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Quick Takes: Free tool measures storage costs

Northern debuts free tool that calculates storage costs; Dot Hill's SANnet II SCSI arrays get the nod from Microsoft; and Qualstar debuts 7T byte tape library.

Free tool measures storage costs

Northern Parklife Inc., Tampa, Fla., a developer of system administration software for Windows NT, 2000 and XP environments, announced the availability of Cost Wizard, a free tool that the company said can calculate an organization's storage costs. The Cost Wizard also estimates savings that can be realized from the implementation of an SRM solution that enforces specific storage management policies like filtering unwanted files and setting mail quotas. The Cost Wizard is a free utility available for download from the Northern website and can be used in conjunction with Northern's Quota Server software, or any competing quota management product, the company said. The Cost Wizard generates a report that includes general system information like disk capacity, free disk space and number of media files. It also indicates how much space can be reclaimed with disk quotas, specific filtering and select data removal.

Northern Parklife Inc.

Alacritech dips its toes in Big Blue's NAS systems

Alacritech Inc., San Jose, Calif., announced that IBM has picked the Alacritech 1000x1 Gigabit Ethernet Server and Storage Accelerator as a TCP/IP offload engine for IBM TotalStorage network-attached storage devices. The IBM TotalStorage NAS 200, 300 and 300G products running in conjunction with Alacritech accelerators are designed to offload network processing from host software to silicon to boost performance in servers, NAS and iSCSI (Internet SCSI) storage devices.

Alacritech Inc.

IBM Corp.

Dot Hill nets Microsoft certification for SCSI arrays

The SANnet II family of SCSI storage systems from Dot Hill Systems Corp., Carlsbad, Calif., has gotten the nod from Microsoft. Dot Hill announced that the SANnet II line now carries certification from the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) for all Windows 2000 platforms. The Microsoft certification ensures that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) produce hardware and software that interacts efficiently and optimally with Microsoft products. Microsoft's OEM certified products must pass the appropriate Hardware Compatibility Test (HCT). If successful, they are placed on Microsoft's Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). Storage devices must pass very rigorous tests to certify that they will operate with all native Windows drivers included in the Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server platforms. The SANnet II SCSI array provides an Ultra160 SCSI storage solution and is available as modular system or in optimized configurations.

Dot Hill Systems Corp.

Microsoft Corp.

Qualstar debuts 7T byte tape library

Qualstar Corp., a manufacturer of automated tape solutions for backup and archival storage, announced a new rackmount automated tape library featuring LTO technology. The new RLS-8236 is the latest model in the RLS Series of rackmount tape libraries and features more than 7T bytes of storage capacity with one or two LTO Generation 1 or LTO Generation 2 tape drives. The RLS-8236 holds up to 36 tapes in a 5U-high design. The data transfer rate of up to 432 G bytes/hour accelerates the backup and restore process, the company said. Qualstar's RLS family of rackmount libraries supports LTO, AIT and SDLT tape. The RLS-4445 rackmount library is available through the company's network of authorized resellers. Suggested retail pricing for the RLS-4445 begins at about $18,000.

Qulastar Corp.

Qualstar debuts 7T byte tape library

StorageTek virtual tape management system compatible with Inrange

Louisville, Colo.-based Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek), and Inrange Technologies Corp., Lumberton, N.J., have jointly announced certification of the StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager virtual tape management system with the Inrange IN-VSN 8200 series Channel Extender. StorageTek said when the VSM virtual tape management system is implemented in remote or off-site locations to enable data sharing or business continuance, the 8200 extends the VSM virtual tape management system solution across the enterprise for greater data availability. By implementing the 8200 in conjunction with VSM virtual tape management system, customers can reduce batch processing time, total cost of ownership and ongoing network costs, the company said.

Storage Technology Corp.

Inrange Technologies Corp.

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