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Product News: The latest storage virtualisation products for the week commencing 15th October, 2008

Product News: The latest storage virtualisation products for the week commencing 15th October, 2008

ARN reviews the latest storage virtualisation products

Sun StorageTek VTL Prime System

Sun’s StorageTek Virtual Tape Library Prime (VTL Prime) System is designed as an integrated, cost-effective solution which provides global de-duplication functionality across remote sites. According to Sun, the scalable system aims to simplify configuration and deployment while delivering offline performance without impacting the backup window, and freeing storage resources while reducing acquisition costs. There are five preconfigured systems to choose from – three based on Sun’s Fire X4200 servers and StorageTek 2540 arrays, and two based on its higher-end Fire X4600 servers and StorageTek 6140 arrays. All integrate seamlessly into existing backup infrastructure and can do multiple tasks simultaneously. The vendor claims each offers massive data reduction and increases efficiency and utilisation, provides local and remote site data protection, reduces storage acquisition costs, and lowers space, power and cooling costs. The VTL Prime system offers up to 64TB raw capacity, up to 400MBps throughput, up to 29TB de-dupe repository, supports up to 128 libraries and offers Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity.

Distributed by: itX.

RRP: from $48,997


Hitachi Universal Storage Platform VM

The Hitachi Universal Storage Platform VM is powered by fourth-generation Hitachi Universal Star Network crossbar switch architecture. With controller-based virtualisation, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) claims to allow organisations to secure a competitive advantage in service delivery areas, such as storage services across heterogeneous storage assets, whether fi le, object or block-based. As an integral component of Services Oriented Storage solutions, the Universal Storage Platform VM with internal virtualisation includes Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning software in addition to logical partitioning, which helps storage managers simplify storage administration and reduce implementation time and costs, the vendor claims. The crossbar switch architecture built into the Universal Storage Platform VM features faster internal processors than previous editions, 4GBps host ports, 4GBps disk and 4GBps switched-loop back-end directors. According to HDS, these provide more cost-effective and predictive performance and enterprise-class functionality scalability, along with virtualisation of external storage, logical partitioning and universal replication.

Distributed by: Sun Microsystems and Lynx Technologies.

RRP: from $150,000

NetApp FAS2050

The FAS2050 is designed to help simplify data management and maximise existing IT investments. The storage solution, coupled with NetApp data management software and technologies, helps protect customers’ application data using Snapshot and RAID-DP (RAID 6) technology, while avoiding duplicating redundant data with A-SIS technology. It accelerates cloning with NetApp FlexClone software, and offers thin provisioning capabilities with FlexVol software. The FAS2050 can be provisioned to VMware virtual machines in minutes, the vendor claims. Supporting NetApp’s application-centric data management software, including NetApp SnapManager for Exchange, Oracle, SAP, SharePoint and SQL Server, the FAS2050 aims to make it easier for customers to provision, backup and restore and archive data and implement disaster recovery. With NetApp Data ONTAP software, the FAS2050 provides customers with point-in-time copies of any application set, whether it’s an Oracle database, an email, or file-based storage. Features include support for up to 104 internal and external hard drives, 512MB in non-volatile memory and 4GB in ECC memory.

Distributed by: SAN Systems.

RRP: from $47,050


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