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EMC: Isilon scale-out NAS aces performance tests, other storage news

EMC reports record CIFS and NFS benchmarks for its Isilon scale-out NAS system; EMC ships Atmos 2.0; Systar launches storage capacity management software for VMware; and more news.

EMC Corp. reported that its Isilon scale-out NAS system posted benchmarking performance tests that show the S200 can deliver more than 1.6 million CIFS IOPS and 1.1 NFS IOPS with more than 85 GBps of aggregate throughput from one file system.

EMC submitted the results based on benchmark testing by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). In SPECsfs2008 testing, EMC used a 140-node S200 system powered by dual quad-core Intel Xeon CPUs, 10,000 rpm 2.5-inch SAS drives and a solid-state drive (SSD). EMC said the NFS result was 75% better than any competitors’ system and the CIFS result had a 126% improvement over the next closest competitor.

EMC Atmos 2.0 cloud storage now available

EMC began shipping its Atmos 2.0 cloud storage system and GeoDrive software for globally distributed environments. EMC said Atmos 2.0, first launched at EMC World in May, is five times as fast and 65% more efficient that its previous model.

Systar rolls out capacity management software

Systar released the Storage Resource Report for VMware and said it will add a storage-specific capacity management product later this year. The Storage Resource Report lets systems engineering teams manage the capacity of logical volumes allocated to the VMware environment, and allows architects and capacity managers to identify the allocated, used and remaining capacity for each VMware cluster.

Winchester Systems introduces 3 TB hard drives

Winchester Systems Inc.’s FlashDisk VX Series RAID disk arrays now support 3 TB disk drives. The FlashDisk VX-3400 RAID disk array now stores 336 TB in one RAID set and fits 772 TB into an 84 U data center rack. They support 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives and SSDs.

Promise delivers Thunderbolt system

Promise Technology Inc. began shipping its Pegasus line of RAID storage with Thunderbolt technology developed by Intel and Apple. Pegasus stores and edits video and plays streams of uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit high-definition video on Thunderbolt-enabled Macs.

InfiniBand expands in supercomputing systems

Mellanox Technologies Inc.’s InfiniBand-connected systems grew 20% from 2008 to 2011 and provide the interconnect for 206 supercomputers, according to the June 2011 Top 500 list published at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Mellanox said its ConnectX InfiniBand adapters and switches are used in 61 of the Top 100 systems and 115 of the Top 200 systems, making it the leader among InfiniBand vendors.

Quantum sets up free online backup scoring tool

Quantum Corp. launched, a free online backup site that helps IT departments improve data protection policies by comparing their backup results to best practices and peer results. The tool gives a score based on how well companies meet requirements in backup, recovery, disaster recovery protection and long-term retention.

Bocada integrates ticketing systems with Prism

Bocada Inc. has added the ability to send alerts from its Prism data protection management application to ticketing systems from BMC, ConnectWise and ServiceNow. Bocada customers can send alerts received by any ticketing system that can accept email notifications. Prism provides a historical overview of the backup environment over time to show if it's operating correctly.

Tennessee utilities firm picks EMC VNX unified storage

EMC said electric utilities firm Nashville Electric Services (NES) replaced 100 TB of NetApp storage with EMC VNX unified storage. NES installed two VNX systems with a total of 370 TB of capacity with 600 GB SAS and 2 TB nearline SAS drives. One VNX system is at the utility’s primary data center and the other is at a disaster recovery site approximately 20 miles away.

University of Utah chooses HP storage

The University of Utah’s Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) said it's using Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co.’s X9320 Ibrix Network Storage System and ProLiant SL 160z G6 servers for file storage and archiving. The CHPC said it has reduced data processing time by 50% with the HP storage and servers.

ExaGrid gets data deduplication patent

ExaGrid Systems Inc. said it received a patent for two-tiered backup architecture that includes a front-end landing space and a back-end data deduplication repository. ExaGrid said the two-tier architecture lets customers tie appliances into a grid that scales in increments up to 13 TB to a total capacity of 130 TB without disruption.

Nirvanix appoints new CTO

Cloud storage vendor Nirvanix Inc. named Paul Froutan the firm's new chief technology officer (CTO). Froutan was previously Google’s head of global data center infrastructure. He will report to Nirvanix CEO Scott Genereux.

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