Emulex centralizes HBA management
Emulex has begun shipments to its OEMs of a management suite that will allow storage administrators to manage and configure all Emulex host bus adapters (HBAs) from a centralized location. For example, users can perform remote firmware upgrades without having to go from server to server. The HBAnyware software is driver-based technology that works with all Emulex HBAs and with Fibre Channel or iSCSI.
For end users, the benefits are simplified management, reduced planned downtime, and lower total cost of ownership. OEMs and third-party software developers can integrate HBAnyware with existing management applications via Emulex's APIs, which the company plans to submit for standards adoption. The software is available with Emulex's drivers at no additional cost.
Separately, Emulex released driver-based MultiPulse software to increase the reliability of SANs via HBA-based fail-over and load balancing. MultiPulse can be used with HBAnyware. www.emulex.com.
Vendors roll out NAS upgrades
Dell is shipping the PowerVault 725N network-attached storage (NAS) device as a replacement for its entry-level PowerVault 715N. Dell claims the 725N offers a throughput of 260MBps—an 80% increase in performance over its predecessor. The Windows-based 725N includes an Intel Pentium 4 processor, two PCI slots, four hot-swappable ATA RAID drives, snapshot capability, and ActiveArchives technology. The device scales from 160GB to 480GB and is priced from $1,799. www.dell.com.
Procom's NetForce NAS filers now support Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) version 3, which allows faster backup speeds than previous versions. Procom's NDMP implementation has been tested with backup software from Legato and Veritas. NDMP v3 support is part of the operating system software that Procom ships on all its filers. www.procom.com.
Ateonix Networks' 1TB, 1U NASAS-2040 includes four 250GB Maxtor MaxLine II ATA/IDE drives. The operating system is stored in flash memory, and the product is available with 10/100BaseT and Gigabit Ethernet ports. The 2040 scales from 160GB to 1TB and is priced from $4,299. www.ateonix.com.
Platypus intros M-series, QikLINK
Solid-state storage vendor Platypus Technologies recently began shipping a midrange QikDATA product, as well as a 2- or 4-port bridge that allows QikDATA devices to be deployed in 1Gbps or 2Gbps Fibre Channel SANs. When connected to QikLINK, QikDATA devices can be pooled, centrally managed, and deployed in redundant configurations in storage networks.
Platypus' M-series of solid-state devices uses 64-bit, 66MHz PCI bus technology and SDRAM speeds to improve application and server performance. Platypus claims throughput of more than 50,000 I/Os per second. An 8GB QikDATA M1 system costs about $12,500. www.platypustechnology.com.
Breakthrough delivers FC-SCSI firmware
Breakthrough Systems is shipping to OEMs its Fibre Channel SCSI-3 Target Firmware (FC-STF) for QLogic's FibreFAS target controllers, which are used in most Fibre Channel tape drives. For OEMs, the firmware is expected to accelerate the development of front-end communications and reduce time-to-market for disk and tape devices. For end users, the code may shorten evaluation time. The firmware is compatible with Fibre Channel and SCSI-3. www.breakthrough.com.
Qualstar autoloader supports LTO-2
At Comdex last month, Qualstar announced the availability of two new RLS series libraries. The RLS-4445 is a 5U rack system that holds up to four AIT-2 or AIT-3 tape drives and 45 cartridges. When fully configured with AIT-3 drives and media, it has a maximum 4.4TB native capacity and 172GB-per-hour throughput.
The RLS-8236 supports first- and second-generation LTO tape drives and media and is designed for enterprise-class environments. Fully configured with two LTO-2 tape drives and 36 cartridges, the library has a 7.2TB native capacity and 216GB-per-hour throughput. It is also available in a 5U form factor.
Both libraries feature a hot-swappable drive option, a redundant hot-swappable power supply option, and a 2Gbps Fibre Channel interface. The RLS-8236 has a VIOP feature that allows users to set the number of storage slots dedicated to inserting or removing tape cartridges. The RLS-8236 is priced from $18,000 (for a single-drive, LTO-1 configuration), and the RLS-4445 is priced from $19,000. www.qualstar.com.
Overland ships dual-drive LTO autoloader
Overland Storage recently announced the availability of PowerLoader, a dual-drive LTO autoloader that is available with one or two drives and comes in rack-mount or stand-alone versions. It has a maximum native capacity of 1.7TB and is designed to fill a performance/price gap between low-end autoloaders and automated tape libraries. Standard features include dual-drive support, bar-code scanner, interactive user control and display panel, and optional Web-based monitoring and control capabilities. Pricing starts at $11,250. www.overlandstorage.com.
Astrum casts off StorCast, intros SRM tool
At this fall's Storage Networking World show, Astrum Software introduced a new Active Storage Management (ASM) offering, which consists of technology, software, and professional services. ASM is designed to enable policy-driven management of applications and logical storage resources in DAS, NAS, or SAN environments.
The cornerstone of the announcement is the release of the Astrum 1.5 software management software, which replaces the company's StorCast storage resource management (SRM) product. Astrum 1.5 centrally monitors, reports on, and actively manages storage resources. It maps business processes with storage resources, and creates policies that direct how those resources will be used and managed. Policies can then be applied automatically in a repeatable fashion across applications and systems.
Astrum 1.5 supports most operating systems and a number of applications (e.g., Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Oracle). Pricing is capacity-based, starting at $15,000 to $20,000 per terabyte, depending upon initial license purchased, declining in price with additional TB capacity license modules. Pricing for the application support module begins at $10,000. www.astrumsoftware.com.
CreekPath upgrades SRM software
Last month, SRM provider CreekPath Systems shipped version 2.5 of its AIM Suite. The software includes new passive (e.g., visualization and reporting) and active (e.g., managing, provisioning, and automating) storage management elements. For example, storage administrators can, in real-time, get a graphical display of their storage network and can drill down to access detailed information about the environment, from applications down to spindles.
The release also includes a new reporting feature that automates the traditional manual process of creating and delivering documentation and tracking. This feature provides users with device-specific information about the health and availability of storage devices and capacity, utilization, performance, and cost information about the storage network—information that can be used to make storage-provisioning decisions.
The suite also incorporates policy-based management and best-practice-based workflow scenarios for better management of storage network environments via manual and automated policies. www.creekpath.com.
Storability enhances Global Storage Manager
Storability's Global Storage Manager (GSM) version 3.2 extends support for databases such as Oracle, Sybase, and SQL Server and features a management application that provides a single point for monitoring and controlling storage, including Network Appliance's NAS devices and direct-attached storage (DAS). GSM features customized views of storage, threshold monitoring, and real-time topology maps. Pricing starts at $150,000. www.storability.com.
BACKUP & RECOVERY/DISASTER RECOVERY
Bocada adds BackupReport module
Bocada recently released BackupReport 2.0, an agent-less tool for protecting enterprise data. Enhancements include support for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), increased media intelligence, and customized features such as user-defined zones and reports.
The media intelligence module can be used to evaluate volume and media usage, as well as library, device, and media throughput. The zoning capability gives users the flexibility to associate protected resources with user-defined zones for auditing and chargeback purposes. New custom reports allow administrators to tailor reports to meet user-specific information requirements and to automatically distribute them via the Web or other information-delivery system.
BackupReport provides an enterprise-wide view of data backup activity via a single interface. It can be used to collect, analyze, and report on storage operations across multiple architectures, operating systems, management software, and network/storage devices. www.bocada.com.
UniTrends increases disk capacity
UniTrends has expanded its Data Protection Unit (DPU) devices with the DPU 540R and 360R, which provide up to 300% more disk capacity than first-generation units. They are available in a rack-mountable 2U form factor.
Features include integrated bare-metal crash recovery, bit-level verification, simple backup and restore, and automated lights-out operation, making it possible for companies to create bootable media for any computer attached to the network. DPUs support multiple servers and operating systems in a disk-to-disk environment. The units are priced from $9,999. www.unitrends.com.
DiskSites consolidates file storage
DiskSites last month introduced W-NAS, a file storage appliance that the company says can eliminate the need for organizations to maintain file storage at remote locations. It does so by consolidating critical data from branch offices to the data center where it is then centrally protected and managed.
A W-NAS FileCache is installed at the remote location, and a W-NAS FilePort at the central location. This architecture provides remote users with high-performance read/write access over a WAN to central file servers within the data center. The process is synchronous and features a two-way differential so that only changes to a document are transmitted back to the central server. Data is compressed for optimum performance.
W-NAS is agnostic to back-end storage (i.e., NAS, DAS, and SAN) and requires no software installations on file servers or clients. It is also compatible with network security (e.g., firewalls and VPNs) and is optimized for CIFS/NFS. The appliance software is integrated into commodity hardware from vendors such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM. Pricing starts at $2,500, for support of 10 servers. www.disksites.com.