Hitachi Data Systems Inc. has announced a new version of the microcode for its TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform (USP), improving performance and functionality. The code upgrade will be available to all TagmaStore USP customers free, as part of their next service call, starting in June. A couple key improvements (compared with the original TagmaStore USP): Twenty-five percent increase to I/Os per second and ShadowImage data replication is 300% faster, the company claims. As of March 31 the company has shipped more than 3,000 TagmaStore's since the Sept. 2004 introduction (that number includes both USP and NSC models, and reflects direct and partner sales). The company also announced further support for the mainframe.
Mendocino integrates Exchange-specific recovery
Mendocino Software and Kroll Ontrack Inc. have announced an OEM agreement to integrate Mendocino's RecoveryOne "infinite snapshot engine" technology with Ontrack's PowerControls, a Microsoft Exchange-specific recovery product. OnTrack's product will add message-level granularity to Mendocino's continuous data protection product, while Mendocino's product will supply "last known good" recovery pointers with transactional consistency for the Exchange database.
StoneFly courts OEMs with embedded IP SAN software
IP SAN supplier StoneFly Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory Inc., announced a new strategy to provide OEM and embedded systems partners with access to the company's IP-based block-level provisioning software that centralizes storage management, control and monitoring of logical storage volumes for iSCSI SANs. StoneFly also introduced enhancements to its StoneFusion network storage platform software in a new release that provides support for multipath I/O features in Microsoft's iSCSI Initiator Versions 2.0 and 2.01 to deliver new levels of IP SAN fault tolerance.
STA holds plugfest
The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, and the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Lab, announced that the sixth SAS plugfest was held April 24-28. The tests emphasized large system builds and the performance of fabrics during attempts to disrupt the data flow. Fifteen STA members attended the plugfest.
Winchester supports 750 GB disk drives
Winchester Systems Inc. introduced Seagate Technology's latest capacity 750 GB disk drives in its entire FlashDisk line of SATA disk arrays.