Storage highlights from LinuxWorld

By Ann Silverthorn

—At this week's LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, a number of storage vendors introduced new products, with an emphasis on data management, virtualization, and data protection.

For example, LSI Logic demonstrated its iMegaRAID product line, which enables integrators and OEMs to build iSCSI-based RAID storage systems using x86 Linux platforms and LSI's MegaRAID Serial ATA (SATA) storage adapters. iMegaRAID features include path redundancy, bandwidth scaling, and port segmentation for IP SANs. Integrators can also select components such as CPUs, memory, Ethernet ports, and 1.5Gbps or 3Gbps SATA disk drives based on performance/cost requirements. The iMegaRAID kit is priced from $1,099 MSRP. LSI also enhanced its MyStorage management software with support for 4Gbps Fibre Channel and 3Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) host bus adapters (HBAs).

Also at LinuxWorld, Symantec extended its range of enterprise Linux offerings with the 4.1 version of Veritas Storage Foundation, Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC, Storage Foundation Cluster File System, Storage Foundation for Databases, Veritas Volume Replicator, and Veritas Cluster Server. The upgrade provides enhanced performance and availability, simplified storage management, and 64-bit support on Linux platforms based on Intel's Itanium and Xeon EM64T, as well as AMD Opteron processors. The 4.1 release supports the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 operating systems.

Yosemite Technologies announced support for Red Hat's Enterprise Linux Logical Volume Manger in its Yosemite Backup 8.1 data-protection software, which provides bare-metal disaster recovery for Linux environments. Yosemite Backup 8.1 features "backup-2-disk" functionality and a built-in virtual library via a "D2D2Ne" option, which allows users to create multiple hierarchies of data storage with centralized management. Yosemite Backup 8.1 is priced from $649.

BakBone Software and BroadWare Technologies announced that they will deliver an integrated video surveillance and data-recovery system for expediting real-time recovery of digital security camera streaming video. Built on Linux, the surveillance and storage solution uses IP networks and combines the BroadWare Media Platform with BakBone's NetVault Virtual Disk Library (VDL) backup software. The entry-level configuration is priced from $22,000.

Storix introduced backup data encryption and Windows backup-and-restore options in Version 5.2 of its System Backup Administrator (SBA) software. The disaster-recovery software provides centralized management of system and data backup for one system or an entire network. Storix SBA now provides optional 128/192/256-bit data encryption.

Area Electronics launched Areasys3400, a quad-processor server with up to 6TB of RAID storage. The 3U rack-mount system includes 12 3.5-inch bays for hot-swappable SATA disks. Pricing starts at $3,995.

This article was originally published on August 11, 2005