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Overland adds D2D appliance

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Overland Storage recently released a high-end addition to its line of disk-based backup-and-recovery appliances. The REO 9000 stores up to 9.6TB on hot-swappable Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives, supports RAID 5, and includes two iSCSI (Gigabit Ethernet) and two Fibre Channel connections. The appliance can be used with existing backup-and-recovery applications.

The REO 9000 includes Overland's ProtectionPAC software, which features a Dynamic Virtual Tape (DVT) function that optimizes disk space. This is opposed to virtual tape approaches that allocate a fixed capacity for each virtual cartridge regardless of the size of the backup. In contrast, DVT automatically sizes the virtual cartridge to match the backup size.

ProtectionPAC software enables administrators to configure each virtual device as a disk LUN or virtual tape drive. Overland plans to ship additional application modules for its ProtectionPAC software over the next few months.

The REO 9000 appliance is priced from $43,000.

Separately, Overland announced that its line of SDLT600-based NEO tape libraries is available with write-once, read-many (WORM) functionality, which is based on Quantum's DLTIce technology. www.overlandstorage.com.

Nexsan claims 125,000 IOPS

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When configured in a three-unit configuration, Nexsan's SATAblade appliance can sustain 125,000 I/Os per second, or a throughput speed of more than 1GBps, according to the company's internal benchmark tests, which were based on the iometer benchmark. Introduced last month, the 1U SATAblade is positioned as either a disk-to-disk backup/recovery appliance or as a primary storage RAID array.

The SATAblade can be configured with any vendor's Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives (two to eight drives per unit for a total capacity of up to 3.2TB), including the newer 10,000rpm and 400GB models. As a result, users can configure the RAID array according to capacity and/or performance requirements.

The SATAblade subsystem includes two iSCSI ports and two Fibre Channel ports. www.nexsan.com.

Data Domain adds replication feature

Data Domain, a provider of data-protection systems for backup/restore, recently announced an optional replication feature for its DD200 Restorer recovery appliance that uses the company's Global Compression technology. The primary benefit, according to Data Domain, is that it makes remote replication cost-efficient by significantly reducing bandwidth needs.

Features include fast online file recovery (locally or remotely), integration with standard backup software, and consolidation of tape vaulting infrastructures. Pricing starts at $12,000. www.datadomain.com.

Breece Hill launches D2D2T system

Breece Hill last month expanded its existing line of disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) products with the iStoRA 4000 system, which leverages SATA disk drives and SAIT tape. The system can archive up to 15TB of data. It is available as a 4U rack-mount unit and includes an Intel-based server as well as data-protection software, which performs policy-based data traffic and storage management. Other features include file grooming (based on file types, ownership, etc.) and full media tracking with file-level recovery. www.breecehill.com.

Iomega ships D2D autoloader

Iomega recently announced its REV Autoloader 1000, a disk-to-disk device designed as a replacement for SCSI-based tape autoloaders and other backup devices in small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The REV Autoloader is a 2U, single-drive desktop device with 10 slots and a native capacity of 350GB. It is bundled with CA's BrightStor ARCserve Backup Standard Edition r11.1, as well as CA's Disaster Recovery Option software. Dual SCSI interfaces allow the drive to connect to a server and a NAS device.

The REV Autoloader 1000 is available through distributors and resellers for approximately $2,199. www.iomega.com.

Lockstep supports open file backup

Lockstep Systems, a vendor of disk-based backup-and-recovery systems, last month released version 2.5 of its Backup for Workgroups software. The release features new support for open file backup, which allows users to perform complete backups on computers that run applications that cannot be interrupted. The Open File Add-On can be used to back up SQL Server and Exchange Server files that are in use at the time of backup.

The new feature requires a Backup for Workgroups Client License and works with Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP. Separate Exchange Server and Active Directory add-ons are available for backing up Windows 2000 or Windows NT environments.

Backup clients are priced from $99. Add-On licenses are available for $199 for open file support, $99 for Exchange servers, and $49 for Active Directory. www.lockstep.com.

Rackable enters NAS market

The NAS market became a little more crowded last month with the entry of Rackable Systems, which is known primarily as a vendor of x86 servers. Although relatively unknown as a storage supplier, the company has been shipping storage subsystems since 2001.

Rackable hopes to compete in part on price and quotes $5-per-terabyte pricing on a NAS unit configured with Serial ATA (SATA) drives.

Features of the NAS appliance include capacity up to 4TB (with 250GB SATA drives), redundant fans and power supplies, dual Gigabit Ethernet connections, two Xeon processors, 2GB to 6GB of RAM, snapshots, and an XFS journaling file system.

The NAS appliances includes Linux-based software that was co-developed by Rackable and Mountain View Data. www.rackable.com.

Exanet claims 203,182 OPS

Based on the industry-standard SPEC SFS benchmark, Exanet is claiming performance figures of 203,182 operations per second for a six-node clustered configuration of its EX600FC NAS systems running the new 2.0 version of the company's ExaStore software and a single file system. The tested configuration included 24.5TB of capacity and Fibre Channel storage arrays from Engenio Information Technologies. Exanet also claims throughput of 1.2GBps in a sequential read benchmark. In addition, the company claims linear scalability as systems are added. (For information on the SPEC benchmarks, visit www.spec.org.)

To date, Exanet has focused primarily on the publishing industry, but recently began to target the broadcast/video, pharmaceutical, financial services, and high-performance computing industries.

Exanet's storage systems support Fibre Channel or Serial ATA disk drives, as well as the NFS, CIFS, and AFP protocols. www.exanet.com.

Sepaton announces 'synthetic full backup'

At the Storage Networking World conference last month, Sepaton ("no tapes" spelled backwards), a provider of data-protection appliances, announced a Synthetic Full Backup application for its S2100-ES Virtual Tape Library (VTL). The application is currently in beta.

The company claims that the new capability, which is built on its ContentAware data-protection platform, will allow more frequent full backups and movement of full backup images off-site, accelerated restore time, and optimized capacity utilization.

The application can accommodate up to 100 million files or 10,000 backup sets and virtually eliminates the need for traditional backups, according to the company. It reduces the time and resources required to create a synthetic full backup. Users can perform a full backup every day, if desired, with no business interruption.

Synthetic Full Backup is part of Sepaton's ReadyStore family of automated backup/restore applications for the S2100-ES Virtual Tape Library. Pricing starts at $3,000. www.sepaton.com.

CNT introduces replication appliance

At the Storage Networking World conference last month, CNT introduced the UltraNet Replication Appliance (URA), which provides SAN-based local and remote heterogeneous data replication over unlimited distances. IBM has certified the URA for use with its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller (SVC).

In addition to providing asynchronous replication, the URA provides snapshot replication and the ability to roll back to previous snapshots to recover from logical errors. www.cnt.com.

Bus-Tech links mainframes, Centera

Bus-Tech recently began shipments of two models of its Mainframe Appliance for Storage (MAS) for EMC's Centera content-addressed storage (CAS) systems. The MAS-FX has dual FICON Express attachments to mainframes, and the MAS-EX has dual ESCON attachments. Both units manage object-retrieval by providing support for mainframe-based DB2 databases. The setup allows mainframe tape volumes and optical images to be stored as objects on Centera systems. www.bustech.com.

Digi-Data touts tiered storage

Digi-Data's STORM Xtreme Array is based on a modular "grid/nodal" architecture and can be configured with up to 840 Fibre Channel or Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives, enabling users to create tiered storage. Capacity ranges up to 300TB, and channels can be configured as host or disk. Other features include up to 24 2Gbps Fibre Channel connections and a sustained data-transfer rate of more than 900MBps in a three-node network cluster configuration.

The configuration is based on a network of storage nodes, creating a single, virtualized storage resource that supports heterogeneous applications and operating systems. All nodes are accessed through a management application called RECON. www.digidata.com.

Atto bridges SCSI, iSCSI

Atto Technology's iPBridge 1500E/D is an iSCSI-to-SCSI bridge that allows users to put SCSI devices on an Ethernet-based IP SAN. The bridge supports Microsoft's iSCSI software initiator, and 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet. The iPBridge 1500E is an embedded device that can be integrated into SCSI storage subsystems or servers, while the iPBridge 1500D is a desktop unit. www.attotech.com.

Verari enters iSCSI market

Known primarily as a vendor of blade servers, Verari Systems (formerly RackSaver) last month entered the iSCSI market with a clustered configuration called the PURE-cluster ipSAN. The bundled system includes a storage server, virtualization, and disk capacity in a single shared pool of storage.

The storage virtualization feature enables applications such as snapshots, remote replication and provisioning of additional capacity, and performance on a pay-as-you-grow basis.

Disk capacity is implemented in 3U System Storage Modules (SSMs), each of which can store up to 4TB together with a RAID controller, dual processors, memory, and network connections. SSMs can be clustered, with data striped across the cluster, and the company claims linear increases in performance. A 4TB SSM is priced at $26,815.

Although the PUREcluster ipSAN is Verari's first entry into the iSCSI arena, the company has also been selling the VS family of Fibre Channel and Serial ATA (SATA) SAN storage subsystems. www.verari.com.

Princeton Softech upgrades software

Princeton Softech, a provider of database archiving and test data management tools, last month announced the general availability of Archive for DB2 V 5.3 and Relational Tools V 5.3.

The 5.3 release of Archive for DB2 includes expanded support for data-retention compliance and information life-cycle management (ILM).

It also includes support for IBM's DB2 V8 and new archiving processing options for better performance.

The 5.3 release of Relational Tools offers increased performance, enhanced de-identification capabilities, and support for IBM DB2 V8. By allowing users to extract precise subsets of related data from a production database to create a test data environment, users can reportedly improve overall reliability and lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their CRM, ERP, etc., applications. www.princetonsoftech.com.

LSI ships entry-level host bus adapter

LSI Logic last month began shipping a single-channel Ultra320 SCSI host bus adapter (HBA) for PCI-X systems. The LSIU320 is based on the LSI53C1020A SCSI processor and LSI's Fusion-MPT architecture. The HBA is available through LSI's channel partners, which include Arrow Electronics, Bell Microproducts, Insight Electronics, Ingram-Micro, Innotech, Macnica, Microland, and Tech Data. www.lsilogic.com.

Separately, LSI Logic and Infortrend recently announced that, using LSI HBAs, Infortrend can now support storage arrays with up to 64TB of capacity. The companies achieved this by using 16-byte SCSI commands, which enable breaking the traditional 2TB capacity limit.

The 64TB can be managed as a single LUN. The companies demonstrated the 64TB support using Infortrend's EonStor Serial ATA (SATA) disk subsystems and dual-channel LSI7202XP-LC HBAs in a Novell SuSE Linux Professional 9.1 and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 environment. www.infortrend.com.

Zantaz enhances e-mail management

Zantaz last month shipped the 4.0 version of its EAS e-mail management product. The release includes three optional modules: File Archive Solution (FAS), EAS Supervisor, and EAS Reviewer.

FAS allows organizations to manage both e-mail messages and NTFS file systems using a single archive server across a distributed environment.

FAS's policy engine allows administrators to archive files according to specific policy and retention strategies without impacting end users.

EAS Supervisor enables customers to monitor and proactively control corporate communications, ensuring compliance with regulations governing e-mail and IM messages, including NASD 3010 and NYSE 342.

In addition to archiving the contents of files and messages, EAS automatically captures, indexes, and archives all compliance-related metadata.

Compliance officers access the archive through a dedicated interface with search capabilities, including automatic categorization, integrated workflow, and case management tools.

EAS Reviewer provides real-time review, which allows compliance officers to supervise electronic communications, such as e-mail and IM, before they are sent. Potential violations of policy or regulations are immediately flagged and quarantined, with automatic workflow designed to avoid any undue disruption of existing processes and procedures. www.zantaz.com.

This article was originally published on November 01, 2004