Sepaton taps HDS for enterprise VTLs

By Dave Simpson

– Sepaton announced today that it has chosen Hitachi Data Systems' Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) 2100 as the foundation disk array for its enterprise-class, rack-based S2100-ES2 series of virtual tape libraries (VTLs).

Sepaton previously used disk arrays from Dot Hill in its enterprise VTLs, and will continue to base its non-enterprise VTLs on Dot Hill arrays, which include Sepaton's low-end 40TB (max) "rack-ready" appliances and two-node 160TB S2100-MS2 appliances.

The enterprise-class S2100-ES2 VTLs scale from one to eight nodes and up to 1.6PB of capacity per appliance (without data deduplication or compression).

Together with the HDS reseller announcement, Sepaton introduced two new members in its S2100-ES2 family – the 1900 and 2900, both of which are based on HDS' AMS 2100 disk array. The 1900 includes 1TB SATA drives, while the 2900 includes 2TB SATA drives.

Sepaton claims performance ranging from a minimum of 600MBps to a maximum of 4,800MBps on the 1900 and 2900.

Like all of Sepaton's VTLs, the S2100-ES2 Series 1900 and 2900 include the company's DeltaScale architecture with global deduplication, but with the 1900 and 2900 Sepaton introduced the DeltaView central management suite.

DeltaView is currently based on Hitachi's management software – and provides management, monitoring, diagnostics and reporting tools – but Sepaton plans to add its own software to the DeltaView suite over time. HDS management software included in DeltaView includes SNM2 and Hi-Track.

The S2100-ES2 Series 1900 and 2900 will be available in June. An entry-level configuration with 12TB of capacity and a single node will be priced at $175,000. A configuration with 24TB of capacity will be priced at $417,600.

In a separate announcement, at last week's Symantec Vision 2010 conference, Sepaton demonstrated support for Symantec's NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) API, which facilitates disk-based backup without emulating tape. Full support for OST is expected in the second half of this year, according to Sepaton officials.

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Sepaton ships midrange VTL, upgrades deduplication system
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This article was originally published on April 21, 2010