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Avere Systems upgrades tiered storage for NAS appliances; other storage news

Avere Systems improves scalability of FTX Series of tiered storage appliances; Marathon integrates CA ARCserve for replication; Neverfail supports Orion database.

Tiered storage vendor Avere Systems Inc. upgraded the operating system for its FTX NAS appliances, giving them the ability to scale higher and support bi-modal CIFS Access Control Lists (ACLs) and parallel file access.

Avere FXT nodes can scale out under a global namespace, and its appliances can be attached to third-party NAS systems to improve performance. With Avere OS 4.1, an FXT cluster can support 24 storage systems -- up from eight in the previous release. Rebecca Thompson, Avere Systems' marketing vice president, said the firm's roadmap calls for the ability to scale higher in future releases.

"We have customers that would like to go beyond 24, and in the coming months you'll see us support 50 filers and maybe even go beyond that," she said.

The Avere OS provides NFSv3 and CIFS file access interfaces to support applications running on Linux, Unix, Windows and Mac servers and clients. With Version 4.1, customers running CIFS can implement access control lists through standard CIFS ACLs or by mapping CIFS ACLs onto NFSv4.

Avere originally supported NFS only.

"We supported NFS first because that was considered the performance protocol, but we're seeing a lot of mixed environments," Thompson said.

Avere's tiered storage algorithms now allow parallel file access by implementing the ability to stripe and replicate files across nodes within a cluster in high demand, high bandwidth scenarios. Thompson said Avere has more than 20 customers, a little over a year after it began shipping its first products.

Marathon runs CA ARCserve

Marathon Technologies released everRun MX Extend, which integrates CA ARCserve replication into the everRun MX fault-tolerant SMP product for disaster recovery. EverRun MX Extend provides remote failover to help restore business operations from a hot site if there's an outage at the primary site.

Neverfail supports Orion Database high-availability software

Neverfail rolled out Neverfail for Orion Database high-availability software that monitors and protects the SolarWinds Orion database. The product works similarly to Neverfail for SQL, with the goal of providing continuous access to data even when planned maintenance or unexpected outages disrupt the primary SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) database. Neverfail for Orion Database uses the Orion Failover Engine (FoE) that SolarWinds developed in conjunction with Neverfail.

HyperIP expands its WAN optimization support matrix

NetEx said it has certified its HyperIP WAN optimization software with products from AppAssure, Dell EqualLogic, Microsoft Corp., Quantum Corp. and Veeam Software. HyperIP now supports AppAssure Replay Replication for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, SharePoint Server, SQL Server and Exchange Server, EqualLogic PS Series Replication, Microsoft Live Migration on Hyper-V, Quantum DXi disk backup systems and Veeam Software Backup and Replication for VMware vSphere, ESX and ESXi.

NASA balloon project uses Coraid EtherDrive SAN

Coraid Inc. said the NASA-funded EBEX Balloon-Borne experiment will use Coraid EtherDrive SAN systems to store data collected during flights over Antarctica. The EBEX experiment aims to collect terabytes of data over two weeks in December as it studies information on cosmic microwaves that originate from the Big Bang. The goal is to gather more detailed information about the beginning of the universe. Coraid said one reason its systems were selected is because the project's scientists can manage the storage without any IT help. The EBEX team used Coraid storage during a 15-hour test flight over Arizona last year.

Hitachi GST prepares IPO for disk business

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) is preparing to make an initial public offering (IPO) in cooperation with Hitachi Ltd. of Japan, which owns the Hitachi GST hard drive subsidiary. Hitachi GST's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif. The IPO news comes weeks after rival Seagate (a public company) said it's exploring the possibility of going private.

Simpana 9 helps boost CommVault earnings

Data protection and information management vendor CommVault Systems Inc. reported revenue of $75.2 million for last quarter, an increase of 13% over last year. CommVault executives said the recently released Simpana 9 accounted for 13% of its software license revenue. The vendor reported $12.9 million in revenue, up 14% from last year.

STEC SSD sales down from last year, up from previous quarter

Solid-state drive (SSD) vendor STEC Inc. reported revenue of $86.1 million last quarter, down 12.4% from last year but up 40.5% from the previous quarter. STEC supplies SSD drives to EMC Corp., IBM and other major storage vendors.

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