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Storage news from Storage Networking World

A wrap-up of announcements from SNW Fall related to storage systems, storage networking, NAS, SAN management, storage security, disaster recovery and email archiving.

News from Storage Networking World:

Storage systems

At Storage Networking World, Compellent Technologies, Inc. is previewing its Live Volume business continuity application for its Storage Center SAN. Live Volume is an add-on to Compellentt's Remote Instant Replay snapshot replication, which automates the process of migrating volumes between SANs in different physical locations, making it easier to failover if a server is lost. Based on Compellent's Dynamic Block Architecture, Live Volume is designed to eliminate downtime for enterprises that need to migrate servers and storage for disaster recovery or onsite maintenance. Each data volume will be present and automatically available on Compellent SANs at either site at all times. Live Volume will be available in the second quarter of 2009.

The company is also announcing that the Compellent SAN as well as its suite of virtualized storage applications will support solid state drives (SSDs) beginning in the first quarter of 2009. LSI officially launched its Engenio 7900 Storage System, which IBM rolled out last month as the DS5000 through an OEM deal with LSI. SGI is also shipping a high-performance version of the system. The Engenio 7900 Storage System scales to 256 FC or SATA drives. LSI plans to support 8-Gbps FC and 10-Gig Ethernet in the first half of 2009.

The Engenio system also uses data management features from LSI's StoreAge Storage Virtualization Manager (SVM), which is also being upgraded to support thin provisioning.


Hewlett-Packard and Hitachi Data Systems have added hardware encryption for their high-end storage arrays. Along with encryption for its StorageWorks XP24000 and XP20000 Disk Arrays to protect data at rest, HP has upgraded its key management software. HP Secure Key Manager (SKM) supports up to 2 million keys per cluster. SKM is commonly used with two nodes for high availability. Version 1.1 of SKM has a list price of $28,500 per list node. The encryption option for the XP arrays starts at $23,000.

HDS offers the same encryption in its USP V array – both vendors sell the same systems developed by Hitachi Ltd., but use different key management systems. HDS also added a disk destruction and recycling/disk data eradication service to enable the physical destruction of failed or retired hard drives.

Storage networking

EMC qualified Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adapters from Emulex Corp. and QLogic for use with its EMC Connectrix NEX-5020 FCoE switch, and its Clariion and Symmetrix SAN and Celerra NAS systems. EMC is the first storage vendor to launch a FCoE switch and certify FCoE converged network adapters (CNAs), although NetApp is expected to make a similar announcement during SNW. CNAs consolidate FC storage and networking traffic over an Enhanced Ethernet network.

Cisco qualified QLogic's virtual HBAs with its new VSANs, which will now allow virtual SAN connections at the virtual machine level. QLogic adapters with drivers updated to specify VSAN fabrics according to virtual machines will be generally available by year-end.

QLogic said at SNW that it now supports 8 Gbps support for its SANbox 9000 modular switch and SANbox 5800 stackable switch.

Atto Technology is bringing out a quad-channel 8 Gbps HBA, which it calls Celerity. The company is also showing its new ExpressSAS 6 Gbps SAS/SATA host adapters and the FastStream 8500 8 Gbps RAID controller for video storage systems.

Email archiving

Mimosa Systems is adding a Tiered Storage Option (TSO) to its NearPoint email archiving product. The TSO add-on module lets organizations set different access policies for different types of devices and according to business priorities. For example, companies can have one set of policies for data stored on WORM devices and another set of policies for user data stored on cheaper direct attached storage.

StorServer rolled out an appliance that uses Mimosa's NearPoint software for archiving Microsoft Exchange messages. Powered by NearPoint, the StorServer Email Archiving Appliance can support 100 mailboxes, has a hot-plug architecture for adding servers and storage to grow capacity on demand, and integrates with Exchange and Outlook so that administrators can perform restores and configure policies through the Microsoft Management Console.


Following the launch of its enterprise Cougar 6000 family in July, ONStor Inc. disclosed general availability of its Cougar 3000 series of NAS gateways for small and medium-sized enterprises. The Cougar 3310 has five processing cores, and ONStor claims it delivers 36,000 NFS IOPS, 285 MBps of throughput read and 240 MBps of throughput write. The Cougar 3510 has seven processing cores, and delivers 43,000 NFS IOPS, 370 MBps reads and 300 MBps writes. Both are 1U single NAS blade systems with four Ethernet and four Fibre Channel connections, 8 GB of memory and the ability to scale to 4 PB. List prices begin at $31,995 for the 3310 and $54,995 for the 3510.

BlueArc Corp. now offers a Dynamic Read Caching feature that lets customers create read-only caches to boost application speed and response time for its Titan NAS systems. Dynamic Read Caching supports up to eight nodes, including virtual servers. The feature also supports 500,000 cache-enabled files and works with SATA, Fibre Channel or solid state disk. BlueArc also added Intelligent Tiered Storage, which lets administrators automate data migration between storage tiers.

Following a four-month beta program, CloudNAS software from Nirvanix, Inc. is now generally available. CloudNAS loads an any server, and uses the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network (SDN) to connect to the cloud. CloudNAS is free for companies with a 2 TB or greater contract with Nirvanix, with optional 24x7 support for $200 per month per server.

Disaster recovery

Axxana came out of stealth with the Axxana Black Box, which uses the same technology as airplane black boxes as well as synchronous replication software for disaster recovery. The Black Box connects to a storage array through a FC switch or a replication appliance. A device in the primary data center with flash memory stores and replicates data to a recovery device at the secondary data site. The secondary device is used to restore data in case of disaster.

SAN management

Xiotech Crop. will add support for Linux and Microsoft Hyper-V to its ICON Manager storage resource management application. ICON Manager lets customers provision and manage storage, and currently supports VMware, Windows, UNIX, Mac and Novell NetWare. Xiotech plans Linux support by the end of this year and Hyper-V support in early 2009.

StorMagic said that its iSCSI SAN management software is now certified with VMware ESX 3.5 and ESX 3i hypervisors and is listed on the VMware Storage/SAN Compatability Guide.

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