Spotlight on entertainment
SGI is among the first to market with a 4Gbps Fibre Channel RAID array-the InfiniteStorage TP9700-which is based on Engenio Information Technologies’ 6998 RAID controller and XBB architecture. The TP9700 is integrated into SGI’s InfiniteStorage SAN, NAS, and data life-cycle management (DLM) product lines. The array includes up to eight external, 4Gbps Fibre Channel ports and eight 4Gbps disk drive ports. SGI claims a sustained bandwidth of 1,600MBps. Operating system support includes SGI’s Irix, and Altix platforms, with support for additional operating systems due in the next quarter. The TP9700 also supports the Storage Networking Industry Association’s SMI-S management standard.
At next month’s NAB show (April 16-21 in Las Vegas), SGI will also be demonstrating its Prism visualization architecture and RM610 and RM660 storage systems. The RM610 addresses broadcasters’ multiple stream, low-latency, real-time requirements for playout, ingest, and newsroom and program editing. It is configurable as an ingest/playout server, a playout SAN, or a central repository for nonlinear editing systems.
The RM660 storage system is designed for high-resolution capture from scanner, digital cinema cameras, and telecines, and resolution-independent editing and compositing applications. It can store up to 16 feature-length films in 4K format. www.sgi.com.
Medéa’s 1.6TB VideoRaid FCR2 (single 2Gbps interface) and 3.2TB FCR2X (dual 2Gbps interfaces) are Fibre Channel disk arrays designed for video post, graphics, and content creation applications, including high definition (HD). The systems are rated at a maximum 180MBps and 320MBps, respectively. Both disk arrays include a 4-port Fibre Channel hub (two hubs for the 2X model) for connection to four workstations. Multiple arrays can be scaled for up to 120TB of capacity. Medéa’s Multi-Stream Technology allows for simultaneous real-time playback of multiple streams of uncompressed video, allowing up to four users to access the same content concurrently.
Due in the next quarter, Medéa’s StreamRAID 15 disk subsystem is designed for rich media, high-throughput applications. Features include real-time data transfers up to 400MBps (800MBps with an expansion chassis), Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives, 4Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity, one or two plug-in 8-port switch modules with full fabric support, and hot-swappable components. www.medea.com.
The Galaxy-HDX, from Bell Microproducts’ Rorke Data subsidiary, uses Serial ATA II (SATA II) disk drives with native command queuing for increased performance and is targeted at the video and broadcast markets. Pricing starts at $13,750 MSRP for a 6.4TB configuration in a 3U form factor. The Galaxy-HDX array is available with either dual Fibre Channel or dual Ultra320 SCSI host connections. Rorke claims performance of more than 300MBps on writes and up to 450MBps on reads, which exceeds the requirements for HD and 2K/4K film applications. The arrays are based on Rorke’s RAID engines and Infortrend enclosures. Platform support includes OSX, Windows, Linux, Irix, and Solaris. www.rorke.com.
Atto Technology is supplying 4Gbps, dual-channel Celerity FC-42XS Fibre Channel adapters to Facilis for integration into Facilis’ TerraBlock Shared Storage System, which is targeted at high-definition television (HDTV) and digital content creation (DCC) applications. Atto’s adapters provide up to 800MBps throughput.
Atto has also released an iSCSI software initiator for Apple Mac environments. The initiator can be used with Atto’s iPBridge, an iSCSI-to-SCSI bridge that allows users to attach SCSI devices to Ethernet networks via the iSCSI protocol. The latest release of the bridge-the iPBridge 1550E/D-is based on an Intel IOP321 I/O processor and includes one Gigabit Ethernet port and one Ultra160 SCSI port. The company claims wire-speed sustained throughput. www.attotech.com.
Proware supports SATA-II, 4Gbps FC
Proware Technology’s Simbolo SB-3163S-F4A3 RAID subsystem is a 4Gbps Fibre Channel to Serial ATA-II (SATA-II) disk array with 16 hot-swappable SATA-II disk drives in a 3U 19-inch rack-mount enclosure. The array supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, and 6. Other features include auto rebuild, bad block auto-remapping, array roaming, online RAID level migration, and optional redundant controllers. www.proware.com.
ADIC upgrades tape libraries
ADIC last month announced that it has integrated its iLayer management software into its Scalar i2000 tape library. Benefits include
- A hot-swap drive capability that allows users to remove and insert drives in the library without making any changes to the host, library, or software;
- Native SMI-S support, which allows administrators to use third-party tools to manage both tape and disk resources;
- Integrated drive utilization reporting, which provides historical trending information for tape drives; and
- Expanded diagnostics.
The library and its relational diagnostics are supported by ADIC’s new iSurety service, which gives ADIC service specialists remote, interactive access (via a Web interface) to a variety of diagnostic data at the customer site, including information from the backup software, SAN fabric, and other storage devices. The service is available for all ADIC storage platforms, including the Scalar 10K, Scalar i2000, Scalar 100, Scalar 24, and the Pathlight VX disk-based backup system. www.adic.com.
Xiotech intros entry-level SAN
Xiotech last month introduced the Magnitude 3D 1000e, an entry-level version of its Magnitude 3D SAN arrays that eliminates planned downtime and enables users to “pay as they grow,” as opposed to over-provisioning storage capacity. Also last month, Xiotech announced support for Novell’s Open Enterprise Server (OES), including Storage Services and Cluster Services, on its Magnitude 3D arrays, which feature a clustered architecture. Separately, Xiotech announced expanded support for picture archiving communication systems (PACS), including certification with Kodak’s PACS System 5 and eMed Matrix. www.xiotech.com.
Spectra Logic adds LTO library
Spectra Logic this month introduced the third member of its “T-Series” tape library family: the Spectra T50. The library reportedly has all the features and functionality of the company’s higher-end Spectra T120 and T950 platforms but has been scaled down for entry-level users and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
The T50 supports up to four Hewlett-Packard half-height or IBM full-height LTO-3 tape drives and has 10 to 50 media slots, for up to 20TB of native capacity and 576GB-per-hour throughput. Other features include TeraPack media management (which allows users to bulk load/unload media), health-check tools, and support for all major backup software and operating systems. A one-drive, 10-slot configuration is priced from $9,300. www.spectralogic.com.
BreeceHill ships optical drives
BreeceHill recently shipped its MaxOptix T8 and T7 optical drives. The T8, priced at $2,650, is based on blue-violet laser technologies, while the T7, at $1,840, is based on magneto-optical (MO) laser technology.
The T8 drive has a 23.3GB capacity and a maximum 11MBps transfer rate and comes with 16MB of cache.
The T7 offers twice the capacity of the company’s existing T6 drive and is 15% faster. Both drives offer WORM support for regulatory-compliance purposes. The drives are available through BreeceHill’s distributors and resellers. www.breecehill.com.
FilesX pushes ‘Tapeless Branches’
Continuing with its goal to eliminate cumbersome tape-based backup in branch offices, FilesX last month introduced its Tapeless Branches solution, which is based on the company’s Xpress Restore disk-to-disk backup/restore appliances with the addition of vaulting technology from Cyber-Ark.
The solution centralizes backup/restore operations at a central facility (as well as providing local disk-based backup at remote sites) and can be integrated with tape-based backup systems at the central data center. In addition, the company is extending its focus from SMBs to larger enterprises. www.filesx.com.
LiveVault expands online D2D services
Disk-based online backup/recovery provider LiveVault last month introduced LiveVault InControl for remote office backup and recovery and LiveVault InSync, a backup/recovery service for SMBs. Both services encompass backup, off-site storage, archiving, and recovery. The InControl service includes the company’s TurboRestore appliance and does not require staff at the remote sites. The InSync service also includes TurboRestore appliances, which meet recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives via Delta Restore technology, which allows recovery of data at the byte level. www.livevault.com.
Storactive upgrades CDP software
Storactive recently released LiveBackup 2.8, its continuous data-protection (CDP) software for Windows laptops and desktops. New features include dynamic checkpoints, a file migration wizard, and bootable DVD support-all of which are designed to speed the recovery process and minimize user downtime. Dynamic checkpoints allow administrators to direct specific LiveBackup clients to take checkpoints on demand without requiring system reboots. A file migration wizard lets users move data of all types, including system files, to new machines without having to do bare-metal restores. Pricing information and free evaluation copy are available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emulex simplifies HBA installation
Designed to simplify installation and configuration of the company’s host bus adapters (HBAs) in Windows environments, Emulex’s AutoPilot Installer includes automation features such as a single download executable, installation and/or upgrading of all HBAs locally or remotely, a “Software First” feature that allows users to install drivers and utilities prior to hardware installation, and unattended installation using parameters that are saved in a configuration file. www.emulex.com.
Arkeia offers SQL Server plug-in
Arkeia, a provider of enterprise backup software, recently released a plug-in for hot backup of Microsoft SQL Server. The plug-in takes advantage of embedded capabilities in SQL Server backup-and-restore functions; Arkeia has incorporated Virtual Device Interface (VDI) technology to ensure fast, reliable backups in Windows environments with a Linux or Unix backup server.
Backup levels are configurable for Machine, SQL Server Instance, Database, File Group, or Individual File. Restore functions, including point-in-time recovery, can be automatic or manually configured for specified databases, file groups, or files.
The plug-in supports SQL Server 7, 2000 and later versions, as well as Windows NT/2000/2003. The software is priced at $990. A release candidate version can be downloaded at www.arkeia.com/download/rc/.