Dell expands storage offerings
Dell recently began shipping new disk, tape, and storage management solutions in addition to introducing the ninth generation of its PowerEdge servers. The initiative includes new functionality for direct-attached storage (DAS), NAS, tape libraries, and management software. In May, Dell introduced the PowerVault MD1000, a 3U DAS enclosure with 3.5-inch Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) drives. The MD1000 now also supports Serial ATA (SATA) II drives, enabling approximately 7.5 terabytes of capacity. SAS and SATA drives can be mixed in the same unit, and they can be daisy-chained for up to 22.5TB of capacity.
On the NAS side, Dell expanded its Windows Storage Server NAS portfolio based on the new PowerEdge 2900 (tower) and 2950 (rack-mount) servers, and added replication. Dell also addressed backup requirements by expanding its PowerVault ML6000 tape library line, which is based on ADIC’s Scalar i500 midrange tape library. New additions include a control module and an expansion module. The control module is a 5U library that houses robotics, 36 cartridges, and two LTO tape drives. The 9U expansion module holds 92 cartridges and up to four LTO drives. The ML6030 consists of a controller module and two expansion modules with up to 10 Fibre Channel or SCSI drives and a maximum native capacity of 87TB.
To help users better manage both their server and storage environments, Dell expanded the capabilities of Open-Manage IT Assistant to manage its PowerEdge servers, NAS devices, and Dell/EMC disk arrays from a single console. The improvement is designed to treat the data center “holistically” rather than separating the management of storage and servers.
Dell Storage Servers are priced from about $2,980, and the PowerVault MD1000 costs approximately $4,500 The PowerVault ML6030 is priced from about $36,000; the PowerVault ML6000 expansion module costs about $13,000.
CommVault improves RTO, RPO
In an effort to improve recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs), CommVault has integrated two of the products in its QiNetix portfolio-QuickRecovery and Galaxy Backup and Recovery. The combined product, called RecoveryDirector 6.1, is designed to help storage administrators manage snapshot and backup data for data protection, recovery, and archive tiers.
RecoveryDirector enables customers using snapshot management to integrate that activity into their backup. QuickRecovery snapshot management allows users to keep online copies of production data, which is useful for large databases that might be attacked by viruses. Storage administrators can recover from multiple recovery points.
RecoveryDirector also provides “unified data management” with a single view of high-availability SAN environments with tiers of data. The product adds sequencing, workflow, and policy management that unifies data protection at multiple levels of an enterprise.
Pricing for RecoveryDirector 6.1 ranges from $5,000 to $22,500, depending on the number of servers protected and the type of operating system.
Aptare upgrades DPM software
Aptare added support for IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software in the latest edition of its StorageConsole data protection management (DPM) software. Storage Console 5.1 also includes new features such as a personalized home-page for users, policy auditing module, and an XML report designer.
StorageConsole already supported Veritas NetBackup. Support for EMC Legato software is due next month.
The software is agent-less and browser-based and provides a portal view into the backup infrastructure with real-time dashboard reporting. It displays in graphical form backup successes and failures, historical tracking and trending, and disk and tape capacity. Proactive forecasting tracks media consumption and prevents failed backups due to insufficient storage capacity.
StorageConsole is designed to eliminate “hotspots” in the storage environment by identifying problems with network and backup performance, disk or tape drives, and media server bandwidth.
The personalized homepage uses a tree-style navigator that allows administrators to drill down from a macro level to a file level. File-level detail allows users to perform their own restores with Google-like searching.
Administrative, management, storage utility, and chargeback and billing reports are included with StorageConsole. An XML report designer allows administrators to design their own reports in XML for e-mail or intranet distribution.
Aptare also added a policy-auditing feature that generates an audit trail of changes to an underlying backup policy in the backup software. The backup software only keeps the most current version of the policy.
StorageConsole is priced at $4,995 per backup server and $60 per client.
Hitachi Data Systems OEMs StorageConsole and sells it as HiCommand Backup Services Manager. Other DPM, or backup reporting and management, software vendors include Bocada, Crosswalk, EMC, HP, Illuminator, Servergraph, Tek-Tools, and WysDM.
TimeSpring ships CDP for SharePoint
TimeSpring Software has released TimeData for Windows SharePoint Services. The file-based continuous data protection (CDP) software allows SharePoint administrators to rapidly recover any or all lost, corrupt, or deleted documents. TimeData continuously captures all SharePoint data as it changes in real-time to an on-site or off-site repository. There are no protection gaps, scheduling requirements, backup-related system slowdowns, or backup windows for the administrator to manage.
In addition to SharePoint Services, TimeData CDP software integrates with key Microsoft applications, such as SQL Server, Exchange Server, and NTFS.
MonoSphere adds capacity planning
MonoSphere has added a capacity-planning module to its Storage Horizon storage management software. The Storage Planner module calculates when additional storage will be needed, how much will be required, where it will be needed, etc. The software is designed to help administrators solve the over-provisioning problem and avoid “out of storage” situations.
MonoSphere officials estimate that companies typically use only 30% to 40% of their total storage capacity because of over-provisioning, and Storage Planner can help them save as much as 20% of their capital expenditures.
The Storage Planner module takes the information provided by the forecasting results of the Storage Horizon 2.2 software and creates a plan for each storage array. Users can define a threshold for the amount of capacity on each array (usually 75%), and they can define a purchase lead time so that there is an adequate amount of time to procure, deploy, and provision the new capacity.
MonoSphere also upgraded Storage Horizon with role-based user accounts, forecasting, and analysis guidelines, and extended support of operating systems (HP-UX and Linux, as well as Windows, Solaris, AIX, and Data ONTAP) and applications (Sybase, in addition to Oracle and Microsoft SQL and Exchange).
Role-based user accounts allow companies to assign three levels of access to the Storage Horizon application. The forecasting and analysis guidelines show the logical validity of the forecast in cases of volatile data or an insufficient number of data-collection points.
Pricing is based on the number of terabytes under management. Typical pricing is $50,000 to $70,000 for a 50TB to 100TB environment. The software scales down from $1,500 per TB to $500 per TB with volume discounts.
Teneros appliance targets SMBs
Teneros has added a small-business version of its Application Continuity Appliance (ACA), which provides fail-over and e-mail continuity in the event of planned or unplanned downtime of Microsoft Exchange. The small-business version scales the number of users supported down from 250 to 75 and reduces the base price from $15,000 to just under $10,000.
Introduced last year, Teneros’ original ACA is designed for up to 250 users, with capacity ranging from 50GB to 500GB. The appliance plugs into a rack in front of the Exchange environment. Teneros claims that the appliance installs in 20 minutes and does not require software agents or configuration changes to the Exchange server.
Once the ACA is installed, it copies all committed objects from the Exchange database to the appliance, which runs Exchange on Windows Server 2003. Once the data set is copied, ACA goes into standby mode, copying new transactions and monitoring the health of the Exchange server.
User-determined parameters control when fail-over should occur-e.g., long queue length, unacceptable latency, or planned maintenance activities such as defragmentation. When fail-over occurs, the ACA inserts itself into the network and chokes off traffic flow to the Exchange server, handling all e-mail transactions itself. After the Exchange server is repaired or maintenance is completed, ACA copies all of the transactions it was handling back to the Exchange server and resumes its standby mode.
In addition to the scaled-down appliance for SMBs, Teneros also introduced a 500-user model with capacities of 100GB, 250GB, or 500GB.
Nexsan upgrades security appliance
New features in the 4.0 version of Nexsan’s Assureon appliance, which is designed for storage security, business continuity, and regulatory compliance, include a user interface for reporting, data-retention management capabilities, and hardware-accelerated encryption.
Assureon, which is based on Nexsan’s SATA RAID subsystems, is a secure storage appliance designed for the long-term archive protection, retention, and management of fixed-content data. The appliance combines features such as encryption, compliance retention policies, information lifecycle management (ILM), continuous data protection (CDP), content-addressed storage (CAS), and high-availability clustering.
In the latest version, Nexsan added the ability for users to create customized reports. For example, users can generate usage monitoring reports and storage-capacity monitoring reports to determine whether more processing power is needed or more capacity should be purchased. Assureon is certified for SEC 17, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, and FDA Rule 21 regulations and provides built-in retention rules for compliance. New data-retention management capabilities allow users to dynamically choose, based on metadata, how their data will be retained according to best business practices, whether from the date of creation, modification, or last access. Users also have the option of deciding how many versions of a file to keep.
As for archiving, Assureon’s “secure archive” is based on a single-instance CAS model, so that only a single copy of a data object is stored in the archive, reducing capacity demands and bandwidth requirements. The archive is “hardened” to meet security and compliance standards.
Assureon allows independent scaling of processing and capacity. To improve performance, an acceleration card offloads AES 256 encryption.
Storewiz compression appliance adds iSCSI
Storewiz recently released the STW-iSCSI data compression appliance for block-level volumes. STW-iSCSI is a new iteration of the Storewiz STN-5000 compression appliance for NAS. The company claims to shrink data to one-third of its original volume, requiring less storage hardware and less bandwidth for remote backup and recovery.
Storewiz does not use APIs, agents, drivers, or configuration changes. Also, no server CPU or memory resources are required. Unlike some compression techniques that require decompression of the whole file for updates, the appliance allows random and sequential access to compressed data, compressing and uncompressing only the data that needs to be read, written to, or updated. The STW-iSCSI appliance supports the CIFS and NFS protocols.
Kazeon integrates with Google
Kazeon has partnered with Google to extend enterprise search further into the storage infrastructure. The solution integrates Google’s OneBox for Enterprises, a new feature of the Google Search Appliance, with Kazeon’s Information Server1200 (IS1200), an appliance for searching large backup stores and corporate archives.
The IS1200 enables a full-text search from more than 370 kinds of files distributed across servers in an enterprise, requiring only 5% additional storage space. Searches can be performed by file type, content, or both.
Google’s OneBox searches the company’s intranet and the Internet from a Web portal, but it doesn’t search NFS or CIFS. That’s where Kazeon’s technology takes over-searching all of the files that it has indexed on the company’s network. The result is a single view that shows both sets of results. Users have the choice of initiating the search through the Google interface or the Kazeon interface. The Kazeon appliance with the Google integration module is priced at approximately $50,000.
Qualstar ships high-capacity library
Qualstar recently introduced a high-capacity tape library that can scale from 140TB to more than 4 petabytes. On the performance side, the XLS library can scale from 4 to 96 LTO-3 drives with 27TB-per-hour native throughput.
The XLS consists of two modules: the Library Resource Module (LRM), and Memory Expansion Module (MEM). The LRM is a stand-alone library that holds up to 655 cartridges. Up to two MEMs can be attached to each LRM. Each MEM holds 1,075 tape cartridges for up to 430TB in 8.4 square feet of floor space.
The robotics for the library are completely housed within the LRM. When a MEM is attached on either side of the LRM, the robotics can access up to 2,800 tapes while only moving an average of 21 inches horizontally.
The LRM is available in two models: The 820500 supports up to 20 tape drives, and the 832700 supports up to 32 drives in any mix of Fibre Channel or SCSI. Bays that hold four tape drives or 30 media slots can be mixed-and-matched to meet changing equirements.
The XLS accommodates up to four dual-channel HBAs, yielding up to eight Fibre Channel or SCSI library control channels. To accommodate auxiliary hardware such as switches, arrays, or storage controllers, the XLS also offers optional 6U or 8U rack modules.
Pricing for the XLS library ranges from about $60,000 to more than $450,000, depending on the number of MEMs and drives. Qualstar is shipping a limited number of libraries this summer, with general availability slated for late September.
Tandberg breaks $3,000 barrier
Last month, Tandberg Data began shipments of an LTO-1-based tape autoloader with a price tag of less than $3,000. The 1U StorageLoader uses half-height LTO-1 tape drives and has a native capacity of 800GB (1.6TB compressed) and a transfer rate of up to 32MBps.
The rack-mount autoloader has eight data cartridges stored in two removable magazines with four cartridges each for easy loading. Other features include Web-based remote management, multi-lingual support, an integrated bar-code reader, and a SCSI interface.
Tandberg also recently began shipments of the StorageLibrary T40, a midrange tape library that supports either SCSI or Fibre Channel and provides up to 32TB of compressed capacity in a 4U form factor. The library uses two LTO-3 tape drives and 24 or 40 slots. Starting price is approximately $9,949.
Spectra Logic adds encryption
Spectra Logic has begun shipments of its T950 and T120 tape libraries with integrated AES-256 encryption. The libraries can write to both LTO tape and disk, combining backup and encryption in a single step. Spectra’s BlueScale Encryption offers multiple layers of security, including quorum, role-based authorization, and multiple passwords to access key export and import. A Standard Edition of BlueScale Encryption is priced at $2,500, while pricing for a Professional Edition with compression starts at $12,000.
Breece Hill integrates Retrospect software
Breece Hill’s BizGuardian is an integrated hardware and software disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) appliance for the SMB market. The internal migration of disk to tape is designed to reduce network congestion. BizGuardian resembles Breece Hill’s IStoRA appliance, but the new product is pre-loaded with EMC’s Retrospect 7.5 backup-and-recovery software and offers higher capacity. Retrospect 7.5 features auto discovery, user-initiated restores, and the Retrospect Open File add-on.
BizGuardian combines 4TB of SATA RAID capacity and a 4TB LTO-3 tape library. For users that require more capacity, the appliance has been certified with EMC’s AX series disk arrays. Breece Hill’s tape systems are also certified to work with the product.
Running on Windows, BizGuardian features Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, redundant power supplies, and a DVD writer to create recovery DVDs. To prevent unauthorized access to data, the appliance uses 128-bit and 256-bit AES data encryption. Backup results can be viewed with a standard Web browser.
Pricing for unlimited clients and up to 15 servers is approximately $25,000.
Idealstor launches SATA B/R system
Idealstor, a manufacturer of ejectable disk-to-disk backup systems, has launched Idealstor SATA, a backup-and-recovery system equipped with Serial ATA hard drives. The SATA drives offer increased backup speeds up to 150Mbps. Idealstor will continue to offer its parallel ATA and IDE-based backup appliances, which have backup speeds of 50Mbps. The Idealstor backup appliance can be configured with one drive bay (500GB) to eight bays (4TB).
Idealstor’s FrankeNAS product will also include support for SATA RAID and SATA ejectable disk backups. FrankeNAS uses half of its 4U capacity as a RAID-5 array with capacities up to 2TB. The other half can be configured with as many as four removable Idealstor drive bays for up to 3.7TB of capacity.