What's new from: StorageTek, Hitachi, Sun, Network Appliance, EMC, RAIDCore

What's new from: StorageTek, Hitachi, Sun, Network Appliance, EMC, RAIDCore


StorageTek has unveiled the T9840C tape drive, which is equipped with a native FICON interface for seamless connectivity and high performance tape storage in MVS environments. With the addition of the dual port Fibre Connection (FICON) interface to the currently available Enterprise Systems Connection (ESCON) and Fibre Channel interfaces, StorageTek said it was the only supplier of native FICON and ESCON enterprise class tape drives for IBM zSeries environments, according to the company. To help protect their media investments, customers moving from T9840 ESCON drives or T9840B FICON drives will have complete media compatibility when utilising the T9840C FICON. StorageTek will deliver native FICON connectivity for the T9840C’s sister drive, the high capacity T9940B, later in the year. The distributor of the product is ACA Pacific.

RRP: $74,000.

Hitachi Ultrastar

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has launched the Ultrastar 10K300, a 300GB enterprise hard disk drive. Hitachi’s newest 10,000rpm hard drive satisfies the requirements of mission-critical storage applications such as online transaction processing, data analysis and media streaming. The 3.5-inch drives have already begun shipping and are in the process of being qualified at major OEMs worldwide, according to the company. Hitachi expects volume shipments of the Ultrastar 10K300 to begin in the second quarter of this year. The company claims the drive offers enhanced head and disk manufacturing processes designed to extend reliability and performance. The drives will use Fluid Dynamic Bearing motors to provide a low acoustic rating and improved data integrity. The Ultrastar 10K300 provides system builders with the ability to deliver more powerful storage systems to their customers, the company said. The new drives will be available in Ultra 320 SCSI and 2Gb/s Fibre Channel (FCAL) interfaces. The product will be distributed in Australia by Digiland in Q2. RRP: Pricing will be announced in the second quarter.

Sun StorEdge

Sun has launched the Sun StorEdge 3510 Fibre Channel array, which supports 2-Gb Fibre Channel throughout the architecture (midplane, drives, host/drive ports). The product is available with a single RAID controller, dual redundant RAID contollers, or as an expansion unit, all in a 2U high (3.5-inch chassis). There are also four 2-Gb FC host ports per RAID controller, resulting in eight host ports in dual RAID controller config­urations. Servers can be directly attached to arrays without requiring external switches. Up to two Sun StorEdge 3510 Fibre Channel array storage expansion units can be attached to a single RAID array, for a total raw storage capacity of more than 5.2TB (using 146GB drives). The product also includes: in-band management through FC host connection or out-of-band management via serial or Ethernet connections; menu-driven VT100 terminal interface for efficient configuration control; and CLI for scripting control. The technology also supports up to 1024 LUNs private or public loop and 64 LUNs in point to point/full fabric mode (in both single and dual RAID controller configurations). The product is distributed in Australia by Alstom.

RRP: $23,325 (for entry configuration) and $96,650 (for fully configured).

Network Appliance

Network Appliance has launched an ILM solution based on the NetApp FAS200 series of enterprise storage systems. The series combines fast data access with low maintenance, and integrates storage and storage processing in a single unit for affordable network deployments, according to the company. It leverages NetApp architecture and standard NetApp elements, including integrated I/O, high availability via clustering, and Fibre Channel drives. The series scales to 2TB for the clustered FAS270c model. Multiprotocol FAS200 series systems integrate into existing NAS, SAN, or combined environments, making enterprise-level storage a realistic goal for all users, regardless of size or staffing. The FAS200 series is sold throughout Australia by resellers/distributors ASI, SecureData Group, TechPac and XSI. RRP: $30,000.

EMC Clariion

EMC’s Clariion platform was refreshed in February, with the new models CX300, CX500 and CX700 added to the existing range (CX 200, 400 and 600). The entry point into the CLARiiON CX series is the CX300 networked storage system. The CX300 delivers more functionality, more capacity (up to 13 TB), and faster performance than last year’s model-at the same low price. Optimised for Unix, Windows, Linux, and NetWare workgroup solutions, the CX300 scales from five to 60 drives. It also delivers array-based local replication-and the same Web-based storage management interface as the rest of the Clariion CX series. With cached performance of 680 MB per second and 50,000 I/Os per second, the CX300 offers performance with consistent response times. Clariion CX300 offers: software capabilities in an entry-level system including simple, automated Web-based management and online LUN expansion (metaLUNs) through the EMC Navisphere Management Suite; array-based local replication through SnapView; and dynamic load balancing and multi-path failover with PowerPath software. The CX300 offers data-in-place upgrades to the more powerful CX500 or CX700 systems so users investment is protected: like the rest of the CX series, the CX300 offers consistent software capabilities among generations and non-disruptive hardware and software upgrades. The product is distributed in Australia by Express Data. RRP: The entry level for a CX300 is $20,000. A basic SAN package, including switches is under $30,000.


RAIDCore has rolled out the RC4000 series RAID Controller. Based on the fast growing Serial ATA (SATA) standard, the RC4000 Series RAID Controllers are designed to deliver enterprise-level RAID storage solutions to all levels of businesses. RC4000 Series RAID Controllers offer many features, including: eight-channel low profile (2U) RAID controller; live, online RAID array transformation and expansion to reduce downtime for maintenance and upgrades; host-based processing for high performance at low cost to CPU; hot sparing for automatic failover after drive failure; mirror splitting and hiding for an alternative to tape backups. The product also features distributed sparing for improved disk usage and reliability without sacrificing performance, easy accommodation of up to 32 drives, and controller spanning that accommodates large storage sizes (more than 2TB). The distributor in Australia is Server Bits. RRP: The RC4000 Series of RAID controllers consists of two models, the RC4452 four-channel model — $599; the RC4852 — $679.

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