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Adaptec Inc. announced a new line of serial-attached SCSI (SAS) products, which include a new SAS host bus adapter; two Adaptec SAS RAID controllers, one for PCI-X and one for PCIe servers and a four-bay internal storage enclosure This line will also include data protection software, which according to Adaptec, allows users to distribute the hot spare disk space across the array in order to increase performance, and supports RAID-6.
Adaptec also announced two SAS subsystems, the Adaptec SANbloc 5000f RAID subsystem and SANbloc S50 JBOD. The 500f box, a 2U, 12-drive system, is a FibreChannel-to-SAS array that will support SAS in both direct-attached and networked storage environments, and can hold both SAS and SATA drives. The JBOD is meant to expand the back-end capacity of the RAID system, allowing for up to eight additional systems (total of 108 hard drives) for a capacity up to 54 terabytes (TB) (SATA) or 32.4 TB (SAS). The 5000f will be available before the end of the year at a manufactuer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $5,995 without drives. The Adaptec S50 will be available before the end of November at an MSRP of $2,995 without drives.
Finally, Adaptec has established several SAS support programs, including introductory SAS tutorials, certified technical training courses, an online SAS education center, storage advisor weblog, bundled SAS product evaluation, starter kits for resellers and end users, and the Adaptec Trusted SAS Compatibility Lab for multi-vendor testing of interoperability between Adaptec and third party SAS products.
CA upgrades data protection software
Computer Associates International Inc. announced the availability of release 2 of its Protection Suites, which combines the capabilities of several software products, including storage performance monitoring and backup configuration, behind a common Web-based management console and desktop dashboard for small and midsized businesses.
Kasten Chase announced that its Assurency SecureData software is now available through the EMC Corp. Select Program. Assurency SecureData will provide data encryption and strong data compartmentalization within EMC's Centera environments.
Plasmon supplies IBM
Plasmon Inc announced that IBM is using Plasmon UDO (Ultra Density Optical) drive, media and automation products in its new line of UDO libraries. The Plasmon UDO technology is being used in IBM System Storage 3996 optical libraries for IBM eServer iSeries systems. The new 3996 libraries with Plasmon drive, media and automation are available in three configurations -- Model 032, 080 and 174, and is a follow-up offering to IBM's 3995 library family.
B&L introduces virtual tape server
B&L Associates Inc. announced the release of BL/LIB(R)-Virtual TapeServer, software that emulates a tape drive to the ClearPath system.
Revinetix to offer Exchange agent
Revinetix announced that it will offer a native Microsoft Exchange Server agent for its RevOST software on SentioT and VoloT network backup appliances. This new software upgrade will back up and restore Microsoft Exchange Server data by mailbox. Revinetix' RAID appliances ship preloaded with the company's software.
Executive Software upgrades Diskeeper
Executive Software International Inc. announced a new version of its Diskeeper defragmentation software, version 8.0, which adds support for SAN and NAS. Diskeeper 8.0 server enterprise edition can handle volumes up to 4 terabytes and defragment up to 16 disk volumes simultaneously.
U.K.'s hSo offers storage service
U.K. startup hSo became the second British company in as many weeks to announce a managed storage service, this one called hSo iStorage, a hosted IP SAN.