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Intel launches Open FCoE for converged networks; more data storage news

Intel launches free software for Open FCoE; HP adds FCoE adapters from Emulex, QLogic; NEC upgrades HydraStor; Hitachi GST ships 3 TB enterprise drives with 6 Gbps SAS; and more data storage news.

Intel Corp. has introduced Open FCoE, a free host-based software stack that enables Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and helps deliver unified networking without specialized hardware adapters.

Open FCoE is a free upgrade to Intel's 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) Server Adapter X520 family. FCoE allows organizations to run FC and Ethernet traffic over a unified network. Intel said Open FCoE is supported by storage vendors EMC and NetApp, and Fibre Channel switch vendors Cisco and Brocade. It has also been certified for Microsoft Windows, and Red Hat and SUSE Linux.

HP adds FCoE adapters from Emulex, QLogic
Hewlett-Packard (HP) co. said it will sell third-generation FCoE adapters from Emulex and QLogic on its ProLiant servers. HP will include the Emulex OneConnect converged network adapter (CNA) technology as an Integrated FlexFabric Adapter for HP ProLiant BL620c G7 and BL680c G7 servers. HP is also selling QLogic 3200 Series 10GbE CNAs and intelligent Ethernet adapters with ProLiant ML and DL rackmount tower servers. The CNAs are available as the HP StorageWorks CN1000Q Dual Port Converged Network Adapters, and the Ethernet adapter is the HP NC523SFP Dual Port 10GbE Server Adapter.

NEC upgrades HydraStor grid storage data deduplication platform
NEC Corp. of America beefed up the performance of its HydraStor grid storage data deduplication platform with the launch of HydraStor HS8-3000. HS8-3000 nodes deliver 50% higher performance than previous generation HS8-2000 nodes. The new system can perform at 750 MBps per Accelerator Node and scale to 148.5 TB per hour for the largest supported configuration. The new HydraStor nodes are backwards compatible with previous HydraStor nodes, allowing customers to add nodes without forklift upgrades. The system software, which deduplicates data across nodes, also has a new management interface. Pricing starts at $120,000 for the HS8-3002S-12 with 750 MBps throughput and 12 TB of raw capacity.

Hitachi rolls out 3 TB enterprise hard drive with 6 Gbps SAS
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) Ltd. launched a 3 TB 3.5-inch enterprise hard drive. The Ultrastar 7K3000 drive family consists of 7,200 rpm drives with 6 Gbps SAS and SATA interfaces, and 3 TB and 2 TB capacities. Hitachi GST claims the drives have a 2 million hour MTBF (mean time between failure) rating. The drives will be sold by Hitachi GST storage and server OEM partners beginning in mid-2011.

Texas Memory adds 8 Gbps FC to RamSan solid-state storage
Texas Memory Systems Inc. has added an 8 Gbps Fibre Channel interface for its FC RamSan-630 solid-state storage system. The system previously supported 4 Gbps FC. The RamSan-630 includes 10 8 Gbps ports, and holds up to 10 TB of Flash storage in a 3U enclosure. The RamSan-630 also supports InfiniBand connectivity.

Engineering firm picks Nexsan SAN
The Clark Enersen Partners' architecture, engineering and landscape design firm selected Nexsan Systems storage to centralize storage after implementing VMware virtual servers. Clark Enersen chose two Nexsan SASBeast storage systems with 6 TB each and dual Nexsan iSeries 200i SANs.

Nimble Storage claims 40-plus customers for CS-Series
Nimble Storage Inc. said its CS-Series enterprise storage system has more than 40 customers in the first four months of shipping. Nimble's CS-Series uses Flash memory and disk drives, and is based on the vendor's Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL), which enables inline data compression and WAN-efficient replication.

Fusion-io claims 15 PB shipped last year
Fusion-io said it shipped more than 15 PB of its enterprise Flash-based server-attached ioMemory over the past year. The vendor claims more than 2,000 end users are running its ioMemory technology, including financial services firm Credit Suisse and entertainment company Prime Focus.

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