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Linksys, Gateway debut consumer NAS
Cisco's consumer networking subsidiary Linksys has launched its first line of small business network attached storage (NAS) systems. The new line includes the Advanced Gigabit Network Storage System Chassis (NSS) 6000, 6100, 4000 and 4100 models. The 6000 and 4000 models are gateways, while the 6100 and 4100 offer 1 terabyte (TB) of RAID-5 SATA storage. The 6100 model includes virtualization capabilities and can support up to 75 simultaneous users, while the 4100 does not run the virtualization software and supports up to 15 simultaneous users. The NSS6000 is priced at $1399.99; the NSS6100 at $2499.99; the NSS4000 at $999.99; and the NSS4100 at $1999.99.

Meanwhile, PC maker Gateway announced five new NAS devices based on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 and a choice of Intel Xeon processors or Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Opteron processors. The new models, which also offer a choice of SAS or SATA disk, can be managed centrally through Web-based management for Windows 2003 Storage Server, Gateway Systems Manager or Gateway Lights Out (GLO) system management. GLO allows a server to be remotely shut down, restarted and managed, regardless of its power condition. The new storage servers are available now with prices starting at $2,549.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS:
Storage switch startup burns out, turns to security

HP announces iSCSI VTL for SMBs

HP splashes out on PolyServe acquisition

Sun scraps 6920 array, offloads support to HDS

Backup vendors refresh open source products

ISPs fear SAFETY Act retention requirements

College slashes storage costs with Google Gmail

Also announced during a busy week for small and midsized business (SMB) and small office/home office (SOHO) storage were: a new Windows 2003 protection and monitoring software package coupled with centralized storage from Fujitsu Siemens Computers called the x10sure; a NAS design toolkit from Wasabi Systems and AMD; a new line of 1U high-availability switches, the K-3 Series, being marketed by Dataprobe for SMB disaster recovery; and a disk-imaging system from FarStone Technology.

BlueArc boosts clustered NAS
BlueArc announced enhancements to its Titan 2000 line of NAS systems, including expanded clustering capabilities through four nodes, a new Titan blade module for Windows server consolidation and read cache within Titan NAS heads. The new clusters will also be marketed by Hitachi (HDS) under an OEM agreement announced by the two companies in December.

Word also has it that HDS and BlueArc are gearing up to introduce a continuous data protection (CDP) product in the next few weeks. BlueArc currently offers snapshots at up to one second intervals. Sources said the two companies are looking to develop true CDP under the HDS label.

Swiss bank picks NetApp
Network Appliance (NetApp) announced that InCore Transaction Bank of Switzerland has deployed a NetApp FAS3000 system for its transaction platform, Legando, and other critical applications. The bank also uses NetApp MetroCluster data protection software to replicate data synchronously between remote sites. The FAS3000 array is being used for Fibre Channel IP and NAS by the bank, according to a NetApp press release.

Integrated Systems picks Decru
Decru announced that Integrated Systems (ISCorp), an applications and data processing service provider for the financial, healthcare and education markets, has selected Decru DataFort Fibre Channel series encryption appliances. The appliances are being used by ISCorp to encrypt data both on its primary storage area network (SAN) and tape backups.

QSGI reports nibbles for data erasure service
QSGI announced that it has received its first order for the company's new client-site audit and data erasure process, which audits and erases drives in storage arrays from IBM, EMC, HP, HDS, Dell and Sun. The new customer was not named, but "is one of the world's top technology process outsourcing companies," according to a QSGI release.

Sony announces AIT customers
Sony announced that Knowledge Anywhere, a Washington-based e-learning company, replaced backup to DLT drives on 14 servers with Sony's AIT autoloader 19 months ago, and also recently upgraded its backup to include the new AIT-5 LIB-81 1U autoloader for a boost in capacity.

Asigra backs up IBM iSeries-AS/400 environments
Asigra announced that its Televaulting software has been certified to support backup of legacy IBM AS/400 systems, now known as iSeries. Also supported are AIX and Linux environments, as well as hot backup of DB2 databases. The company said additional IBM platform interoperability is also planned.

Incipient scores fifth virtualization patent
Split-path virtualization startup Incipient Inc. announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved and issued it Patent 7,173,929, titled "Fast-path for performing data operations," on February 6, 2007. The newly awarded patent covers split-path architecture for performing block-level storage virtualization on high-availability switching fabrics.

Diligent claims 400 MBps
Diligent announced that it has reached sustained in-line deduplication throughput performance of 400 MBps in a customer data center with the introduction of its v1.2.2 release for its ProtecTIER virtual tape library (VTL). The customer's environment consists of ProtecTIER 1.2.2 connected to an HDS AMS 1000 and is using a mixed data set of database and file system data, the company said. The customer was not named in the release.


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