Toshiba chosen as Nexsan NAS platform SSD partner; more storage news

Toshiba SLC SSD in latest Nexsan E500 NAS platform; Permabit revs up primary dedupe software; Infortrend expands FC SAN line; more data storage news.

Nexsan Corp. said it's using Toshiba solid-state drives (SSDs) in its latest Nexsan NAS platform, the E5000.

Nexsan launched the NAS series earlier this month, which uses a FASTier SSD cache to boost performance. Nexsan this week disclosed the NAS systems include Toshiba MKz001GZB Series single-level cell (SLC) NAND SSDs. Toshiba claims the 2.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS interface drives operate at speeds of 90,000 IOPS for random reads and 16,400 IOPS for random writes with sequential sustained throughputs of 500 MBps for reads and 250 MBps for writes. Nexsan said its FASTtier also supports enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) SSDs, but the vendor hasn't identified any eMLC drives for the E5000.

Permabit gives primary data deduplication software a speed boost

Permabit Technology Corp. said its Albireo primary data deduplication application can dedupe data at more than 400 GBps, according to testing validated by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). That’s more than twice as fast as Permabit’s 77 GBps performance numbers posted last October.

Infortrend adds new DC power models

Infortrend Technology Inc. redundant DC power models to its EonStor DS storage family. The new systems are single- and dual-controller 2U models with 8 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity that have 12 drives and expand to 84 drives. The new DC power systems support data services including local and remote replication as well as thin provisioning.

Synology introduces the DiskStation DS411 NAS

Synology Inc. expanded its DiskStation lineup of NAS with the DS411, a four-bay server for offices. The DS411 offers hardware encryption assistance to boost speed when encrypting folders. The DS411 costs less than $500, with read speeds of 105 MBps and write speeds of 47 MBps.

Texas School District installs EMC VNX unified storage

EMC Corp. said the Alvarado (Texas) Independent School District has replaced its Dell Compellent storage with an EMC VNX unified storage array. Alvarado is using EMC VNX with VMware,vSphereand VMware View virtualization solutions to achieve a better virtualized server environment, reduce costs and roll out a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to students.

Tech Data to distribute Astute solid-state storage appliance

Astute Networks Inc. said it has signed a distribution agreement with Tech Data Corp. to sell its ViSX G3 solid-state storage appliance in the United States. ViSX G3 helps accelerate server and desktop virtualization by using flash memory to store more frequently accessed data.

Emulex claims FCoE, 10 GbE market lead

Emulex Corp. said it leads the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) markets according to market research firm Crehan Research. Crehan said Emulex has 30% market revenue share and 80% of port shipments for FCoE devices, and more than 30% revenue share of 10 GbE adapter ports.

CommVault introduces service provider program

CommVault Systems Inc. expanded its North American PartnerAdvantage program to cloud service providers. The program will help managed service providers deploy and manage cloud services around CommVault’s Simpana backup and data management software.

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