The following is a compilation of this week’s small- to medium-sized business (SMB) data storage news in brief.
Dataram updates XcelaSAN with high-availability and mirrored RAID
Dataram announced the availability of its new XcelaSAN model. The XcelaSAN Model 100 is a storage area network (SAN) acceleration appliance designed to improve I/O performance. Features of the XcelaSAN Model 100 include high-availability (HA), flash disks with mirrored RAID, hot-swappable components and UPS protection from power failure. It also includes an enhanced GUI, a CLI, an SNMP management interface, and performance monitoring and statistics reporting to assist with SAN performance planning.
Synology releases DiskStation Manager 3.1
Synology America Corp. released its newest operating system for its DiskStation and RackStation series of network-attached storage (NAS) products. The DiskStation Manager (DSM) 3.1 brings enterprise-level features to SMB and small office/home office (SOHO) environments. The Synology Hybrid RAID in DSM 3.1 has the option of two-disk redundancy, which can survive the failure of two disks. Other features of the DSM 3.1 include multiple RAID volumes that can be created across any RAID array.
StarTech.com launches SATA hard drive docking stations to support four drives
StarTech.com announced the availability of two new four-drive external hard drive docking stations, both offering USB and eSATA host connections, with support for 2.5-inch and/or 3.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives or solid-state drives (SSDs). The SATDOCK4U3E SuperSpeed single connection dock and SATDOCK4U2E single/multi-PC drive docking stations support four SATA hard drives or SSDs simultaneously, have dual variable-speed cooling fans and have independent power and drive eject buttons. SATDOCK4U3E is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 host connections. SATDOCK4U2E has dual USB 2.0 host interfaces with support for transfer rates up to 480 Mbps.
Acronis’ Global Disaster Recovery says virtualization adds complexities
Acronis' Global Disaster Recovery Index reported that 73% of SMBs worldwide agree that virtualization has either completely or partially changed the way they manage their backup and disaster recovery process. The company also warned about the potential concerns associated with the rapid adoption of virtualization, as the complexities of managing migration, backup and recovery between physical, virtual and cloud environments set in.
Storage Guardian launches cloud computing service for small businesses
Storage Guardian launched metered computing services geared toward making enterprise-grade cloud computing more accessible to smaller businesses. Storage Guardian Cloud Computing allows a company to eliminate in-house hardware and move desktop and server software applications from their in-house IT environment to a private cloud, where they can be accessed, managed, and paid for on an as-needed basis. The company also offers online data backup services.
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