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Voltaire, Supermicro deliver high performance computing cluster

Supermicro and Voltaire team up on HPC storage cluster with high-speed connectivity; IBM uses LSI software for SSD performance, data protection; SSD vendor Anobit and Ethernet SAN vendor Coraid get funding.

Voltaire Ltd. and Supermicro have combined on a clustered high performance computing storage appliance to eliminate IO bottlenecks.

The Voltaire-Supermicro RapidStorage Appliance consists of Supermicro high-density Double-Sided Storage servers and Voltaire Storage Accelerator (VSA) software. Customers can cluster appliances with Voltaire's 10-Gigabit Ethernet or InfiniBand switches. Supermicro's newest Double-Sided Storage server SC417 supports up to 43 TB of hot-swap SAS2 storage capacity in 4U. The vendors claim a large financial institution benchmarked a cluster of five appliances at 2.5 million IOPS and 30 GBps of sustained traffic with an access time of 70 microseconds.

Also, Voltaire and Emulex Corp. said they have finished interoperability testing and cross-certification of Voltaire Vantage 10 Gbe switches and software and Emulex OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adpaters (CNAs).

IBM adds LSI data protection to RAID controllers

LSI Corp. said IBM is using its data protection and performance enhancement features of the LSI MegaRAID software on the IBM ServeRAID M5000 6Gbps controllers. The M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key is based on LSI technology, and is designed to maximize solid state drive (SSD) throughput while adding snapshots, RAID 6 and RAID 60, and data encryption for System x servers.

QuorumLabs automates DR testing

QuorumLabs added the ability to automatically test the recovery capabilities on its onQ Business Continuity Appliance. onQ 3.0 can automatically boot up Recovery Nodes in a test network to demonstrate that applications and data are available. The vendor claims the testing can be conducted in an hour.

NAND startup Anobit gets $32 million in funding

SSD vendor Anobit closed a $32 million funding round led by Intel Capital. The Israel-based vendor said it would use the funding to develop and market its Genesis SSDs, which use Anobit's Memory Signal Processing technology to help eliminate NAND endurance problems for multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs. Anobit claims to have Genesis SSDs on the market in early 2011.

Coraid adds $25 million in funding

Ethernet storage vendor Coraid Inc. closed a $25 million funding round led by Menlo Ventures. Coraid bills its EtherDrive storage systems are a lower cost alternative to iSCSI and Fibre Channel (FC) SANs, and the vendor claims it has more than 1,200 customers.

i365 makes cloud backup service live

Seagate Technology's i365 services company launched its "Cloudburst" data protection service for channel partners, using its EVault backup appliance and the company's EVault Cloud to store data for backup and disaster recovery. i365 will sell the service through VARs and service providers.

Neverfail adds cloud data protection service

Neverfail launched its Managed Cloud Hosting Partner Program to help managed service providers incorporate Neverfail's high availability and disaster recovery software into their services. Neverfail software protects Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint as well as Blackberry Enterprise Server.

HP to resell Drobo storage

Data Robotics (Drobo) signed a reseller agreement with Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. Small Business Direct, HP's online store for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). HP will sell all Drobo SMB and consumer storage systems. Drobo also said its Drobo S direct-attached storage (DAS) system supports USB 3.0 connectivity.

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