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Quick takes: Storage is the 'buzz' at N+I

Storage was the official buzzword this week at Networld + Interop in Atlanta, Ga. This year's show provided the attendants with an information overload of new technologies, demonstrations, keynotes and even a World Wrestling Federation superstar. SearchStorage Assistant Editor Kevin Komiega walked the floor to find all the happening storage product news he could. Here's a wrap-up of what N+I had to offer on the storage front.

Legato unveils NetWorker 6.0

Mountain View-based Legato Systems, Inc., launched a new version of its data protection solution with Legato NetWorker 6.0, designed for e-business enterprises and Service Providers (SP). NetWorker 6.0's new feature set boosts its backup and restore performance and centralizes management. Also, NetWorker 6.0 scales in heterogeneous storage environments using direct-attached storage, Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Networks (SAN).

NetWorker 6.0 has also upped its protocol compliance and now supports the open standard Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP). It supports backup and restore of NAS servers to local or remotely attached tape libraries. Initially, Legato will support NAS servers from EMC and Network Appliance. Support for additional NAS servers will be added in the future. NetWorker 6.0 with NDMP support will also deliver live, serverless, LAN-free backup when using Legato Celestra Power agents.

NetWorker 6.0 also supports Windows NT and a wide variety of Unix operating systems including Sun Solaris, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, Compaq Tru64, IBM AIX, Silicon Graphics IRIX, and Sequent/IBM DYNIX. Legato continues to champion the technology of open, interoperable standards such as NDMP, Sun's JIRO initiative and the SNIA's Extended Copy protocol.

BakBone gives NetVault NDMP support

BakBone Software, Inc., San Diego, Calif., announced the release of the upgraded version of its NetVault storage management software, saying it will incorporate support for a wider range of computer platforms, including Windows 2000, NT 4.0, and 95/98, as well as a full complement of UNIX platforms (HP-UX, AIX, Compaq Tru64, SCO UnixWare 7, etc.), Novell NetWare and leading Linux platforms like RedHat 6.1.

Bakbone also announced that its NetVault storage management software is the first backup/restore software certified to run on Plasmon's new Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium automated tape libraries.

NetVault 6.03 will also feature full support for the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP), enabling enterprise-wide backup of network-attached storage devices (NAS) that support the industry-standard protocol.

Pricing for NetVault 6.03 will remain at current levels, with workgroup configurations beginning at $1,000 for Linux and Windows NT, and $3,725 for UNIX.

Storability offers 'pay-for-service' storage

Storability, Inc., Southborough, Mass., unveiled its family of remote management storage services. Offered on a pay-for-service basis, Storability's AssuredStorage services offer flexible capacity and around the clock remote management of the customer's storage infrastructure. Storability says that their blend of management and practices provides customers with the assurance that their data is safe, distinguishing them from the traditional SSP.

Storability can tailor the design and deployment of its service to meet the customer's specific storage needs, whether the customer-dedicated storage solution is delivered on-site, off-site, or both.

The services are available now with prices depending on the specified level of service characteristics.

Dot Hill introduces new SANnet

Dot Hill Systems Corp.announced the SANnet 3200 and 4200 series of storage systems. The SANnet 4200 series are Fibre Channel RAID storage systems with up to four Fibre Channel host connections that support single or multiple servers simultaneously. The SANnet 3200 series are Ultra LVD RAID storage systems with two LVD host connections.

The Carlsbad, Calif.-based company says that both models have high performance levels, with single controller sustained sequential reads of up to 142M-Bits/sec., and sustained sequential writes of up to 114M-Bits/sec. Dual redundant controllers provide burst transfer rates of up to 400M-Bits/sec. And burst transaction rates of 36,000 cached I/O's per second. Dot Hill's SANpath 3.0 management software performs load balancing to reduce I/O bottlenecks by equally distributing the workload among multiple data paths between the servers and the SANnet storage systems.

Dot Hill says that SANnet 3200 and 4200 series of storage systems are available now. Both systems are backward compatible with the SANnet 3100 and 4100 series, already in use. The new series supports UNIX, Linux, Windows 2000, and Windows NT.

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