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Copan doubles MAID capacity

Implementing 500GB SATA drives, Copan has doubled the capacity of its Revolution 220 series of virtual tape and archiving subsystems, which are based on a massive array of idle disks (MAID) architecture. Total capacity of the arrays has increased from 224TB to 448TB per cabinet, yielding up to 44TB per square foot with a power consumption increase of less than 10%.

Copan keeps power consumption down with its Power Managed RAID and Disk Aerobics software, which monitor and manage disk drives to ensure drives are only powered on when necessary-up to 25% of the drives at any given time.

The Revolution series consists of models 220T and 220TX (which include virtual tape library, or VTL, functionality) and the 220A (for archiving). They can scale from one to eight shelves, or 28TB to 448TB of capacity, using either 250GB or 500GB drives.

Each rack consumes only 10 sq ft of data-center floor space. Copan can pack the disk drives tighter because the drives do not generate as much heat and vibration as they do in traditional architectures with drives that spin constantly.

The Revolution 220T and 220TX cost about $3 per gigabyte, including the virtual tape software. (Copan OEMs VTL software from FalconStor Software.)

Copan introduced the Revolution 220A archiving subsystem in November 2005.

Data Domain adds WAN vaulting option

Data Domain announced a WAN vaulting option for its DD400 line of disk-based storage appliances. WAN Vaulting for enterprise backup is part of Data Domain’s Replicator software option and allows administrators to vault backed-up data sets over a WAN for data protection in case of disaster. Using the company’s Global Compression technology, providing up to 20:1 compression, data can be moved in a many-to-one or peer-to-peer fashion.

De-duplication looks for commonalities in files or blocks of data and only stores unique information. The appliance’s software can also see commonalities across all sites and servers. Over time, the history of what has been duplicated increases, and the de-duplication becomes even more efficient.

WAN Vaulting is sold as an option for the DD400 series of disk-based storage appliances. Prices for the option range from $2,500 to $10,000.

Other vendors offering WAN vaulting include FalconStor, Iron Mountain, Network Appliance, and Sepaton.

Marathon extends HA software

Marathon Technologies’ EverRun HA is high-availability software that uses a virtualization architecture as an alternative to traditional clustering and fail-over. The software is built on the same platform as Marathon’s EverRun FT (formerly FT Virtual Server) continuous availability software, but is designed for a wider market at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Unlike Marathon’s FT product, the two servers on which EverRun HA runs do not have to be identical. EverRun HA also adds multi-socket and multi-core CPU support for greater scalability.

EverRun HA creates a virtual application environment from two servers synchronized over Gigabit Ethernet. One of the servers is active and the other is “ready,” but they both appear as one virtual server. Users can install applications to the virtual server with no need for modifications or scripts as in clustering.

Marathon’s SplitSite option for EverRun HA allows the active and ready servers to be geographically separated by a distance of at least 100 miles, depending on the type of connectivity in use.

If there’s an outage in the disk, memory, or any I/O component on one of the servers, EverRun can “ComputeThru” the failure so there’s no disruption to users. EverRun HA then automatically repairs the problem and resynchronizes the data without user intervention. For example, if one of the network adapters fails, EverRun HA allows operations to continue without affecting the applications’ operations or clients’ connectivity.

EverRun HA is priced at $7,500 for the single-socket, dual-core version, and $10,000 for the dual-socket version. EverRun FT is priced at $16,000.

MiraLink intros remote mirroring appliance

The MiraLink 400 appliance, tailored for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), allows companies to mirror their critical data to remote locations. It supports major server and network operating systems and can also be used as a primary storage device.

The appliance does not require SMBs to change their backup, clustering, or security practices. As a plug-and-play disaster-recovery solution, the MiraLink 400 does not load software, agents, or drivers on the customer’s system. It features secure, remote administration through an SSL-encrypted GUI interface. The MiraLink 400 is priced at less than $5,000 for two units.

Infortrend ships 1U RAID array

Infortrend’s 1U EonStor AO4U-G2421 SCSI-to-SATA subsystem is designed to build a shared storage pool for direct-attached storage (DAS) in environments such as digital media, broadcast, medical imaging, and security/surveillance. The EonStor AO4U-G2421 features Ultra 320 SCSI host channels with transfer rates up to 320MBps per channel. It supports up to four 3Gbps SATA II drives, which are backward-compatible with SATA I drives. The subsystem supports SATA NCQ and offers real-time event notification.

XOsoft upgrades DR software

XOsoft’s WANSync v4.0 disaster-recovery software features a reconfigured management and deployment module, support for Linux and 64-bit computing, continuous data protection (CDP) support for Unix, support for Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), and automatic BlackBerry configuration.

WANSync 4.0 also includes a wizard for installation, remote installation, or simultaneous installation on hundreds of servers, as well as remote configuration capabilities. Administrators have to configure only the master site and the configuration is automatically pushed out to the replicas. Pricing for WANSync ranges from $3,500 to $10,000 per server.

Mimosa accelerates Exchange migration

Mimosa Systems has added migration capabilities for Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 to its NearPoint for Microsoft Exchange Server product. NearPoint can now manage the transition from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003. The feature is designed to remove the risk and speed the process during migration, while also offering uninterrupted user access to critical e-mail.

Administrators can empty Exchange Server 5.5 mailboxes before migration to reduce the amount of data to be migrated, therefore decreasing the time required for the migration. NearPoint archives all of the Exchange 5.5 e-mail information to the NearPoint archive, allowing administrators to validate the result prior to the migration. The product manages information from both the legacy Exchange Server 5.5 and Exchange Server 2003.

Sonasoft releases new version of DR software

Sonasoft has released a new version of its SonaSafe for Exchange Server disaster-recovery software with new features such as dynamic mailbox backups and enhanced replication-and-recovery capabilities. SonaSafe maintains a redundant, standby server by continually updating the data from the primary server. The new version overcomes the 2GB file backup limit imposed by the mail application programming interface (MAPI) of PST files. Dynamic mailbox backup automatically splits mailboxes containing more than 2GB of e-mails.

A complete backup is performed only once with incremental backups thereafter, reducing storage costs. SonaSafe’s replication improvement transfers uncommitted e-mails that remain when a switch from the primary to replicated server occurs. There are no distance limitations on the replication server. Lost e-mails or folders can be recovered with a point-and-click process.

Wasabi adds iSCSI to NAS

The latest addition to the Wasabi Storage Builder 64 for NAS software is an integrated iSCSI initiator, which enables the use of iSCSI targets to supplement or replace locally attached disks or RAID arrays. Systems builders can now partition NAS server and RAID array functions and supply both NAS and iSCSI in a single system The software supports ERL 0, 1, and 2. A snapshot capability integrates with Windows Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS). Other features include backup tools for tape and disk, IPv6 support, e-mail event notification, and integrated Active Directory Services supports.

Digi-Data integrates virtual tape library

Based on FalconStor software, Digi-Data’s Consolidated VTL (virtual tape library) integrates in a 25U rack VTL software and Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives. Sharing capacity and controller bandwidth between the systems can be accomplished with Digi-Data’s Storage On Redundant Modules (STORM) clustered storage architecture. Users can configure the system with SATA drives as the first layer in an archive configuration, with WORM tape or optical storage as a second tier.

The systems also support Fibre Channel drives. A configuration with VTL software, 25TB of capacity, and dual controllers (350MBps per controller) is priced at $130,000. Via clustering, the architecture can scale to 1,400MBps and up to 400TB of total capacity.

This article was originally published on June 01, 2006