Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) rolled out its first enterprise unified storage system this week, the Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) VM, a move that seems to indicate the company intends to have the same basic platform for enterprises and smaller organizations.
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Vendors roll out new SMB-oriented products. Advanced Computer & Network Corp. (AC&NC) announced additions to its JetStor array lineup, and Infortrend Corp. debuted new models in its EonNAS 1000 series.
The JetStor 716U has 64 TB of storage with 16 drive bays, while the 724U can support 96 TB of storage with 24 bays. Each unit has six Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports using iSCSI, NFS or CIFS protocol host connections. Both models also support compression and deduplication, snapshots, thin provisioning and unified authentication.
Infortrend's EonNAS 1310 and EonNAS 1510 have dedupe, data compression and a snapshot capability. The new models are compatible with file- and block-based applications, and work with Mac, Windows and Linux/Unix workstations.
Velocity hits remote replication running. WAN acceleration vendor Silver Peak Systems Inc. recently launched its Velocity program, which enables data storage managers to set up and manage array-based replication optimization without requiring changes on the network.
According to Silver Peak, storage admins can use Velocity to accelerate remote replication on NetApp storage by loading a Silver Peak virtual appliance onto any server at each site they want to replicate between, and then pointing their filer at the server to begin the optimization process.
Velocity is now available for NetApp SnapMirror deployments, and the company said the product will be extended to midrange storage arrays from Dell, EMC and Hitachi Data Systems by the end of the year.
Back to school for backup. Late last week, TechTarget held its Backup School 2012 seminar for Boston-area IT pros. Brien Posey, an independent analyst and contributor to SearchDataBackup.com and SearchStorage.com, offered insights into new backup technologies and how they could be put to work for local companies.
Attendees who spoke with senior site editor Andrew Burton said they face a variety of backup challenges, such as heavy capacity demands, long-term data retention, complex storage environments and increasing disaster recovery (DR) requirements.
Only in IT could a glacier disturb a cloud. The Amazon Glacier cloud archiving service could become a disruptive force in cloud storage, according to SearchCloudStorage.com's Sonia Lelii.
Glacier's penny-per-gigabyte pricing model presents a financial incentive to companies that want to move their large data storage archives to the cloud. At the same time, it presents a challenge to smaller vendors that can’t offer that pricing structure to users.
The latest funding round provides SimpliVity with cash "to fuel everything we want to do in 2013 in sales, marketing and engineering,” according to CEO Doron Kempel.