IT services firm adds IBM XIV storage for midrange customers and other data storage news

IT services firm adds IBM XIV storage capacity; Comet offers consumer online data backup; FalconStor Software launches HyperFS file system; and more data storage news.

IT services firm adds IBM XIV storage capacity

Managed IT services provider Pasporte has deployed 54 TB of capacity of IBM XIV storage at its London Park Royal and Reading data centres in a project that cost "in the low hundreds of thousands." The company — which delivers enterprise applications, networks and IT infrastructure — added the all-SATA IBM XIV storage arrays as cost-effective capacity for its mid-market customers.

Pasporte is currently replicating between the two IBM XIV arrays and plans to double capacity over the coming year. Pasporte is an all-IBM shop and has nearly 1 PB of installed storage on IBM DS Series SANs. It had previously used IBM ESS Shark and DS8100 as customer shared storage, but this proved costly for customers outside the high end and lacked the thin provisioning capacity of IBM XIV.

"The IBM XIV product had replication, thin provisioning out of the box, the cost was attractive and it scales up with linear performance increases. Where could it do better?" said Phil Clark, business development manager at Pasporte. "At the moment, XIV is a bit one-size-fits-all. If you need better performing drives or tiered storage capability you can't have it."

Comet offers consumer online data backup

Electrical retailer Comet is to offer customers online data backup developed in conjunction with California-based Spare Backup. The FailSafe product has been developed to select, secure and store files without any user intervention on a continuous basis or according to a schedule of the user's choice. It is available at Comet's 126 UK stores.

FalconStor Software launches HyperFS file system

FalconStor Software has launched the FalconStor HyperFS file system, a high-performance, scalable technology aimed at media and entertainment applications. HyperFS provides high-speed, low-latency file access to heterogeneous clients for data-intensive applications that generate very large numbers of files. Digital video and film storage specialist Rorke Data, a FalconStor partner, has integrated the HyperFS file system into its Galaxy Aurora family of SAN appliances.

Iron Mountain offers Microsoft DPM cloud

Iron Mountain has announced a new release of its CloudRecovery product for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM). With Iron Mountain's CloudRecovery product, Microsoft DPM customers can automatically protect their business data with Iron Mountain's secure cloud. This release includes support for DPM 2010, multi-terabyte scalability and new options for additional data protection.

Magirus becomes distributor for Cisco director switches

Magirus announced it has become Cisco's first data centre distributor in western Europe. At the same time, a new Magirus data centre division aims to address unified data centre infrastructures by offering server-, virtualisation- and storage-related products and support to resellers. The new focus will include Cisco's Nexus range of SAN switches and its Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) products.

3PAR offers Oracle efficiencies, reclamation of unused storage capacity

Array vendor 3PAR has announced that 3PAR and Oracle are to offer customers the ability to improve storage efficiency in Oracle Database 11g and 10g environments by reclaiming unused space with 3PAR Thin Persistence and Oracle's new Automatic Storage Management (ASM) Storage Reclamation utility. 3PAR Thin Persistence software provides reclamation of unused storage capacity resulting from common tasks that involve data deletions at the file system level.

Texas Memory Systems 10 TB solid-state drive

Solid-state drive maker Texas Memory Systems has announced the availability of the 10 TB SLC flash-based RamSan-630 with 500,000 IOPS in a 3U enclosure. Latency is less than 80 microseconds and power utilisation is 450 watts. Texas Memory Systems claims that to deliver a similar bandwidth using spinning disk would require a full data centre rack and consume 14 times as much power.

Virtual Instruments and Hitachi Data Systems partner

SAN tool vendor Virtual Instruments has announced a limited purchase agreement for Hitachi Data Systems to resell Virtual Instruments NetWisdom and VirtualWisdom for deployment with its storage solutions. Virtual Instruments' suite of products monitor, troubleshoot and measure SAN and virtualised infrastructure performance.

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