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NEC scores RAID OEM deal

NEC Corporation of America has struck a deal with RAID Inc. under which NEC’s D-Series will be offered as RAID Inc.’s Xanadu product line. The arrays can scale from 219GB to more than 1.5PB of capacity with support for SAS and SATA drives in a range of RAID configurations.

Under the Xanadu brand, RAID Inc. sells the system as a tiered midrange solution scalable up to 144 SAS or SATA drives for a maximum capacity of 144TB. Optional storage services include performance monitoring and optimization, LUN masking, logical disk management, snapshots, dynamic data replication, and remote replication. RAID 6 ensures continued operation even if errors occur in two drives at the same time. The arrays include up to 12 Fibre Channel ports.

Sans Digital ships eSATA/USB arrays

Sans Digital has introduced a number of JBOD/RAID arrays in its TowerRAID product line. The TR4U and TR8U are four-bay and eight-bay JBOD enclosures with spanning modes for drive access. The TR4M (four-bay), TR5M (five-bay), and TR8M (eight-bay) enclosures include SATA-II port multiplier technology for connection of multiple SATA drives. The eSATA versions support RAID 0, 1, and 0+1 via Silicon Image’s SATARAID utility. The TR2UT is a two-bay RAID enclosure that supports USB 2.0, as well as eSATA connections.

ONStor takes aim at NetApp

With NetApp in its sights—specifically, the FAS3070A, FAS6040A, and FAS6080A—ONStor last month announced the Cougar 6000 series of NAS gateways, which are higher-performance versions of the company’s Bobcat NAS gateways.

The company claims the Cougar line can deliver more than 400,000 SpecSFS ops per cluster (101,000 ops per filer), 840MBps in sequential read operations, and 740MBps in sequential write operations. The systems can scale to support up to 4PB of capacity.

Two models are available: the Cougar 6520 (that competes with NetApp’s FAS3070A filer) and the 6720 (that competes with the FAS6080A). Common features of the 2U disk-less NAS gateways include active-active dual NAS blades per filer, support for NFS and CIFS, 2GB to 4PB of capacity, eight front-end Gigabit Ethernet ports and eight back-end 4Gbps Fibre Channel ports, 64-bit multi-core processors (up to 18 cores per filer), and support for heterogeneous back-end storage devices.

Users can configure the Cougar gateways with up to eight nodes (four filers) per cluster, and 32 virtual servers per cluster.

Pricing starts at $122,500, including the EverON operating system and EverON StorFS file system. A dual-filer Cougar 6720 with clustering software is priced at $300,000. Software functionality includes snapshots, support for NDMP, asynchronous mirroring, replication, auto-provisioning, and a global namespace for file system virtualization.

JMR debuts desktop storage

JMR Electronics this month introduced the BlueStor Desktop line of storage subsystems, which are available in three configurations: an eight-drive SAS/SATA JBOD with SFF-8088 mini-SAS host connectivity, an eight-drive server loaded with Microsoft Vista Business, and a turnkey eight-drive NAS appliance. Each configuration includes an eight-drive SAS/SATA backplane with hot-swap drive functionality. The SAS/SATA JBOD unit includes a 3Gbps SAS expander that can be used to provide up to 8TB of additional capacity. Prices start at $895.

Atto adds SAS adapters

Atto Technology’s ExpressSAS R30F is a half-height SAS RAID adapter with 16 internal ports for SAS/SATA drive connectivity. Features include support for PCI-Express and Atto’s Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) technology for high-speed applications. The ExpressSAS v2.20 firmware includes enhancements in reliability (such as improved media error handling) and performance (e.g., no impact during the rebuild process).

DNF upgrades NAS/iSCSI appliances

Dynamic Network Factory (DNF) has added a number of enhancements to its StorBank-XL appliances, which combine NAS and iSCSI in a “unified IP storage” platform. Upgrades include support for 10,000rpm and 15,000rpm SAS drives (as well as SATA drives), enhanced backup and archiving functions, support for the NDMP protocol, and write-once, read-many (WORM) iSCSI volumes and file shares. Other features include replication and point-in-time snapshots. Pricing starts at $3,300.

AIC launches 10GbE iSCSI

Developed in partnership with iStor Networks, Advanced Industrial Computer’s (AIC) XI2000 is an iSCSI RAID array with either four Gigabit Ethernet ports or one 10Gbps Ethernet port. The XI2000 is based on iStor’s GigaStor “storage system on a chip.” AIC claims performance of 1,160MBps and 80,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) in the 10GbE version. Targeted applications include high-performance computing (HPC), video surveillance, simulation/modeling, graphics, and computer telephony, as well as general-purpose applications.

 Tek-Tools targets virtual servers

Tek-Tools Software has introduced an enhanced version of its Profiler Suite resource management software with improved end-to-end data path mapping between virtual and physical resources, a new module for virtual tape library (VTL) support, and more detailed reporting capabilities for backup processes and media.

The Profiler Suite monitors the IT infrastructure for real-time identification and resolution of problems and serves up information through pre-defined and customized reports to help users optimize capacity utilization, performance, and availability of servers, storage resources, backups, and applications.

The latest version of the software includes enhanced end-to-end data path mapping capabilities for VMware and Windows. Profiler can now map physical and logical storage resources to the guest operating system, applications, and VMware environment for virtual and physical views of the infrastructure.

Profiler also features a new module that supports FalconStor’s VTLs. The module provides data points for virtual and physical tape libraries and drives, as well as an inventory to track tapes and hardware.

Another upgrade is in the area of backup reporting. Profiler’s Backup Dashboard now provides an at-a-glance eight-day status of activity from backup systems with the aim of identifying recurring failures.

UltraBac: Continuous data protection for IA64

UltraBac Software recently released the 8.3 version of its UltraBac backup/recovery software, as well as UBDR Gold version 4.0, both of which are certified for Vista and Windows 2008. The UBDR Gold 4.0 backup-and-recovery software enables dissimilar bare-metal restores for both x64 and IA64-based systems. UltraBac also introduced an image-based continuous data protection (CDP) option, dubbed Continuous Image Protection (CIP), for UBDR Gold. CIP enables UBDR to recover to a point in time that can be as recent as a few minutes, as opposed to the restoration of a standard image backup where the data can be up to 24 hours old.

Replication software supports Citrix

SteelEye Technology’s SteelEye Protection Suite, which enables business continuity and disaster recovery, now supports Citrix XenServer virtual server environments. The software provides real-time LAN- and WAN-based replication of Xen virtual machines. Protection Suite for XenServer integrates with XenMotion and XenCenter to support manual movement of replicated virtual machines within a server pool. The host-based replication software provides continuous data protection (CDP), change-only replication, and integrated compression.

BakBone speeds up recovery

BakBone Software recently released NetVault: Real-Time Data Protector, a software tool that offers recovery of Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Windows file system data in as fast as 30 seconds, according to company officials.

Real-Time Data Protector supports any-point-in-time and fixed-point-in-time recoveries through both local and remote data protection, giving users the ability to recover a complete Exchange Server, individual storage group, or individual files.

The software also provides granular recovery of individual mailboxes or mailbox items without performing additional brick-level backups. Individual mailbox items can be restored to a .PST file for analysis for discovery or investigative purposes, extending the use of individual message recovery beyond accidental deletions.

Users can also search for e-mails that meet specific keywords, such as subject, date, or specific users across all mailboxes without analyzing individual mailboxes

Real-Time Data Protector is the result of a joint technology development deal with Asempra Technologies. The software is based primarily on Asempra’s Business Continuity Server (BCS) platform, which provides 30-second recovery for Microsoft applications. However, the difference between the two products goes beyond the branding.

Asempra uses an appliance-based approach under which a BCS box is placed in the network and agents are installed on Windows hosts. BakBone has decoupled the software from the hardware and is offering Real-Time Data Protector as a software-only product.

Real-Time Data Protector is a stand-alone product that ties into, but does not require, NetVault: Backup.

List price for a Real-Time Data Protector server is $18,750 and includes 512GB of protected capacity and 500 protected Exchange mailboxes. The product scales in increments of 1TB of protected capacity and 250 mailbox licenses.

This article was originally published on August 01, 2008