Storage Radio: New Nimble arrays; TwinStrata cloud DR

Join senior news Director Dave Raffo and associate editor John Hilliard in this week's Storage Radio podcast.

Nimble Storage announced a new scalable architecture for its hybrid solid-state iSCSI SAN arrays and an OS upgrade that could help the company compete with similar products from EMC and NetApp.

So what makes Nimble's new CS400 array lineup and operating system different? Join senior news director Dave Raffo and associate editor John Hilliard as they dig into the new products in this week's Storage Radio podcast.

Then stick around and hear about some of our top storage headlines, beginning with EMC Corp.'s recent launch of its Disk Library for Mainframe 8000.

The company says this is its first mainframe virtual tape library that supports synchronous replication for disaster recovery (DR) and uses EMC's own Symmetrix VMAX enterprise array for back-end storage.

The new disk library -- marketed as the DLm8000 -- is seen as an attempt by EMC to lure its largest mainframe storage customers away from tape to disk-based backup and archiving.

The product could appeal to organizations that deal with transaction-heavy environments, such as financial institutions, because the new disk library supports synchronous replication. That functionality allows data to be saved virtually simultaneously at primary and secondary sites.

The DLm8000 will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.

In other product news, Tandberg Data says its upcoming 1.5 TB RDX cartridge is aimed at small and midsize businesses looking for a tape alternative for backup.

The removable cartridge will work in all RDX drives and is compatible with the company's RDX Quikstation. The new cartridge will be available in September.

Moving from tape and disk to the cloud, the TwinStrata CloudArray will be available as a cloud-based virtual appliance for disaster recovery, so users won't need to set up a dedicated DR site.

According to the company, the in-cloud option lets users set up a virtual array inside Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, IBM's SmartCloud and Rackspace's cloud. (The company said Google compatibility is coming in September.) Users can store up to 50 PB per server, according to TwinStrata.

Lastly, we highlight a recent story from Wired's Mat Honan, who writes about possibly the biggest nightmare for an IT storage pro: Losing your most precious data to hackers.

According to Honan, hackers were able to gain access to his online accounts and wipe his phone and other devices. Honan notes that what happened to him apparently isn't a freak occurrence, and with the greater reliance on cloud infrastructure, more needs to be done to shore up security on the web.

This was first published in August 2012

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