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Posted on April 01, 2001

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McData debuts 32-port fabric switch
Aimed primarily at departmental storage area networks (SANs), McData's 32-port ES-3032 Fibre Channel fabric switch has many of the fault-tolerant features of the company's director-class Fibre Channel switches (including fault isolation, dual power supplies, and hot-pluggable cooling fans, power supplies, and optics) but does not include redundant logic. The switch also features non-disruptive firmware upgrades.
With a high port density in a 1.5U (2.63-inch) form factor, the ES-3032 provides an alternative to linking 8-port and 16-port switches.
McData claims a port speed of 1.0625Gbps, throughput of 64 million frames per second, 60 buffer credits per port, and a fabric latency of less than 2 microseconds. www.mcdata.com.

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Procom NAS scales to 7TB
Aiming to stay in the network-attached storage (NAS) race with market leaders Network Appliance and EMC, Procom has unveiled a NAS server that scales to 7TB at prices as low as 4.5 cents per MB in some configurations. The NetForce 3200C is a cluster configuration with automatic fail-over and up to 96 disk drives. The back-end architecture is based on Fibre Channel drives and dual-active RAID controllers. Fail-over times are less than 5 seconds, according to company officials.
The 3200C adheres to Windows and Unix security protocols by supporting Unix directory services, NIS, Windows NT Access Control Lists, and the Windows NT multiple master domain architecture. NFS and CIFS network protocols are supported. www.procom.com.

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Maxtor NAS supports MS, Novell directories
Supporting Microsoft's Active Directory and Novell's NDS directory services, Maxtor's MaxAttach NAS 4100 starts at $3,299 for a 160GB configuration. The NAS appliance supports Unix/Linux and Macintosh platforms as well as Windows and NetWare. Maxtor has also added support for Gigabit Ethernet on the front-end of the 320GB version of the 4100, which is priced at $4,999.
For the first time, Maxtor's NAS file server software is based on Windows 2000 technology.

The appliances can be configured in RAID 0, 1, and 5, and a SCSI port enables local backup to tape. The company claims an installation time of less than 10 minutes. MaxAttach NAS servers are available from distributors such as Bell Microproducts, Ingram Micro, and Tech Data. www.maxtor.com.

Snap targets midrange NAS
This summer, Snap Appliances plans to ship its Snap Server ES12, a midrange network-attached storage (NAS) appliance. The company is targeting the ES12 as a replacement for large NT-class servers and SCSI-attached RAID.
The ES12 provides 900GB of total capacity, with 750GB in a RAID-5 configuration. The appliance also supports RAID 0 and 1. Other features include hot-swappable drives, fans, and power supplies and 10/100Mbps Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. It supports cross-platform file-sharing in Windows, Linux, Unix, NetWare, and Macintosh environments.
The Snap operating system is a version of Unix and has a total footprint of 2MB. The ES12 will list for less than $25,000. Evaluation units will be available this quarter. www.snapappliances.com.

VMIC adds Fibre Channel host bus adapters
Powered by an ARM RISC processor, VMIC's VMIPCI-5720 is a dual-channel, 2Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) with a 64-bit PCI host interface. Dual integrated 2Gbps transceivers support auto-negotiation down to 1Gbps when connected to first-generation Fibre Channel products. Other features include:

  • Compliance with PCI Local Bus 2.2 specification;
  • Support for F-PORT and FL-PORT fabric login;
  • Support for Fibre Channel protocol SCSI (FCP-SCSI) or Fibre Channel IP protocol;
  • Compliance with ANSI SCSI standards for class 2 and 3 services; and
  • LSI SYMFC929 chip.

Operating systems supported include Windows NT/2000, Solaris x86, and Linux. The devices are priced at $1,459. www.vmic.com.

Mylex offers low-profile RAID controller
Mylex's AcceleRAID 170LP is a low-profile RAID controller designed for servers in 1U or 2U form factors. Based on a 100MHz Intel i960RS RISC processor, the board includes 16MB of ECC cache memory and support for up to 15 external devices, for a capacity of more than 1TB. The controller supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 10, 30, and 50, as well as JBOD configurations. It is compatible with Windows NT/2000, Linux, NetWare, Solaris, OpenServer, UnixWare, and DOS. Pricing for the controller starts at $399. www.mylex.com.

Verisys analyzes Ultra320 SCSI
Verisys' SV-8320 bus analyzer is designed to work with the latest version of SCSI-Ultra320 SCSI-which supports transfer rates up to 320MBps. The notebook-sized analyzer offers 2ns resolution for all signals, an eight-million event capture buffer, and phased-in support for Ultra320 SCSI packetized protocol and quick arbitration select (QAS). The unit is priced at $9,850.

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Seagate boosts Cheetah speeds
Seagate last month expanded its Cheetah disk drive family with two models.
The X15-36LP has data capacities to 36GB, seek times as low as 3.6ms, and latencies of about 2ms. Seagate also claims the 15,000rpm drive has a formatted transfer rate of 69MBps. The X15-36LP disk drive is available with Ultra320 SCSI and 2Gbps Fibre Channel interfaces. Seagate plans to begin shipping the drives this quarter. Prices range from $395 for 18GB models to $750 for 36GB versions.

For lower-end markets, Seagate has introduced the Cheetah 36ES. The 10,000rpm 18GB drive lists for $335; a 36GB model lists for $550. Both drives are configured with an Ultra320 SCSI interface for up to 320MBps of I/O performance. Both drives also feature an average seek time of 5.2ms and internal data rates up to 682Mbps. The 36ES boasts low acoustics (3.2 Bels), low power consumption (8 watts), and an MTBF of 1,200,000 hours. Seagate expects to begin shipping the drive this quarter. www.seagate.com.

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Plasmon expands LTO family
Last month, Plasmon added two tape libraries to its LTO family-the LTO 68.4 and the LTO 100.6. Priced from $38,595, the libraries are available in two basic configurations for up to 10TB of capacity. The LTO 68.4 has room for four drives and 68 cartridges; the LTO 100.6, six drives and 102 cartridges. Native transfer rates of up to 90MBps are reported.
The libraries have a native SCSI-2 LVD interface but can be connected via a bridge to Fibre Channel storage area networks or natively to network-attached storage environments. Native Fibre Channel connectivity is planned. www.plasmon.com.

Imation ships AIT-2 cartridges
Imation has begun shipments of AIT-2 cartridges at an approximate street price of $103 per 50GB cartridge (up to 100GB with data compression). The native sustained data transfer rate of AIT-2 drives is 6MBps (up to 12MBps compressed). The cartridges include Memory-in-Cassette (MIC) technology, which stores the tape file directory, search map, and other information on an on-board memory chip for faster file search and access times. The cartridges are available from Imation-authorized resellers and distributors. www.imation.com.

OPTICAL

DISC uses Sony MO drives
DISC is using Sony's 9.1GB magneto- optical (MO) drive to boost the capacity and performance of its nearline storage devices. Sony's MO drives will increase the Orion D1050 5.25-inch MO library system's capacity to 9.4TB, and data transfers will increase 20%, according to DISC. Existing DISC library systems can be upgraded to support the new MO drives and offer storage increases of 75%.
The MO drive offers 14x the capacity of the first-generation 650MB MO drive and is backward-compatible with previous generations of MO media and Continuous Composite Write Once media. The drive provides a sustained data transfer rate of 6.14MBps. www.disc-storage.com.

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Plasmon releases MO libraries
Plasmon has begun shipping its G-Series 5.25-inch magneto- optical (MO) libraries that scale from 1.5TB to 5.8TB. The libraries are available in four models ranging from 164 to 638 slots, with four to 12 drives. All models have a bar-code scanner, a 10-slot bulk load import/export magazine, and hot-swappable drives. The libraries incorporate Sony's 9.1GB MO drives.
For massive storage requirements, the 638-slot libraries can be linked to form libraries in multiples of 638 slots. For example, four 638-slot libraries can be combined to provide a 2,552-slot unit with up to 48 drives having a capacity of 23.2TB.
The G-Series libraries start at $50,730 for a 164-slot, four-drive version. www.plasmon.com.

SOFTWARE

NewFrame links mainframes, open systems
NewFrame's Data Sharing Product Suite provides high-speed access to mainframe data from Unix and Windows NT platforms by going directly through a shared storage controller. This approach offloads the mainframe processors and communications lines. The software provides a set of tools that runs on the open-systems platforms, including:

  • Extractors, which provide access to all major mainframe databases (DB2, VSAM, and IMS);
  • A Migrator that delivers fast copies of data from the mainframe; and
  • A Change Propagator, which migrates changes from mainframe sources to open-systems target databases.

Potential benefits of NewFrame's architecture include faster data retrieval and migration from the mainframe; faster change propagation; elimination of the negative impact on mainframe transaction processing; and full security. www.newframe.com.

CA premieres ARCserve module
Computer Associates is rolling out the ARCserve 2000 data-protection software suite for Oracle databases, Microsoft Exchange, and Lotus Notes. The software offers data backup, storage, and recovery management. Each protection suite contains utilities for disaster recovery, hot online backups of open files, unattended tape management, and selective backups of specific files or databases. Each procedure can be performed from a centralized point.
The data-protection software suite for Microsoft Exchange includes SurviveIT 2000-software that works with ARCserve to protect server data between backups.
The ARCserve suites are priced at $4,395 for Oracle and Lotus Notes, and $4,995 for Microsoft Exchange. www.ca.com/arcserve.

CommVault expands SAN support
CommVault Systems' Galaxy Version 3.1 features media management capabilities for storage area networks (SANs) and heterogeneous data management and protection to provide support for HP-UX 11.0 and Red Hat Linux V6.2 as well as storage options for enterprise-class tape libraries. It also supports Oracle 8i on HP-UX 11.0.
Galaxy 3.1 features intelligent software-based dynamic drive sharing (iDDS), which lets users optimize tape resources in SAN configurations by allocating drives based on storage policies rather than SCSI command sets.
The software lets administrators view data logically rather than physically, enabling it to support SAN, network-attached storage, or LAN-based structures. The software is abailable now. www.commvault.com.


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