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HP adds iSCSI SAN virtual appliance for Hyper-V; more data storage news

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Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. launched an iSCSI SAN virtual appliance for Microsoft

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Hyper-V and enhanced its MSA entry-level storage system and Data Protector Express backup software.

The HP StorageWorks P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) for Hyper-V runs inside a virtual machine, and is based on SAN/iQ iSCSI software that HP acquired when it bought LeftHand Networks. HP rolled out its first P4000 VSA for VMware virtual machines in April 2009. Along with Hyper-V support, the VSA now includes built-in automation of snapshots for Microsoft applications to reduce backup time for application data. The HP Virtual SAN Appliance costs $4,390 for one license, which includes a year of basic support.

HP also added 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) connectivity to its StorageWorks P2000 G3 MSA, which supports 8 Gbps Fibre Channel and 6 Gbps SAS. Data Protector Express 5.0 includes plug-ins for Microsoft Exchange and SQL so those applications no longer require separate licenses for backup. Pricing for StorageWorks P2000 G3 MSA with 10 GbE and dual controllers starts at $11,750. HP Data Protector 10GbE iSCSI MSA with dual controllers starts at $11,750. Data Protector Express licenses are $799 for one, $1,799 for three and $3,499 for 10.

QNAP refreshes NAS platform

QNAP Systems Inc. added four models to its Business Series Turbo NAS family. QNAP rolled out the two-drive TS-259 Pro+, the four-drive TS-459 Pro+, the five-drive TS-559 Pro+, and the six-drive TS-659 Pro+ with up to 12 TB of online storage. The new systems use dual-core Intel Atom D525 processors.

BlueArc, DataDirect Networks combine for media workflow

BlueArc Corp.'s SiliconFS file system and family of storage platforms have been certified for interoperability by DataDirect Networks (DDN) for its Silicon Storage Architecture storage systems. The vendors said their products are installed together at media production organizations. The combined BlueArc/DDN solution is available from BlueArc and its channel partners.

Fujitsu bundles DataCore storage virtualization software

DataCore Software Corp. said Fujitsu has validated its SANsymphony storage virtualization software, and Fujitsu will sell the integrated DataCore software on its Eternus storage systems and Primergy servers.

Fujifilm unveils tape monitoring service

Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A. Inc. launched its StorageIQ tape monitoring service. Developed in partnership with Crossroads Systems Inc., StorageIQ proactively monitors and validates the integrity and health of tape libraries. Its ReadVerify Appliance (RVA) plugs directly into a SAN and collects data out-of-band of the backup.

Dell certifies Enterprise Vault with DX Object Storage

Dell Inc. said it has certified Symantec Enterprise Vault 9.0 archiving software on the Dell DX Object Storage Solution; in addition, Enterprise Vault is available bundled with DX.

BridgeHead partners with Dell for medical archiving

BridgeHead Software said its BH MediStore and BH OfficeStore data management software is sold with Dell's Medical Archive product, which is based on the DX6000 object storage platform.

Caringo connects with Enterprise Vault

Caringo Inc. said its CAStor object-based storage software is integrated with the Symantec Enterprise Vault 9.0 API. Caringo is offering 4 TB of CAStor software for free to Enterprise Vault 9.0 customers to archive content on cheaper storage tiers.

Atto HBA added to EMC Select

Atto Technology Inc. Celerity Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) have been added to the EMC Select reseller program. The 8 Gbps and 4 Gbps Celerity HBAs support Mac OS X and Windows operating systems, as well as EMC Celerra, Clariion and Symmetrix storage.

Hitachi data Systems picks up NAS customers

Hitachi Data Systems said online video-sharing platform Pixorial and financial services firm SquareTwo Financial are using its NAS systems for file storage.

Spectra Logic says sales increased 22%

Tape library vendor Spectra Logic Corp. said it increased sales 22% for its fiscal year that ended June 30. The privately held vendor said it recorded its fourth straight year of profitable growth.


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