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Union Solutions adopts Caringo’s object-based storage for cloud storage

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief

Union Solutions builds cloud storage platform on Caringo’s object-based storage

Surrey-based infrastructure provider Union Solutions has chosen Caringo’s object-based storage platform for its new cloud storage service.

Union Solutions decided to leverage existing processing, storage and backup infrastructure at two data centres in the south east to provide a cloud storage service. The firm evaluated various cloud storage products and chose the Caringo object-based storage platform because of its software-only approach.

Rick Russ, director of Union Solutions, said, “The Caringo approach utilises any size or type of hard drives and any x86 server hardware. This, paired with its automated management, self-healing, self-optimisation and instant provisioning functionality, significantly reduces our management effort, letting us focus on our customers instead of our infrastructure.”

Caringo builds object-based storage out of x86 servers and white-box disk arrays and relies on almost-constant replication between drives to optimise file locations.

Union Solutions has also become a Caringo reseller.

Crossroads ships LTFS box

Crossroads Systems will begin shipping its disk- and tape-based archiving product, StongBox, in December. Crossroads claims that StrongBox is the first enterprise-level archive solution that leverages the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) as its storage medium. It incorporates disk for fast file storage and retrieval, as well as physical tape for cost-effective, reliable and long-term storage. The StrongBox presents as a standard NAS target with the ability to mount CIFS/NFS shares.

Infortrend adds tiering and QLogic hardware

Array maker Infortrend has announced the availability of automated storage tiering on its midrange ESVA storage family. Tiering between different storage media, including SSD, will enable users to flexibly assign applications to four available tiers distinguished by different drive types and RAID levels. Data is migrated between tiers based on data usage patterns and user-configured policies at the subvolume level. Infortrend has also announced it now offers optional product bundles featuring storage solutions combined with host bus adapters (HBAs) and switches from QLogic.

NetApp customer win

NetApp has announced a customer win at outdoor clothing maker Jack Wolfskin’s European distribution centre in Hamburg, Germany. Jack Wolfskin is expanding strongly in Europe and Asia and runs uninterrupted 24/7 operations with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server. The NetApp deployment comprises NetApp FAS3200- and FAS2000-series systems with redundant storage controllers, clustering and site failover. Snapshot and backup-to-disk features have reduced backup times from hours to minutes.

NovaStor’s NAS backup

Germany-based NovaStor has released the latest version of its NovaBackup SMB product line for workstations, servers and virtual machines. Version 12.5 offers enhanced backup of data to password-protected NAS devices. NovaBackup 12.5 registers automatically at the selected NAS directory and carries out backups as scheduled.

Storage Fusion launches Enterprise Edition

Storage Fusion has announced the newest release of its Storage Resource Analysis (SRA) service, SRA Enterprise Edition. The product is delivered via a Software as a Service model and allows customers to gain a detailed picture of storage infrastructures. SRA Enterprise Edition offers enterprises five key dashboards that summarise capacity, configuration, performance tiering, environmentals (power and heat), and virtualisation and thin provisioning metrics. 

Virtual Instruments launches testing switch

SAN testing hardware vendor Virtual Instruments has announced the availability of its SANInsight 8GFC Rover. The device is an enterprise-grade physical-layer switch that supports 2, 4 and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel networks. It was developed in collaboration with Onpath Technologies and allows businesses to perform real-time monitoring of their Fibre Channel environments.


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