Storage Roundup: LSI launches 3ware 6 Gbps SAS cards, 3PAR's Get Thin Guarantee and more

LSI rolls out new Gbps SAS controllers; 3PAR's Get Thin Guarantee; AMI adds multiprotocol storage systems; El Fresko ships archiving and compliance software; and more.

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LSI Corp. rolled out a new 3ware family of 6 Gbps SAS controller cards. The 3ware 9750 series SAS and SATA RAID controller cards feature the LSISAS2108 6 Gbps SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC), and are available in four- and eight-port configurations.

LSI claims the new controllers deliver up to 2.5 GBps in sequential read and 1.1 GBps in sequential write performance, more than doubling the data transfer rates of the previous generation products. The 9750 series controllers utilize enhanced StreamFusion firmware that allows the controller to simultaneously sustain multiple streams for optimized reads and writes even as data loads increase. New 6 Gbps SAS features include support for self-discovery/self-configuring expanders and longer cables to simplify the deployment of larger and more sophisticated storage topologies. The controllers are also compatible with 3 Gbps SATA and SAS infrastructure.

3PAR's Get Thin Guarantee

3PAR Inc. launched the Get Thin Guarantee, promising customers at least a 50% capacity savings if they convert existing "fat" volumes on other vendors' storage to thin volumes on 3PAR InServ Storage Server arrays with Thin Built In. 3PAR says if its customers fail to cut raw capacity in half within 30 days, the vendor will give them free disk to make up the difference.

AMI ships multiprotocol, NAS systems

American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) introduced the StorTrends 2400im IP-SAN and 2400nm NAS storage appliances. The 2400im is a multiprotocol storage system that also supports network-attached storage (NAS). It is a 2U system with up to 12 TB of capacity.

El Fresko rolls out archiving application

El Fresko Technologies launched MagnaStor disk-based archiving and compliance software that provides WORM capabilities and monitors data throughout its lifecycle. Pricing starts at $5,000 to archive 1 TB of data. El Fresko was formed last year through a merger of K-Par Archiving Software and optical storage reseller Instar Corp.

Security, reliability, price mentioned as cloud hurdles

Security is the main concern about moving to cloud storage, according to a poll CommVault Systems Inc. conducted among its customers. Fifty-two percent said they are considering cloud storage and 33% said disaster recovery (DR) was the top benefit of the cloud; however, more than 75% of those surveyed said they had concerns about a cloud model, while 30% ranked security as their top concern. Chief concerns were reliability and cost, cited by 20% and 17% of respondents, respectively.

Survey: three out of four lose data

Almost three-quarters of North American organizations say they have experienced data loss over the last two years, according to a survey conducted by data recovery vendor Kroll Ontrack. Of 839 respondents to the survey conducted in late 2009, 74% said they lost data – 32% said it took several days to recover the data and 16% said they never recovered lost data. The survey defined lost data as unforeseen loss of data or information due to viruses, natural disasters, accidental deletion, system crashes, corruption or hardware failure.

New York schools turn to Unitrends for backup

Unitrends said Schoharie Central Schools (SCS) in upstate New York replaced their DLT tape backup system with a Unitrends disk appliance that supports the school system's Novell and Microsoft Windows environments. SCS installed a Unitrends Recovery-610 appliance with SATA drives to protect data at headquarters and remote sites.

Stainless steel provider virtualizes with DataCore, VMware

DataCore Software Corp. said North American Stainless in Ghent, Ky., is deploying its SANmelody storage virtualization software along with VMware vSphere to consolidate servers and storage.

South African Sun supercomputer connects with Voltaire 40-gig InfiniBand

Voltaire Ltd. said the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town, South Africa, selected a Voltaire 40 Gbps QDR InfiniBand director switch as part of its new Sun Microsystems supercomputer. The Voltaire Grid Director 4700 features 324 ports of 40 Gbps InfiniBand connectivity, with the option to double capacity to 648 ports using Voltaire's HyperScale fabric boards.

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