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Hitachi Data Systems achieves VAAI support on VSP; more storage news

Hitachi Data Systems supports VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) on its VSP; NexGen gets funding, plans SAN; Raidon launches SAS systems; Panasas plans expansion; and more data storage news.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) said it supports VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) on its Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), and can extend the support to more than 100 virtualized multivendor storage arrays.

HDS said features it supports through VAAI include Full Copy to speed up virtual machine cloning and make full copies of data within the array; Write Same – also known as Block Zeroing – to speed provisioning of virtual machines by eliminating the need to write zero formats; and Hardware Assisted Locking that removes SCSI reservation conflicts to improve virtual machine density and performance.

NexGen Storage gets funding, plans SAN systems product launch
NexGen Storage Inc. received Series A financing and plans to ship its first products this year. NexGen, founded by LeftHand Network co-founders John Spiers and Kelly Long, is developing SAN systems with quality of service for virtual server environments, aimed at small data centers and cloud storage implementations. NexGen did not disclose the amount of its funding.

Raidon launches SAS storage systems
Raidon Technology Inc. released its 2880 Series of eight-bay 6 Gbps SAS systems. The series includes two models, the iR2880 for internal use and the GR2880 for external use. They include dual SAS host interfaces, support snapshots and RAID levels up to RAID 6, and hold 2.5-inch drives.

Clustered NAS vendor Panasas plans expansion
Clustered NAS vendor Panasas Inc. said it increased revenue by more than 40% in 2010 and plans to increase its headcount by more than 50% this year. The company plans to increase its engineering, sales and marketing teams.

InfiniBand vendor Mellanox closes Voltaire deal
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. completed its $175 million acquisition of Voltaire Ltd., leading to a combination of the two largest InfiniBand vendors. Voltaire becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Mellanox.

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