EqualLogic hops on thin-provisioning train

Version 3.2 of EqualLogic's PS series array firmware will now support thin provisioning and a new permissions hierarchy for administrators.

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EqualLogic adds thin provisioning, roles-based management
EqualLogic announced it will be adding support for thin provisioning, as well as roles-based management in version 3.2 of its firmware, which is a free upgrade for existing users and will be included for new users of its PS series iSCSI storage area network (SAN) arrays.

EqualLogic acknowledges competitors Compellent and LeftHand beat it to the punch on the feature, as did 3PAR, which began marketing the phrase years ago, and (by a nose) Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) in the announcement of its USPV platform on Monday morning. According to director of product management Eric Schott, the company didn't do it initially because it was concerned about the maturity of the technology and the potential pitfalls of the capacity planning and forecasting required to keep up with growth on thin-provisioned volumes.

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"We still don't believe it's for every application," Schott said, adding that users also have the ability to turn the feature on and off on volumes at will. "But it's something we realize every admin needs in their toolbox."

Another addition in version 3.2 is more granular hierarchical roles-based management on EqualLogic's storage pools, which can now be divided up into "technician" (hardware monitoring and management only), data read-only and data read/write permissions at the global and pool level.

Oracle adds EMC management plug-in
Oracle announced a plug-in that allows users to manage EMC Symmetrix arrays through the Oracle Enterprise Manager consoles. For more on this Oracle plug-in announcement, see the feature story from our sister site, SearchOracle.com.

Volkswagen financial services picks DataCore
Volkswagen Financial Services (U.K.) Ltd., (VWFS) has selected DataCore's SANmelody storage virtualization software to provide a virtualized SAN with central management and failover to protect its business-critical data, which is growing 300% year on year.

Telecom manufacturer outsources backup
Asigra announced that Telco Solutions, a 300 employee telecom products manufacturer with multiple U.S. locations, has replaced Veritas Backup Exec 10D tape backup with managed backup services by Terian Solutions of Houston, Texas. Terian bases its service on Asigra's Televaulting software.

Panasas announces Chinese oil and gas user
Panasas announced that China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), a petroleum and natural gas producer, has chosen ActiveStor Parallel Storage Clusters for seismic information processing.

InMage adds CDP, disaster recovery for Exchange
InMage announced version 4.0 of its disaster recovery-Scout software at the Storage Decisions conference in Chicago this week. The enhancements include support for Exchange 2007, support for 64-bit operating systems and support for VMware.

Emulex announces quad-core SAN connectivity
Also at Storage Decisions, Emulex announced that the new Intel quad-core storage server utilizes Emulex 4 Gbps LightPulse host bus adapters (HBA) for SAN connectivity. It's the first SAN connectivity offering for the Intel product, according to Emulex.

IMT Partners introduces TCO appliances
IMT Partners announced the general availability of its Enterprise Storage Cost Manager (eSCM), an appliance for simplifying storage total cost of ownership (TCO) management. The product, which also debuted at Storage Decisions Chicago, provides executive-level dashboards for both financial and operational management to assess the financial impact of technology investment and management decisions.

Reldata GA's gateway
Reldata announced general availability of its 9240 storage gateway, which includes IP SAN, NAS and WAN replication, as well as a repackaging of its software as Relvos 2.0, which will become a platform similar to Network Appliance's (NetApp) Data OnTap operating system going forward. That software has been converted to 64-bit format. The gateway is available starting at the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP)of $34, 485.

Ibrix bulks up
Ibrix announced the availability of the Ibrix Fusion Digital Bulk Storage Solution, which will be marketed to users looking to manage large content repositories. The product is deployed on commodity servers with direct-attached, low-cost storage under a single namespace. Ibrix said it scales from tens of terabytes to tens of petabytes.

IBM announces medical archiving package
IBM announced the new Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS), a product package combining servers, storage and software bundled together under IBM's newly OEMed version of Bycast's Grid Access Manager software.

Ciprico announces new products, pricing
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Monosphere adds EMC Clariion, BCV support
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Incipient updates storage virtualization software
Incipient announced updates to the management software package for its Incipient Network Storage Platform (iNSP) split-path storage virtualization products. New enhancements include support for four-node iNSP clusters, usability and data migration enhancements for the iNSP administrator management application, nondisruptive iNSP software upgrades for Cisco Storage Services Modules (SSM) that eliminate path failover when SSMs need software upgrades and an expanded interoperability matrix with different operating systems, multipathing software, fabrics and Active Directory.

EVault awarded patent
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Yosemite releases backup service pack
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Siafu announces VMware certification
Siafu announced that its Swarm IP SAN appliances are now compatible with VMware virtual infrastructure 3 (VI3). Siafu also announced a customer, Amcom Software, which has deployed the appliance with VMware.

Tek-Tools buddies-up with LSI
More news from Storage Decisions Chicago: SRM software maker Tek-Tools announced a new agreement with LSI that will bundle Tek-Tools' Storage Profiler with all LSI Engenio storage systems that are delivered through LSI OEM partners.

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