Product wrap-up from SNW

By the InfoStor staff

– Few vendors used this week's Storage Networking World (SNW) show in Orlando to launch new products, but here's quick rundown of some product introductions and partner demos.

Infortrend introduced its EonStor DS line of RAID arrays, which have 6Gbps SAS drive interfaces and a choice of either 4Gbps/8Gbps Fibre Channel or 1Gbps Ethernet iSCSI host connections. The enclosures can also be configured with 3Gbps SAS or SATA drives.

The model with Fibre Channel host connections has four ports per controller, 1GB to 4GB of cache, 12 to 24 drives per enclosure (or up to 112 drives via Infortrend's JBOD expansion units), and one 6Gbps 4x SAS expansion port per controller. The EonStor DS models come in 2U, 3U or 4U form factors.

Optional data protection software includes snapshots (up to 256 snapshot images per source volume, or 4,000 snapshot images per system) and volume mirror/copy functionality (up to 16 source volumes per system and four replication pairs per source volume).

Reldata and Supermicro teamed up at SNW to introduce a jointly-developed "unified storage" (SAN + NAS) system that combines Reldata's RELvos software and Supermicro's Xeon 5600-based hardware platform, which in the demo included solid-state disk (SSD) drives in Supermicro's Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) enclosure – the SYS-6036ST-6LR. Integrated software includes clustering, replication and data migration.

LSI joined the One Million IOPS Club in a demonstration of its PCIe-based solid-state storage (SSS) cards running random read operations with 4KB block sizes on a standard server with two Intel Xeon 5590 processors. The server was equipped with six LSI SSS6200 cards plugged into PCIe 2.0 slots. LSI is currently sampling the SSS6200 cards to OEMs.

Asigra and NetApp teamed up with JumpPoint to demonstrate cloud-based backup and recovery of Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange data. In the SNIA Hands-on Lab, the vendors backed up SQL and Exchange data to JumpPoint's cloud and recovered the data to a second location. The demo featured Asigra's cloud backup software and NetApp hardware.

Also on the cloud storage front, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA, one of the sponsors of the SNW show) announced that it has completed its Cloud Data Management Interface, or CDMI, specification (see "SNIA completes cloud storage standard").


This article was originally published on April 15, 2010