Storage Clips: Gateway expands enterprise storage line

The PC company announced a new SAN and two new autoloaders.

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Gateway expands enterprise storage line
Gateway, the nation's third-largest PC company, announced three new additions to its line of enterprise storage products -- the Gateway E-842R storage area network (SAN), and the Gateway E-824R DLT-V4 SuperLoader 3 and Gateway E-826R LTO-3 SuperLoader 3 automated tape backups.

The Gateway E-842R is an entry-level modular SAS/SATA SAN. The 2U rackmount chassis supports up to 12 one-inch hot swap hard drives for a capacity of up to 1.75 terabyte (TB) with SAS and 6 TB using SATA II. By daisy chaining up to five units together, a user can create a full data center cabinet with up to 43 TB of SATA II storage capacity. The system also provides one or two 4 Gb/2 Gb Fibre Channel RAID host interface modules with failover support, redundant hot-swappable controller modules, power supplies, cooling fans and disk drives and StorView management software which includes snapshot capabilities.

The Gateway E-824R DLT-V4 SuperLoader 3 and the Gateway E-826R LTO-3 SuperLoader 3 offer features such as remote management and barcode readers at no additional cost.

The new Gateway E-842R will be available July 13 for a starting price of $6,599. The Gateway E-824R and E-826R will be available on June 29th for a starting price of $2,499 for the E-824R and $5,599 for the E-826R.

ATTO announces NDMP backup appliance
ATTO Technology Inc., announced an NDMP backup appliance, the Fastream NDMP 4600. The FastStream 4600 offloads the tape server workload from the NDMP filers, minimizing LAN traffic by adding Ethernet connectivity to SCSI tape devices.

Argix slashes backup and recovery times with EMC
EMC Corporation announced that Argix Direct has consolidated replication, backup, recovery and archiving of its shipment and email data using EMC software and storage. As a result, Argix, which operates a major distribution network for retailers in the United States, reduced backup windows by 80% and shortened time to recover applications from hours to seconds.

Previously, Argix backed up its shipment data from four remote distribution centers, as well as local email, onto tape using Symantec Veritas BackupExec; Argix now uses EMC RepliStor software to replicate SQL Server 2005 shipment data from four geographically dispersed retail distribution centers to an EMC Clariion system at its central data center in Jamesburg, N.J., and then from ATA disk onto tape, using EMC NetWorker software for both processes. Argix also uses EMC EmailXtender software to archive Microsoft Exchange 2003 email to a Clariion ATA system for long-term retention. This has reduced the size of its production Exchange environment by 78%. Previously, 270 GB of Exchange email took more than 10 hours to backup.

Winchester Systems announces SAS array
Winchester Systems Inc., introduced a new SAS-based RAID array designed for applications requiring high throughput, high sequential and random I/Os. The SF-2300 supports up to 780 megabytes per second (MBps) sustained throughput for reads and 536 MBps writes in a RAID-5 configuration. The array includes twelve 15K rpm SAS disks and scales up to 3.6 TB available in one 2U enclosure. The product will be available within three weeks, with list pricing starting at under $15,000 MSRP.

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