Storage roundup: Fujifilm UK implements DataCore SAN, Symantec disaster recovery survey and more

Storage roundup: Fujifilm UK implements DataCore SAN; Symantec survey finds viruses and natural disasters most common DR spur; Mimosa NearPoint 4.0; and more.

Fujifilm UK implements DataCore SAN

Fujifilm UK has implemented dual DataCore SANmelody nodes on two Hewlett-Packard (HP) ProLiant ML370 G5 boxes with 12 146 Gb SAS disks on each machine to provide shared storage and disaster recovery (DR) provision over two sites.

The DataCore storage-area network (SAN) was implemented with reseller Vcentral. The two SANmelody servers act as identical mirrors in active mode -- one is located in a separate DR site five miles from the main data centre -- connected using a 10 Mb local-area network (LAN) Extension link. DataCore SANmelody supports four VMware servers and 12 virtual servers.

DataCore SANmelody is among a number of products that run on a Windows machine to create a SAN from commodity drives.

"We needed a dedicated SAN and virtualised servers that would accommodate our growth and transition us from the restrictions of disk space provided by direct-attached storage," said Manish Amriwala, network and desktop support team manager for Fujifilm UK.

Symantec survey finds viruses, natural disasters most common DR spur

A survey carried out by Symantec has found the threat of virus attacks (63%) and natural disasters (53%) were the most common causes for most businesses to implement disaster recovery (DR) plans. Symantec's fifth annual IT Disaster Recovery Survey also found that more than 40% of DR plans are now led by the chief information officer (CIO) or chief technology officer (CTO), with 44% watched over by the CEO through a DR committee. This represents a doubling in senior executive involvement from 2008. The survey also found that 35% of respondents test their DR plans once a year or less frequently, but that one in four tests fail.

New version of Mimosa Systems NearPoint

Mimosa Systems has announced NearPoint 4.0, the fourth major version of its archiving and e-discovery product. It includes new capabilities for e-discovery in very large enterprise deployments, as well as support for multiple data capture methods and unification of content types for users.

Overland Storage strikes deal with security firm

Overland Storage has inked a deal with physical security provider ADI Global Distribution to deliver Snap Server NAS products. The vendor has aimed its Snap Server product at users who want to store large amounts of digital images. The range can be networked with almost any IP camera and is especially suitable for use with Mobotix CCTV products, Overland Storage said.

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