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Hitachi GST adds its first MLC SSDs, and other data storage news

Hitachi GST and Smart Modular Technologies expand into multi-level cell (MLC) solid-state drives; EMC adds continuous availability software for Symmetrix VMAX; more storage news.

Hitachi GST rolled out its first multi-level cell solid-state drive (MLC SSD) product for enterprise data storage systems as an alternative to more expensive single-level cell (SLC) SSDs.

The Ultrastar SSD400M drives use Intel’s 25-nanometer enterprise-grade MLC NAND flash. The 2.5-inch Ultrastar drives have a 6 Gbps SAS interface and come in capacities of 200 GB and 400 GB. Hitachi GST claims the Ultrastar SSD400M 400 GB delivers a write endurance of 7.3 PB lifetime random writes, or 10 full drive writes per day for five years. The MLC SSDs also include all the enterprise features found in the company’s Ultrastar SLC SSD family, including end-to-end data protection, error correction and error handling. The MLC drives are expected to be available from Western Digital after it completes its pending acquisition of Hitachi GST.

Smart Modular Technologies expands MLC SSD platform

Smart Modular Technologies Inc. launched the Optimus MLC SSD for enterprise storage applications. The new SSD features a 6 Gbps SAS interface, up to 1.6 TB usable capacity, read speeds up to 100,000 IOPS, write speeds of 50,000 IOPS and 500 MBps sustained transfer rates. The Optimus SSD is available in 200 GB, 400 GB, 800 GB and 1.6 TB capacities.

EMC introduces Symmetrix VMAX AutoSwap software

EMC Corp. introduced software to help enable continuous availability for its Symmetrix VMAX enterprise storage arrays. EMC Geographically Dispersed Disaster Restart (GDDR) AutoSwap for z/VM lets mainframe environments running the z/VM operating system automatically swap operations between two VMAX systems in the event of a disruption.

Enova unveils encrypted NAS system

Enova Technology Corp. launched the SecureNAS T1 network-attached storage system, a 16-bay secure NAS system that integrates Enova's X-Wall MX-256 and X-Wall MX-256C crypto modules. The array is hardware encrypted by the X-Wall MX crypto module. Because the keys and credentials aren't permanently stored inside the SecureNAS T1, loss of the entire system or disk drive array presents no threat to all confidential data. The keys are delivered through a remote key server that runs on an administrator’s computer.

QNAP adds Mac OS X Lion support to NAS

QNAP Systems Inc. added the V3.5 NAS management software for its Turbo NAS series, providing compatibility with Apple’s Mac OS X Lion operating system, as well as LDAP, antivirus and syslog server support. Firmware 3.5 also includes a service binding feature and enhanced MyCloudNAS service.

Black Sky Computing launches HPC storage

Black Sky Computing Inc. unveiled its new Apollo enterprise storage system for high-performance computing (HPC), packing 180 TB in a 4U chassis. The system can be expanded to support a single file system of more than 2 PB with no degradation in performance. The Black Sky storage system can work with HPC data sets up to 80 Gbps, includes two mother boards, and supports RAID 1 and RAID 6.

NetEx gives free WAN optimization software to CA customers

NetEx is offering free WAN optimization software for users of CA ARCserve Backup and CA ARCserve D2D to accelerate data replication over WANs. Until next July, NetEx will give CA ARCserve Backup and CA ARCserve D2D customers free one-year subscriptions of its 2 Mbps HyperIP WAN Optimization virtual appliance.

Texas Memory Systems delivers 1,000,000 IOPS

Texas Memory Systems Inc. claims its RamSan-70 450 GB PCIe card can execute 1 million random read IOPS in 512-byte sectors with one server. Using the more common 4K sector size, the RamSan-70 performs 600,000 read IOPS and sustains 700 MBps and 175,000 IOPS.

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