UK storage roundup: Brocade, 3PAR, Bakbone product news

Storage roundup: Law firm deploys Brocade DCX Backbone switches; Equity trader uses Plan B DR; Service provider opts for 3PAR SAN; Bakbone launches Netvault: Archive -- and more

Law firm deploys Brocade DCX Backbone switches

Law firm Clifford Chance has deployed four Brocade DCX Backbone switches as part of a European-wide storage consolidation project on Hewlett-Packard hardware. The Brocade devices will link newly equipped data centres in the UK and Germany and let Clifford Chance manage assets from a single location while consolidating existing disparate storage systems.

The firm already had Brocade 24000 director switches, but this implementation consolidated the fabric onto devices of a higher port count and moved to the newer DCX switches. Another gain from the project was to move Clifford Chance's disaster recovery provision from the UK to Germany.

Equity trader uses Plan B DR

Financial services company Coller Capital has chosen Plan B DR, to provide a fully managed, virtualisation-based business continuity and recovery service. The service is based on the provision by Plan B DR of a snapshotting appliance that plugs into Coller's network and takes copies of system images and data which are run on virtualised servers at the DR site.

Service provider picks 3PAR SAN

London-based hosting provider Ultraspeed reports that it recently cut required storage capacity in half upon moving to 3PAR InServ F-Class Storage Servers. The deployment supports the service providers Diskless Storage cloud data centre offering and supercedes an infrastructure of NAS devices which was achieving low utilisation rates. Ultraspeed has more than doubled capacity utilisation and has cut overall capacity and power requirements in half as a result of the implementation and can now add capacity without disruption. 3PAR has also announced the introduction of several new software capabilities for its InServ Storage Servers aimed at cloud providers and enterprise data centres. These include Synchronous Long Distance Remote Copy, Persistent Cache, and RAID MP (Multi-Parity).

Bakbone launches Netvault: Archive

Bakbone Software unveiled NetVault: Archive at the SNW Europe trade show in Frankfurt last week. The company is billing the solution as one that will allow businesses to benefit from a tiered storage strategy that encompasses policy-based storage automation, search and e-discovery, policy-based storage automation and audit management in a single product. Bakbone Software also announced the availability of NetVault: Archive for SharePoint. Email archiving features are expected in 2010.

Tandberg offers 640GB disk cartridge

Also introduced at SNW Europe, Tandberg Data announced newly expanded RDX QuikStor cartridge capacity to include the 640GB RDX QuikStor cartridge. The RDX QuikStor is a disk-based removable storage system with portable cartridges, which is aimed at the SME market. Existing cartridge capacities include 80GB, 160GB, 320GB and 500GB.

16GB Fibre Channel a step closer

The Fibre Channel Industry Association said the ANSI INCITS T11 Committee has completed technical work on the FC-PI-5 for 16Gb/s Fibre Channel and voted to send the document out for letter ballot. This milestone marks the technical stability and completeness necessary for vendors to commit to silicon their upcoming designs based upon the FC-PI-5 standard.

Bell Micro to distribute Drobo

Data Robotics has announced a new distribution agreement with storage distributor Bell Micro. Under the terms of the agreement Bell Micro will distribute Data Robotics' DroboPro, Drobo, and DroboShare storage solutions in nine European countries including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. Data Robotics' key products are RAID-enabled storage subsystems aimed at SMEs and consumers.

Kroll launches Sharepoint archiving and degausser

Kroll Ontrack has launched Ontrack PowerControls, which provides IT administrators with the ability to search, locate, restore or consolidate Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites as well as individual documents stored on SharePoint sites. The product comes with a new, flexible licensing option and enhanced search, preview and restoration capabilities. The vendor has also released the Ontrack Eraser Degausser in the UK market. The Ontrack Eraser Degausser 3.0 generates a strong electromagnetic field to safely and securely destroy all traces of data contained on defunct or end-of-life magnetic media.

Veeam offers new version of VMWare tool

Veeam Software - a provider of systems management tools for VMware virtual data centre environments – has announced version 4 of Veeam Backup & Replication. Version 4 is the first to support new VMware vSphere 4 vStorage technology and also uses the VMware vStorage API, which provides support for thin-provisioned disks, enabling faster full backups and restores of virtual machines.

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