iQstor claims highest-density full-function storage array

Storage density of 13 TB per rack on iQ5200 array; plug-in allows Akorri BalancePoint to run within VMware vCenter console; Spectra Logic adds reporting features to BlueScale software for tape libraries.

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iQstor claims highest-density full-function storage array
SAN developer iQstor Networks, Inc., is aiming its iQ5200 high-density storage array at businesses with demanding high-capacity environments. The iQ5200 delivers up to 52 TB of fault-tolerant storage capacity in a 4U array, giving it a storage density of 13 TB per rack inch using 1TB drives, along with the ability to scale up to 1.04 PB under a single management interface. Enterprise-class software features include volume manager-based virtualization, snapshot, volume copy, remote replication, storage provisioning and policy-driven capacity expansion. The iQ5200 with 52 TB SATA capacity will start at $34,995 and will be available in Q1 2009.

Plug-in allows BalancePoint to run within VMware vCenter console
Plug-In for VMware vCenter capability has been added to Akorri Inc.'s BalancePoint performance management software. The plug-in allows VMware administrators to use BalancePoint directly from their VMware vCenter console for "single pane of glass" management of all virtual and physical infrastructure components.

Spectra Logic adds reporting features to BlueScale software
Spectra Logic has added problem identification and reporting features to the 10.5 version of its BlueScale management software, which ships with its T-series tape libraries. The new capabilities include SpectraGuard Support, which can now visually monitor internal library operations in real-time from anywhere in the world; Hardware Health Monitor, which tracks component thresholds while notifying administrators of threats before failures can occur.

QLogic Infiniband switches can scale to 864 ports
QLogic Corp. claims that its 12000 Series of 40Gb quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand switches can scale up to 864 ports, the highest port count for a rack-mount switch. The company also claims that the switches also offer 51.8 TB/sec aggregate bandwidth, the highest numbers of ports per 1U of rack space for a director switch (29.8 ports per 1U); and consume only 7.8 watts per port. The switch is in the process of being certified by HPC vendors.

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