CA knocks out new version of ARCserve
Computer Associates International Inc. (CA), Islandia, N.Y., announced version 10 of BrightStor ARCserve Backup, its data protection solution. The company said it will also continue enabling BrightStor ARCserve Backup customers to leverage future developments in its other BrightStor storage management solutions through tight integration and aggregation functionality. BrightStor ARCserve Backup version 10 will Advanced Application Disaster Recovery (AADR) functionality that will reduce the time taken to recover a Windows system from a catastrophic failure, CA said. Applications supported in the initial release will include Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server. BrightStor ARCserve version 10 for Windows will be released during the fourth quarter of 2003.
Vendor offers free Fibre Channel ping utility
TeraCloud Corp., Bellevue, Wash., a storage resource management (SRM) software maker announced the availability of a free Fibre Channel Ping utility (fcping). The fcping Utility, fcping v1.5, is the Fibre Channel equivalent of the standard IP networking utility PING, according to TeraCloud. The free, open-source tool is aimed at helping storage administrators continue to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of networked storage environments. Fcping was authored by Dr. Bill Pierce, director of software architecture at TeraCloud.
Finisar Corp., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of SAN and LAN Performance tools, introduced a new family of analysis and monitoring products. The first version of the Xgig product for Fibre Channel and Ethernet-based networks was the BERT (Bit Error Rate Tester). Now adding to the series of the Xgig suite is a distributed, blade-based analysis architecture for 1G-bit and 2 G-bit Fibre Channel and FCIP Storage Area Networks. This blade-based platform delivers support for full-duplex gigabit links while monitoring, validating and assisting with quick resolution of network infrastructure operations, providing effective instrumentation and reducing mean time to resolution, the company said. Finisar touts the Xgig solution as a solution to operational inefficiency by streamlining resolution of events that cause performance problems and enables customers to design, implement, test and evaluate Storage Area Networks (SANs) and their components. The Xgig Analyzer automates analysis of captured traces for errant behaviors and provides extensive performance analysis capabilities; getting quickly to the root of performance issues.
Taskmaster RAIDs the data center
RAID and NAS maker Dynamic Network Factory Inc., Hayward, Calif., announced the Taskmaster 16000 RAID 3U Rackmount. The Taskmaster 16000 RAID features a backplane design for sixteen hot-swappable disk drives, N+1 load sharing power supplies with PFC, pure aluminum case and components, and specially designed airflow passages. Taskmaster 16000 RAID is equipped with an Ultra160 SCSI RAID controller to offer fault-tolerant data protection. According to Dynamic Network Factory, the Taskmaster operates transparent to the host operating system and requires no custom drivers. The full featured data protection subsystem supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, and JBOD. Two Taskmaster 16000 JBOD subsystems can be attached for a total capacity of 6.5 TBs in a 9U footprint.
New DR on the cheap
UltraBac Software, Bellevue, Wash., announced the release of UltraBac Disaster Recovery (UBDR) Pro. UBDR Pro uses snapshot disk imaging technology to backup servers and workstations, enabling the recovery of an unbootable machine, the company said. After installation, UBDR Pro uses a "lights out" scheduler to backup snapshot images of selected partitions to tape, disk, or any UNC path. A built-in locked file backup agent ensures all files are backed up so they can be restored safely when required. UBDR Pro is optimized to only back up active disk clusters while ignoring non-pertinent page files and hibernation data. The backup image file is compressed on the client side before being transferred to a network storage location, further reducing traffic and saving storage space. UBDR Pro is shipping now. Pricing for the stand-alone version of UBDR Pro is $695 per server with discounts being offered based on the total number of licenses purchased.
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