Products unveiled at storage networking show

Several storage suppliers are adding to their arsenal of products and technologies aimed at IT managers dealing with the...

Several storage suppliers are adding to their arsenal of products and technologies aimed at IT managers dealing with the explosion of data storage at Storage Networking World in Orlando this week.

McData announced a new version of its Enterprise Operating System which supports 10gbps XPM and fabric diagnostics, and SANavigator at the show. SANavigator, its management software for heterogeneous storage networks, includes a group configuration tool for multiple storage arrays.

Brocade is showing off its new SilkWorm 4100, a 4gbps Fibre Channel switch. The switch is compatible with Brocade's entry-level and enterprise-level switches and is designed for core Sans and large edge San applications. The company also released Version 4.4 of its Brocade Fabric Operating System, which runs the company's SilkWorm San switches.

IBM unveiled several new editions of its TotalStorage Open Software series at the show. IBM TotalStorage San Volume Controller v1.2.1, virtual machine software added support for EMC's Symmetrix DMX Series to go along with support for Hewlett-Packard arrays and IBM's own TotalStorage systems. San Volume Controller now also doubles the maximum cluster size to eight nodes and quadruples the number of supported virtual discs.

IBM also updated TotalStorage San File System to Version 2.2 and introduced a major upgrade of Tivoli Storage Manager. Storage Manager received a new graphical interface and administration centre.

HP is demonstrating new San and NAS products at the show. The HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) 1000 Small Business San Kit consists of entry-level products designed for first-time San customers. The kit helps to reduce the cost, complexity, and risk of San deployments.

HP also unveiled a new family of NAS offerings under the umbrella brand of HP ProLiant Storage Servers.

New business arrangements were also announced at the show. Engenio Information Technologies, a storage system provider, has agreed to provide Sun Microsystems with new modular storage technology and codevelop future Sun storage products.

Bob Francis writes for Infoworld

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