Enterprise Storage Snapshots - 2/6/04


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Enterprise Storage Snapshots offers a weekly wrap-up of what's going on in the storage industry.Here are our storage news highlights for the first week of February: QLogic ships the industry's first stackable Fibre Channel switches, ADIC doubles the disk cache for its AMASS for UNIX archive software, Vormetric's CoreGuard Data Security System secure Oracle database environments, and Absolute Analysis announces its new Explorer and Excursion series of serial bus and storage/network analyzers.

QLogic Ships First Stackable FC Switches Featuring 10G Technology

Taking a cue from the IP networking world, QLogic Corp. is seeking to provide storage customers with the combination of a lower cost of entry and scalability to high port-count configurations by offering the industry's first stackable switches. The firm's SANbox 5200 family of switches is designed to deliver the scalability and performance of a modular switch in a pay-as-you-grow solution. The switches are also the first from the Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based company to feature 10 Gigabit (10Gb) Fibre Channel technology.

"The stackable IP switch has proven to be the most popular type of Ethernet switch because of its scalability and ease of use," says George Lyon, senior systems administrator, State of Oregon. "Finally, it's possible to set up Fibre Channel storage networks with the same approach. The SANbox 5200 is a simple, affordable solution designed to grow with our business as our storage needs evolve."

Each switch features sixteen 1Gb/2Gb ports and four high-speed 10Gb inter-switch link (ISL) ports, all in a 1U full-width rack form-factor. The SANbox 5200 switches also offer complete stack management from a single application as well as the ability to scale up to 64 ports (in 4, 8, 12, or 16-port increments) without losing a single port to ISLs.

The switches are interoperable with popular servers, storage, and networking products from major manufacturers, including ADIC, Brocade, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, EMC, Emulex, HDS, HP, IBM, LSI Logic, McDATA, Microsoft, Quantum, StorageTek, Sun, and VERITAS.

QLogic this week also announced the launch of its "10Gb Ready" partner solution verification program, a program designed to increase visibility and momentum for next-generation SAN solutions leveraging 10 Gigabit Fibre Channel technology, which delivers up to six times the bandwidth of current 2Gb Fibre Channel products.

In addition to promoting industry adoption of 10Gb Fibre Channel, QLogic has been active in promoting 4Gb Fibre Channel and plans to launch a 4Gb Ready program as 4Gb solutions are brought to market.

The SANbox 5200 switches are currently available to resellers via QLogic authorized distributors worldwide, with an MSRP of $5795 for an 8-port configuration. Additional information on the SANbox 5200 switch is available from the QLogic web site.


ADIC's AMASS for UNIX Software Double-Sizes Its Disk Cache

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC) has released an update for its archive software solution, AMASS for UNIX. AMASS is designed to offer a cost-effective way for enterprises to create archives with disk-level performance using removable media such as tape, optical disks, or DVDs. The software delivers disk-level performance, according to ADIC, through its use of a multi-terabyte cache that buffers any delays associated with retrieving and loading the removable media.

With the new release, v5.3.3, the size of the supported disk cache in AMASS has doubled from two terabytes to four terabytes, enabling customers to provide higher-performance read and write access for larger data sets. The update also offers newly supported technologies such as ADIC Scalar i2000 tape libraries, IBM LTO-2 and StorageTek 9840C tape drives, and Panasonic SW-9571 Multi-Drive DVD systems.

Operating system and library control software upgrade support now includes SGI IRIX 6.5.19m and 6.5.20m, StorageTek ACSLS version 6.1.1, ADIC AML server 3.12, and ADIC Scalar Distributed Library Controller (SDLC) version 2.4. Overall, AMASS supports more than 100 different libraries and 15 drive types.

"With the expanded disk cache in version 5.3.3, we've focused on extending the primary benefits of AMASS — giving general-purpose applications the scalability, cost, and security advantages of removable media — to larger data sets and more active archiving systems," says Bill Yaman, vice president, ADIC Software. "We're also continuing to improve device and platform support so that AMASS keeps addressing the widest range of enterprise storage requirements."

AMASS for UNIX 5.3.3 is currently available from ADIC reseller partners. Additional information and a complete list of AMASS features are available from the ADIC website.


Additional Briefs for 2/6/04 on Page 2:
Vormetric's CoreGuard Looks to Secure Oracle Databases
Excursion Analyzers from Absolute Analysis Receive 4G FC Support

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