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DataCore accelerates Windows NAS with storage virtualization software

DataCore SANsymphony-V storage virtualization software adds Windows NAS acceleration; BridgeStor delivers data reduction appliance; Tintri launches VM storage appliance; more data storage news.

DataCore Software Corp. added Microsoft Windows NAS performance acceleration and high-availability (HA) file sharing to its SANsymphony-V storage virtualization software.

SANsymphony-V has been optimized to work with clustered file sharing services in Windows Server 2008 R2 to speed performance. It also now supports two HA configurations. The smaller configuration uses the DataCore software with clustered file share functions on two redundant Windows Enterprise servers, and speeds block disk access by performing adaptive I/O caching on top of Microsoft Hyper-V. In the larger configuration, the DataCore file share cluster software runs on two separate servers dedicated to block storage virtualization, and the cluster accesses the virtual storage pool over an iSCSI or Fibre Channel SAN.

BridgeStor rolls out data reduction appliance
BridgeStor LLC launched its Application Optimized Storage (AOS) Appliance for Network Storage that uses block-level compression and deduplication for data reduction. The device consists of Hewlett-Packard server hardware with Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 and BridgeStor's virtual storage and data reduction technology. The appliance scales from 2.6 TB to 33 TB and supports thin provisioning.


Startup launches storage appliance for VMs
Tintri Inc. came out of stealth with the Tintri VMstore T4400 storage appliance for virtual machines (VMs). The T4400 is a 4U device that holds 15 1 TB SATA drives and nine 160 GB solid-state drives (SSDs) for 8.5 TB of usable data, with dual Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and optional dual 10 GbE ports. Instead of using LUNs, the T4400 maps I/O requests directly to the virtual disk on which it occurs. The startup, whose CEO is former VMware executive vice president of research and development Kieran Harty, said it has $17 million in funding.

Nasuni adds snapshot retention to its cloud NAS software
Nasuni Corp. added snapshot retention capability to its Nasuni Filer cloud NAS software. Nasuni's new snapshot retention feature lets administrators set policies to determine how long data stored in the cloud can be recovered after it is deleted. Files deleted from the Nasuni Filer will remain recoverable from the cloud as long as the snapshots that contain those files remain.

Gridstore upgrades scale-out NAS
Gridstore Inc. launched its NASg 2.0 grid storage system for managed service providers and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), improving performance with an upgraded processor and adding full integration with Microsoft Active Directory.

Bocada expands Prism data protection reach
Bocada Inc. updated its Prism data protection management software, adding alerts on job errors, additional media and drive analysis, as well as more comprehensive service-level agreement (SLA) rules. It also expanded application coverage with an agentless plug-in for NetApp SnapVault and SnapMirror and improved recovery point reporting for Microsoft DPM 2010.

Pliant gets a new CEO
Solid-state drive vendor Pliant Technology Inc. named Richard Wilmer as CEO. He replaces founder Amyl Ahola, who remains on the company's board. Pliant sells single-level cell (SLC) and multi-level cell (MLC) Lightning Enterprise Flash Drives (EFDs).

Employment agency implements C2C ArchiveOne Cloud DR 
Ontario job placement agency Employment Hamilton said it's using C2C's ArchiveOne cloud-based disaster recovery suite. The agency uses ArchiveOne Cloud DR for archiving and to synchronize files between an on-premises cache and cloud repositories.


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