Storage roundup: Telco uses HP LeftHand for virtual server environment

Telco chooses HP LeftHand P4000 virtual SANs; Maxell ships LTO Ultrium 5; NetApp expands FCoE, Data Centre Bridging product offerings; Overland SAN gets VMware tick; and more.

Telco uses HP LeftHand for virtual server environment

Bath-based telephony provider Gradwell has implemented dual HP LeftHand P4000 SANs to support a VMware deployment on HP ProLiant Servers. The HP LeftHand P4000 product pools capacity on the ProLiant blades into one shared storage resource.

The company serves 18,000 customers and handles 6 million minutes of incoming and outgoing calls per month. Gradwell realised its systems needed upgrading following a five-hour system downtime last year during peak business hours and decided to opt for a virtualised server environment.

Peter Gradwell, founder and managing director of Gradwell, said the HP LeftHand P4000 devices show him utilisation throughput and other statistics, making it simpler for him to carry out capacity planning.

"I can get more disk space before capacity becomes a problem. With our old system, we didn't know there was a problem until it literally started to slow down."

Maxell Europe ships LTO Ultrium 5 tape cartridge

Maxell Europe has announced it has started shipping its new LTO Ultrium 5 tape cartridge that offers a maximum storage capacity of 3 TB. Maxell recently completed the LTO Ultrium 5 tape cartridge compliance verification process, which included tests to confirm interchange compatibility with other Ultrium drives and media. LTO Ultrium 5 cartridges will work with drives with a transfer rate of up to 280 MBps.

Mimecast appoints SaaS specialist Pirie

SaaS-based email provider Mimecast has announced the appointment of Justin Pirie as director of communities and content, where he will be responsible for outreach and evangelism programmes. Pirie is a leading SaaS and cloud specialist who authors the "This Week in SaaS" blogs.

NetApp expands FCoE, Data Centre Bridging product offerings

NetApp has expanded its Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Data Centre Bridging (DCB) product offerings with help from partners Brocade, Emulex and VMware. As part of this move, NetApp will begin reselling a new Converged Network Adapter (CNA) from Emulex, and is among the first storage vendors to support VMware vSphere 4 in an FCoE host environment. NetApp has also introduced a DCB-only version of the Brocade 8000.

Overland Storage SnapServer SAN S2000 gets VMware tick

Overland Storage has announced its SnapServer SAN S2000 iSCSI SAN product has achieved VMware Ready status. This designation indicates that the SnapServer SAN S2000 has passed a detailed evaluation and testing process managed by VMware and is now listed on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List.

PLCS Version 2.5 ships as a virtual machine

Storage software provider PLCS is releasing Version 2.5 of its popular PLCS Reporting software. PLCS Reporter Version 2.5 provides comprehensive monitoring of a company's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) environment and is shipping as a virtual machine. The product provides live data gathering, as well as one-button analysis, reporting and trending of critical backup servers and clients.

SNIA Europe backs data centre energy efficiency initiative

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Europe has announced its endorsement of the EU Code of Conduct on Data Centres' Energy Efficiency. This initiative is focused on providing a set of voluntary measures and a list of best practices related to data centre energy efficiency that are expected to lead to more stringent compliance guidelines in the future. As an official endorser, SNIA Europe will recommend guidelines on implementing the Code's best practices, as well as develop education and information programmes to help data centre administrators meet and maintain the targets outlined in the Code.

Veeam Software to offer virtual machine backup test

Veeam Software has developed patent-pending technology that it claims will bring full reliability to image-level backups in virtual server environments. The technology will be applied in Veeam's expanded SureBackup, which can test and verify the recoverability of every virtual machine backup. The new capabilities will be available in Version 5.0 of Veeam Backup & Replication, which is expected to be released this summer.

WhipTail and Consolidate IT partner over solid-state drive SAN appliance

WhipTail Technologies, provider of the Racerunner tier 0 solid-state drive-based SAN appliance, and Consolidate IT, a European distributor, have signed an exclusive European distribution and support agreement. Under the partnership WhipTail will increase its presence in the European market, while Consolidate IT gains access to the Racerunner product. The 2U Racerunner product is available in 1.5 TB, 3.0 TB and 6.0 TB (Racerunner 1500, Racerunner 3000 and Racerunner 6000 respectively), as well as varying levels of redundancies.

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