Mezeo upgrades cloud storage software; more SNW Spring 2011 news

Mezeo updates its storage cloud software; StorSimple, Zetta enhance cloud storage products; Marvell reveals Marvell DragonFly VSA; more SNW Spring 2011 news

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The cloud played a prominent role in product releases at Storage Networking World (SNW) Spring 2011 today, with Mezeo Software Corp. releasing a new version of its cloud storage software platform and StorSimple Inc. and Zetta Inc. enhancing their products.

Mezeo launched MezeoCloud 4.0, which lets enterprises and service providers implement a REST API-based public or private storage cloud. The new version runs on distributed cluster servers to increase scalability. Previously, the Mezeo storage platform, which operates as middleware that exposes API cloud storage in front of the storage, stored the metadata and file catalogue in a relational database, but that limited its ability to scale. Now it stores the metadata and file catalogue in distributed cluster servers. Users scale by adding servers.

"This is a new metadata storage technology," said Agatha Poon, research manager for global cloud computing at Tier1 Research, a division of The 451 Group. "It's a new way to make the platform more robust and more scalable. When you need to add capacity, the system has the intelligence to scale massively. You don't need a lot of human interaction."

Mezeo CEO Steve Lesem said the changes also simplify the installation and deployment of MezeoCloud, which was previously branded Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform.

"Now you just add another server and it's automatically absorbed into the cluster. The entire cluster is immediately scaled at that point," Lesem said. "In the cloud world, using this distributed technology ensures scalability and performance and simple management."

StorSimple hybrid cloud gateway appliances

StorSimple added high-availability (HA) features for disaster recovery (DR) to its hybrid cloud gatewayappliances. StorSimple enabled non-disruptive upgrades to its appliances as well as multi-cloud volume support for RAID across multiple clouds. It also added the ability to do live DR testing, instant restores from snapshots, individual file recovery for Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint, and cloud thin provisioning with 100 TB volumes for file servers and backup target applications. In addition, StorSimple received VMware Ready certification for its appliances.

ZettaMirror 2.0
Zetta launched ZettaMirror 2.0, an agent software upgrade the cloud storage vendor said improves data transfers. ZettaMirror is part of the Zetta Data Protect Solution. ZettaMirror replicates local data to a Zetta Virtual Volume, creating a second copy of the data that's always available online. Version 2.0 lets users keep snapshots for 30 days, six months, seven years or longer. Other new features included the ability to sync and replicate multiple data sources from a single ZettaMirror agent, a lower overhead data sync option that runs faster, and options for client-side resource throttling for bandwidth and disk I/O.

Marvell DragonFly Virtual Storage Accelerator (VSA)
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. launched the Marvell DragonFly Virtual Storage Accelerator (VSA) powered by its HyperScale embedded processor technology. The card plugs into application servers and uses Marvell's chip technology to speed I/O performance and reduce power. The DragonFly VSA distributed host I/O cache employs a two-level cache for very low latency and high burst throughput. It has a non-volatile DRAM (NVRAM) cache and a second cache level created from off-the-shelf commodity solid-state drives (SSDs). The DragonFly VSA will be available in beta in the third quarter of the year.

Symantec System Recovery 2011
Symantec Corp. renamed and added platform support to its Backup Exec System Recovery bare-metal recovery product. The application is now called Symantec System Recovery 2011. It supports the latest Windows and Hyper-V, Linux, VMware and Citrix XenServer operating systems and hypervisors. System Recovery 2011 can also use a USB device as a recovery disk.

Huawei Symantec Oceanspace T-Series
Huawei Symantec Technologies Co. Ltd. today made its Oceanspace T-Series of small- and medium-sized business (SMB) storage systems available in the United States. The Oceanspace T-Series consists of four iSCSI and/or Fibre Channel SAN configurations, and support SAS, SATA and Fibre Channel disk drives and SSDs.


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