Supply-chain solutions provider BiP Solutions has moved from direct-attached storage (DAS) to NetApp filers and set up a disaster recovery (DR) site as part of a £335,000 virtualisation project that reduced the number of physical servers from 106 to seven.
The Glasgow-based firm, which employs 260 people, decided to uprate its DR provision following an ISO 270001 process that identified shortcomings in its ability to deal with a severe systems outage. "We had too many single points of failure in the production system and it would have taken us days to get back up and running," said Grant Smith, head of IT.
The implementation saw BiP opt for VMware ESX virtual servers at two locations in Glasgow with mirrored NetApp filers at each site: a 3140 at the primary site and a 2050 at the DR location. The project, which was completed in 12 weeks, was carried out by integrator B2net Scotland.
IBM SVC to support solid-state drives
IBM has announced that its SAN Volume Controller storage virtualisation device will now support solid-state drives (SSDs) and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, as well as tripling the maximum cache to 24 GB per engine, and support for disaster recovery configurations. SVC is a storage virtualisation system that enables a single point of control for storage resources, IBM and non-IBM. SAN Volume Controller 5.0 will be available from 6 November.
Sun adds Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array
Sun Microsystems has announced the new Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array. It features up to two terabytes of solid-state flash capacity, as well as 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write IOPS performance in a single rack unit. It's designed to accelerate Oracle and MySQL database workloads, and Sun claims it has achieved world-record performance of 12.8 gigabyte-per-second of I/O bandwidth from one array.
Barracuda Networks launches cloud storage market entrant
Barracuda Networks has announced the European launch of its Barracuda Backup Service, a local and cloud storage-based data backup and disaster recovery service for businesses of all sizes. The Barracuda Backup Service can back up data directly from nearly all operating systems, and comes with software to natively provide application backups of Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server and Windows System State. The Barracuda service maintains data offsite using secure data transfers to offsite data centres and provides policy management for data retention.
3PAR announces thin everything
3PAR has announced the introduction of several so-called thin technologies designed to reduce the up-front cost of a storage technology refresh by up to 60%. The new software products are: 3PAR Thin Conversion, 3PAR Thin Persistence, 3PAR Thin Copy Reclamation and 3PAR Thin Reclamation for Veritas Storage Foundation. The products are designed to boost capacity utilization and increase data centre efficiency, as well as support green IT initiatives.
Two new arrays from Infortrend
Infortrend has introduced two new Fibre Channel (FC) storage systems, the redundant-controller EonStor F16F-R4840 and the single-controller F16F-S4840, to its EonStor G6 Series product line. The two 3U/16-bay models featuring support for 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, and Fibre Channel and SATA drives. When the amount of data grows beyond the capacity of a single system, users can connect F16F systems with F16F-J4000-R or A16F-J2430-G expansion enclosures in installations of up to 112 drives.
Origin launches encrypted drives
Origin Storage has announced the launch of its 1 TB and 750 GB Data Locker drive, which is secured by AES hardware encryption and a 6-digit to 18-digit PIN number. The new capacities will be in addition to the 320 GB and 500 GB versions that are already available. Data Locker only allows the portable drive to mount an operating system when the correct PIN has been entered on the LCD keypad. You can also use the LCD screen to change the Data Locker PIN, dismount the drive, toggle the keytone on or off, or wipe the drive clean.
SNIA forms cloud group
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has announced the formation of the Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI). The CSI will coordinate and deliver education for the vendor and user, and perform market outreach to highlight the virtues of cloud storage. The CSI will complement the technical innovation and development from the SNIA Cloud Storage Technical Working Group (TWG) that has more than 140 members representing more than 50 commercial vendors, service providers and educational institutions. SNIA also announced the availability of the Conformance Testing Program (CTP) for the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.4.
DataCore announces SANmelody enhancements
DataCore Software has announced several enhancements to its SANmelody storage virtualisation product. The new features are aimed at small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and include the ability to replace storage arrays in the background, configure network paths between storage virtualisation nodes, prioritization of resynchronisation of mirrored disks and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support. DataCore's products enable users to make storage-area networks from commodity disk capacity.
Overland's new tape libraries
Overland Storage has announced the availability of the new NEO family of automated tape libraries. The devices are aimed at SMEs and distributed network environments and include the NEO 200S, a 2u model that provides up to 38.4 TB of capacity and the NEO 400S, an expandable library that puts up to 76.8 TB of capacity in a 4u form factor. The range includes Web-based remote management and diagnostics, removable cartridge magazines, an integrated barcode reader and encryption.
WhipTail Technologies enters UK market
Tier 0 solid-state drive appliance vendor WhipTail Technologies has opened a UK office in Surrey. The vendor has hired Douglas Williams to manage the new office. Williams has more than 26 years of experience in promoting and developing IT storage solutions and consultancy for start-up, private, public and vendor sector organisations. He has received the highest levels of training on all major NAS, SAN and storage applications. WhipTail's key product line is the Racerunner solid-state appliance.
Iron Mountain offers email archiving
Iron Mountain has announced the availability of its Total Email Management Suite, powered by Mimecast email archiving software. The service provides end-to-end control of email – including archiving, continuity, security and data leak prevention – hosted in Iron Mountain's secure data centres. In addition, Iron Mountain customers will now have the ability to seamlessly transfer their archived data to Iron Mountain subsidiary Stratify's Legal Discovery Service should they require ediscovery support.
NetVault:Backup Version 8.5 and NetVault:SmartDisk now available
BakBone Software has announced Version 8.5 of its NetVault:Backup product, as well as new disk-based backup and data deduplication options with the launch of NetVault:SmartDisk. NetVault:SmartDisk's disk-based backup and data deduplication features include byte-level, variable block-based data deduplication; encryption; integration with NetVault:Backup; and compatibility with third-party disk-based backup products, such as those from Data Domain.