NHS service opts for Dot Hill SAN for VMware project

Storage roundup: NHS service opts for Dot Hill SAN for VMware; Acronis adds Red Hat integration; Atlantis releases ILIO monitoring module; ExaGrid gains Symantec synthetics certification; and more.

NHS service opts for Dot Hill SAN for VMware project

Oxfordshire Health Informatics Services (OHIS) has implemented a Dot Hill Systems SAN for VMware storage system as part of a project in which about 220 virtual servers make up 55% of the total processing capacity.

OHIS serves the needs of more than 10,000 users in local NHS organisations. Its previous storage solution became unable to meet the organisations’ needs. Data had grown from 5 TB to 17 TB in three years.

After evaluating equipment from a number of storage vendors with reseller NCE, OHIS selected Dot Hill’s AssuredSAN 3720, which supports 2.5-inch hard drives and has full VMware certification.

Kevin Woodley, data centre manager at OHIS, said, “The Dot Hill AssuredSAN platform is so straightforward to install and maintain, I literally spend just five minutes per month managing and monitoring the solution. The performance of the AssuredSAN arrays enables us to deliver on our ‘three minutes to boot, 15 minutes to recover’ service-level agreement.”

Acronis has Red Hat virtualisation integration

Midrange backup vendor Acronis has announced that Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Virtual Edition includes new features for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0. Integration of Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Virtual Edition with the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization API enables new capabilities, including the remote installation of Acronis agents onto Linux machines and the automatic discovery and display of Red Hat virtual machines in the Acronis Management Server. 

Atlantis offers ILIO monitoring

VDI performance optimisation product vendor Atlantis has announced the release of Atlantis ILIO Center, which enables administrators to monitor, manage and report on the key metrics for hundreds of Atlantis ILIO controllers and tens of thousands of virtual desktops. Atlantis ILIO Center allows customers to scale VDI deployments using existing management systems. With the optional VMware vCenter plug-in and SNMP alerting capabilities, ILIO Center integrates into management consoles used to manage or monitor data centres. 

ExaGrid gains Symantec synthetics certification

ExaGrid Systems has announced it has been named the first third-party data deduplication appliance vendor to be certified by Symantec for Optimised Synthetic Backups with NetBackup. Optimised Synthetics is way to eliminate a full backup every week and achieve backup window reduction by allowing storage administrators to back up only changed files for prolonged periods of time. ExaGrid’s support for Optimised Synthetic Backups was built under the Symantec OpenStorage (OST) API integration.

Infortrend’s new SMB/SOHO arrays

Array maker Infortrend has announced two new product lines in its EonNAS family of unified storage solutions, the EonNAS Pro and EonNAS 1000 Series. The new products enable SMB and SOHO users to serve file-based and block-based applications with a single device. Data storage on the products includes data deduplication and the ZFS open source file system.

LSI merges with flash processor vendor SandForce

Network/fabric hardware maker LSI has announced it has completed the purchase of SandForce, a provider of flash storage processors for enterprise and client flash products and solid-state drives. The SandForce team joins LSI as the newly formed Flash Components Division, headed by Michael Raam, formerly president and CEO of SandForce. Approximately 190 SandForce employees have joined the LSI team with the close of the transaction.

StorageCraft releases ShadowControl ImageManager 5

Disaster recovery product vendor StorageCraft Europe has announced the release of StorageCraft ShadowControl ImageManager 5. The product increases control over backup images created with StorageCraft ShadowProtect, to allow users to more efficiently manage physical, virtual or cloud backups. Tools and services included with the software can replicate backup images to the cloud, pre-stage backups as virtual machines, consolidate backup image files, and monitor and manage backup files.

Virsto adds vSphere and upgrades Hyper-V support

Virtualisation storage acceleration product vendor Virsto Software has announced the general availability of Virsto for vSphere, its first vSphere product, and enhancements to its Hyper-V product, now at Version 2.0. The products allow users to improve the efficiency and the performance of physical storage by up to 90 percent, Virsto claims, by optimising I/O read and write requests to storage serving virtual machines. Virsto for vSphere supports vSphere 4.1 and is integrated with VMware vCenter and View Manager. Virsto for Hyper-V 2.0 includes better integration with Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), Microsoft DPM and Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

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