VMware vSphere 4.1 has storage vendors lining up; and other data storage news

3PAR, CommVault, Compellent, EMC, Emulex, Hitachi Data Systems and NetApp are among the vendors supporting VMware's latest vSphere release; and other data storage news.

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Storage vendors declared their support for VMware's vSphere 4.1 launched this week, particularly VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) capabilities that offload data management tasks from the host server to the storage system. VAAI shifts storage functions to the arrays, freeing up host CPU cycles for better performance and increased virtual machine density.

Storage vendors supporting vSphere 4.1 include:

3PAR Inc. 3PAR developed a new plug-in for VAAI, supporting Hardware-Assisted Locking, Block Zero and Full Copy. Full Copy lets the array make full copies of data without the vSphere host reading and writing the data. Block Zero offloads block-level writes to the array to make it easier to facilitate large-scale virtual machine deployments. Hardware-Assisted Locking uses the array to provide more granular protection of Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) metadata, making it more efficient to create, start, move or stop virtual machines. 3PAR also said it has new quality-of-service capabilities via support for VMware Storage I/O Controls (SIOC), which automatically ensure that the most important virtual machines (VMs) receive the desired I/O resources, even in times of congestion.

CommVault Systems Inc. CommVault said its Simpana data management and data protection software is VMware Ready for vSphere 4.1, and integrates with vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP). VADP support lets CommVault customers perform centralized virtual machine backups without running tasks from inside each VM.

Compellent Technologies Inc. Compellent said it has integrated and certified its storage systems with vSphere 4.1. Compellent said its API integration with 4.1 allows customers to automatically optimize capacity of tiered storage used in VMware data stores, and its integration of Compellent Enterprise Manager with VMware vCenter Server enables tools to manage multiple virtual servers and storage volumes simultaneously, as well as automate storage cloning for virtual machines.

EMC Corp. EMC, which owns a controlling interest in VMware, said its storage takes advantage of VAAI's Full Copy, Block Zero and Hardware-Assisted Locking features. EMC said it also supports VMware vStorage APIs for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, Data Protection and Multipathing.

Emulex Corp. Emulex Corp. said its LightPulse HBAs and OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapters support vSphere 4.1.

Hitachi Data Systems. HDS said its Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 (AMS 2000) platform supports VAAI for Fully Copy, Block Zero and Hardware-Assisted Locking.

NetApp. NetApp is supporting VAAI, and said its Virtual Storage Console lets customers centrally manage all of its storage for VMware environments from the VMware vCenter Server Console. The console lets VMware administrators monitor, provision, clone, back up, recover, and replicate storage operations for virtual server and desktop environments.

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C2C supports Microsoft Exchange 2010

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NetApp data center earns Energy Star rating

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Satellite broadcaster picks Isilon X-Series storage

Isilon Inc. said that European satellite broadcaster STN has deployed its X-Series storage to unify its data onto a central NAS system. STN said it has reduced the number of IT employees it takes to manage its storage since installing Isilon's IQ 36000X, while maintaining 100% uptime for its broadcast operations.

Data deduplication vendor ExaGrid claims more than 650 customers

Data deduplication backup vendor ExaGrid Systems, said it achieved its 12th consecutive quarter of revenue growth last quarter, expanding its customer base to more than 650. ExaGrid also added support for Hewlett-Packard Data Protector and BakBone NetVault:Backup software last quarter.

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