate
CMD Technology's Ultra ATA/100 PCI-649 host controller chip is designed for 3.3V systems and provides a 50% speed improvement over the Ultra ATA/66 interface. Features include:
- Two independent IDE/ATA channels that support up to four disk drives.
- Support for multi-word and single-word DMA timing modes.
- Built-in 80-pin cable detect circuitry.
- Support for 32-bit 33MHz PCI interface, bus master DMA at 133MBps and maximum bus master transfer rate of 100MBps.
For more information: www.cmd.com.
Sony ships DTF-2
Sony recently began shipping GY-8240 drives and media. These second-generation Digital Tape Format (DTF) products combine high-density tape storage (to 200GB per cassette) with high-speed data transfer (to 24MBps). The drives are backward read-compatible with first-generation products and can play back data written on DTF-1 drives at the maximum throughput.
The GY-8240 series is available in two models, differentiated by interface support. The GY-8240UWD features an Ultra Wide Differential SCSI interface with a sustained data rate of 24MBps (40MBps with compression). The GY-8240FC has a native Fibre Channel interface. It also has a 24MBps sustained transfer rate, but supports bursts to 100MBps. Both models feature an advanced amorphous head design and an error-correction rate of better than 1 x 10-17.
Supporting these drives is a line of Sony-developed media, which uses MP++ material for greater capacity and non-contact IC memory for improved reliability and faster search times.
Both drives list at $24,995; media runs $199.95 per cassette. www.sony.com.
Overland to support AIT-3
Overland Data last month announced that its LibraryPro AIT library will support third-generation Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) technology when it becomes available next year. With AIT-3, Overland claims it will be able to double both capacity and performance. Capacities will range from 700GB to 47TB, transfer rates from 10.8GB per hour to 1.85TB per hour.
The LibraryPro has a per-module capacity of 20 AIT-3 cartridges, with a nine-module maximum. AIT-3 will feature a 100GB native capacity and an 11MBps sustained transfer rate. www.overlanddata.com.
HighGround extends SRM to SANs, NAS
HighGround recently announced Global Storage Resource Manager (SRM) 4.0. The release provides extended management views of Brocade Fibre Channel switch-based storage area networks (SANs) and Network Appliance network-attached storage (NAS) filers.
To better focus on individual technologies and applications, HighGround has restructured SRM. Initially, the company will offer two suites-the Infrastructure Suite and the Application Suite. A third suite, tackling tactical and strategic business problems, will be added next year.
The Infrastructure Suite, which includes SRM Enterprise Edition and SRM Enterprise Edition for NetApp, supports investments in enterprise storage infrastructures. The Application Suite provides a storage-centric view of critical storage-intensive applications.
SRM 4.0 can run on Windows 2000 for SRM Server, Tru64 Unix 4.0F and 5.1, and NetWare 4.2. It also supports Windows 2000 File System attributes and Microsoft Clusters.
Pricing for SRM products start at $1,000 per managed element. www.highground.com.
OTG announces SANXtender
Last month, OTG Software began shipping SANXtender, which provides automated, centralized data storage in storage area networks (SANs). The software acts as a SAN gateway for users and applications. It automatically discovers and works with Fibre Channel switches and routers, makes intelligent use of the hardware extended copy features, and handles interoperability between SAN devices. The software is tightly integrated with DiskXtender, OTG's core storage software. Pricing starts at $2,499 per server.
Separately, OTG announced it has partnered with Plasmon. OTG will offer its EmailXtender and DiskXtender 2000 software products with Plasmon's AutoTower DVD storage library and M-Series MO (magneto-optical) jukeboxes. The combined product, which will sell under the MailSafe label, is available through Tech Data. It has a storage capacity of 270GB to 1.25TB; pricing starts at $18,795. www.otg.com.
Quantum/ATL broadens WebAdmin, LANvault support
Quantum/ATL Products released Web-Admin 3.1 for Sun Solaris 2.6, 7, and 8.
The library administration tool provides advanced administration features on ATL libraries and enables system administrators to configure and monitor ATL libraries over the intranet or Internet via Java-enabled Web browsers. Key features include:
- Event logging for a running history of library events
- Drag-and-drop moving of cartridges using the graphical interface
- Real-time monitoring
- Event notification
- Password security
- Online help
- Service view to help diagnose and troubleshoot library problems
WebAdmin 3.1 supports major backup software applications, brow-sers, and Web servers. It is available now and is included with all new libraries. A self-extracting zip file can be downloaded at www.atlp.com.
Separately, Quantum/ATL announ-ced the release of LANvault 200 V2. LANvault integrates a tape auto-loader, server, and backup application into a single product. All components are Windows 2000-compliant. The cost of a complete LANvault 200 V2 solution is $9,995.
Workstation Solutions enhances NAS backup
Workstation Solutions last month announced several enhancements to its Quick Restore software, including support for Network Appliance F840 and F840c enterprise filers, VA Linux 9205 NAS servers, and Mirapoint Internet Message Servers.
Based on the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP), Quick Restore 2.7 uses NDMP for local and remote backup of NAS systems to tape drive and libraries.
The software runs in NAS, Linux, Unix, and NT environments.
Specific features include:
- Direct access recovery for NetApp filers
- NetApp Data ONTAP 6.0 support
- Quick Restore server on SuSE 6.4 and 7.0
- Enhanced backup status reports and improved tape library barcode management
- Ability to set backup windows
Release 2.7 can be used with a variety of devices from Breece Hill, ADIC, Compaq, Exabyte, Hewlett-Packard, Qualstar, SpectraLogic, and Storage-Tek. It lists from $2,500. www.worksta.com.
Plasmon supports LTO
Kicking off a full line of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) automation units that will eventually scale to more than 50TB, Plasmon last month began shipments of a low-end LTO auto-loader that starts at less than $13,000.
The single-drive, 10-cartridge, LTO 10.1 autoloader has a native capacity of 100GB per cartridge (1TB total) and a native transfer rate of 15MBps. Data compression typically doubles capacity and transfer rate. The LTO drives are OEM'd from IBM. An LTO-CM (Cartridge Memory) feature provides user-defined redundant file logs for high-speed data access.
Other features include:
- A 54GB-per-hour backup rate.
- SCSI-2 or Fibre Channel (via a router) interfaces.
- An optional barcode reader.
With the barcode reader, the autoloader's base price is $13,395; without the barcode reader, $12,595. For more information on LTO, visit www.lto-technology.com. For more information on Plasmon's products, go to www.plasmon.com.
Separately, Plasmon announced an OEM agreement with Chaparral Net-work Storage. Plasmon will incorporate Chaparral's FS1310 Fibre Channel-to-SCSI router in its line of 120mm, 5.25-inch and 12-inch optical libraries, as well as its LTO autoloaders and libraries.
BMC tackles E-business demands
Last month, BMC Software announced Instant Snapshot for OS/390 and PATROL Recovery for Oracle, both designed to minimize downtime during backups and recoveries.
Designed for DB2 and IMS databases using EMC Symmetrix systems with TimeFinder software, Instant Snapshot is the fastest solution for OS/390 database recovery in the industry, BMC officials claim. It also supports StorageTek's SVA with MVS Snap technology.
A bi-directional implementation of the com pany's snapshot technology, Instant Snapshot uses the data-set snap capabilities of storage devices. During the Instant Copy process, data sets are copied to the storage device via the hardware snap process. The copied data sets remain on disk. To recover data, Instant Restore snaps the data back using the storage vendor technology appropriate to the device. BMC claims a 2GB data set can be recovered in 12 seconds.
Other features include:
- The ability to catalog the hardware copy for database-recovery use
- Instant restore of IMS and DB2 for OS/390 data stored on EMC Symmetrix systems
- The ability to quickly recover to any point-in-time from a hardware copy
PATROL Recovery for Oracle with Enterprise Snapshot, meanwhile, simplifies and automates various backup tasks, such as determining the cause of an outage, and guiding users through the recovery process. It backs up databases by first creating a snapshot of the existing database and then backing up from that snapshot.
- Hardware snapshot: If supported storage systems (e.g., EMC Symmetrix with TimeFinder) are configured within the environment, Enterprise Snapshot will use the volume mirroring capabilities to create a point-in-time image of the database from which to perform backups.
- Software snapshot: If storage systems are not configured, Enterprise Snapshot will default to BMC snapshot technology to create a point-in-time image of the database from which to perform backups.
Both products are available. www.bmc.com.