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Vol. 2 No. 4 June 2003

StorageTek Puts a Spin on Data Protection

For over a year now, Network Appliance has sold NearStore, a relatively inexpensive array which many storage managers use as a place to keep snapshots of production data from which they perform backups or recover data. Now StorageTek has introduced a NearStore competitor that appears to have two major advantages over the NetApp product: For one, it is not tied to any particular computing environment, be it disk or host and two, it relies on journaling--not snapshots--so data can be recovered to precisely the time before a file was lost or corrupted. Called EchoView, the system is comprised of an iSCSI disk appliance that receives data from protected servers with the help of a non-invasive server-side agent, says Dave Trachy, StorageTek manager of data management software. The system also requires the installation of a QLogic TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) card for each server, resold by StorageTek. In a first release, the EchoView E400 will protect up about 400GB, depending on how long you journal for, and supports Windows, Linux ...

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