iSCSI market shows signs of life
Amid upbeat projections from industry analysts and signs of increased end-user adoption, the market for iSCSI-based IP SANs and related software seems to be picking up. Here’s a smattering of some of the more-recent product introductions:
Sanrad last month launched a new family of iSCSI SAN products based on the company’s V-Switch. Capacity scales from 500GB to 5.4PB, with pricing starting at $15,000. The entry-level V-Switch 2000 combines a multi-protocol switch, storage virtualization engine, router, and Fibre Channel gateway. The V-Switch 3000 includes a multi-port iSCSI gateway, StoragePro software, fault tolerance, network-based pooling, and volume management. www.sanrad.com.
Claiming to have shipped more than a petabyte of IP SAN-based capacity, Intransa last month rolled out its IP7500, the high-end member of its family of IP SAN configurations. Based on the company’s IntraStor architecture, StorControl software (which consolidates resources into a single pool of storage), and ATA disk drives, the IP7500 configuration supports 40 servers (20 servers when configured with redundant connections), and 24TB of capacity (expandable to 32TB). Other features include n-way active-active fail-over with redundant front-end and back-end switching to eliminate single points of failure.www.instransa.com.
DataCore Software recently posted performance results of an iSCSI configuration using the Storage Performance Council’s SPC-1 benchmark tests. For complete results, check out www.storageperformance.org. The tests were conducted using DataCore’s SANmelody-based Disk Server. Interestingly, SPC-1 performance of DataCore’s iSCSI configuration was about 50% of the performance of a similarly configured DataCore test platform running on Fibre Channel. But if you factor in price-performance metrics the two configurations were similar:
The tests were conducted using standard Ethernet adapters, as opposed to iSCSI accelerator cards. www.datacore.com.
Constant Data supports Windows
Constant Data continued to add platform support to its Constant Replicator real-time replication software, which now supports Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The software encrypts data and includes features such as multi-path technology, compression, authentication, journaling, and bandwidth control. True Cross-Platform technology allows users to replicate between operating systems. www.constantdata.com.
Seagate, Maxtor ship 15,000rpm drives
Seagate’s 3.5-inch Cheetah 15K.4 hard disk drives are available with Ultra320 SCSI or Fibre Channel interfaces (with a Serial Attached SCSI, or SAS, interface due within the next two months) and in capacities of 36GB, 73GB, or 147GB. Features include an MTBF of 1.4 million hours, according to Seagate. Single-unit pricing ranges from $329 for a 36GB model to $1,315 for the 146GB version. www.seagate.com.
Maxtor’s 3.5-inch Atlas 10K V and Atlas 15K II disk drives deliver 10,000rpm and 15,000rpm rotation rates, respectively. The drives come with an Ultra320 SCSI interface, with SAS versions due within the next two months. The 36/73/147GB Atlas 15K II drives have a maximum sustained transfer rate of 98MBps and a maximum seek time of 3.0ms. www.maxtor.com.
Recall manages media
Recall recently launched a Web-based ReQuest Media Manager inventory management program to give IT organizations greater control over in-house and off-site backup data inventory. Developed with software vendor B&L, the program is hosted by Recall and can interface with media management systems from vendors such as Computer Associates, BakBone, Hewlett-Packard, Legato, Syncsort, and Veritas.
The program provides real-time inventory reconciliation and reporting capabilities through the ability to produce reports and report filters at every level, including description, return date, or DR code. Users can track their inventory over the Internet. Security is provided through 128-bit AES encryption. www.recall.com.
Acronis upgrades imaging software
Acronis has released the 8.0 version of its True Image Enterprise Server and True Image Corporate Workstation software, which are based on the company’s disk imaging technology.
The software enables administrators to perform bare-metal restore of systems in minutes, according to the company, and provides archiving/restoration of databases, files, and folders, as well as disk cloning.
The enterprise-level software is priced at $999, while the workstation version is priced at $79.99. www.acronis.com.
Quest software manages Exchange
Quest Software last month released Archive Manager for Exchange 1.0 software, which is based on the company’s data migration technology. The software consolidates personal folder (PST) files and online messaging data to a central archive server for improved security. The e-mail management and archival software provides the following:
- ZeroIMPACT archiving for end-user transparency;
- Centralized management; and
- Controlled access to data for security and audit purposes.
Archive Manager for Exchange 1.0 is priced from $15 per mailbox. www.quest.com.