Sepaton aims for the clouds with new software

By Kevin Komiega

-- Sepaton is shipping a new batch of disk-based backup appliances based on Hitachi's Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) 2100 disk arrays with a new version of its data protection software that turns Sepaton's appliances into back-end storage for managed service and cloud service providers.

Sepaton today announced the availability of version 5.4 of its data protection software for its S2100-ES2 Series 1900/2900 systems with support for HDS' AMS2100 arrays, along with new features such as Storage Pooling (see "Sepaton taps HDS for enterprise VTLs").

According to Jay Kramer, Sepaton's vice president of worldwide marketing, Storage Pooling – a very familiar concept in the world of primary storage – aggregates disk and CPU resources in a single system.

Users can pool data based on a variety of parameters, including disk type, deduplication configuration, replication priority, backup policy and backup application. The main advantages to pooling secondary storage are multi-tenancy and chargeback.

"Users can separate disk storage and deduplication domains and can assign multiple storage nodes to specific pools to meet service level agreements (SLAs)," says Kramer.

Sepaton has coupled the new Storage Pooling feature with ContentAware Data Analytics technology to enable management and reporting on a pool-by-pool basis.

Version 5.4 of Sepaton's software also includes automated performance, load balancing, thin provisioning and storage tiering.
In addition, Sepaton has expanded its support matrix to include Symantec's NetBackup 7.0 and OpenStorage (OST) API, IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) 6.2, and EMC's NetWorker versions 7.5.2 and 7.6.

The S2100-ES2 Series 1900/2900 with Storage Pooling is shipping now. Version 5.4 software is available as a free software upgrade for Sepaton customers.

Sepaton is in the midst of a transition. Fidelma Russo, chief operating officer, says the company is shifting from a virtual tape library (VTL) vendor to a secondary storage company and, in the near future, will revamp its disk-based backup products for virtual server environments.

"We're taking the first steps towards virtualizing the front-end. Our appliances lend themselves very well to VMware environments and going forward our deduplication technology will be available on an appliance, but also as a virtual appliance," says Russo.

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This article was originally published on June 28, 2010