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Posted on December 01, 2000


Brocade to ship 64-port 'integrated fabric'
Partly in response to competition from 32-port and 64-port director-class switches, Brocade has announced a 64-port integrated switch configuration. The SilkWorm 6400, due in March, combines six 16-port Fibre Channel switches, for a total of 64 usable ports (the extra 32 ports are used for inter-switch links).

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In contrast, Fibre Channel directors provide 32 or 64 ports in one switch. Directors are available from vendors such as Inrange, McData, and QLogic. But Brocade claims its configuration is about half the price of directors. The SilkWorm 6400 costs $150,000, or $2,344 per usable port. Jay Kidd, vice president of marketing, says Brocade will eventually offer 64-port and 128-port director-class switches, called "core fabric switches," but the company has not committed to a delivery time frame. (A formal announcement is expected within the next couple of months.)

The SilkWorm 6400 comes in a 14U enclosure and includes hardware-based zoning, which allows administrators to isolate groups of servers and storage devices.

On the software front, Brocade introduced Fabric Manager, an application that provides a centralized view of the 6400 switch, and Fabric Watch software for SAN monitoring via SNMP. A QuickLoop feature allows the connection of Fibre Channel arbitrated-loop devices to the 6400. The switches ship with Brocade's Fabric Operating Systems code. www.brocade.com.

Crossroads extends SANs
Known primarily as the market leader in low-end Fibre Channel-to-SCSI routers, Crossroads Systems last month moved upstream by launching its 7100 Extended Storage Routers. The company also re-branded its entire family of products with the conXsan label.

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The 7100 router provides connectivity between Fibre Channel SANs and OC-3 (155Mbps) ATM WANs and MANs. Potential applications include remote data replication, remote disk mirroring, and remote backup and restore.

At last month's Comdex show, Crossroads demonstrated the 7100 router running with Compaq's Data Replication Manager software on both ATM and Gigabit Ethernet networks. www.crossroads.com.

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Atto expands connectivity product offerings
Atto chose last month's Comdex show to debut a slew of new products, including the FibreBridge 4500C/R/D Fibre Channel-to-SCSI bridge, FibreBridge 1180E compact Fibre Channel-to-SCSI bridge, ExpressPCI FC 3300 2Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA), and improvements to the company's AccelWare SAN Volume Management software.

The 4500C/R/D bridge includes three Fibre Channel ports and four SCSI ports (High Voltage Differential or Low Voltage Differential Ultra2 SCSI). The company claims throughput rates of up to 1.5TB per hour. The bridge supports zoning of connected SCSI devices to individual host computers, server-less backup, and LUN mapping. List pricing starts at $14,995.

The FibreBridge 1180E is a compact (3.89 inches x 5.115 inches) bridge with one Fibre Channel port and one Ultra2 SCSI port. List pricing starts at $1,995. www.attotech.com.

SANcastle links FC, GbE networks
SANcastle Technologies' InfiniLink GFS-8 switch allows companies to link Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) over Gigabit Ethernet networks. Based on the company's OpenIP architecture, the switch provides bridging, routing, and tunneling. No changes are required to the Fibre Channel or Gigabit Ethernet networks.

The GFS-8 uses TCP to ensure delivery and delivery sequence of Fibre Channel packets over the IP network. SANcastle is a privately held startup in San Jose, CA. www.sancastle.com.

McData moves into mid-range switches
Known primarily for its high-end director-class Fibre Channel switches, McData next month will enter the mid-range market with its 16-port ES-3016 fabric switch. Estimated list price is $26,500, or $1,656 per port.

The switch includes hot-plug redundant power supplies, fans, and optics, as well as non-disruptive firmware upgrades. McData claims the 1U form factor provides the highest port density in the mid-range Fibre Channel switch market. The 16-port switches are based on the company's Viper ASICs (providing a fabric latency of less than 2ms) and are compatible with the company's 32-port director switches. Unlike directors, the ES-3016 does not include redundant logic and memory. Optional software includes McData's EFC Manager and a new Embedded Web Server for smaller SAN configurations. www.mcdata.com.

SAN Valley demonstrates IP SAN Gateway
At last month's Comdex, SAN Valley and a variety of partners demonstrated the ability to extend Fibre Channel SANs over standard Internet Protocol (IP) networks, including Gigabit Ethernet. Using hardware encapsulation, the company claims its SL1000 IP-SAN Gateway can deliver full wire speeds, for an aggregate 4Gbps throughput over four ports.

SAN Valley demonstrated interoperability with products from Anritsu Network Systems, Brocade, Cisco, Emulex, Extreme Networks, Foundry Networks, JNI, LuxN, and Riverstone Networks. Applications demonstrated included remote disaster recovery and content distribution. With Anritsu, SAN Valley previewed its IP-SAN Gateway connected to a 2.5Gbps OC-48 optical network. (For more information on SAN Valley's gateway, see InfoStor, September 2000, p. 20.)

Comdex wrap-up: RAID controllers
Virtually every RAID controller manufacturer rolled out new products at last month's Comdex show. For example, American Megatrends (www.ami.com) introduced a low-profile Ultra160 SCSI PCI RAID controller. The MegaRAID Express 550 is aimed at 1U and 2U servers where space is at a premium. The single-channel controller includes a number of features, including

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  • Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration;
  • Up to 40 logical drives per controller, and 15 physical drives per logical array;
  • A Web browser-based user interface; and
  • Auto Resume capability during rebuild or reconstruction.

CMD Technology unveiled its CRD-7400 Fibre Channel-to-Fibre Channel controller and CRD-7040 Ultra160 SCSI RAID controllers, both of which fall into the company's Titan family of RAID controllers.

The 7400 supports two Fibre Channel host ports, two Fibre Channel disk ports, and up to 248 Fibre Channel disk drives. The 7040 supports two Ultra160 SCSI host channels, two Ultra160 SCSI disk channels, and as many as 28 SCSI disk drives.

The 7400 includes single or dual hot-pluggable controller configurations with active/active or active/passive configurations, SANmask host LUN masking, mirrored cache memory, online firmware updates, RAID level migration, and RAID set expansion.

The 7040 includes redundant, hot-swappable controllers and is compatible with CMD's CRD-7220 and CRD-7240. www.cmd.com.

At Comdex, ICP vortex demonstrated a 64-bit, 66MHz PCI Wide/Ultra160 SCSI RAID controller with optional clustering support. The controllers are based on Intel's 80303 "ZION" RISC CPU, which can exceed 100 MIPS. ICP claims its new GDT8xy3RZ controllers provide a 100% performance improvement over the company's Intel i960 RN-based controllers.

ICP's controllers come with two, four, or six Ultra160 SCSI channels and two external VHD 68-pin connectors and can support up to 15 devices per controller on cables up to 12m long. Available with 32MB to 256MB of cache, the controllers also include online capacity expansion and RAID level migration, variable stripe size, and automatic sector remapping. www.icp-vortex.com.

Infortrend introduced the SentinelRAID Ultra160-to-Ultra160 SCSI RAID controllers as well as the IFT-6200 SCSI-to-IDE RAID subsystem. The SentinelRAID 150, 1500, and 2500 controllers are 5.25-inch devices that provide up to eight Ultra160 SCSI channels or up to six Ultra160 SCSI channels with a Fibre Channel option. The SentinelRAID 2500R1, R2, and R3 controllers provide three Ultra160 channels, four Ultra160 channels, and two Ultra160 channels plus two Fibre Channel channels.

Infortrend's SCSI-to-IDE RAID subsystem, the IFT-6200, holds up to six disk drives in a board-only configuration. www.infortrend.com.

Mylex did not introduce any new RAID controllers at Comdex, but it did announce its intention to support a number of emerging technologies next year, including 2Gbps Fibre Channel, Ultra320 SCSI, Intel's Itanium architecture, PCI-X, and InfiniBand. www.mylex.com.

Eurologic ships '2Gbps-ready' FC array

Eurologic Systems' SANbloc is a Fibre Channel disk array that can be upgraded to 2Gbps technology. Configurable in JBOD or RAID versions, the enclosure can house up to 14 low-profile disk drives, providing up to 1TB of capacity (using 73GB drives) in a 3U form factor. Up to eight enclosures can be linked for up to 8TB of total capacity in less than five square feet. Key specs include

  • Dual-active, hot-swappable RAID controllers;
  • Support for 15,000rpm disk drives;
  • Throughput up to190MBps; and
  • LUN masking.

SANbloc prices start at $10,100 for a RAID enclosure without disk drives, or $3,300 for a JBOD enclosure without drives. Populated with 14 36GB drives, the RAID array costs $.05 per MB; a JBOD subsystem with 14 36GB drives is priced at about $.03 per MB. www.eurologic.com.

Trimm unveils enclosures and subsystems

Last month, Trimm Technologies introduced a wide array of disk enclosures and RAID subsystems. The F.A.S.T.-IDE-56 enclosure comes in a 4U cable-less chassis with a passive motherboard and up to 56 IDE disk drives for a total capacity of 4TB. The Fibre Channel-to-IDE enclosure includes fully redundant components and a choice of controllers.

Trimm's F.A.S.T. LVD 10 FTA is a cable-less enclosure that can be configured with 10 LVD SCSI drives in a 3U rack-mount or tower configuration with Fibre Channel host interfaces.

The F.A.S.T. FCAL 8 FTA is a JBOD disk array with eight Fibre Channel drives, two internal Fibre Channel hubs, and fully redundant components.

The F.A.S.T. FC 10 RAID FTA is a RAID subsystem that includes two Fibre Channel host connections and four LVD SCSI drive channels in a 4U form factor. www.trimm.com.

Comdex wrap-up: 2Gbps Fibre Channel
If you made it to Comdex last month and visited the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) exhibit area, you're aware that 2Gbps speeds are the next stop on the Fibre Channel road map. Virtually every Fibre Channel vendor demonstrated products operating at 2Gbps. End-user adoption is expected around the middle of next year. For example,

  • Adaptec showed a 2Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA). The AFC9210LP is a PCI-to-Fibre Channel adapter that comes in an low-profile MD2 form factor and is based on Agilent Technologies' Tachyon XL2 chip-a 64-bit, 66MHz device. OEM sampling of the HBA began last month, with production shipments scheduled for January or February.
  • Chaparral Network Storage introduced a 2Gbps Fibre Channel RAID controller. The A8526 has two Fibre Channel interfaces and six Ultra160 SCSI channels. Features include LUN zoning, array partitioning, dual active/active controllers, and a 1U rack-mount form factor. Shipments began this month.
  • Emulex demonstrated its 2Gbps LP9002 PCI-to-Fibre Channel host bus adapter and its LP8000S SBus adapter.
  • Atto Technology also showed a 2Gbps Fibre Channel host adapter, the ExpressPCI FC 3300. The 64-bit PCI-to-Fibre Channel adapter supports all Fibre Channel topologies.
  • Gadzoox Networks previewed a 2Gbps Fibre Channel fabric switch that is compliant with the new FC-SW-2 "Open Fabric" standard for inter-switch interoperability.
  • LSI Logic, IBM, and Seagate jointly demonstrated interoperability of the companies' 2Gbps Fibre Channel products. The demo was based on 2Gbps disk drives from IBM and Seagate, and LSI's 2Gbps PCI-to-Fibre Channel host bus adapters (LSIFC929).
  • QLogic demonstrated an end-to-end 2Gbps Fibre Channel configuration consisting of the company's single-chip PCI-Fibre Channel controllers, host bus adapters, and fabric switches. The controller chips and host adapters are sampling now. QLogic's 2Gbps Fibre Channel switches are expected in the first quarter of 2001, and its 2Gbps Fibre Channel directors are due midyear.

Zzyzx ruggedizes RAID
At last month's Comdex show, Zzyzx Peripherals highlighted its Fibre Channel-based RuggedRAID FC RAID array, which is aimed at military and industrial applications. The array can withstand a shock of greater than 20Gs at a frequency of 12Hz to 16Hz and comes in a 19-inch rack-mount enclosure. Features include

  • Dual, hot-swappable Fibre Channel controllers;
  • 256MB of cache per controller;
  • Hot-swappable power supplies;
  • A 5U chassis supporting nine Fibre Channel disk drives; and
  • LUN masking and online expansion.

Capacity ranges from 18GB to more than 2TB. RuggedRAID 511GB and 650GB configurations are priced at $58,965 and $65,275, respectively. www.zzyzx.com.

Seagate adds Ultra160 SCSI to Barracudas
This month, Seagate Technology began volume shipments of the Barracuda 36ES hard disk drive, an Ultra160 SCSI drive available in 18GB or 36GB capacities.

Features include

  • 8.5ms average seek time;
  • Acoustic level of 3.4dB; and
  • Three-year warranty.

Suggested retail prices for the 18.4GB and 36.9GB drives are $319 and $519, respectively. www.seagate.com.

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NSS broadens NAS line
Network Storage Solutions (NSS) has added the uSTOR ("micro store") II to its line of network-attached storage (NAS) servers. With capacity up to 2.2TB, the uSTOR II includes dual power supplies, the Spanstor OS kernel, an 800MHz Pentium III with 66MHz, 64-bit PCI support, 256MB of memory, and a multi-channel SCSI RAID controller. List price is $49,595 for a 730GB configuration. The uSTOR II is part of NSS's Thunderbolt line of NAS servers. www.nssolutions.com.


Exabyte offers native FC connectivity
At Comdex last month, Exabyte launched a family of native Fibre Channel libraries based on its Mammoth-2 (M2) technology. The native Fibre Channel M2 drives accommodate point-to-point, arbitrated loop, and switch fabric topologies. The drive features a dual-port design for fail-over in high-availability applications.

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The X80 library has a native capacity of 4.8TB and a transfer rate of 96MBps. It is available in 40-slot or 80-slot configurations with two to eight tape drives. The 200-slot X200 has a 12TB and a throughput of more than 110MBps with 10 drives.

The libraries feature an out-of-band Ethernet connection, front-door access with key lock and electronic override, and options for a redundant, hot-swap power supply. The X80 and X200 are available in rack-mount or standalone configurations.

The libraries are field-upgradable and have a standard Ethernet port for browser-based management. Other features include a five-cartridge entry/exit port with removable magazine for off-site storage, laser scanner for calibration, bar-code reading, dedicated cleaning slot, and enhanced LCD display.

M2 drives, X80 library, and X200 are priced from $5,895, $40,100, and $48,400 MSRP, respectively.

Separately, Exabyte announced a small footprint tape library and autoloader. The 215M MammothTape library and the 110L LTO Ultrium autoloader occupy one cubic foot, or five units of rack space. Both feature a removable data cartridge and options for Fibre Channel or Ethernet connectivity. The 215M accommodates up to two M2 tape drives and 15 data cartridges for up to 900GB of capacity and a 86.4GB/hour throughput. The 110L accommodates one LTO Ultrium drive and 10 data cartridges. Native storage capacity is 1TB and native throughput is 54GB/hour. List prices for both the 215M and 110L units start at $10,000. www.exabyte.com.

HP expands DLT family
Hewlett-Packard recently added the HP Surestore DLT1 tape drive to its line of DLT products. The drive is backward read-compatible with DLT4000 media, features 40GB of native capacity, and has a native 3MBps transfer rate. HP is integrating the drive into its HP Surestore Tape Autoloader 1/9. The one-drive/nine-cartridge auto-loader has a 360GB capacity and a 3MBps transfer rate using the DLT1 tape drive. It is available in rack-mount and standalone configurations. A standard bar-code reader and an optional Web-based library administrator are available. www.hp.com.

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Benchmark intros half-high DLT1
A half-high DLT tape drive will soon be available from Benchmark Storage Innovations. The drive will feature the same capacity, performance, and price of current models, but in half the space. The 5.25-inch drive provides 40GB of native capacity and has a 3MBps native transfer rate. The half-high DLT1 is read-compatible with the DLT1 and DLT4000. It uses DLTtape IV media. Qualification begins in Q1 2001. www.4Benchmark.com.

Maxell, Verbatim extend media families
Next month, Maxell expects to begin shipping Mammoth1 (M1) and Mammoth2 (M2) media, certified for use in Mammoth tape drives and libraries. The 170m M1 cartridges provide 20GB of native storage capacity and have a maximum 6MBps transfer rate, while the 225m M2 cartridges have a native 60GB capacity and 12MBps transfer rate. Both cartridges will be available in late January. www.maxell.com.

Meanwhile, Verbatim expands its media lineup with LTO Ultrium, AIT-1, and Mammoth M1 products. Its single-reel LTO cartridge has 100GB of native capacity; the AIT cartridge, 25GB; and the M1 media, 20GB. The M1 cartridges are available now, while AIT-1 and LTO media are expected to begin shipping next quarter. www.verbatim.com.


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Pioneer debuts DVD-R/RW drive
A combination recordable DVD/CD drive from Pioneer reads and writes recordable formats, including DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, and CD-RW. The third-generation drive records DVD-R discs at 2x and has a capacity of up to 4.7GB per single-sided disc. DVD-RW writes at 1x, CD-R at 8x and 4x, and CD-RW at 4x. The new drive will ship to the OEM market in the first quarter of 2001. www.pioneerusa.com.

Disc intros scalable NAS server
At Comdex last month, Disc demonstrated DISCSTOR/naS, a network-attached storage (NAS) server. Designed for departmental, workgroup, and enterprise networks, the scalable server has a capacity of 49GB to 9TB and features concurrent Network File System (NFS) and Common Internet File System (CIFS) support over TCP/IP, Web-based administration, and simultaneous Unix and Windows file sharing. The device supports Windows NT/2000/98 and Unix. Pricing starts at $6,995. www.disc.com.

Maxell offers new CD media
Adding to its family of tape and disc storage media, Maxell now offers 10x CD-RW and CD-Rpro 700MB discs. The CD-RW discs support 4x to 10x recording on high-speed drives. Available next month, the discs are $9.99 per three-pack. Maxell's CD-Rpro discs have triple-coating to increase product longevity and are compatible with high-speed recorders with up to 16x write speed. Available immediately, the CD-Rpro discs come in five and 10 packs. www.maxell.com.

Verbatim broadens CD-R, DVD family
Verbatim recently began shipping DataLifePlus CD-R80 16x CD-R discs. The discs can store up to 700MB of data or 80 minutes of audio. Compared to standard 650MB/74-minute CD-R discs, the CD-R80 provides six additional minutes of audio storage or 50MB of data storage. The price is $1.50 per disc.

Verbatim has also expanded its DVD media family to include DVD Forum-compliant DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, and DVD+RW discs. A 4.7GB DVD-R is available for authoring version 2.0 media and is compatible with drives from Pioneer and other manufacturers. Verbatim's 3.95GB DVD-R media is compatible with 3.65GB and 4.7GB DVD-R drives. For volume prototyping and other applications that require large numbers of discs, Verbatim also provides DVD-R media on 20-disc spindles. The media lists for $40 per disc.

Verbatim's 4.7GB DVD-RW media, meanwhile, is compatible with Pioneer DVD-RW drives and similar drive types, as well as read-compatible with new DVD-ROM drives and DVD-Video players. DVD-RAM is available with capacities of 4.7GB on a single-sided disc and 9.4GB on a double-sided disc. The disc allows more than 100,000 write/rewrite cycles and features physical addressing for random placement of data at any location on the disc. DVD-RAM media supports DVD-RAM drives from AOpen, Hitachi, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, Teac, and Toshiba. DVD-RAM is $20 per disc. DVD+RW will be priced at $20 per disc. www.verbatim.com.


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Astrum expands SRM suite of software
With the objective of simplifying storage and system monitoring and management throughout the enterprise, Astrum Software recently introduced StorCast Reporter. The software is fully integrated with Astrum's StorCast Storage Asset Manager (SAM) storage resource management (SRM) suite, enabling users to track storage requirements and monitor system and application downtime.

StorCast Reporter can

  • Use historical data to track storage consumption at the system and partition level;
  • Analyze storage requirements (e.g., detect duplicate files, size backups, and display specific backup parameters);
  • Determine storage consumption for users, groups, owners, directories, network shares, and file types; and
  • Issue file summaries, identifying large, aged, temporary, dormant, etc., files.

The software supports desktops, servers, network-attached storage, and storage area networks and is accessible from a central location. www.astrumsoftware.com.

Sony ships HSM software
Addressing user demand for better, more-reliable tape management, Sony announced PetaServe hierarchical storage management (HSM) software at Comdex last month. The software supports a range of media, including hard disks and tape, but has been customized for use with Sony's PetaSite libraries.

PetaServe is compatible with existing applications. Its scalable Migrating File System (MFS), or disk cache, is mounted on a standard Unix file system for easy migrating and reloading. Frequently accessed data is stored on the MFS, while less-frequently accessed data resides on the PetaSite library. The software transparently manages data flow and capacity control to/from the MFS and PetaSite tapes.

The software also enables high-speed tape loading and unloading via a volume ID tagging system and is compatible with SCSI and PSC API connectivity. Pricing starts at $40,000.

Rutilus offers disk-based SmartBack 2000
At Comdex last month, Rutilus Software, a developer of intelligent data protection and online data protection software, announced SmartBack 2000. The disk-based software protects data in standalone and workgroup environments by automatically sending backup data over a network to another server, NAS or SAN device, workstation, or hard disk. Built-in security features maintain data integrity and protect files against virus attacks. Rutilus claims the software has performance, productivity, and cost-efficiency benefits over tape-based backup.

Other features include high-speed data compression and versioning for maximum use of allocated bandwidth, enabling fast data transmissions and reduced network congestion. The software also checks and treats corrupted data files.

SmartBack 2000 operates on Pentium II or higher systems with a minimum of 64MB RAM. It is compatible with Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, and Windows Me. www.rutilus.com.

BakBone boosts MagnaVault support
BakBone Software has begun shipping version 2.23e of its MagnaVault optical storage management software. In addition to supporting Sony 9GB and Plasmon 12-inch optical drives, the software is compatible with optical jukeboxes from DISC, Hitachi, Kubota, Maxoptix, NSM, and Pioneer, and runs in Solaris 2.8 and Red Hat Linux 6.2 environments. Magna-Vault's file systems are optimized for removable optical media. They support disk caching, while files and directories are accessed transparently using standard system utilities and applications. All file-system data is contained on the optical media. Pricing starts at $500 for standalone drives; a jukebox configuration is priced at $3,500. www.bakbone.com.

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Raidtec demonstrates SANman software
At Comdex last month, Raidtec demonstrated SANman, client-server SAN management software designed to provide flexible access to one or more Raidtec FibreArray HI or FibreArray AA devices.

Features include

  • Local or remote access from anywhere on the network;
  • Concurrent administration of multiple arrays;
  • Local and remote alerts;
  • Event notification via e-mail or pager;
  • Monitoring and display of environmental information;
  • Ability to manage and update RAID volumes;
  • Ability to configure SAN-wide volume access with Raidtec FC Access software; and
  • Communication over Fibre Channel using SES.

The software retails for $2,950. www.raidtec.com.

PowerQuest updates PartitionMagic, ServerMagic
PowerQuest recently announced new re leases of its PartitionMagic and Server-Magic software. PartitionMagic can be used to create, resize, move, split, delete, undelete, and merge partitions on hard disk drives without destroying data. ServerMagic is suitable for simplifying server storage management and deployment.

To PartitionMagic, PowerQuest added native support for Windows 2000 Profes-sional and Windows Millennium Edition, as well as the ability to split FAT and FAT32 partitions and undelete FAT, FAT32, Linux ext2, and NTFS partitions.

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A new graphical user interface (GUI) includes a single-screen, color-coded multiple disk map. A "tree view" interface on the left side of the GUI displays hard drives and their associated partitions for Windows Explorer-like organization. The Professional version, PartitionMagic Pro 6.0, also includes across-the-wire functionality, enabling users to copy or move partitions to or from a remote machine over TCP/IP. Additionally, users can "shred" partitions for optimum data security.

To ServerMagic, Power-Quest added support for Windows NT volume sets, including the ability to check, format, delete, resize, and copy volumes. Users can also create, format, copy, move, and delete partitions to and from remote servers across the wire. Server-Magic 4.0 for Windows NT includes Server Image technology, a server deployment tool optimized for Windows NT. SmartSector technology enables users to deploy and configure Microsoft NT, 2000, and 2000 Advanced servers.

PartitionMagic 6.0 retails for $69.95 ($29.95 for an upgrade); ServerMagic 6.0 pricing varies, depending on the number of licenses purchased. www.powerquest.com.

LSC, Tivoli enable 'true' file sharing

LSC Inc. announced it has developed application programming interfaces (APIs) that enable its QFS and SAM-FS file-system and management software to work with Tivoli SANergy 2.2 for high-performance file sharing in heterogeneous storage area networks (SANs).

While other programs have tried to accomplish heterogeneous file sharing in SANs, Tivoli points to inefficiencies with the meta data controller in the Unix UFS (Universal File System) as gating factors, which may be responsible for up to a 50% reduction in SAN performance.

The file-management structure of SAM-FS and QFS avoids these inefficiencies, creating a high-performance file-management software setup for heterogeneous SANs, company officials claim.

LSC is the first vendor to be certified Tivoli Ready for SANergy, and is the first company to take advantage of the new APIs in SANergy 2.2.

With SANergy, QFS and SAM-FS can also operate with MacOS, Irix, AIX, Tru64, DG/UX, Windows NT/2000, Solaris, and Red Hat Linux.

Tivoli incorporates T11
Separately, at Storage Network World, Tivoli unveiled its Storage Network Manager software, which incorporates the recently defined ANSI T11 SAN discovery and management standards. Storage Network Manager enables users to manage heterogeneous SANs across several platforms using hardware and software from various vendors. (For more information, see InfoStor, November 2000, p. 1.)

The ANSI FC-MI (Fibre Channel Methodologies for Interconnects) ensures interoperability and standardized discovery and management when implementing Fibre Channel networks. The FC-MI profile was created by Agilent, Brocade, Compaq, Cross-roads, EMC, Emulex, Gadzoox, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, LSI, McData, Pathlight, JNI, QLogic, Seagate, Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, Tivoli, and Troika. www.tivoli.com.