New Products

Sun upgrades StorEdge 6920

At the Storage Networking World (SNW) show last month, Sun Microsystems unveiled the latest version of its StorEdge 6920 disk array. The new model includes a number of features such as the following:

  • StorEdge Pool Manager, which simplifies consolidation and capacity management by enabling users to virtualize multi-vendor disk arrays (e.g., HP EVA and EMC CX) without disruption;
  • Data Replicator, which allows users to replicate data volumes either synchronously or asynchronously for disaster recovery;
  • Data Mirrror, which enables users to create full copies of data volumes, split them off for use by another application (e.g., backup or testing), and then allow them to be rejoined as needed with rapid updating; and
  • Data Snapshot functionality.

Shipments of the StorEdge 6920 are expected next month. www.sun.com.

Xiotech boosts performance

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Xiotech claims a performance improvement of 2x to 5x with the latest addition to its Magnitude 3D line of clustered disk subsystems. Existing Magnitude users can upgrade to the new Magnitude 3D 3000 with no downtime. The system can be configured with up to 224 Fibre Channel and/or Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives. Options include an application-based cache that can be enabled by volume.

Isilon scales to >150TB

Isilon Systems, a provider of clustered storage arrays, last month introduced three new arrays-the IQ 1920, 3000, and 4800-as well as a new version of its OneFS file system. Isilon claims to be the first vendor of clustered storage arrays to scale to more than 150TB, deliver 3GBps performance from a single file system, and support InfiniBand (internally between nodes in the array). The arrays also support Gigabit Ethernet.

The systems are based on Intel’s 3.2GHz Xeon processors and E7520 chipsets. Other features include built-in load-balancing, N+2 data protection, 250GB SATA drive rebuild times in less than an hour, and the ability to scale performance, capacity, and throughput without downtime.

The IQ 1920 and 3000 are available now; the IQ 4800 will ship next month. Entry-level pricing ranges from $0.01 to $0.015 per megabyte; there is no extra charge for InfiniBand connectivity. www.isilon.com.

McData refreshes fabric switches

McData recently introduced a new line of Sphereon switches, which are due next month, including the 4Gbps Sphereon 4700 and 4400. Both Fibre Channel switches provide install and configuration wizards. The higher-end 4700 is FICON CUP-qualified and has long-distance support capabilities. The 4700 can be configured with 16, 24, or 32 ports, and the 4400 with 8, 12, or 24 ports. www.mcdata.com.

PacketLight tests US waters

Increasing demand for SAN extension products has enticed PacketLight Networks to expand into the US market. The PacketLight Product Suite offers business continuity and disaster recovery over any network. The company recently added new platforms to its synchronous optical network (SONET) suite of products. In March, PacketLight received Brocade’s Fabric Aware Status for end-to-end storage networking interoperability. Last month, IBM certified PacketLight’s PL-10, PL-20, and PL-100 SONET/synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) suite of products.

The company also offers the PL-100-Opto, a dense wavelength-division multiplexing/coarse wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM/CWDM) device. www.packetlight.com.

Infortrend supports SATA II

Infortrend recently shipped four models of its EonStor RAID subsystems that support the Serial ATA II disk drive interface and single- or dual-port Fibre Channel or SCSI host connections. The 2U, 8- or 12-drive systems support SATA II features such as 3Gbps transfer rates, native command queuing, and hot-plug capability. Each controller supports up to 1GB of cache memory, a PowerPC processor, one Ethernet LAN port, and an RS-232 port for management. The company claims support for up to 64TB per LUN or logical drive. www.infortrend.com.

AMCC ships multi-lane SATA

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) last month began shipments of multi-lane external Serial ATA (SATA) RAID controllers. The 9500S-4LPME controllers have an integrated cable connector system that combines four SATA ports into a single external connector on the back of a server or workstation, which is then connected to a disk drive chassis. The controllers feature a small-form-factor InfiniBand cabling system.

Separately, AMCC demonstrated a variety of SATA II RAID features, such as 3Gbps transfer rates, port multiplication, native command queuing, and port selection. www.amcc.com.

Iomega upgrades NAS

Iomega has added the NAS 300r to its line of NAS appliances. Based on Windows Storage Server 2003, the 300r ranges from 320GB to 500GB, with prices starting at $2,000 for a 320MB model (or 1.2 cents per megabyte), including the company’s Automatic Backup Pro software. Features include RAID 1, continuous or scheduled backups, hot-swappable drives, support for ADS and DFS, Volume Shadow Copy Service, 7,200rpm Serial ATA (SATA) drives, a 2.8GHz Celeron processor, and dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces. Iomega also upgraded its NAS 200d appliances with options such as a built-in 35GB Iomega REV drive for backup and archiving, as well as a capacity boost to 750GB via SATA drives. A 320GB version is priced at $1,399, or $1,899 with a built-in REV drive. Both versions include Iomega’s backup and disaster-recovery software and Computer Associates’ eTrust anti-virus software. www.iomega.com.

Buffalo adds NAS appliances

Buffalo Technology has expanded its line of TeraStation NAS appliances for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to include 0.6TB (with 160GB drives) and 1.6TB (with 400GB drives) models.

Features include Windows and Macintosh compatibility, four USB 2.0 ports, one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, a print server feature, and a journaling file system. The 0.6TB version is priced at about $799; the 1.6TB configuration costs approximately $1,999. www.buffalotech.com.

StorageQuest ships optical NAS

StorageQuest’s Multi-Services Storage Manager (MSM) 150 is a network-attached optical storage archival appliance that includes compliance features and write-once, read-many (WORM) functionality. The MSM virtualizes optical libraries into one or more network shares, each accessible on the network by any application. The appliance, which supports all major optical libraries, operating systems, and network protocols, is priced from $5,000. www.storagequest.com.

Breece Hill targets SMBs

Breece Hill recently added features to its iStoRA disk-to-disk-to-tape appliance, including an increase in capacity to 3.2TB, support for LTO-3 and LTO-2 half-height tape drives, WORM functionality, an optional model with dual Xeon processors, and support for backup/recovery software from BakBone, CommVault, and Veritas. The iStoRA tape appliance is priced from $18,000. www.breecehill.com.

iQstor goes native iSCSI

iQstor Networks last month released its iQ1250 storage system with support for native iSCSI. The entry-level IP SAN systems use Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives and include services such as volume manager-based virtualization, snapshots, mirroring, and policy-based storage provisioning. Estimated pricing for a 1TB configuration is $6,500, including virtualization software. www.iqstor.com.


Microsoft previews disk backup manager

Microsoft announced the public beta of its Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) last month. DPM is designed to optimize disk-based backup and recovery. It uses byte-level rather than file-level replication and is designed to deliver faster backups and reduce data loss. End users can perform their own recoveries and choose which version of a file they want to recover. DPM is the latest member of the Windows Server System Family. Microsoft also announced a software development kit (SDK) for developing software that archives data from DPM and the Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 pack to facilitate DPM management. General availability is scheduled for late 2005. www.microsoft.com/dpm.

Hitachi intros software for heterogeneous environments

Hitachi Data Systems claims its new Hitachi HiCommand Tiered Storage Manager is the first software to leave applications undisturbed while it helps users define and dynamically migrate data across multidimensional tiers of storage. Tiered Storage Manager is the latest addition to Hitachi’s Hi-Command Suite Version 4.0 and allows administrators to frequently migrate data between storage tiers to address changing requirements. The software moves stale or non-critical data to lower-cost storage systems, addresses bottlenecks, manages equipment lease specifications, and identifies ready-to-retire systems. www.hds.com.

Permabit enhances CAS

Permabit last month introduced version 1.4 of its Permeon Compliance Store software (formerly Compliance Vault), which can be used to turn standard disk drives into WORM media for long-term retention of content, including e-mail, instant messages, office documents, and medical images.

New features include portal high availability, which allows for continuous operation of applications with no data loss; high-performance recovery and rebuild, which allows for quick recovery of the content-addressable storage (CAS) system from checkpoint and rapid data rebuild in the event of a node failure; advanced media migration, which includes support for 400GB disk drives as well as different storage capacities within a single system; and health monitoring. www.permabit.com.

Northern integrates SRM

Built on the company’s Quota Server technology, the Northern Storage Suite 2005 integrates all of Northern’s storage management software into one storage resource management (SRM) package, including disk quotas, reporting, chargeback, automation, and end-user interaction. New features include support for NAS (CIFS), cluster-aware capabilities, and Excel Templates. In addition, the company lowered its prices to $1,095 per server (up to 3TB), or $3,995 for an enterprise server version with unlimited capacity. www.northern.net.

Crosswalk upgrades software

Designed for SMBs that may not have storage specialists, Crosswalk’s Storage Manager 2.0 was unveiled last month. The start-up aims to fill the gap between provisioning and automation for mid-tier companies. Sold mainly through the channel, the software helps users anticipate storage needs and includes reporting and discovery features for SAN, NAS, and DAS environments. www.crosswalkinc.com.

This article was originally published on May 01, 2005