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Toyota GB gets EMC Clariions to support VDI project; and more news

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief

Clariion VDI support for Toyota GB

Vblock consultancy MTI has announced it will implement the integrated Cisco, EMC, VMware network/storage/server stack for Toyota GB to provide virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for the car company’s user estate in the UK.

The MTI solution will see existing PCs replaced with a centralised VDI to provide users with a personalised view of their desktop over existing LANs. MTI will also deploy two additional EMC SANs to underpin the VDI solution.

Toyota GB commissioned the virtual desktop project to enable comprehensive remote access for all users and to reduce the cost of PC support and reliance on leased PC hardware.

Mark Saunders, enterprise IT solutions manager at Toyota GB, said, "The VDI solution that MTI designed more than meets our requirements, but importantly the quality of its project team means we will have the full documentation and knowledge transfer to enable our own IT personnel to manage and maintain the solution once the rollout is complete."

Arsenal win with Buffalo

Buffalo Technology has been selected by Arsenal FC to supply a full storage solution at the club’s Hertfordshire training ground.

Arsenal FC had faced an increasing need for a storage infrastructure that could keep player information and analysis data protected. After investigating a range of storage solutions, Arsenal installed two of Buffalo’s TeraStation ES network-attached storage (NAS) devices.

In addition to the two NAS devices, Arsenal purchased eight MiniStation hard drives with hardware encryption to be used by the football analysis team, medical staff and coaches.

Sean O’Connor, facilities manager at the Arsenal Training Ground, said, “My job is not to manage IT, so I really needed a solution that just worked; the TeraStation was easy to set up and configure and was up and running immediately. Hardware encryption means that confidential information is fully protected by personal passwords.”

Manufacturer opts for SecurStore cloud backup

Measurement instruments manufacturer Pulsar Process Management has implemented a cloud backup service from SecurStore. The company has a 50-strong workforce located throughout the world as well as global partners that help support the distribution of its products.

The geographical dispersion of the company across global sites meant Pulsar’s existing data infrastructure was no longer adequate. Prior to the rollout of SecurStore’s service, Pulsar’s data was kept on external hard disks that were placed in a fireproof site overnight -- a method considered inadequate should a major disaster occur.

After evaluating a number of vendors, Pulsar opted to implement SecurStore’s Backup Lifecycle Management (BLM) service, which delivers a flexible, secure backup and fast recovery service with 24/7 support. Data is compressed and deduplicated to ensure the cost incurred is kept to a minimum, and BLM automatically moves data between storage tiers to ensure the most cost-effective solution is used.

Keith Clethero, IT system administrator, said, “Our data is encrypted and securely stored off-site in the event of a major disaster befalling our premises. We back up across our network so it is easy to add additional machines to the backup if required. Restoring files is straightforward, and should we ever have to do a major restore, we have excellent technical support on hand.”

DataCore releases SANsymphony-V

DataCore Software has announced the availability of the latest version of its storage virtualisation software products, SANsymphony-V, which is aimed at virtual server infrastructures. SANsymphony-V allows data centres to repurpose existing server equipment to create shared storage. The new version of the software aims to avoid the many performance problems caused by I/O bottlenecks prevalent in virtual server environments. The product uses adaptive caching and performance boosting techniques to absorb variable workloads while removing storage as a single point of failure.

Druva upgrades laptop backup product

Indian backup product vendor Druva has announced Druva inSync 4.1 Enterprise, an application that claims near-instantaneous automated laptop backups. The product also claims one-click restores of any file or backup volume and 100 percent accuracy in data deduplication for backups and restores. inSync Enterprise runs on a dedicated server and scales to terabytes of enterprise data.

HDS reorganises in Europe

Hitachi Data Systems has appointed Bob Plumridge to the newly created role of EMEA chief technology officer. The new position will enable HDS to provide key clients and partners with technical advice and consultancy. Plumridge was formerly director of technical marketing at HDS. HDS has also promoted Johannes Kunz to the role of vice president of EMEA channels and solutions. Kunz was formerly vice president, marketing and business development, EMEA. Both moves have taken place as part of a wider organisational restructuring within HDS’ EMEA business.

OS Nexus releases cloud/virtualised storage software

OS Nexus has released its QuantaStor storage virtualisation appliance software, which allows users to create a SAN or NAS shared storage from commodity server hardware. The company said creation of a public or private storage cloud can be done with just a few clicks and can be managed via the Web-based management interface, QuantaStor Manager. QuantaStor’s operating system also allows multi-tenancy block storage and enables administrators to delegate tasks to end users.

Sepaton upgrades data protection software

Disk-based data protection platform vendor Sepaton has unveiled version 6.0 of the software that drives its new S2100-ES2 Series 1910/2910 system. With performance of up to 1,500 Mbps per node, the S2100 more than doubles the performance of previous models and offers increased scalability, multi-protocol support and data deduplication. The new platform uses Hitachi Data Systems AMS 2100 disk arrays and claims 99.999 percent data availability and a variety of high-reliability enhancements.

Tandberg releases tape-alternative disk product

Tandberg Data has announced the Tandberg Data RDX QuikStation, a network-attached, removable disk library. The RDX QuikStation consists of eight integrated RDX docks that provide up to 8 TB of online capacity when fully populated with Tandberg Data 1 TB RDX disk cartridges, plus unlimited offline capacity. The RDX QuikStation is aimed at providing an offsite disaster recovery alternative to tape for SMB users and comes in a multi-cartridge 2U configuration.

Texas Memory Systems goes 8 Gbps Fibre Channel

Enterprise solid-state storage maker Texas Memory Systems has upgraded its RamSan-630 flash storage system with the availability of the FC-381 8 Gbps Fibre Channel interface. This interface doubles the bandwidth previously available to FC RamSan-630 users. The product is interoperable with all major Fibre Channel HBAs, switches and virtualisation devices. It also supports LUN masking and SNMP Web-based unit management.


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