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Storage Clips: MIT promises 'groundbreaking IP storage'

Could it be the IP multicasting hinted at by an analyst last week that "scares the hell out of the industry"?

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MIT promises 'groundbreaking IP storage'
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has sent out a release inviting press to attend a press conference "announcing a groundbreaking IP storage system that will eventually be built up to petabyte scale." The storage array will be built to support a new research project at the MIT Media Lab, which is designed to better understand early childhood cognitive development and constructed from components from Bell Microproducts, Seagate, Marvell and Zetera.

"Both the research project and its enabling data storage technology are breaking new ground in terms of very large-scale audio-visual data collection and analysis," according to the release.

Last week at a disaster recovery (DR) seminar in Needham, Mass., analyst Jon William Toigo told attendees, "Very soon, a major technical university in the Boston area is going to announce a multipetabyte version of [an IP multicasting] system. This scares the hell out of the industry." (See also, Want a better DR plan? Don't pitch it as DR, May 3).

IBM releases 4 Gbps arrays for small and midsized businesses
IBM introduced a new OEM of LSI Logic Corp.'s 3994 and 6994 4 Gbps arrays. The company is claiming an "end-to-end" 4 Gbps array, meaning the disk drives, controllers, host bus adapters (HBA) and switches are all 4 Gbps when using the new System p5 single and dual port 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) HBA, available in both AIX 5L and Linux on Power.

The DS4700 Express now comes in two different models, one with four FC ports (the "70" model) and one with eight FC ports (the "72"). The two versions scale up to 112 disk drives and 224 disk drives, respectively. Customers also have the option of attaching either the EXP710 or the recently announced EXP810 expansion unit to the back end. Also, for the first time in the DS4000 line, a new 4 Gbit disk drive option (15 rpm) is available on the DS4700.

Also shipped with the IBM product is a feature called DACstore, which stores up to 512 Gbits of configuration metadata on every drive in the subsystem, meaning users can remove and replace the drive in another storage server that will recognize and read it.

The products will be available starting June 9, 2006 after IBM completes internal testing on the Engenio boxes, according to IBM spokesman Craig Butler. The IBM System Storage DS4700 is available with starting list prices of $19,449. The pricing includes a 3-year warranty on hardware and software.

IBM is also adding three new Brocade storage network connectivity platforms to the IBM System Storage product portfolio. The three new products to be offered by IBM are the IBM System Storage SAN64B-2 switch (2005-B64) based on the Brocade SilkWorm(R) 4900, the IBM System Storage SAN18B-R router (2005-R18) based on the SilkWorm 7500 and the M48 FC routing blade for the IBM System Storage SAN256B director (2109-M48) based on the SilkWorm FR4-18i blade for the SilkWorm 48000 director.

Printing company goes with ADIC
Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) announced that Brown Printing Co., one of the largest magazine printers in the U.S., has installed a SAN running ADIC's StorNext storage management software under Dalim Software's pre-press workflow tools.

Insurance wholesaler chooses Asigra
Asigra Inc. announced that insurance agent and wholesaler Myron F. Steves and Co. has selected Asigra's Televaulting software to protect property, casualty and healthcare policy data on servers and workstations in its corporate facilities in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Tex. The company chose Asigra's off-site backup and restore service for its heterogeneous Windows and Novell LAN enterprise environment through reseller DS3 DataVaulting.

Copan signs government reseller
Copan Systems, which is aiming to expand its reseller channel, recently appointed Morrie Nelson as vice president of worldwide channel sales to spearhead the development of its channel program. More recently, it announced it has inked a new deal with reseller GTSI Corp., which sells to the government market.

Reldata signs with LapiStor
IP SAN/NAS storage gateway appliance maker Reldata Inc. announced it has signed a new distribution agreement with LapiStor Ltd., a U.K.-based manufacturer of RAID arrays in which LapiStor will distribute the Reldata 9200 IP storage gateway.

DNS wins contract to resell NetApp
Data Network Solutions (DNS), a Chapin, S.C.-based value-added reseller, announced today that it has been awarded an exclusive contract by the South Carolina Information Technology Management Office to provide network appliance storage for state, city, county and local government organizations.

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