Concrete firm set for cloud disaster recovery; and other storage news

Storage roundup: Concrete firm set for cloud disaster recovery, Fortuna to sell Proware, cloud host opts for object-based storage, Infortrend small-form-factor drives and more.

Concrete firm set for cloud disaster recovery

Concrete structure specialist the PC Harrington Group has deployed the Hi-5 cloud disaster recovery service from Datafort to ensure uninterrupted operation of its email servers and protect 650 GB of mission-critical data.

The PC Harrington Group is active across the UK as a specialist in reinforced concrete construction and employs 1,200 people.

The company's IT team decided to look at its business continuity and disaster recovery strategy because it was under pressure from archive compliance requirements and a need to protect mission-critical data.

David Meyers, the PC Harrington Group IT specialist, said, "Our primary Exchange server held 650 GB of data and was getting so large that I was growing concerned about the amount of time it would take to recover from a major failure using standard backup technology."

Meyers' team agreed that to maintain business continuity, an RTO (Recovery Time Objective) of less than two hours was necessary, and Hi-5 was selected, providing individual email and mailbox restore and recovery of the full Exchange server in less than 60 minutes.

A Hi-5 appliance is maintained at the PC Harrington Group London data centre, where it pulls in block-level changes from the protected servers at 15-minute intervals. This data is then secured both to the local Hi-5 appliance and distributed to a pair of mirrored RAID servers at geographically diverse data centres. Virtual recovery of a failed server onto the Hi-5 appliance can be effected in less than 60 minutes and full recovery to new servers within 24 hours.

Fortuna to sell Proware RAID/MAID

Distributor Fortuna Power Systems has announced the EMEA launch of the Proware EPICa 4423 Fibre Channel RAID/MAID subsystems. The Proware EP-4423 is among the industry's fastest 42-bay SAS or SATA drive RAID/MAID subsystems, with the EP-4423 JD-S3S3 delivering a maximum speed of 4,856 MB per second and an average speed of 4,000 MB per second. Fortuna Power Systems is the exclusive distribution partner for the Proware range across EMEA and is currently seeking resellers.

Cloud host opts for object-based storage

GreenQloud, which claims to be the industry's first carbon-neutral cloud hosting and green storage service provider, has announced a technology partnership with object-based storage platform provider Scality. The move will allow the Icelandic cloud service provider to launch its range of services later this year to users around the world. GreenQloud storage infrastructure will make use of Scality's RING object-storage technology.

Infortrend small-form-factor drives

Array maker Infortrend has announced the first small-form-factor (SFF) disk storage systems in the EonStor DS family with a 2U chassis accommodating 24 2.5-inch disk drives. The new models provide an additional option for customers with a preference for SFF storage systems with high-performance density. The new EonStor DS models can house up to 24 6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch hard disk drives in a compact 2U chassis and come in either dual- or single-controller configurations.

MTI opens third Vblock centre

MTI, a specialist cloud infrastructure consultancy and integrator for the Virtual Computing Environment coalition (VMware, Cisco, EMC), has announced the opening of its third MTI Solution Centre for Vblock Infrastructure Packages in Paris. This third MTI Solution Centre enables customers to prove and test VCE cloud infrastructure, including Vblock 1 and Vblock 0 across multiple countries. The Paris centre is connected to existing MTI solution centres in the UK and Germany and allows customers to enable proof of concept for cloud infrastructure, data centre utilisation benefits and application performance across multiple sites.

Magirus offers vBundles

European distributor Magirus has launched its vBundle unified data centre offer, aimed at the SME data centre market. The vBundles comprise network, storage and data management technologies from VMware, Cisco and EMC, all integrated and pre-configured for resellers. The new offer aims to enable resellers to realise new revenue opportunities by addressing the relatively untapped low-end market for data centre and cloud-based computing.

Magirus has also announced a series of free seminars for certified VMware, Cisco and EMC resellers to help them define and develop Vblocks in the marketplace. The seminars will be held during October and November in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

SnapSAN certified for Hyper-V

Overland Storage has announced that its SnapSAN S2000 has been certified as compatible with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, which includes compatibility for Microsoft Hyper-V. Overland's SnapSAN S2000 completed a rigorous verification process to ensure seamless compatibility with Windows Server 2008 R2 virtualisation software. The SnapSAN S2000 is aimed at companies that use Windows Server, Hyper-V, VMware, UNIX, Linux, Citrix or Mac OS X that want to take advantage of SAN capabilities that have traditionally been considered too complex to manage without specialised expertise.

Scale's first UK customer

Clustered SAN/NAS vendor Scale Computing has announced its first UK customer, the City of London's photographic library at the London Metropolitan Archives. Scale, working with reseller partner Kisdata, will provide 12 TB of usable storage space in its StarterCluster product. Scale has launched in the UK through a 100 percent channel model with a growing number of resellers, including Fortuna Power Systems and Kisdata.

SNIA green storage specs made public

The Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) Green Storage Initiative has announced it has publicly released the second draft of its Storage Power Efficiency Measurement Specification. This draft adds active power measurement to the specification for online storage, two streaming workload tests for removable media, plus five software-based capacity optimisation techniques to help vendors demonstrate which they are capable of supporting. The latest draft version (v0.2.10) of the Green Storage Power Efficiency Measurement Specification is now available for public review at

VirtualSharp launches ReliableDR

VirtualSharp Software, a developer of disaster recovery products for virtual server environments, has announced its entry into the UK market and launched its ReliableDR solution. ReliableDR protects IT departments' virtual server resources and is integrated with VMware through vCenter. The product is based on so-called disaster recovery orchestration, which generates Virtual Verification Containers (vVCs) to create mini data centres with their own resources and network. The software allows IT administrators to simulate failover scenarios and automates failover processes to the point where service is restored.

Texas Memory goes InfiniBand

Texas Memory Systems has upgraded its solid state RamSan-630 system with the IB-381 InfiniBand interface card. The IB-381 adds InfiniBand connectivity to the RamSan-630's Fibre Channel interfaces. The RamSan-630 can be configured with five dual-channel IB-381 cards for a total of 10 links operating at 1 million IOPS and 10 Gbps.

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