Procom brings fault tolerance to NAS
Procom Technology's NetFORCE 3000 series of network-attached storage (NAS) appliances are based on Fibre Channel RAID controllers and a clustered, fail-over architecture. The model 3100HA includes dual active controllers and redundant fans and power supplies. The model 3200 Symmetric Fault Tolerant (SFT) appliance adds clustered, dual active server modules with no single point of failure. The company claims a 5 second fail-over time.
Supporting the CIFS and NFS protocols, the 3000 series file system can scale up to 16TB and is compliant with the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) standard and NDMP-compatible backup software from vendors such as Legato and Veritas. Pricing ranges from $42,000 for an entry-level configuration to $370,000 for a 4.3TB configuration. www.procom.com.
StorLogic targets xSPs with NAS servers
This month, StorLogic began shipments of the StorCom.e NAS 1000 and 2000 appliances. The network-attached storage (NAS) servers are designed for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Application Service Providers (ASPs), and Storage Service Providers (SSPs) and come in 1U (1.75 inches) and 2U (3.5 inches) rack-mount enclosures. The NAS appliances are based on Microsoft's Windows NT Embedded 4.0 operating system and a 400MHz CPU. The servers support CIFS and NFS clients/protocols as well as 10/100 Ethernet. Support for Gigabit Ethernet is optional.
The StorCom.e NAS 1000 comes with up to 146GB of disk storage and a CD or DVD drive with support for the Universal Disk Format (UDF). The model 2000 stores up to 292GB and can be set up in RAID 0, 1, and 5 configurations. Pricing was not available at press time. www.storlogic.com.
Inrange links Fibre Channel, FICON, ESCON
Inrange Technologies has added the IN-VSN Fibre Channel Port Adapter (FCPA) to its CD/9000 ESCON directors to allow Fibre Channel and FICON storage networks to co-exist with ESCON storage networks. With FCPA, up to 128 FICON and/or Fibre Channel ports can be added to the company's 256-port CD/9000 directors. Shipments began this month.
Separately, Inrange announced it has increased connectivity distances on its IN-VSN FC/9000 Fibre Channel director to more than 100km, without performance degradation. (Fibre Channel connectivity is typically limited to 10km.) The FC/9000 is a 64-port director-class Fibre Channel switch. www.inrange.com.
Dot Hill premieres FC-FC RAID
Dot Hill recently introduced the SANnet 7000 series of RAID subsystems. The first model includes a Fibre Channel-to-Fibre Channel (host-to-disk) controller based on an Infortrend design and Dot Hill firmware. The subsystem includes up to 16 host-server connections, a 64-bit, 66MHz (528MBps) internal memory bus, up to 1GB of cache memory, as many as 80 disk drives per RAID controller, and up to 5.8TB per cabinet (with 73GB, 10,000rpm drives).
The SANnet 7000 Series is NEBS-certified (Level 3). This certification means the subsystem can withstand earthquakes up to 8.3 on the Richter scale; up to 15,000V of electrical discharge; and temperatures from -58°F to +149°F.
Software includes Dot Hill's SANscape management package and SANpath for host fail-over and dynamic load balancing.
Without disk drives, pricing ranges from $39,995 with one controller to $60,995 with dual controllers. 73GB drives are $5,000 each. A 10-drive, 730GB version with one controller is priced at $89,995, while a 730GB configuration with two controllers is priced at $109,995. www.dothill.com.
Adjile ships SCSI enclosures
Adjile Systems' Panther series now includes a 4U enclosure that can house 15 hot-swappable, 3.5-inch SCSI disk drives. The enclosure also includes space for one full-high (or two half-high) devices such a RAID controller or tape drive. The backplane supports Ultra160 LVD SCSI (160MBps) and is downward-compatible with Ultra 2 LVD SCSI (80MBps). The drives can be configured on a single SCSI bus or multiple SCSI busses. The enclosure has been tested for compatibility with 15,000rpm disk drives. www.adjile.com.
MTI puts two FC servers in 2x2-ft cabinet
Underscoring the trend toward smaller footprints, MTI Technology's Vivant 25 (V25) SAN appliance includes two Fibre Channel storage servers in a 2x2-ft cabinet. The V25 has 10 Fibre Channel host interfaces for attachment to five dual-attached host servers, and eight Fibre Channel drive paths that support 48 dual-ported, 10,000rpm disk drives (36GB or 73GB). The integrated storage area network (SAN) stores more than 3TB.
Features include redundant components (including mirrored cache) and simultaneous support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1, and 5. Shipments began this month, with prices starting at $400,000. www.mti.com.
Storage Concepts teams with Trimm
Based on an enclosure from Trimm Technologies, Storage Concepts' FibreBlock Extreme is a RAID 3 disk array with up to 3.2TB (50 Fibre Channel drives) and a sustained transfer rate of 160MBps (200MBps peak). For applications with simultaneous streams-such as video, music, and large-image files-the subsystem relies on Storage Concepts' Multi Streaming Technology (MST). The array is based on Storage Concepts' FibreBlock controllers and 320GB (five-drive) FibreBlock subsystems. Other features include six Fibre Channel ports per rack unit and hot-swappable disk drives. www.storageconcepts.com.
Compaq intros DLT 8000 libraries
Compaq recently began shipping a line of scalable tape libraries that features DLT 8000 technology. Available in three models-the StorageWorks ESL9198DLX, ESL9326DX, and TL891DLX-the family provides 3.6GB to 13.04GB of native capacity.
DLT 8000 drives have a native 40GB capacity and 6MBps transfer rate. The drives are backward read/write- compatible with 20GB DLT and 35GB DLT formats and use the same DLT IV cartridges.
The TL891DLX is priced from $16,000 to $22,000, the ESL9198DLX from $85,000 to $180,000, and the ESL9326DX from $150,000. www.compaq.com.
Rimage offers CD publishing system
Last month, Rimage introduced its Desktop Family CD publishing system, which is aimed at small to mid-sized office environments. The system includes customizable software tools and a small footprint design.
The system uses Rimage's OfficeNet software to facilitate data transfer over the network. The software allows centralized custom CD production from multiple interoffice departments. The system is available with single-drive recorder units or up to four-drive publishing units. www.rimage.com.
Sony rolls out 9.1GB drive
Sony recently began shipping its fifth-generation magneto-optical (MO) internal drive. The SMO-F651 has a 9.1GB capacity and a 6MBps data transfer rate, which is 20% higher than its fourth-generation products. The drive also features a maximum 20MBps burst transfer rate and a 25ms average seek time. The drive is backward read-compatible with the previous four generations of media and features a buffering/caching algorithm (8MB S-cache) and a SCSI interface.
The SMO-F651 drive lists for $2,600. Two external drives-the RMO-S561 and OEM SMO-S561-will be available later this year for $2,850 and $2,750, respectively. A line of rewritable media will also be available. www.storagebysony.com.
Plasmon, meanwhile, says it will incorporate Sony's 9.1GB MO drives into its M-Series 5.25-inch optical libraries, as well as future optical automation products. The MO drives increase the capacity of M-Series libraries by 75%, according to Plasmon. Library capacities will increase from 104GB to 182GB for 20-slot libraries, and from 2.6TB to 4.55TB for 500-slot models. These MO-equipped libraries will be available this month. Plasmon will support the optical libraries with ISO-standard double-sided media in rewritable and WORM formats. www.plasmon.com.
DataCore upgrades SANsymphony
DataCore Software last month enhanced its SANsymphony storage virtualization software. The new release simplifies configuration, administration, and operation of network storage resources, while improving disk performance. Features include:
- Auto-discovery of host port addresses;
- Native switch-zoning interfaces supplied over a SANcentral graphical user interface;
- Data protection choices: network-mirrored, RAID, alternate-path, linear, and cluster redundancy;
- Rapid host recovery for restoring, replacing, and upgrading application servers;
- SAN-wide monitoring and diagnostic services;
- Non-intrusive port and device reassignment; and
- Enhanced cache performance. www.datacore.com.
Prisa enhances VisualSAN
Performance Manager is another module for Prisa Network's VisualSAN network management suite. Suitable for monitoring real-time performance of storage area networks (SANs), the software is designed as a modular, portable application for SAN appliances. Key features include:
- Topology mapping for a consolidated view of SAN device performance status;
- SANMeter enables viewing links with the highest performance activities via a bar chart;
- Scrolling strip charts for plotting performance values;
- Event notification;
- Historical graphs based on past performance data maintained in a relational database; and
- Access to SAN performance data worldwide at any time.
The software runs on Windows 2000/NT with a 500MHz Pentium II processor; 128MB of RAM, and 50MB disk space. www.prisa.com.
SCH Technologies intros AlphaStor software
SCH Technologies last month announced AlphaStor enterprise media management software for device and library sharing in storage area networks (SANs) and across multiple backup servers.
The software is designed to coordinate device requests, enable tape device and library sharing, and provide media life-cycle management across various backup and other data mover applications such as archiving, backup/recovery, and hierarchical storage management (HSM). AlphaStor addresses such issues as:
- Underused storage resources due to the inability to share resources across multiple backup applications;
- Lack of media policies, device failures, lost tapes, and unpredictable resource usage;
- Multiple operation interfaces for different backup applications-all of which must be monitored and managed; and
- Lack of consolidated reporting or visibility of media, devices, or library usage.www.sch.com.
U.S. Design adds Windows option
U.S. Design recently added a Windows NT/2000 DirectConnect module to its Universal SuperSTOR (USS) software family, which allows users to connect host systems to optical storage devices (standalone and jukeboxes). The devices appear as a standard Windows drive letter and can be connected either locally or networked via a standard Microsoft SMB connection.
DirectConnect supports current USS software features, including compliance with 5.25-inch DVD-RAM in standalone and jukebox configurations, a common file system based on the Universal Disk Format (UDF), and a common API for heterogeneous platforms. www.usdesign.com.
CommVault broadens Galaxy support
With the 2.6 release of its Galaxy Enterprise 2000 enterprise storage management software, CommVault adds unified data protection of Sun Solaris and Oracle databases residing on Solaris or Windows platforms.
The new release also features the ability to run the CommServe StorageManager command and control module in MSCS clustered environments. CommVault expects to add server-less backup and advanced data management capabilities for network-attached storage early next year. www.commvault.com.