Faced with an upgrade to its HP EVA storage systems, Heineken evaluated technologies from several vendors and eventually chose the Compellent Storage Center SAN product on the basis of its tiered storage capability, use of solid-state drives (SSDs) and integration with VMware.
Heineken claims to have improved disk utilisation by 60% as a result of the server virtualization and tiered storage initiatives. Within the Compellent SAN data is moved between tiers comprising SSD, Fibre Channel and SATA drives.
Heineken has already virtualized 60% of its physical servers on VMware, and cut power and cooling requirements in the process. The migration to virtual servers will continue until the majority of systems are virtualized and another Compellent SAN is implemented at a second site for disaster recovery.
"Data associated with Heineken Netherlands' production facilities is vitally important to our supply chain and must be readily available so that we can deliver the best product possible to our customers," said Onno Donkervoort, IT supply manager at Heineken Netherlands. "The seamless integration of Compellent and VMware allows us to enhance the efficiency and performance of our IT services throughout our organisation, while allowing us to grow."
BakBone to sell Waterford email archiving
Data protection vendor BakBone Software has announced a reseller partnership with Waterford Technologies. The deal will see Waterford's file and email archiving products added to BakBone's channel portfolio.
Clustered NAs vendor BlueArc offers new VMware tools
Clustered NAS vendor BlueArc Corp. has announced a new range of virtual machine data protection products for VMware over NFS. BlueArc's new JetCenter for vSphere is a snapshot and recovery product; Jet Clone produces VMDK snapshots; and the JetMirror software suite allows virtual machine replication with the option of an object-based file system instead of file-based replication.
BridgeHead and Dell go to hospital
BridgeHead Software and Dell are collaborating to offer hospitals a combined data storage and data management solution, the Medical Archive. The product bundle aims to address hospitals' needs to deal with a large increase in data volumes driven by medical imaging and electronic patient records. The offering builds on BridgeHead's experience of healthcare data types and standards.
BridgeHead also appointed Tony Tomkys as director of sales for EMEA with the aim to further increase the firm's UK customer footprint in the NHS and private healthcare sector, and to drive pan-European initiatives. Tomkys joins BridgeHead Software from CommVault, where he was business director for the public sector.
New Buffalo devices
Buffalo Technology has announced the update of its DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad, (formerly DriveStation Quattro) direct-attached storage (DAS) devices. Available from October, the products are designed to deliver backup and storage for the SOHO market. DriveStation Duo supports RAID 0 and 1; DriveStation Quad offers RAID 0 for performance, and RAID 5 or 10 for redundant storage.
Druva enters UK
India-based storage and backup product vendor Druva Software has announced inSync 4.0, the latest version of its laptop backup software. The company has also announced it has a UK entry strategy that will see it enter the market via local reseller partners. The company claims customers for inSync include NASA, Louis Vuitton, Capita, Xerox and ICICI Prudential.
New roles at Hitachi UK
Hitachi Data Systems has announced the creation of two new roles -- chief technology director UK and chief technology officer UK -- to be filled, respectively, by Tony Reid, formerly UK services director; and Francois Zimmerman, formerly solutions consultant. Russell Hill has been appointed to the role of global solutions services director UK.
New 2.5-inch drives from Infortrend
Array maker Infortrend has announced the addition of six new small form factor models to its EonStor DS product family. The new EonStor DS models can house up to 12 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch hard disk drives in a 1U chassis, and come in either dual- or single-controller configurations. Users can choose between 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 1 GbE iSCSI for shared storage or 6 Gbps SAS for direct-attached storage.
Infortrend also announced the availability of the new F70 model to its Enterprise Scalable Virtualised Architecture (ESVA) product family that offers Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity.
diskGenie gets government approval
The iStorage diskGenie, a passkey-protected USB portable hard drive, has been awarded a UK Government CCTM award. A CCTM certificate for Information Assurance means UK public sector organisations can recognise a product that has had independent testing under the Communications-Electronics Security Group. iStorage diskGenie guarantees the integrity and confidentiality of all data stored through ATM-style PIN code access, as well as 128- or 256-bit AES hardware encryption.
MTI, a Cisco, EMC and VMware Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) consultancy, has announced the appointment of Richard Flanders as product marketing director. Flanders joins from VMware where he held the position of head of product marketing in the UK for four years.
Magirus to sell SolarWinds
European IT and storage distributor Magirus has announced it has signed a distribution agreement with monitoring product vendor SolarWinds. The agreement gives Magirus' resellers across Europe and the Middle East access to SolarWinds' complete portfolio of network, application and storage management software for managing cloud-based, virtualised and data centre environments.
New SNIA marketing appointment
SNIA Europe has announced the addition of Ann Karolin Thueland, manager storage solutions marketing EMEA at Dell Corp., to its board of directors. Thueland has held various managing and marketing positions at companies such as Compaq, HP and Fujitsu, and will work closely with SNIA's marketing committee, lead SNIA Europe's end-user education and look for tie-ins with channel-focused activities.
Shoden expands in Europe
Reseller Shoden Data Systems UK has announced the expansion of its European presence to France, Germany, Israel and Spain through channel agreements with Systemic, Comparex, Ankor Systems and IPM, respectively. Shoden, whose parent company is Africa's largest independent IT solutions integrator, is already selling directly in the UK and Ireland. Through these new channel agreements, Shoden will now take Data Domain, Fujitsu and Luminex products to the main European markets.
Texas Memory Systems goes Linux
Solid-state drive vendor Texas Memory Systems has become the newest member of The Linux Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux. Texas Memory Systems will work with The Linux Foundation and the Linux kernel community to help ensure its SSDs are supported by the operating system straight from the box.