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Intel upgrades SATA solid-state drive (SSD) family; more storage news

Intel adds new SATA interface solid-state drive (SSD); HP rebate woos Dell storage customers; Kaminario lowers DRAM appliance price; other data storage news.

Intel Corp. launched the Solid State Drive (SSD) 320 Series with increased performance and capacity over its previous solid-state drive (SSD) family.

The 320 Series replaces the Intel X25-M SATA SSD product. The 320 uses 25nm NAND flash memory and comes in 40 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, 300 GB and 600 GB versions. The X25-M had a maximum capacity of 160 GB. Intel claims the 320 produces up to 39,500 IOPS random reads and 23,000 IOPS random writes with a sequential write performance of 220 MBps and sequential read performance of 270 MBps. Intel SSD 320 Series prices, based on 1,000-unit quantities, range from $89 for 40 GB to $1,069 for 600 GB.

HP offers incentive for Dell customers to switch to P4000 SAN
Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. is going after Dell EqualLogic and Compellent SAN customers with a trade-in program to move them onto HP's P4000 SAN iSCSI platform. HP said it will give customers 20% of the P4000 purchase price back in cash if they trade in an EqualLogic or Compellent SAN by April 30.

Kaminario lists new DRAM pricing, capacities
Kaminario Inc. has dropped the price of its K2 DRAM storage appliance. The startup is offering entry-level systems for $50,000 for 500 GB of storage. At the high end, K2 systems scale to 12 TB. Kaminario said its appliances can deliver 150,000 IOPS with 1.6 GBps of throughput for the entry-level system and 1.5 million IOPS with 16 GBps throughput on the high end.

Emulex adapters support Cisco FCoE platform
Emulex Corp. said its OneConnect universal converged network adapters and LightPulse Fibre Channel host bus adapters support Cisco Data Center Fabric with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), specifically the Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 5000 network switches and MDS 9500 Fibre Channel switches.

QLogic optimizes adapters for Cisco fabric
QLogic Corp. said its 10 Gigabit Ethernet converged network adapter platform is optimized for Cisco Data Center Fabric devices and services. QLogic's ConvergeFlex technology supports TCP/IP, FCoE and iSCSI protocols on the same hardware.

Quantum plans tape HA, encryption enhancements
Quantum Corp. said it will add dual robotics and Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) support for encryption to its Scaler i6000 tape library in the second half of the year. The addition of a second robot in a library will extend availability and complement Quantum's data path failover capability that lets LTO-5 tape drives switch to a redundant data path.

StoneFly adds Fusion-io to iSCS SAN
StoneFly Inc. signed an OEM deal with Fusion-io to bundle Fusion-io's ioMemory flash cards into StoneFly's iSCSI SAN products. Stonefly will use the ioMemory cards in its SCVM and ESS virtual SAN software appliances.

RackTop, Site 2 combine for cloud backup appliance
RackTop Systems and Site2 LLC launched the Enterprise Backup and Recovery (EBR) enterprise hybrid cloud backup appliance. EBR consists of a RackTop hardware appliance with the Site2 SourceCopy cloud backup service. Site2 uses Asigra agentless backup software for its data protection services.

Employees union switches to cloud data backup

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) enhanced its offsite backups by switching to Veeam Backup & Replication software, the Amazon S3 storage cloud and TwinStrate's CloudArray virtual appliance. AFGE uses CloudArray to move data to the S3 cloud over an iSCSI link.

Nimble Storage changes CEOs

Converged storage and backup systems vendor Nimble Storage named NetApp veteran Suresh Vasudevan as CEO, replacing founder Varun Mehta. Vasudevan spent 10 years at NetApp and was most recently CEO at storage vendor Omneon, which was acquired by Harmonic last year. Mehta said he will remain with Nimble, focusing on engineering and product development.


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