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Posted on August 26, 2009


-- EMC announced it has doubled the capacity and throughput of its EMC Disk Library for Mainframe (DLm) virtual tape library (VTL) system. The latest version of EMC DLm systems is positioned as a disk-based tape replacement system for IBM zSeries mainframe environments. The new EMC DLm systems leverage new virtual tape engines and EMC Celerra unified storage systems. Customers can now receive support of up to 6 virtual tape engines with the ability to scale up to 1.2PB of usable capacity – approximately 3PB of tape data, which is double the usable capacity of previous systems. The DLm also now offers double throughput up to 1.2GBps.

-- IBM is now shipping the IBM System Storage DS5020 Express, a new midrange disk system that includes 8Gbps Fibre Channel and iSCSI host capabilities and support for virtualized environments such as IBM PowerVM, Microsoft Windows 2008 Hyper-V and VMware vSphere 4. The DS5020 comes with four 8Gbps Fibre Channel interfaces and can support an additional four ports, which can be either 8Gbps or 1Gbps iSCSI. The DS5020 supports up to 112 drives with EXP520 expansion units. Drive options include Fibre Channel, self-encrypting Fibre Channel, and SATA. The DS5020 supports encryption, partitioning, FlashCopy, VolumeCopy and Enhanced Remote Mirroring. The System Storage DS5020 Express will be available September 4, with prices starting at $22,500.

-- RingCube Technologies announced vDesk version 2.1, a desktop virtualization solution that simplifies the creation, access and management of Windows desktops through Workspace Virtualization. According to the company, vDesk version 2.1 delivers new networking technology that enables users to stream their desktop from any NAS appliance or file server that supports the CIFS protocol from a virtual hard drive (VHD) container. vDesk 2.1 is available immediately through RingCube. Pricing starts at $200 per user.

-- StorMagic's SvSAN storage virtual appliance now supports VMware vSphere 4, which includes VMware ESX and VMware ESXi. The StorMagic SvSAN is designed to turn server disks into high-availability shared storage for less than $2,000, allowing VMware vSphere 4 users to take advantage of enhanced server virtualization functions without the need to purchase shared storage.

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