HP adds DAS SAS to BladeSystem

Hewlett-Packard has introduced a new storage expansion bundle that marries 3Gbps SAS subsystems with StorageWorks MSA2000sa arrays to support up to 192TB of external shared storage directly connected to an HP BladeSystem enclosure.

The direct-connect SAS bundle includes the StorageWorks 3Gbps BL SAS Switch, P700m controller, and the MSA2000sa.

Users can max out their total capacity to 192TB by adding four MSA2000sa arrays to the BladeSystem. Up to 32 BladeSystem servers in a C7000 or C3000 enclosure can share the storage. Each MSA features a controller and three disk trays with 12 1TB SATA drives.

HP BladeSystem direct-connect SAS storage is available in a variety of configurations. A bundle with redundant 3Gbps SAS BL switches and an MSA2000sa array is priced at $9,999.

Riverbed virtualizes remote offices

Riverbed Technology has enhanced its WAN optimization software and hardware appliances to extend their reach from the data center to branch offices and mobile workers. The company revamped its portfolio with upgrades to its operating system, mobile software, and the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP)—a platform for third-party software modules built on virtualization technology from VMware.

Enhancements to the RSP platform allow users to virtualize third-party software into Steelhead WAN optimization and acceleration appliances, eliminating the need for separate dedicated servers.

VMware’s virtual server technology allows Steelhead appliances to host a range of virtual services, and consolidate file servers and application servers back to the data center, creating a “server-less” branch office.

The company also announced new versions of its Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) operating system, Steelhead Mobile software, and a new upgrade path for its Steelhead hardware.

RiOS 5.5 features bandwidth-saving technology that allows users to use one-quarter the bandwidth while completing the same replication tasks in a smaller window of time by increasing LAN-speed throughput on large-scale transfers, reaching speeds of up to 1Gigabit per device.

Riverbed also expanded its application support to include WAN acceleration for Lotus Notes and MAPI encrypted traffic at the application layer, as well as MAPI 2007 and Oracle Forms for mobile workers. With RiOS 5.5, Riverbed now offers protocol optimization for encrypted Exchange 2007 at the application layer and support for secure Microsoft Office environments, such as SMB signing.

Aberdeen array targets HD video

Designed as a media sharing device for applications such as high definition (HD) streaming media, post production, content backup and near-line storage, Aberdeen’s Stirling X881 is an 8U NAS appliance that can scale up to 50TB using 1TB SATA drives. Users can expand the array to more than 400TB in 16TB increments.

The company claims that the disk array can handle up to 64 concurrent HD video streams and store more than 400 hours of 1080p 10-bit HD video. The company also claims an internal transfer rate of 1,200MBps.

Users can expand the Stirling appliances by cascading 16TB JBOD arrays (up to 128TB per unit). Daisy-chaining the company’s XDAS RAID enclosures can provide an additional 240TB.

Other features include either SAS or SATA drives, quad-core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors, four Gigabit Ethernet ports and dual SAS expansion ports (up to 120TB per channel), and either Linux- or Windows-based NAS versions. The RAID controllers support RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10.

Pricing starts at just under $22,000.

Virtual Instruments intros TAP

Finisar spin-off Virtual Instruments recently began shipping an enhanced Traffic Analysis Point (TAP) device that can be integrated as a component in the company’s NetWisdom Enterprise SAN monitoring suite or used as a standalone device. The analysis appliance enables real-time Fibre Channel network transaction monitoring, analysis, and diagnostics, with the goal of reducing SAN downtime and optimizing performance.

NetWisdom provides application-to-SAN monitoring and “visibility,” and the TAP device allows storage network administrators to view data flowing between their SANs and applications. The TAP device provides a passive diagnostic layer for network maintenance, access points for monitoring equipment and detecting failures, monitoring of disk array ports, and “health check” functionality for network optimization.

Each TAP appliance comes with four ports (with an optional 1U chassis that supports up to 16 ports). Pricing starts at $300 per port.

Virtual Instruments was spun off from Finisar in June. Finisar is a Virtual Instruments partner and investor.

iQstor adds remote replication

iQstor Networks has added replication to its iQ2850 line of iSCSI-based IP SAN arrays. The Asynchronous Remote Replication (RRA) feature creates instant point-in-time copies for disaster recovery and business continuity. The iQ2850 arrays also include volume management-based virtualization, snapshots, volume copy, policy-based capacity expansion, database agents and multipath drives. The array supports up to 15 1TB SATA drives for 15TB of capacity, or up to 6TB with 400GB Fibre Channel drives. Users can scale the systems to 240TB with SATA drives or 96TB with Fibre Channel drives. A dual-controller configuration with 15TB of capacity is priced at $33,100.

MicroNet unveils NAS/iSCSI array

MicroNet Technology’s MaxNAS RAID arrays combine support for NAS file serving and iSCSI, and support protocols such as CIFS, NFS, AFP, FTP and HTTP. Features include two Gigabit Ethernet ports, three USB and one eSATA expansion ports, RAID 0/1/5/6/10 (as well as JBOD), and Intel’s Ultra Low Voltage processors. The MaxNAS array is priced at $1,349 for 2.5TB, $1,699 for 5TB, and $2,499 for a 7.5TB version.

Nexenta teams with Pogo Linux

Nexenta Systems and Pogo Linux have jointly developed the StorageDirector Z-series of disk subsystems, which combine Pogo’s AMD Opteron-based storage systems with the OpenSolaris- and ZFS-based NexentaStor Enterprise Edition software. Features include virtually unlimited snapshots and file-system sizes, thin provisioning, and end-to-end data integrity.

Symantec expands SaaS

Symantec has expanded its software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings with Web-based tools, dubbed Veritas Operations Services (VOS), that assess and monitor the health of servers and storage systems by validating hardware and software configurations.

The first iteration of VOS tracks best practices, optimal configurations, and hardware and software compatibility lists for Veritas Storage Foundation and Veritas Cluster Server, as well as various operating systems and SAN software and firmware.

A collection of Web-based services use this intelligence to identify “bad” hardware and software configurations or risks, and provide users with alerts that include step-by-step guides for fixing problems.

The Veritas Installation Assessment Service, the first of several planned offerings under the VOS umbrella, uses Web-based validation of configurations in the server and storage infrastructure. Features of the service include automated, agent-less data collection and reports that indicate pass, fail, or warning of critical configuration variables with Web-based hyperlinks to required patches and relevant documentation.

The Installation Assessment also provides a patch notification service for available patches related to a user’s server and storage configurations.

The agent-less assessment can run on a single server or across multiple servers and operating systems without requiring the installation of Veritas Storage Foundation or Cluster Server.

The Installation Assessment Service is available at no cost to current Veritas Storage Foundation and Cluster Server users with maintenance contracts. The service is available to users without maintenance agreements for $500 per physical server.

i365 adds recovery services

Seagate’s i365 storage services company has extended its EVault data protection products with a set of on-premise software and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings for data recovery using attached, virtual or offsite storage devices.

i365’s new services and software include continuous data protection (CDP) features for critical servers and systems, faster recovery of failed systems, and guided recovery and virtual access to servers in the event of a site disaster.

There are three additions to the i365 lineup. The first is EVault Real Time Protection (ERTP), which can be deployed as an extension to the EVault software, SaaS service, or as a standalone product. ERTP continuously tracks changes and generates recovery points as frequently as every five minutes, and minimizes potential data loss.

The second recovery product, EVault System Restore (ESR), also integrates with EVault software or SaaS, as well as ERTP. Using ESR, end users can recover failed systems onto similar hardware, dissimilar hardware, or a virtual machine in minutes in a single pass. ESR is aimed at customers with remote and branch offices that lack the resources necessary to maintain backup and recovery systems.

The third addition to the i365 portfolio is a hosted disaster recovery service, EVault Remote Disaster Recovery (RDR). Designed for SMBs, RDR recovers servers and data after a site disaster, and allows users to remotely access information in a secure virtual environment until the main site is up and running.

The EVault Real Time Protection and System Restore software are priced at $1,495 and $995 per server protected, respectively.

Pricing for the EVault Remote Disaster Recovery service depends on the amount of servers, data, and VPN connections, and length of contract. Base pricing starts at $330 per month per server.

Robobak upgrades data protection

The 8.1 version of Robobak’s agent-less remote Data Protection Suite software speeds up backup and recovery performance. In internal tests, Robobak backed up 500GB of data in one-fifth the time, and subsequent incremental backups of 100MB were conducted in half the time, compared to previous versions of the software. In data recovery tests, 1.6 million files (500GB) were backed up in 30% less time than with Version 8.0. Other features of the software include continuous data protection (CDP) and source-based file de-duplication.

This article was originally published on December 01, 2008