Enterprise Storage Snapshots - 2/13/04


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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 second week of February: Quantum commences shipping SDLT 600 tape drives in its tape automation libraries, LSI Logic launches its dual-channel Ultra320 PCI-X SCSI RAID solution, BroadSpire unveils a new Disaster Recovery service tailored to SMBs, and Finisar's NetWisdom/Xgig SAN Monitoring and Analysis solution joins Brocade's Fabric Aware Program.

Quantum Ships SDLT 600 Drives

Quantum this week commenced shipping SDLT 600 tape drives in its tape automation libraries. Originally announced in October by the company, which called the drives "the biggest, fastest, and cheapest super drives on the midrange tape block," the SDLT 600 drives boast 50% greater capacity than LTO2. And with transfer rates of 72 MB/s, they’re also 20% faster, too.

Quantum SDLT 600 Tape Drive

Quantum SDLT 600

"Quantum is pleased to be at the forefront of delivering new and comprehensive drive technology and tape automation choices to our customers," says Rob Pickell, vice president of worldwide marketing for Quantum's Storage Systems Business Unit. "By delivering SDLT 600 with our automation libraries, customers have the option of new industry-leading capabilities as they determine the optimal combination of reliability, performance, and capacity that best meets their current and future needs."

All SDLT 600 tape drives include the built-in intelligence of DLTSage, a suite of predictive diagnostic and management tools designed to help ensure that data backups are completed successfully and that both drives and media can be properly managed by IT administrators to prevent system outages.

The SDLT 600 is also backward-read compatible with the SDLT 320, SDLT 220, and DLT VS160 drives, and also offers an upgrade path to the enterprise-class SDLT 1200 and SDLT 2400.

Quantum will immediately ship SDLT 600 drives in its midrange M-Series tape libraries and in its P-Series enterprise tape libraries through its network of OEM, channel, and value-added reseller partners. The company also intends to ship the new drive in its L-Series autoloader family starting next quarter. [Additional Information]


LSI Logic Launches Dual-Channel Ultra320 PCI-X SCSI RAID Solution

LSI Logic this week started shipping its dual-channel Ultra320 SCSI PCI-X RAID storage adapters to the distribution channel markets. The new MegaRAID SCSI 320-2X adapters will offer mid-range servers and performance workstations a highly flexible, half-size PCI-X form factor RAID solution for environments requiring maximum bandwidth, performance, and data protection, according to the Milpitas, Calif.-based company.

MegaRAID SCSI 320-2X

MegaRAID SCSI 320-2X Storage Adapter

"LSI Logic's MegaRAID SCSI 320-2X offers customers a robust and powerful RAID solution designed around a high-speed PCI-X host interface for maximum data throughput and fault tolerant data protection," says Luca Bert, director of product and program management with LSI Logic's RAID Storage Adapters Division. "LSI Logic's leadership and expertise in delivering proven, high-performance host-based RAID technology has made us the preferred choice of the industry's premier systems manufacturers."

The MegaRAID SCSI 320-2X includes support for two internal SCSI connectors offering fault tolerant OS and data storage, as well as two external connectors for additional data storage requirements. New data protection features employed by the MegaRAID adapters include Patrol Read for enhanced detection of physical device failure and Read Error Recovery from secondary drive failures during rebuilds.

An option to field install a battery backup unit for additional fault tolerant data protection is also available for the adapter. Additional information, as well as contact information for sample inquiries, is available at http://www.lsilogic.com/contacts/index.html.


Additional Briefs for 2/13/04 on Page 2:
BroadSpire Seeks to Secure SMBs
Finisar Joins Brocade's Fabric Aware Program

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