New Products


HP focuses on recovery
In response to end-user demand for more-efficient data-recovery methods, Hewlett-Packard last month introduced a variety of new disk-based recovery management tools. The products, which fall under the HP OpenView umbrella, are designed to reduce delays in business operations in the event of system failure by enabling near-instant data recovery. The software includes the following:

  • OpenView Data Protector— An automated disk-based recovery capability. The software enables users to back up and recover data from disk, using mirroring and snapshot technologies, and tape via a central console. This tool leverages the capabilities of its predecessor, OpenView Omniback II.
  • OpenView Storage Area Manager— Simplifies the management of an entire enterprise storage resource across multi-vendor, network, and direct-attached storage, disk, and tape.
  • OpenView Smart Plug-In for Storage Area Manager— Extends the event-management and process-monitoring capabilities of Storage Area Manager.
  • OpenView Smart Plug-In for HP storage devices— Enables HP StorageWorks xp128, xp1024 disk arrays, VA7xxx virtual arrays, and HP SEMI 2.0-compliant devices to be discovered, monitored, and managed from OpenView Operations. Can be integrated with HP OpenView Service Navigator for a service-level perspective.

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The products should be available by the end of the month.

Syred debuts SAN management software
At last month's Gartner Inc. PlanetStorage conference, Syred introduced its CloudStor storage area network (SAN) management software, which provides volume virtualization capabilities in either (or both) in-band or out-of-band modes. In addition, users can implement CloudStor in out-of-band mode and later migrate to an in-band implementation. The company refers to the technology as "AllBand."

The software is implemented in a SAN appliance ("SANblast") that attaches to a storage network switch. CloudStor does not require users to load software in SAN-attached hosts (as do most out-of-band virtualization techniques).

Features include port fail-over, data replication over IP or Fibre Channel, SCSI error management, load balancing, and independence from operating systems, protocols, and volume technology. www.syred.com.


NAS options proliferate
IBM recently announced new software and hardware improvements that the company claims double the performance of the TotalStorage network-attached storage (NAS) devices. For example, NFS performance was improved by up to 67%, the company claims. In addition, IBM increased the maximum optional raw disk capacity of its NAS 200 tower by about four times by adding support for the IBM ServeRAID 4MX adapter. The adapter allows up to 1TB of additional raw disk capacity via connection to an external storage unit and provides up to 220GB to the three drive inserts of the NAS 200.

Upgrades to the NAS 300 include the addition of a 2-port Fibre Channel adapter to provide multi-path fail-over support. The NAS 300 also now supports 10/100/1000Mb copper Ethernet adapter.

Upgrades to IBM's NAS 300G device include interoperability between the two-engine version of the 300G and the TotalStorage FAStT700 Storage Server, and support for 10/100/1000Mb copper Ethernet. www.ibm.com.

Procom's NetForce 1750 provides a 35% performance increase over the NetForce 1700 and includes up to 1.8TB in a 5U rack. The device supports checkpoints, UPS monitoring, a journaling file system, browser-based management, SNMP and NDMP, and an internal local backup utility. The 1750 is compatible with Windows NT domains, Unix, and Windows 2000 Active Directory. Pricing starts at $21,850. www.procom.com.

Auspex's NSc3000V is a high-availability version of the company's NSc3000 network storage controller for supplying file services to SANs. The NSc3000V consists of two NSc3000 controllers linked by ServerGuardV software, which also provides component fail-over and load balancing. The controllers serve files directly from a SAN via NAS protocols. www.auspex.com.

Ateonix recently introduced its NASAS-2040 NAS appliance for small and mid-sized businesses. The device integrates solid-state Flash memory embedded with the network operating system. Features include support for RAID 0, 1, and 5, Windows 2000 Active Directory, CIFS/SMB, NFS, and AppleShare. The device also includes a journaling file system and Windows NT domain integration. www.ateonix.com.

Merlin Technologies' Merlin Essential Server is a NAS system with a built-in tape device. It is designed for small to medium-sized companies that need a Unix-based NAS product that also supports Windows and Macintosh. It scales from 80GB to 1TB and offers RAID 0, 1, and 5 support. The system is priced from $4,000 to $10,000. www.merlintechnologies.com.

Nexsan boosts disk-to-disk performance
Nexsan Technologies has improved the performance of its InfiniSAN disk-to-disk (D2D) backup appliance by up to 30% and enhanced the system's underlying software architecture to make it easier to manage and upgrade.

Features include new administrative tools (including new wizards to manage data restorations and job removals), improved file-monitoring capabilities, new point-in-time restore capabilities (e.g., the option to select full or partial restores or point-in-time restore on a job-by-job basis), and pre- and post-scripting.

Nexsan's D2D software runs on the InfiniSAN ATAboy hardware platform, a 3U enclosure with up to 1.6TB of capacity on 14 ATA drives. Some configurations of the series are priced at less than $0.01 per megabyte. www.nexsan.com.

Eurologic introduces 2Gbps RAID
Eurologic Systems has added a 2Gbps Fibre Channel RAID subsystem to its line of SANblock disk arrays. The array includes dual external RAID controllers and up to 14 disk drives in a 4U enclosure. The company claims performance of up to 100,000 I/Os per second, or 350MBps throughput. Entry-level pricing starts at $0.02 per MB for a configuration with 14 73GB disk drives. www.eurologic.com.

Apcon automates Fibre Channel testing
Apcon's IntellaPatch FC32 is a physical layer Fibre Channel switch that can be used for interoperability and reconfiguration testing. The 32-port, 2Gbps FC32 enables engineers to automate cable pulls in fiber-optic or copper environments, eliminating the need for manual patching. Engineers can also use the FC32 in conjunction with analyzers. Pricing starts at $6,595. www.apcon.com.


Quantum ships SDLT 320 tape drive
Quantum last month began production shipments of its SDLT 320 tape drive, the second product in the company's Super DLTtape family. The drives have a 160GB native capacity and 16MBps native transfer rate. The capacity boost was achieved by increasing the drive's bit density from 130,000 to 190,000 bits per inch.

The SDLT 320 uses Super DLTtape 1 media and is backward read-and-write compatible with the SDLT 220 and backward read compatible with previous-generation DLTtape products, including Quantum or Tandberg DLT 4000, 7000, and 8000 drives, as well as Benchmark's DLT1 and VS 80 drive families.

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The drive is in final testing with Quantum's OEM partners, including ADIC, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Overland Data, StorageTek, Sun, and Tandberg Data. Tandberg is also expected to manufacture the drive. Starting price for a Quantum-branded drive is $4,495. www.quantum.com.

Sony PetaApp offers integrated backup system
Last month, Sony Electronics introduced the PetaApp system, which includes a PetaSite tape library, DTF-2 tape drives, PetaBack software, and a Brocade SilkWorm Fibre Channel fabric switch. The system can be attached to a network (SAN or NAS) via a SCSI or Fibre Channel connection. By combining high-speed backup (via 24MBps DTF-2 tape drives) with a SAN infrastructure, the PetaApp system allows direct access to the PetaSite library for high-speed backup.

A three-drive configuration will reportedly back up 2TB in eight hours, while a six-drive configuration can back up 8TB in 12 hours. www.sony.com/news.

Benchmark doubles drive capacity
Benchmark Storage Innovations is expected to begin shipping its second-generation half-high ValuSmart (VS) Tape 160 drive to OEMs this month and to end users this fall. The drive has an 80GB native capacity and 8MBps native transfer rate, making it more than twice as dense and fast as first-generation VS drives.

Company officials say that the most significant improvement is in the media. Benchmark teamed up with Sony to develop a new DLT media format to extend the drive's road map to more than 1TB and to ensure reliability and durability at a competitive cost per gigabyte. The ValuSmart media uses advanced metal particle formulation and can be used with DLT1, ValuSmart Tape 80, ValuSmart 640 Blade, and ValuSmart Tape 160 drives. www.4Benchmark.com.

Maxell offers LTO cleaning cartridge
Maxell recently introduced a cleaning cartridge for Linear Tape Open (LTO) Ultrium format tape drives. The cartridge can be used to clean any first-generation LTO Ultrium drive, regardless of manufacturer; a firmware upgrade (available as download from the drive manufacturer) is required for drives manufactured before February 2002. Each cartridge is good for 15 to 20 cleaning cycles. The cartridge is expected to have an end-user price of less than $100. www.maxell-data.com.


Plextor ships 40/12/40U CD/RW drive
Plextor's PlexWriter 40/12/40U CD-RW external optical disk drive uses a USB 2.0 interface and delivers 40X CD-Writer, 12X CD-Rewrite, and 40X CD-Read speeds.

The drive also features 40X Digital Audio Extraction (DAE) rates and 40X CD-Recording speeds. It can burn a 650MB disc in less than three minutes. The drive is compatible with Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP and ships with Roxio's Easy CD Creator and DirectCD v5.2, Oak Technology's SimpliCD software, Liquid Audio's Liquid Player, and Click'N Design 3d software. The drive costs $209 MSRP. www.plextor.com.

This article was originally published on July 01, 2002