McData, HP team on storage
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On Monday, McData Corp., Broomfield, Colo., announced a standards-based interoperable storage solution with Hewlett-Packard Co., which consists of McData's 6000 Series Director ED-6064, sold as the HP Surestore FC-64 switch, and Brocade's Silkworm 2800. The package is available now and supported through HP. McData said this is the first interoperability initiative that is managed by a single, fully functional, storage management tool - the HP OpenView management platform.
Dot Hill sharpens its blade
Dot Hill Systems Corp., Carlsbad, Calif., debuted a new JBOD blade this month. The SANnet 1U JBOD Blade comes in three different configurations. It can be rack-mounted, may be used as a standalone storage system or as an expansion subsystem for the SANnet RAID Blade storage system. Each SANnet 1U JBOD Blade contains four front-mounted disk drives with a capacity choice of 18G Bytes, 36G Bytes or 73G Bytes. Dot Hill said sustained transfer rates of greater than 100M Bytes/sec can be achieved with this 160M SCSI compatible product.
Linux clusters meet storage over IP
DataDirect Networks Inc., is out to expand Linux-enabled networks. The company, headquartered in Chatsworth, Calif., announced that its SAN DataDirector is now compatible with Cisco's 5420 iSCSI Fibre Channel to Ethernet router. The Fibre Channel SAN DataDirector provides parallel access to centralized storage pools. According to DataDirect, using the SAN DataDirector with Cisco's 5420 router enables an easy way to network Linux clusters to high performance storage through IP networks.
SANsymphony times two
DataCore Software Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., claims to have doubled the I/O performance of its SANsymphony virtual storage platform through participation in Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based QLogic Corp.'s 2Gb Developers' Consortium. 'Powered by DataCore' solutions can now transparently bridge access from 2Gbps host bus adapters (HBAs) to existing 1Gbps storage arrays. Current DataCore customers can take advantage of the higher QLogic 2Gb throughput with an upgrade to the SANsymphony 4.0 platform. The upgrade gives integrators a performance boost by adding QL2300 HBAs to existing DataCore Storage Domain Servers (SDS).
Extending library hours
OTG Software Inc., Rockville, MD., announced support for Plasmon's latest range of DVD-R/DVD-RAM libraries. OTG's DiskXtender 2000, VideoXtender and ArchiveXtender software products are now certified for use with the Plasmon D-Series and G-Series libraries. OTG's software can aggregate multiple Plasmon libraries so they appear to users and applications as a single drive letter, minimizing complexity. Plasmon's LTO Ultrium product family incorporates its automation technology with IBM's Ultrium tape drives for SAN and NAS connectivity. OTG has certified the LTO 100.6 with DiskXtender 2000 and will support users of Plasmon's libraries functioning in both LAN and SAN environments.
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