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Quick Takes: Auspex controller handles StorageTek disks

Auspex Systems announced a reseller agreement authorizing StorageTek Canada to market the Auspex NSc3000 Network Storage Controller in conjunction with StorageTek disk products.

Auspex serves up files for StorageTek SAN/NAS

Auspex Systems Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., announced a reseller agreement authorizing StorageTek Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Storage Technology Corp., Louisville, Colo., to market the Auspex NSc3000 Network Storage Controller in conjunction with StorageTek disk products. The agreement equips StorageTek Canada with a file-serving platform for its D-Series disk storage subsystems for storage area networks (SANs). The agreement follows the joint certification of the NSc3000 with the StorageTek D-Series, announced by Auspex and StorageTek in October. The certification guarantees the functionality, stability, interoperability and fault tolerance of the Auspex platform when used with StorageTek's D-Series solutions. The Auspex NSc3000 is a universal SAN/NAS gateway. It stores files on SAN disks and serves files directly from the SAN, utilizing NAS protocols.

Auspex Systems Inc.

Storage Technology Corp.

Arkeia goes modular with disaster recovery

Network backup specialist Arkeia Corp., Carlsbad, Calif., has released a disaster recovery module for automatic restoration of lost data. The module serves as an add-on to Arkeia's enterprise backup solution Version 5 and offers re-creation of Linux clients or backup servers. The module rebuilds a backed-up client or the Arkeia Backup Server from scratch with a bootable CD. For disaster recovery of the Arkeia Backup Server, the process is similar except that low-level information and the backup catalog will be retrieved directly from a tape, according to the company. System level backup, integrated into Arkeia v5, combined can restore a client or backup server from tape. Pricing starts at $79 for protection of a Linux client and $490 for the Backup Server. The demo version of Arkeia's Disaster Recovery plug-in is available as a beta for download from Arkeia's website.

Arkeia Corp.

Breakthrough connects Fibre Channel and SCSI

Breakthrough Systems Inc., Lafayette, Colo., a SCSI interface developer has made its Fibre Channel SCSI-3 Target Firmware (FC-STF) available for the QLogic FibreFAS family of FC controllers. The software provides storage manufacturers using QLogic's FibreFAS440 and FibreFAS490 controllers with production-level software that accelerates the development of front-end communications functions and reduces time-to-market of disk and tape products, Breakthrough said. FC-STF offers off-the-shelf interface and protocol functionality with the flexibility of a semi-custom product OEMs need for their specific device requirements. The firmware also provides pre-tested conformance to Fibre Channel and SCSI-3 standards.

Breakthrough Systems Inc.

A host of InfiniBand systems

InfiniCon Systems Inc., King of Prussia, Penn., a company that makes shared I/O and switching products for server networks, announced the InfiniServ 7000 a host environment that provides enterprise servers with 10Gbps connectivity to InfiniBand switched fabrics, or existing Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks through shared I/O systems. According to InfiniCon, the InfiniServ 7000 offering includes a dual-ported 4x InfiniBand Host Channel Adapter (HCA) that supports both PCI and PCI-X servers, and the complete software environment. The InfiniServ 7000 HCA was developed jointly with Mellanox Corp. a provider of InfiniBand silicon. Each InfiniServ 7000 supports dual, InfiniBand 4x ports, and includes support for existing 1x (2.5Gbps) connections. Beta versions of the module are available now, with general availability expected in December.

LSI Logic Corp.

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Dig Deeper on Solid-state storage

Fibre Channel HBA products require serious purchase consideration An HBA provides an interface that interconnects servers, switches and storage devices on the fabric. Servers typically employ HBA cards that are inserted into PCI-X or PCIe motherboard expansion slots. The expansion card approach offers a modicum of expandability and a simplified upgrade path. That is, HBAs can be upgraded when a card with faster ports and better features becomes available. HBAs may support one, two or four ports using copper or optical fiber connectors. However, the selection of an HBA goes far beyond its installation and physical connectivity. Today's HBAs support vastly improved intelligence and data handling capabilities, often implementing proprietary techniques to improve data streaming or use alternate channels to maintain optimum data accessibility. This chapter covers the specific considerations for Fibre Channel HBAs, and helps you with product comparisons between vendors.

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