Storage roundup

A round up of storage news this week.

Advanced Digital Information has expanded the capacity of its Pathlight VX disk-to-tape backup that increases its performance to 2.0Tbytes/hour (increase of 67%), adds features to increase flexibility in how data is stored on disc and written to tape, offers extended RAS capabilities, and integrates EMC Clariion storage into the product. There is a new 3.8Tbytes entry point ­- less than half the capacity of the original 10Tbytes model; maximum disc-based storage capacity is up from 40Tbytes to 46.8Tbytes.

CreekPath Systems announced a global resale and services agreement with IBM Global Services. It provides the CreekPath Suite as part of IBM's storage software portfolio to customers from the small and medium-sized enterprise market to the Fortune 500.

EMC expanded the capabilities of EMC Centera content addressed storage (CAS) with new functionality that allows customers to securely archive virtually any data type from any application running on any open platform. EMC claimed that Centera Universal Access Version 2.1 now natively provides support for NFS including IBM iSeries via Integrated File System (IFS) using NFS, CIFS, FTP and HTTP.

Hewlett-Packard HP StorageWorks EVA 3000 and EVA 5000 with FATA drives: EVA 3000 and 5000 disc arrays are now available with Fibre Attached Technology Adapted (FATA) hard drives, which provide a lower-cost alternative for reliable data storage and data recovery. HP will offer the EVA 3000 as an integrated, entry-level, 2Tbytes product that ships with eight 250Gbytes FATA drives, with a list price of £23,199 ($42,959). Individual FATA drives, which start at £945, can be added to the basic EVA 5000 set-up.

HP StorageWorks NAS 1500s: the latest HP NAS offering features multi-protocol file sharing and print serving, and comes pre-installed with the Windows Storage Server 2003 operating system and HP management tools. The entry-level SME or branch office product starts at £1,935. HP OpenView Storage Area Manager (SAM) 3.2: now features a standards-based interface to manage storage devices supporting the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S).

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) officials admitted that two removable data storage devices containing classified information are missing. This news marks yet another security breach at the lab, which has already experienced multiple incidents in the past year, including the loss of discs of classified information from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Division. It means nuclear weapons secrets are at risk. A new strategy for storing removable media could result from a meeting between representatives from LANL and top brass from the University of California.

As of 15 July 2004 LANL could not account for an estimated 20 pieces of  Classified Removable Electronic Media (CREM). Apparently there were more than 30 CREM in one container with only one bar code. In 2002, LANL's management contractor, the University of California, changed its procedures requiring each piece of classified computer media to have its own bar code. LANL officials apparently found about 15 of the discs, but cannot find the remaining discs -­ approximately 20. Employees with access to these discs have been ordered to look for them at home.

MacArthur Stroud International announced a study of the pan-European storage market and revealed the storage software market will hold on to its top spot and nearly reach the €4bn mark in 2004, subsequently growing at an impressive 26% per annum until 2007. As a result, services opportunities are also growing.

NovaStor has released the newest version of NovaNET, version 9, with support for Oracle Database servers. The company said it provides users of Oracle databases with a cost effective, high performance product for complete 24x7 data protection with both tape and disc-based backup.

NSI Software announced it has approved its Double-Take data replication software product for use with any iSCSI storage device. The testing process combined Double-Take with iSCSI host bus adapters and devices from several leading iSCSI storage suppliers.

SANBlaze Technology introduced the VirtuaLUN, a fibre channel target emulation system. The company claimed that SANBlaze VirtuaLUN system delivers a cost-effective approach to fibre channel device development and testing. The VirtuaLUN emulates fibre channel disc drives for read/write performance testing environments, with no initiator side software changes required.

Creative Technology announced it has chosen Seagate Technology as the supplier of disc drive storage technology for its new portable audio product lines, starting with Seagate's new ST1 Series 1in hard drive.

Seagate announced a $33m (£17.8m) fourth quarter loss.

Storcase Technology announced that "a new generation of high-density storage has arrived -- the InfoStation 10-bay is the first SCSI Ultra320 enclosure available in the market to support 2.5in small form factor drives"such as Seagate's Savvio range.

Chris Mellor writes for Techworld.com


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This was first published in July 2004

 

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