What's new from: StorageTek, Hitachi Data Systems, Network Appliance

What's new from: StorageTek, Hitachi Data Systems, Network Appliance


StorageTek has announced the general availability of HP’s new LTO Ultrium Generation 2 tape drives for StorageTek L180 and L700 tape libraries. StorageTek began shipping the LTO-2 in limited availability in December 2002. The LTO-2 drive joins StorageTek’s extensive tape drive portfolio, which remains the industry’s widest selection of advanced tape drive technologies for midrange and high-end environments. Delivering 400GB capacity per cartridge and transfer speeds of up to 70MB/sec compressed, LTO-2 tape drives set a new standard for performance and capacity in midrange environments. LTO-2 tape drives are fully read and write compatible with the first generation of LTO Ultrium tape drives, enabling customers to leverage and protect their investments in earlier LTO technology and simplify migration to this new tape drive. Priced at $28,600 in the StorageTek L180 and L700 libraries, the HP LTO Ultrium Generation 2 Ultra 3 SCSI tape drive is available immediately. LTO Generation 2 Fibre Channel drives should be available for the L180, L700 and L5500 libraries in the second quarter of 2003, priced at $36,500. The HP LTO Ultrium Generation 2 Ultra 3 SCSI tape drive will be distributed in Australia by ACA Pacific.

Hitachi Data Systems

The new Thunder 9500 V modular storage series from Hitachi Data Systems incorporates four models, each with virtualisation for easy storage management and centralisation in heterogeneous environments. The series is unique in its level of performance, openness and expandability, so customers may choose a storage infrastructure for their needs now — with the capacity to upgrade as demand evolves. The enterprise-sized Thunder 9570 system has raw capacity of up to 32 terabytes (TB), whilst the entry-level 9531V, 9532V and 9533V have been designed with the growing SME in mind. Each model supports open systems in direct-attached or networked environments, allowing customers to choose the optimal server for their applications. Thunder 9500 V supports Sun Solaris, Windows NT and 2000, IBM AIX and DYNIX/ptx, HP-UX, SGI ITIX and Novell NetWare platforms to name a few. The new Thunder 9500 V modular storage series is distributed in Australia by ACA Pacific and Lynx Technologies. RRP: Thunder 9531V - $40,865 (Single Controller w/ 360GB); Thunder 9532V - $60,000 (Dual Controller w/ 648GB); Thunder 9533V - $68,815 (Dual Controller w/ 936GB); 9570V - pricing upon application.

Network Appliance

The newly-released Network Appliance NearStore R150 system is designed to address problems with direct backup to tape, allowing dual stage backups and online data recovery. NearStore complements and improves tape backup processes by inserting economical and simple-to-use disk-based storage between application storage and tape libraries in a two-stage backup configuration. NearStore’s features include accelerated data backup, faster data recovery, online archiving and easy management. It is available in system modules of 12TB and 24TB. The NearStore R150 system is distributed in Australia by SecureData Group and ASI Solutions. RRP: Between 2-4 cents/megabyte.


Acer has developed a new approach to Storage Area Networking (SAN) with its line of industry-standard storage systems designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) and corporate workgroups. Acer’s SAN solution consists of an Altos G300 with Acer Storage Centre applications and 500GB data support, four SAN clients, and an Altos S300 Acer Storage Centre solution with 500GB disk space. This solution supports Windows 2000 servers, Novell servers, Linux servers connecting to the SAN. Its storage systems offer fast, reliable access to data on the network with price and management advantages that lower the cost of owning, using and maintaining storage. The Acer SAN solution is available through BCA IT, Secure Access, Dataflex and Alphawest. RRP: From $27,990 (for SAN or NAS with 500GB capacity).


HP OpenView Storage Virtual Replicator provides advanced, centralised storage management capabilities in Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 computing environments. Version 3.0B SP1 offers improved capabilities, for example, the Virtual Replicator driver includes a digital signature that allows improved remote management of the storage environment. It also eliminates the requirement to be interactively logged on to both notes of the cluster for proper failover to occur. Version 3.0B SP1 also features the enhanced stability of cluster failover by addressing situations in which the virtual storage devices may, in some cases, lose drive letters during the failover process, and obscure blue screen occurrences, characterised by the STOP 0xCA and STOP 0xD1 errors, have been corrected. Unlike earlier versions, the display of volume name labels for virtual storage devices is now consistent between the Virtual Replicator GUI and Windows Explorer. The volume names are preserved through failover/failback and move group activity. Should Windows Explorer default to a system-assigned volume name, a refresh displays the user-assigned name. The HP Openview Storage Virtual Replicator is distributed in Australia by Express Data and Dicker Data. RRP: $3140 inc. GST (one-user licence), $4800 inc. GST (50-user licence).


EMC’s ControlCenter software suite helps reduce management complexity in a multi-vendor, networked storage environment, allowing medium-size and large organisations to simplify and automate the management of their infrastructure. The ControlCenter software offers users the same method of managing storage whether connected to UNIX, mainframe, Novell, Linux or mainframe environments. It allows them to automate routine tasks that traditionally require IT talent to accomplish. EMC claims the software increases productivity by integrating and consolidating host, SAN and storage management tasks, and provides new capabilities for policy-based storage provisioning and resource management, information replication, protection, recovery, and more. Used for managing heterogeneous storage systems, networking components and server-based storage resources from a wide range of vendors, the ControlCenter software is supported across all EMC platforms as well as by HP, HDS, IBM, SUN, Network Appliance and others. EMC’s ControlCenter is distributed in Australia by Dimension Data, SecureData Group and Tech Pacific. Pricing on application.

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