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VMworld 2013 storage product launches cover arrays, flash and cloud

Quantum, Fusion-io, Nimble Storage and Brocade are among the vendors to launch storage products at VMworld 2013.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The VMworld 2013 conference is rife with storage product launches as vendors across all parts of the storage landscape are bringing out new or updated products to help manage storage with virtual machines and desktops.

Today's VMworld conference storage product launches

Quantum Corp. rolled out a new version of its Lattus object storage system in partnership with CommVault Systems Inc. Quantum Lattus-D is designed for converged backup and archive rather than long-term archiving. It consists of the same Lattus hardware and object storage from Amplidata that Quantum uses for its other Lattus systems, but has added support for CommVault's Simpana 10 software for archiving.

The Lattus object storage software can break files into pieces and spread them across hardware nodes that can be located anywhere. Simpana handles indexing for the archived data. Unlike Quantum's OEM deal with Amplidata, it does not resell or rebrand Simpana software. The vendors' channel partners integrate the systems by tying the Simpana software into the Lattus native REST application programming interface.

Mark Pastor, product marketing manager for Quantum archiving, said he expects Quantum to forge similar partnerships with other archiving software vendors. Lattus-D will be generally available in September, with list pricing starting at $325,000 for 216 terabytes of raw capacity. Pastor said the system can scale to petabytes.

Quantum previously launched Lattus-M with its StorNext file system for long-term archiving and Lattus-X for file archiving.

Storage arrays

Nimble Storage Inc. extended its SmartStack reference architecture with partners VMware Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. The SmartStack Business for Critical Applications reference architecture is designed for companies with up to 500 users running Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server. The reference architectures include Nimble CS2000 and CS4000 arrays, VMware vSphere 5.1 and Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers. Nimble launched its first SmartStack reference architecture for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) storage in November 2012.

Scale Computing said it is shipping a beta version of its Scribe object storage software for its HC3 hyper-converged storage system. Scale launched HC3 last year with integrated storage, compute and built-in KVM hypervisors. The new version of the system replaces the original file system with Scribe, which serves as a software layer with direct access to the hypervisor.

Storage software

Infinio Systems Inc. launched the public beta of its Infinio Accelerator software designed to improve the IOPS performance of network-attached storage (NAS) without adding solid-state drives or any other hardware. Infinio plans to make the software generally available by the end of the year at $499 per socket.

CloudByte Inc. said it has developed a VMware vCenter plug-in for its ElastiStor software that lets administrators provision, monitor and manage storage Quality of Service (QoS) for each virtual machine (VM) from the vCenter console. CloudByte's ZFS-based ElastiStor software provides storage QoS on an application basis.

Flash storage

Fusion-io Inc. rolled out Fusion ioVDI software to accelerate performance of virtual desktops running with the vendor's PCI Express flash cards. The new software is part of the Fusion ioTurbine software platform. Fusion ioVDI provides a write-through cache for persistent data coming from desktops and sends it to a NAS or SAN array, drastically reducing the number of writes going to shared storage. It also performs what Fusion-io calls transparent file sharing, which is inline file-level deduplication of desktop data on a server, which allows hundreds of virtual desktops to simultaneously access common files, therefore speeding boot times. The first version of ioVDI supports VMware Horizon View VDI software.

Storage networking

Emulex Corp. launched three new Fibre Channel (FC) adapters: the LPe16004 quad-port 16 GB per-second FC host bus adapter (HBA), the LPe15004 quad-port, low-profile 8 Gbps HBA, and the LPe16202 dual-port converged fabric adapter. The LPe16202 supports 16 Gbps FC, 10 Gigabit Ethernet or Fibre Channel over Ethernet. The LPe16004 is $3,010, the LPe15004 is priced at $2,450, and the LPe16202 is available for $1,399.

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Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and VMware are developing an analytics tool to send real-time performance and health metrics for Brocade FC switches to the VMware vCenter Operations Management suite of virtualization management software. The Brocade SAN Analytics management pack uses Brocade Fabric Vision technology to monitor, diagnose and help administrators manage SAN devices.

The Brocade SAN Analytics management pack product launch will be demonstrated at VMworld 2013, although it will not be available until 2014.

Cloud storage

Object storage vendor Cleversafe Inc. signed a deal to resell Panzura Inc.'s QuickSilver Cloud Storage Controller. Panzura has added support for Cleversafe's Dispersed Storage software. The combination allows customers to use Panzura controllers to store file data on private clouds built with Cleversafe object storage.

Disaster recovery

Hypervisor-based replication vendor Zerto launched Zerto Virtual Replication 3.0, adding a cloud management system and self-service portal for service providers. Zerto Cloud Manager gives cloud providers a single view of their customers to manage on-boarding, resources and service levels. The Zerto Self-Service Portal integrates into cloud providers' portals, allowing the providers' customers to view only their workloads and perform failover and disaster recovery testing without impacting other customers' applications. The new release also includes the ability to replicate inside one VMware vCenter instead of requiring a second vCenter at the remote office or data center, as well as replication to heterogeneous vSphere versions or a combination of vCloud and vCenter.

Silver Peak Inc. released its Global Management System 6.2, which integrates its Agility software for point-and-click movement of workloads with the VMware NSX virtual networking platform. Silver Peak launched its Agility software in 2012, allowing virtual admins to deploy WAN optimization without involving network admins. Agility lets virtual administrators provision and move individual workloads though plug-ins to virtualization management applications.

Backup software

VM backup specialist PHD Virtual upgraded its PHD Virtual Backup software, adding the ability to copy backup data offsite to the cloud or remove it for archiving. With PHD Virtual Backup 6.5, customers can select specific VM backups to copy or keep a copy of all backups in sync with a second location. PHD also launched Reliable DR 3.2, integrating its CertifiedReplica automatic failover and recovery verification with PHD Virtual Backup, and said it will support Microsoft Hyper-V in a Virtual Backup release expected by the end of 2013.

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