What's new from: Hitachi, Veritas, StorageTek, Cyclades, Citrix

What's new from: Hitachi, Veritas, StorageTek, Cyclades, Citrix

Hitachi Thunder 9585V

Hitachi Data Systems has released the Hitachi Thunder 9585V, the most recent platform addition to its line of Application Optimised Storage Solutions. The Thunder 9585V is optimised for applications that require extremely high capacity coupled with the highest performance criteria, according to the company. Its capacity and scalability make it suitable for enterprise storage consolidation, and the common management framework between the Thunder 9500 V Series and Lightning 9900 V Series make the high performance Thunder 9585V a key component of an application optimised tiered storage architecture, according to the company. It is optimised for input/output intensive applications such as rich media, data mining, high performance computing, and heavily used databases. The entire Thunder 9500 V Series storage systems are based upon Hitachi’s Hi-PER Architecture which incorporates a hardware RAID design, with high-speed interconnects. The Thunder 9500 V Series supports Virtual Storage Ports/Host Storage Domains, which allow up to 128 heterogeneous open systems servers to connect per physical port, giving the Thunder 9585V system a maximum secure virtual port capacity of 1024 and allowing enterprises to scale up the connectivity without having to add storage units or fabric switches. The product is distributed in Australia by Alphawest, Secure Data Group, ComputerCorp, Professional Advantage, TTH, Volante, and Surebridge. RRP: Pricing ranges from $100,000 for a 1TB Thunder 9585V to $300,000 for a 10TB version.

Veritas CommandCentral

Veritas has launched two additions to its CommandCentral line of products: CommandCentral Storage 4.0 and CommandCentral Availability 4.0. The company has also announced an updated version of CommandCentral Service, a software portal that provides full transparency into IT resource consumption, service levels and costs. CommandCentral Service 4.0 adds a highly customisable workflow/automation engine, which allows for consistent modelling, publication, execution and automation of infrastructure services such as storage provisioning, server provisioning and data protection, according to Veritas. CommandCentral Storage provides end-to-end data path management from application to array, while CommandCentral Availability assures highly available applications. It combines Veritas’ SAN management software (SANPoint Control) and traditional storage resource management (Storage Reporter) software into a single solution. The product seamlessly spans both the online and offline components for a complete view of the storage environment. Incorporating features from Veritas Global Cluster Manager, CommandCentral Availability 4.0 is an out-of-the-box product that centrally maintains historical data about cluster activity for reporting and trending analysis. The product line provides visibility into enterprise storage, data protection, server, cluster and application resources through a centralised console, eliminating manual tracking of storage, network and computing assets, service workflow and automation. RRP: CommandCentral Service, Backup/Recovery Module, Solaris, Windows 2000, v3.5,License — base price $38,597. CommandCentral Service, Online Storage Module, Solaris, Windows 2000, v3.5, License — base price $38,597. CommandCentral Service, Backup/Recovery and Online Storage Module, v3.5, Solaris, Windows 2000, License — base price $57,895. The product is slated for release in July. In Australia it will be distributed by Ingram Micro, Express Data, ACA, Secure Data Group, and Enstor.

StorageTek MirrorStore

StorageTek has launched a replication appliance for local and remote data. The mirroring feature of the technology is designed for seamless integration in heterogeneous environments, according to the company. The product, dubbed MirrorStore, delivers advanced enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities, enhanced disk-to-disk backup, and centralised storage management and consolidation, according to the company. MirrorStore is an in-band, SAN-level replication appliance that fits into enterprises’ open system computing environments to deliver maximum performance and flexibility. RRP: From $40,000, depending on configuration. The product is distributed in Australia by ACA Pacific.

Cyclades AlterPath

Cyclades is offering a console management tool as part of its disaster recovery solution rollout. The AlterPath ASC line of console servers provides IT professionals with additional ways to remotely acess managed networks, according to the company. The Alterpath ASC series offers several features including PCMCIA slots that allow for enhanced functionality with support for many interface cards including Ethernet, modem (V.90, CDMA, GPRS, GSM and ISDN) and wireless LAN. The optional dual entry redundant power supply (AC/DC) provides extra reliability to the console server, ensuring availability during critical times. Security features include secure clustering for up to 1024 devices, SSH v2 (Secure Shell), RADIUS authentication, IPSec, IP filtering and user access lists per port.

Meanwhile, console management features include native support for the EMS protocols included with the Windows Server 2003, plus data buffering, direct access methods to the serial ports (such as the TCP port and server name) and event notification. The company has also rolled out a line of Intelligent Power Distribution Units (IPDU) that enables remote power control of servers and network gear. Used in conjunction with the console servers, the AlterPath PM delivers management capabilities and faster problem solving by integrating console access and power control into a single interface, the company claimed.

The product is distributed in Australia by XSI. RRP: $15,000.

Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite 3.0

Citrix Systems Inc has introduced Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite 3.0, software for providing a single, secure point of access to enterprise applications and information on demand. According to the company, the MetaFrameAccess Suite 3.0 delivers usability improvements with SmoothRoaming, a new capability that ensures consistent mobile access that is always on. It allows computing environments to follow users across locations, devices and access outages. A second key feature is a common management interface that means IT administrators can observe and measure access infrastructure performance across the global enterprise. The suite also offered new capabilities including the management of MetaFrame Presentation Server, the mobility and flexibility benefits of MetaFrame Secure Access Manager, the single sign-on (SSO) and password security offered by MetaFrame Password Manager, and the collaborative resources of MetaFrame Conferencing Manager, the company said. It has also rolled out Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 for Windows. Designed to meet the requirements of global enterprises, Citrix access infrastructure provides flexibility so organisations can allocate IT resources where and when needed, and enables greater predictability of IT requirements for better resource planning, according to the company.

The suite is distributed in Australia by Alstom Australia and Express Data. RRP: Price on application.

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