Pillar ships 1 TB drives
Pillar Data Systems announced the availability of 1 terabyte (TB) SATA drives for its Pillar Axiom storage system. The new drives push the Axiom's overall usable capacity to 760 TB. Network Appliance (NetApp), EMC, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Overland Storage, Pillar, BlueArc, Isilon, Dot Hill, Xyratex and Xiotech have all told SearchStorage.com that they plan to incorporate the drives when they become available. ONStor has also recently announced that it will support 1 TB drives later this year. NetApp and HP have indicated they will support 1 TB drives in the first calendar quarter of 2008. Dynamic Network Factory (DNF) announced that it added 1 TB SATA drive support to its Enterprise F12-HA RAID subsystems in September.
IBM and VMware announced that IBM's SAN Volume Controller (SVC) is the first storage virtualization product to be fully certified with VMware as part of its new storage virtualization certification program launched last week. SVC has recently been added to VMware's hardware compatibility list with support for Windows guest operating systems, QLogic host bus adapters (HBA) and VMFS. Prior to the certification program, SVC users have had to purchase a specialized version of ESX server from IBM through a separate request for quotation (RFQ) process, and this version doesn't support ESX clusters and other features of VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3).
In a separate announcement this week, IBM announced a new version of its GPFS software that features a new policy-based automation capabilities. The new version of the software acts like a search engine to identify and migrate files between different storage pools and feed high-speed business intelligence and scientific computers.
Google ups Premier mailbox limit to 25 GB
The inbox-sized arms race between Web-based email hosts continues. Google has announced that its Gmail inbox within its subscription Google Apps Premier Edition for enterprises has been extended from the previous limit of 10 GB to 25 GB.
NetApp announces NAS, StoreVault, A-SIS customers
NetApp announced that Roma Metropolitane, which manages Rome's public transportation systems, is using its FAS270 array. Teavana, a specialty tea reseller, has installed its StoreVault S500 low-end storage product and Polysius, which designs industrial equipment for the cement and mineral industries, has added its A-SIS data deduplication feature to an existing 3020 array.
Financial firm runs FalconStor CDP
FalconStor announced that Maxim Group, a New York-based investment banking, securities and investment management firm, has deployed disk-based backup using FalconStor's continuous data protection (CDP). The product is backing up data from customer-facing financial applications and has been used to centralize backup for remote offices.
German bank picks Brocade file virtualization
Brocade announced that Frankfurter Sparkasse 1822, a member of Sparkasse Finanzgruppe, one of the largest banking groups in Germany, is using its StorageX file virtualization product. StorageX is mirroring Windows NT4 access rights between two geographically separate data centers.
SpectraLogic offers free encryption
SpectraLogic announced that all of its tape libraries will ship with encryption based on LTO-4's native embedded encryption or its own AES-256 encryption. All the encryption on SpectraLogic's libraries can be managed through free key management software from partner BlueScale. SpectraLogic had already been offering free key management for LTO-4 but now will no longer charge for support.
Startups Parascale, StorMagic hit the storage scene
Two more new storage startups came out of stealth over the last week, both selling software to make storage systems out of commodity hardware. StorMagic focuses on the small and medium-sized (SMB) market with a product similar to iSCSI-SAN-on-a-memory-stick products from Open-E. At the other end of the spectrum, Parascale's software makes high-performance parallel file system grids using commodity Linux x86 server hardware.