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Storage Clips: EqualLogic deploys giant IP SAN

iSCSI SAN startup EqualLogic builds a big IP SAN in Europe; CinemaNow picks Isilon; EMC Dantz, Western Digital partner with StorCase.

EqualLogic powers largest European IP SAN
EqualLogic Inc., a provider of iSCSI storage arrays, announced it is providing the infrastructure for Europe's largest IP SAN for SDC Udvikling A/S, a Denmark-based application service provider that provides the IT infrastructure for more than 85 banks and hundreds of thousands of customers. SDC implemented the iSCSI SAN consisting of eight EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays with 32 terabytes of capacity for 120 Dell servers, 100 of which are configured with Adaptec iSCSI 7211C host bus adapters.

CinemaNow picks Isilon to store movies
Struggling to cope with data growth, CinemaNow Inc., a Santa Monica, Calif.-based Web site that offers downloading and viewing of movies over broadband Internet connections, has implemented Isilon's Isilon IQ clustered storage product to store its expanding library of videos.

CinemaNow now has 8 terabytes (TB) of storage on the Isilon IQ system, encoding and storing 800 movies a month. CinemaNow chose Isilon over comparable products from BlueArc Corp. because Isilon had faster throughput, was cheaper and could have two servers accessing the same file, according to Aaron Evans, CinemaNow's director of encoding. The company also looked at LeftHand Networks Inc., which Evans described as "similar to Isilon in that it's iSCSI -- but Isilon had better reporting tools."

Before using Isilon clustered storage, CinemaNow was attaching RAID arrays to its servers and had to move the arrays around to different servers to store different data. "It was difficult, and we could only scale to 2 TB with the RAID arrays. But right out of the box, Isilon had 7 TB for the same price," said Evans. CinemaNow's data is growing by the hour, making Isilon's quick scalability a plus. "We just add a node to the Isilon box and we've got two more terabytes," added Evans.

EMC Dantz, Western Digital partner with StorCase
Software companies Western Digital Corp. (WD) and EMC Dantz are developing partnerships with StorCase Technology Inc. EMC Dantz will merge its Retrospect backup and recovery software with StorCase's Data Express DE50 and DE110 drive enclosures with USB host interfaces to make backup and recovery easier for small and medium-sized businesses, the distributed enterprise and the home office user, the companies said. WD plans to use StorCase's InfoStation backplane enclosures for its 10,000 rpm Enterprise Serial ATA and high-capacity SATA drives.

Engenio unveils replication for DB2
Engenio Information Technologies Inc. announced the release of Replication Express software for DB2. The new software improves backup and recovery speed by automating the use of SANtricity Storage Management Software replication features, such as Snapshot and Volume Copy.

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