Weekly compilation of storage news: EMC to announce major refresh plus more

EMC will use the RSA Security Conference next week to kick off a major refresh of its storage products and announce new integration with IP from last year's acquisitions.

EMC to refresh Symmetrix, Clariion at RSA show
According to internal EMC Corp. documents obtained by SearchStorage as well as information from industry insiders, EMC is set to announce major updates to both its Symmetrix and Clariion product lines next Tuesday, as well as some new integration between its storage and IP from last year's acquisitions of RSA Security Inc. and Kashya Inc. as part of the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.

On the Symmetrix front, EMC will be announcing a platform it calls Engenuity 5772, which will use IP acquired with RSA to prevent unauthorized service actions via Symmetrix Service Credential and create an audit trail of who has accessed the array.

EMC will also be introducing EMC Certified Data Erasure software for failed Symmetrix disks; tiered storage optimization through cache partitioning; and a QoS throughput feature it calls Symmetrix Priority Controls, similar to a QoS update made to Clariion last year. The announcement will also make RAID 6 and 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) support officially available on the Symmetrix.

EMC is also planning to announce new disaster recovery software targeted at mainframe customers using Symmetrix called the EMC Geographically Dispersed Disaster Restart (GDDR).

EMC is also planning to announce a new entry-level Clariion model, the CX3-10, which will be half the size of the previous lowest-end Clariion, the CX3-20 with 2 gigabytes of cache; FC and iSCSI capabilities; space for up to 60 disks, up to 512 LUNs, and up to 64 high-availability hosts; as well as the ability to mix Fibre Channel and SATA disks. The announcement will also include new RecoverPoint asynchronous replication software for Clariion. The new software will also include a new bandwidth reduction option. RecoverPoint is the new EMC brand name given to Kashya products.

Pillar to add 'sleepy drives'
Pillar Data Systems Inc. said this week that the company will be adding "sleepy" drives to its Axiom arrays in the second half of this year. What Pillar is calling "sleepy drives" are SATA disks that will spin down in order to save power. This is in contrast to massive array of idle disks (MAID) products, such as those from Copan Systems, which shut the drives totally off. However, Pillar spokesman Russ Kennedy said the "sleepy drives" will continue spinning at a lower rpm. In Pillar's view, powering drives up and down completely hurts the long-term durability of the drive, he said. The company is waiting for the drives to become available from manufacturers, and Kennedy indicated an announcement would be forthcoming in the second half of this year.

Mimosa adds mobile support
Mimosa Systems Inc. announced expanded platform coverage for Mimosa NearPoint for Microsoft Exchange Server to include support for handheld messaging devices, including RIM BlackBerry, Windows Mobile 5.0 and Palm operating systems products.

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Also, users of the Apple Macintosh platform can now access their Mimosa archive from within native and third-party mail and Internet browsers. Mimosa email archive access is supported from Entourage, Safari, Thunderbird, Firefox and Opera Web browsers. The new Mimosa NearPoint cross-platform support is available now in Version 2.1 of Mimosa NearPoint for Exchange.

MonoSphere introduces Version 3.0
Capacity management software startup MonoSphere Inc. introduced Version 3.0 of its Storage Horizon product, which will now track actual storage utilization as opposed to allocation within storage arrays and report on the information based on application. New features include the following: data collection and reporting from storage arrays; automated supply-to-demand mapping of storage array logical devices to host volumes; automated association of usage and usage forecasts to storage arrays; automated, storage array-based capacity plan generation; 20 template-based analytical reports, in addition to more than 500 custom reports; and alerts for potential "trouble spots" and over-provisioned areas. The product currently supports EMC Symmetrix arrays and Network Appliance (NetApp) storage running Version 7.0 of the OnTap operating systems. Support for more arrays, including EMC's Clariion, Hewlett-Packard's (HP) EVA. Hitachi Data Systems' TagmaStore will be added in future dot releases, the company said

Index Engines announces e-discovery platform
Index Engines Inc. announced the Enterprise Discovery Platform, a search and restoration appliance capable of retrieving content directly from backup/archive tapes without the need to first restore the data back to disk. Index Engines has had tape search capability in previous products, but previous releases generated a tape catalog number for manual retrieval of data from tape. This release also adds extraction of metadata, meaning metadata and file contents can be exported to document management systems for further review, analysis and deduplication within search results. The Index Engines Enterprise Discovery Platform is currently available with prices starting at $50,000 for a package that scales to support a 4 million file network.

Spectra Logic ships 1,000th library, adds LTO-4 support
Spectra Logic Corp. announced that it has shipped its 1,000th Spectra T50 LTO tape library. The Spectra T50 is configured with up to four LTO drives and 50 media slots in 4U. The small and midsized business or remote location library is available in LTO-2 and LTO-3 configurations. T50 customers can opt to prepurchase LTO-4 drives from Spectra Logic now and upgrade the library when LTO-4 begins shipping from manufacturers midyear.

Backup service providers choose Asigra
Asigra Inc. announced several new customers among managed backup service providers, including CoreVault, AllConnected, More Group, Diversified Disaster Recovery Services, Horry Telephone Cooperative and Data Storage Corp. Those customers join HP Business Continuity Services, Bell Canada Business Solutions, AmeriVault, DS3 DataVaulting, VaultLogix, Terian, NetMass, NetStandard and others as Asigra users.

Defense agency picks Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Inc. announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency has selected Iron Mountain to provide offsite tape vaulting services for 19 of its locations.

Chelsio updates Linux iSCSI target
Chelsio Communications Inc., a maker of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and iSCSI acceleration adapters and ASIC solutions, today announced its Version 3.0 of its iSCSI Target software, which can turn any Linux partition into an iSCSI target. The company says that Version 3.0 more than doubles throughput performance over Chelsio's previous iSCSI Target 2.0 software release. The target is priced at $495 per instance.

Chinese Academy of Sciences to push FalconStor for disaster recovery
The Computer Network Information Center (CNIC), Chinese Academy of Sciences and FalconStor Software Inc. announced plans to provide FalconStor's PrimeVault data protection services throughout China. As the first step toward this goal, the two parties are entering into a joint research and development partnership to establish a CNIC/FalconStor laboratory to develop data protection and remote disaster recovery services for the Chinese government and enterprises.

Imation, Hi-Stor partner on storage monitoring
Removable storage maker Imation Corp. and storage system consulting and software development company Hi-Stor Technologies announced an agreement to sell Hi-Stor's StorSentry monitoring software to Imation's end-user customers, as well as channel partners in the U.S.

IBM partners with 3PAR, LeftHand
3PARdata Inc. announced that its InServ Storage Server will now support IBM High-Availability Cluster Multiprocessing for AIX (HACMP). HACMP provides monitoring, failure detection and automated recovery of applications on IBM AIX servers. Users of the product can now use 3PAR's storage services software to back up data from the HACMP environment, including 3PAR's replication, thin provisioning, virtual copy and thin copy snapshots.

Separately, LeftHand Networks Inc. announced its SAN/iQ IP SAN software can now run on IBM System x3650 servers. The licensing agreement between the two companies is a meet-in-the-channel deal, according to LeftHand.

IBM still does not have an official entry-level IP SAN partner since discontinuing its Adaptec low-end SAN offerings in favor of new Fibre Channel/SAS products from LSI Logic. 3PAR, which has offered iSCSI connectivity as an option on its InServ boxes since August, has a close relationship with IBM, as an IBM Advanced Business Partner and an advanced level member of the IBM PartnerWorld developer program, but most of its current offerings are not priced at the entry level.

Diligent reports growth
Diligent Technologies Corp. said that since it became generally available in January 2006, its ProtecTier deduping VTL product has seen 250% sales growth over the last year. In the fourth quarter alone, Diligent said, customers purchased more than 3 petabytes of physical storage in association with ProtecTier systems.

Panasas earns patent
Clustered storage maker Panasas Inc. announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the company a new patent for its file system check/recovery mechanism. Panasas was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,155,464 for "recovering and checking large file systems in an object-based data storage system."

EqualLogic appoints execs
EqualLogic Inc. announced the appointments of Richard S. Haak Jr. as chief financial officer and Raymond F. DeMeo as vice president of sales in the Asia-Pacific region. The hires are "a necessary step … to build out our financial team to support the sales growth we are experiencing" and do not necessarily mean an initial public offering is getting closer, a company spokesperson told SearchStorage.com in an email.

DataCore certified on Virtual Iron
Virtual Iron Software Inc. announced that DataCore Software Corp.'s SANmelody virtualization storage software is now certified for use with Virtual Iron's virtual infrastructure management platform supporting Windows and Linux virtual servers.

NetApp supports Storage Foundation 5.0
NetApp announced an agreement with the Symantec Corp. Technology Enabled Program (STEP) to qualify NetApp SAN storage systems with Veritas Storage Foundation from Symantec, which was released Jan. 19.

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