New Products

Sun ships SSD-based array

In the midst of being acquired by Oracle, and with questions looming about the future of its storage business, Sun Microsystems is plowing ahead with new product rollouts. The company recently began shipping the Sun Storage 7310 Unified Storage system, a flash-powered disk array that uses Hybrid Storage Pool technology to take advantage of solid-state disk (SSD) drives.

The Hybrid Storage Pool allows for intelligent data placement in tiered environments with SSDs. The 7310 can be configured with a maximum of 64GB of DRAM cache and up to an additional 600GB of SSD cache (1.2TB in clustered versions) for enhanced application performance.

The cluster option supports high availability application environments with continuous data access, as well as DTrace Analytics software for analytics and reporting.

The 7310 scales from 12TB to 96TB of disk capacity and consumes 3x less power than traditional storage arrays, according to Sun.

The array has four Gigabit Ethernet ports per controller and optional 10GbE connectivity, and each controller has two PCI slots for additional network or tape backup connectivity.

Pricing for the 7310 starts at $40,165.

Isilon upgrades scale-out NAS

Isilon’s OneFS 5.5 operating system raises the maximum capacity and throughput of an Isilon storage cluster to more than 5PB of capacity, 45Gbps of aggregate performance, and 1.7 million IOPS in a single file system.

OneFS 5.5 also includes a new version of the FlexProtect data protection application, new storage monitoring and reporting functionality, and native Windows Active Directory and byte-range locking.

In addition, Isilon enhanced its replication capabilities with SyncIQ 2.5, which brings asynchronous replication to clusters for disaster recovery, disk-to-disk backup, and distributed workflow applications.

The company also introduced a new node aimed at optimizing backup traffic. The 1U Backup Accelerator can be added to an Isilon storage cluster, and includes dual quad-core Intel processors, 8GB of RAM, and 4Gbps Fibre Channel connections. The node can deliver up to 480MBps of throughput across four concurrent streams.

OneFS 5.5 and SyncIQ 2.5 software are available at no charge for users with support contracts. The Backup Accelerator nodes are priced at $38,550.

Enhance intros D2D RAID arrays

Enhance Technology has added two RAID arrays to its EnhanceRAID line that can be used in disk-to-disk (D2D) or disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) scenarios. The 2U, six-drive TS2060 series is available with an optional tape or CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive, as well as Enhance’s IS210 external disk array.

The EnhanceRAID TS2060-IP supports iSCSI and has two Gigabit Ethernet connections. The EnhanceRAID TS2060-SS has a SAS host port and can deliver more than 350MBps of throughput.

Separately, Enhance announced that its UltraStor RS8 IP and RS16 IP iSCSI-based RAID arrays have passed VMware’s Certification Program for ESX Server 3.5.

Infortrend ships 8Gbps FC arrays

Infortrend has added 2U and 4U models to its EonStor G6 line of 8Gbps Fibre Channel arrays, all of which have two host ports per controller. The EonStor G6 subsystems now have a new CacheSafe feature. When there is a power failure, the Cache Backup Module (CBM) writes all cached data to the Flash Backup Module (FBM). The Battery Backup Unit (BBU) supplies power, and once power is restored the data in the flash module is written back to the disk array with no data loss.

In addition to Windows/Linux/Solaris/AIX and HP-UX, the EonStor arrays are compatible with VMware and Hyper-V.

Dot Hill supports SAS/SATA/SSD

In addition to 2.5-inch SAS and SATA drives, Dot Hill’s 2U model 2522 RAID arrays support solid-state disk (SSD) drives. Users can configure the arrays, which have 3Gbps SAS host connections, with up to 24 drives.

Configured with SAS drives, Dot Hill claims performance of up to 230,000 I/Os per second (IOPS).

Configured with 146GB, 10,000rpm drives, pricing for the 2522 is about $16,000.

Hifn unveils dedupe cards

Hifn, which was recently acquired by Exar, has rolled out a new series of data protection cards capable of accelerating data de-duplication processes for primary and secondary storage capacity optimization.

The Express DR 1600 cards come in several different flavors with a range of performance points, including compression-only models and several cards that combine compression with encryption and hashing acceleration technology for de-duplication.

The DR 1600 series includes six models, with performance up to 1,800MBps.

Hifn also introduced Unified API Software (UAS), which provides failover capabilities and end-to-end data protection. Using the software, the DR 1600 cards detect, isolate and prevent the propagation of corrupted data caused by silent disk errors, application interactions, and memory errors within a system. UAS also simplifies integration for OEMs.

The hash acceleration for de-duplication technology combined with the data compression capabilities of the DR 1600 cards can reduce storage capacity requirements by 10:1 or more.

Exar expects primary storage and virtual tape library (VTL) vendors to begin shipping products with the compression-only models of the DR 1600 this summer. The more advanced cards with encryption, compression and hash acceleration should make their way to customers in about four months.

OEM pricing for the Express DR 1600 series:

 Compression only:

  • DR 1600 (300MBps): $500
  • DR 1610 (900MBps): $1,000
  • DR 1620 (1,800MBps): $1,500

Compression, encryption and hash acceleration:

  • DR 1605 (300MBps): $750
  • DR 1615 (900MBps): $1,400
  • DR 1625 (1,800MBps): $2,000

All of the DR 1600 products support Windows and Linux.

BakBone protects Windows apps

BakBone Software’s NetVault: FASTRecover is a disk-based, real-time data protection product for Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and Windows File Servers.

BakBone’s aim is to eliminate backup windows and associated down time and speed the time to recovery at a lower cost than traditional, enterprise-focused data protection products.

Despite the company’s heritage as a Linux-based backup vendor, Matt Law, BakBone’s product marketing manager, says the FASTRecover hardware appliances provide hands-off data protection for Windows systems for customers not familiar with Linux.

“FASTRecover protects Windows applications and servers, but it runs on a Linux box. The appliance version will appeal to people without Linux expertise because it integrates with existing third-party tape backup applications,” says Law.

FASTRecover users can recover protected data to an alternate physical server or virtual machine in as fast as 30 seconds using BakBone’s Virtual On-Demand Recovery (VODR) technology. Recovered data is useable by the application on first recovery, eliminating wasted time and multiple recovery attempts, according to Law.

NetVault: FASTRecover is available now in software-only versions, including WorkGroup, DataCenter and Enterprise editions, which range in price from $2,995 for 512GB of protected capacity on three Exchange, SQL or Windows servers up to $19,995 for the 2.5TB Enterprise Edition. The high-end product is upgradeable to 20TB.

Arkeia targets cloud providers

The 8.1 release of Arkeia Network Backup includes features designed specifically for MSPs providing cloud computing services, including features to simplify backup/restore operations and track backup service usage in hosted environments.

Custom Restore Objects (CROs) allow administrators to create user accounts with granular restoration rights. The accounts can be granted authority to recovery entire systems, partitions and drives, directories and folders, as well as VMs specific to a VMware hypervisor or tables specific to MySQL databases. CROs ensure data privacy by limiting what a user is able to access, and reduce management overhead by allowing users to initiate restores of their own data.

New reporting features include both pre-configured reports and tools for custom report generation.

Asigra offers cloud “hybrid”

Asigra has introduced the ninth generation of its flagship backup and recovery software, and changed the name of the product from Televaulting to the Hybrid Cloud Backup and Recovery platform. In this case, “hybrid” refers to the option of users outsourcing their backup/recovery operations to a public cloud (via a third-party provider) for offsite recovery or implementing a private (internal) cloud for onsite recovery.

Users can also use a mix of, or alternate between, private and public cloud services, and Asigra provides an integrated data migration tool for moving data between the private and public cloud.

New features in the platform include NIST FIPS-140 certification of the software’s encryption functionality for organizations with tight security requirements.

Another security-related addition in the software is a password rotation feature that provides the option of automatically generating and changing passwords at random for specific user accounts so that unauthorized users cannot access the accounts.

The company also added data integrity features, including the ability to run validation restores automatically.

JMR arrays exceed 1.3GBps

JMR Electronics’ FibreStream RAID array can be configured with up to 16 SATA or SAS drives in a 3U form factor, for a total capacity of up to 32TB with the upcoming 2TB SATA drives. Capacity can be expanded via the company’s BlueStor SAS JBOD expansion units.

The FibreStream arrays support two or four 4Gbps Fibre Channel host ports, and the company claims read performance of up to 1,345MBps and write performance of up to 814.5MBps.

Thecus ships five-bay NAS

Thecus Technology’s N5500 can be configured with five 3.5-inch SATA drives, for a total capacity of 10TB with the new 2TB SATA drives. Data protection support includes RAID 0, 1, 5 and 6 (as well as JBOD versions), and support for multiple RAID volumes, online RAID expansion and migration, and auto rebuild. The N550 includes an Intel CPU, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and load balancing, failover and link aggregation. File system support includes XFS, EXT3 and ZFS. Other features include encryption for RAID volumes and support for iSCSI initiators.

Synology adds low-end NAS

Synology America’s DS409 is a four-bay NAS appliance with a 2.2GHz CPU, 256MB of DDRII RAM, one Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports and one eSATA port. The NAS device supports up to 2TB SATA drives for up to 8TB of total capacity in RAID-0 or JBOD configurations. In operation, the DS409 uses 42.9 watts of power, and includes a drive hibernation feature for further power reduction. Users can configure the DS409 with either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drives.

This article was originally published on July 13, 2009