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3PAR adds tiered storage management tool

The new version of the System Reporter management tool for 3PAR's high-end arrays now includes monitoring for tiered storage environments.

Weekly compilation of storage news:

3PAR adds tiered storage tool
3PAR announced a new version of 3PAR System Reporter, a Web-based historical performance and capacity management reporting tool for its InServ Storage Server high-end disk array. The new features include threshold-based email notification for managing service level agreements (SLA) and new views into tiered storage environments. The new views will show physical and logical capacity utilization and availability on the InServ array currently, historically and by tier, including trends by configuration policy (i.e., RAID level). The new features are available immediately, free for existing users with software support as part of their subscription service and at a price of $6,000 for new customers.

Cisco integrates data center automation with VMware
Cisco announced the integration of Cisco VFrame Data Center with VMware Virtual Infrastructure. The VFrame product addresses other areas of the data center, including servers and networking, but on the storage front, Cisco claims that VFrame can now automatically configure the storage area network (SAN) back end for VMware deployments, including the SAN fabrics and the shared LUNS, based on design templates that are predefined by the storage and networking teams.

Virtual appliance lets users convert DAS to iSCSI SAN

NetApp, HDS tout scaled-down disk arrays

Data storage products take center stage at VMworld

Dell beefs up iSCSI SAN line

Sun to acquire Lustre clustered file system

HP sorts out blade storage strategy
Dell folds Seagate encryption drive into notebooks
Dell announced that its Latitude D630 and D830 notebooks will now incorporate Seagate's recently announced Momentus FDE encrypted laptop drives. Dell has also bundled in management software from Wave Systems, which will allow users to manage encrypted drives, set up and recover passwords, and perform preboot authentication. The product is available now.

Overland adds compression to VTL
Overland announced the REO 4500c, the latest member of its REO VTL product line that includes hardware compression, boosting the max capacity from 27 terabytes (TB) to 45 TB. The product is available now for a starting manufacturer's suggestion retail price (MSRP) of $36,155.

ASP deploys DataCore
DataCore announced that legal application service provider (ASP) Lawyer Links has deployed DataCore's SANmelody storage virtualization software. SANmelody is running on both the company's production SAN and, in an entry-level version, on a backup SAN connected via Ethernet. According to the company, the ability to download DataCore's software for free trial was key to its selection.

Isilon announces Sony win, Kodak OEM deal
Isilon announced that Sony Music Network, Sony Online Entertainment, Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center and Sony Pictures Imageworks are among multiple Sony business units that have deployed its clustered storage systems. Sony Music Network deployed Isilon IQ for its Sony Music Online Japan Web site; Sony Online Entertainment uses Isilon for storage attached to its patch-delivery system, a cross-country network of servers used to deliver game updates and code corrections to customers; Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center uses it to support Blu-ray Disk creation and delivery operations; Sony Pictures Imageworks has the system in its film scanning and recording pipelines, video creation and particle simulation applications.

In a separate release, Isilon announced that it has entered into an OEM agreement that will see Kodak offer a co-branded version of the Isilon storage system to commercial printers and printing services.

Westinghouse picks EMC for Exchange storage
EMC announced that Westinghouse chose EMC's products to consolidate its Microsoft Exchange servers. The company's new email storage infrastructure consists of two EMC Clariion arrays with Replication Manager and SnapView software, as well as EMC's Centera content-addressed storage (CAS) system for email archiving. Westinghouse is also using EMC Centera CAS to support its active email archiving strategy.

Swiss reinsurance company migrates Exchange with NetApp
Network Appliance (NetApp) announced it has expanded its relationship with Converium, a Swiss reinsurer, which used its SnapManager for Exchange to migrate its email storage from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange 2007. The company is also mirroring snapshots of its email data store between its Zurich, Switzerland, and Cologne, Germany, offices.

Marine engineering firm picks GFI MailArchiver
Quantum Marine Engineering, a Florida-based company that manufactures hydraulic equipment for large yachts, has deployed GFI MailArchiver for email archiving in response to e-discovery pressures and a desire to cut down on mailbox size for its mobile workforce.

New data archiver arrives on the block
A new email archiving startup, SoleraTec LLC, has come out of stealth to announce its archiving software for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and mixed platforms. The product, called Phoenix, ingests inactive information from primary storage devices into a secondary storage information repository tier, and includes search and management tools for e-discovery.

Quantum announces entry-level tape library
Quantum announced the new Scalar 50, an entry-level tape library and the latest in Quantum's tape automation product line, which also includes the Scalar i2000 and Scalar i500 libraries. The Scalar 50 scales from 38 slot to 76 slots with the addition of an expansion module and includes Quantum's StorageCare Vision data management and reporting software. Pricing starts at $8,000 MSRP.

DNF launches SAS arrays
Dynamic Network Factory (DNF) introduced the SASmaster series, a new line of SAS-to-SAS and SATA-to-SAS RAID arrays. The SASmaster product line includes three models, including the SASmaster 12sz, the SASmaster 16sz and the SASmaster 16sz-HA. The SASmaster 12sz supports 12 hot-swappable drives, while the other two models support 16 hot-swappable drives each. Each model supports up to three expansion arrays for capacities of up to 64 TB and battery-backed cache ranging from 256 MB to 2 GB. The arrays are priced from $10,000 to $41,000, and expansion arrays start at $8,000. DNF has also announced that it has added 1 TB SATA drive support to its Enterprise F12-HA RAID subsystems and added SAS-to-Fibre Channel connections to its existing arrays.

Sans Digital announces SATA expansion arrays
Sans Digital introduced a new TowerRAID product line that includes the TR4M SATA to JBOD enclosure and the TR4U SATA to USB 2.0 JBOD/Spanning enclosure. Both models support Linux, Windows 2000/2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista, and Mac OS X, and are available now. Pricing was not announced.

Digitiliti regroups
Following a byzantine financial transaction that saw Digitiliti acquire its own parent company, Storage Elements, the company has officially relaunched itself as a managed storage service provider. Storage Elements was first launched in 2003 as a software developer and hardware integrator.

Vendors announce support for the week's new products
On the heels of announcements of new midrange arrays from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and NetApp on Monday, the companies' OEMs have announced new rebranded versions of the same products. Hewlett-Packard (HP) is calling its version of the new USP-VM the XP20000, and IBM is calling the new NetApp FAS2020 and FAS2050 arrays the N3300 and N3600, respectively. Finally, following on HP's announcement of a new BladeSystem enclosure, Emulex announced that its LightPulse host bus adapters (HBA) will support the enclosure's connection to external storage.

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