What's new from ... HDS, EMC, StorageTek, IBM

What's new from ... HDS, EMC, StorageTek, IBM

Hitachi Data Systems

The latest offering from Hitachi Data Systems' (HDS') Freedom Storage 9000 range is its mid-market all Fibre Channel Thunder 9200. The box draws much of its technology from its bigger sibling, the Lightning 9900 released last year and boasts scalability and performance previously only available to HDS' enterprise customers.

Aimed squarely at the mid enterprise market, the 9200 contains many of the features of the 9900 but in a compact footprint. These include a Java-based Windows management software GUI and hot swappable components.

The Thunder 9200 can be pieced together into a SAN environment or plugged directly into a network as a NAS device using either a Unix or Windows platform. With a single configuration of 72GB, the 9200 can be scaled to 7.2TB and maintains an 800Mbps bandwidth transfer rate.

Distributed by: ACA Pacific (03) 9674 8188 and Simms International (02) 9026 3080, the Thunder 9200 is available now.

Pricing: $US15,000 to $300,000.


EMC's 4700 range of IP-based and Fibre Channel RAIDs offer another string to a reseller's NAS bow.

The manufacturer uses its SnapView, MirrorView and Navisphere software to provide multiple, independent point-in-time copies of the active CLARiiON 4700 file system to shorten backup and recovery windows, generate point-in-time analysis and reporting, and speed non-disruptive application testing and development.

The company maintains it has come in on an aggressive price point that, for what an enterprise gets with the Chameleon range, will not sacrifice performance or functionality.

The 4700 range scales between 3.6TB and 7.3TB (depending on whether it's the Fibre Channel or IP model) in rack-mountable increments. Boasting a 10-minute installation time, the 4700 offers 2GB of cache memory.

As its name suggests, the Chameleon can change "colour" to suit a SAN environment or a clustered environment to match a customer's needs.

EMC's 4700 range is available now from EMC. Pricing dependent on configuration.www.australia.emc.comStorageTekThe Eclipse SVA is StorageTek's fifth-generation disk array. The SVA array offers connectivity via both Fibre Channel and ESCON. According to StorageTek, the system is at home in both mainframe and open systems environments.

The SVA RAID array appears to host servers to have greater capacity and functionality than the component disk storage by using multiple SnapShots of data that can be taken without using any additional real disk space. This SnapShot can then be used to do a backup, run batch processes or carry out testing of new programs or processes. This is carried out during normal processing.

StorageTek utilises a RAID 6 configuration, which is similar to the widely used RAID level 5 design except no data is updated in place - that is, a newly written block of data replaces the old block in the logical disk. This allows write operations to be spread across the entire array.

The Eclipse SVA is available now. Pricing on request. www.storagetek.comIBMIBM's Enterprise Storage Server, The Shark, has been circling around Big Blue since 1999, but recent additions to the base product have kept it up to date in terms of performance, connectivity and features.

IBM has introduced additional disaster recovery mechanisms for Shark, including Peer to Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) for open systems and IBM eServer z900.

IBM's flagship product now supports native Fibre Channel for non-IBM systems including Sun, HP and Novell. The manufacturer claims that nearly all types of servers can concurrently attach to the Shark including S/390, Windows NT, 2000, Novell NetWare, AS/400, and various flavours of Unix, making it adaptable to most heterogeneous environments.

The Enterprise Storage Server can scale from 420GB to over 11TB, features two four-way symmetric multiprocessors and a large cache with additional battery-backed memory.

Available now, the Shark is distributed by Tardis Services - (02) 9817

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