Storage Clips: EMC shrinks Centera

EMC releases a 4-node version of Centera aimed at smaller shops, but the price tag is still high.

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EMC launches smaller Centera
EMC Corp. announced a 4-node version of its Centera content addressed storage archiving system aimed at smaller shops. The product holds 2.2 terabytes of storage, roughly half the capacity of the 8-node version, but supports the same number of objects, approximately 400 million. The list price for the 4-node Centera begins at $100,000, compared to the $148,000 starting price for the enterprise version.

NetApp claims 2,000 iSCSI deployments
Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) announced 2,000 production deployments of its iSCSI SAN technology. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker Q4 2004, NetApp remained the leader in the iSCSI storage market, with a 43% revenue share for 2004. Additionally, NetApp is the leader in the IP storage market (NAS and iSCSI), posting a 37.3% market share in 2004. NetApp's F800, FAS200, FAS900, V-Series and NearStore storage systems support iSCSI.

SAS plugfest a success
The SCSI Trade Association's recent SAS plugfest saw the largest SAS "system builds" to date. These setups contained more than 110 drives and were assembled through the cooperation of controller, HBA, expander, enclosure, drive and test equipment vendors. The vendors worked together to demonstrate the maturity of SAS technology and to verify that components and subsystems from many different vendors will interoperate. In addition to the large system tests, several new physical layer tests, developed by UNH-IOL, were inaugurated to help companies ensure that they have adequate design margins in their physical level designs.

Asigra combats backup tape thefts
Using its agentless, multisite backup and recovery software, Asigra Inc.'s Televaulting allows administrators to encrypt and move enterprise-wide backup data via WAN or IP to remote locations around the globe without having to modify existing infrastructures or incurring client licensing fees, the company said. Data is encrypted at rest and in flight. With Televaulting, backup data is moved from multiple remote sites to a centralized off-site location in encrypted format, eliminating physical backup tapes, transit times and the uncertainties associated with ground or air transportation of data.

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