Clustered NAS from Sun supports solar imaging project; and other data storage news


Clustered NAS from Sun supports solar imaging project; and other data storage news

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief
Clustered NAS from Sun supports solar imaging project

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) used clustered NAS from Sun Microsystems when it needed storage for images of the sun it downloads from NASA at a rate of 1.5 TB every day. The university opted for a usable 98 TB of Sun Thumper NAS capacity running its ZFS file system to store image files that it processes on an Intel Nehalem-based Sun high-performance computing (HPC) cluster recently installed by integrator OCF.

The Sun clustered NAS hardware — which supports work carried out in collaboration with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory — was chosen after UCLan evaluated products from several storage vendors, said HPC manager Stephen Chapman. "We looked at several different vendors -- including IBM, Dell and HP -- but the Sun Thumper product with two JBODs attached and all running under ZFS provided a complete solution to our needs."

Chapman said the Dell iSCSI product failed to meet his needs on grounds of bandwidth, which he hopes to upgrade to InfiniBand at some stage. "We needed a single, large file system, which none of the other vendors could offer, and for which purpose ZFS fitted the bill perfectly," he added.

Currently, UCLan uses all SATA drives on the Sun array and is protecting its data with dual parity RAID 6.

Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 certified for Citrix XenServer

Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 has been verified as compatible with the Citrix XenServer server virtualization product. Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 provides centralised management tools for virtual server backup and recovery activities for XenServer. The software enables and automates backup and disaster recovery processes for an unlimited number of virtual machines on a physical server.

Atempo offers Novell data deduplication

Data protection and archiving product vendor Atempo has announced that Atempo Time Navigator has been certified on Novell OES 2 and offers data deduplication capabilities for Novell users. The software offers block-level data deduplication to local storage media, as well as to remote locations.

BakBone boosts channel programme . . .

Backup app provider BakBone Software has altered its Channel Advantage Programme to make it simpler for channel partners to position, market and sell BakBone solutions. Central to this is a new partner portal which offers a range of information and sales materials to equip resellers and distributors with tools to conduct business. The new portal is designed to be a one-stop centre for all sales, marketing and technical questions; it will also provide the resources channel partners need to be successful in the sales process.

. . . and so does BlueArc

Scalable NAS vendor BlueArc is launching its enhanced Partner Acceleration Programme in Europe to support its regional network of storage resellers. BlueArc's updated programme includes multitier programme alignment, a new Authorized Service Provider (ASP) certification programme, as well as new sales tools and resources to help valued channel partners increase profits and better meet customer needs.

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