Enterprise Storage Snapshots - 3/12/04


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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 March: MaXXan Systems debuts a pair of virtual tape systems, iQstor targets SMBs with its new iQ1200 SATA Storage System, LeftHand Networks launches a Windows Storage Server 2003-powered SAN Filer, Iron Mountain introduces a comprehensive e-mail management and compliance solution, and Kashya's KBX4000 hits the reseller circuit.

MaXXan Debuts New Virtual Tape Systems

MaXXan Systems has unveiled a pair of virtual tape systems designed to increase the speed and reliability of existing third-party backup applications by using disks to emulate industry-standard tape libraries.

Built on the company's Storage Application Network Engine (SANe) architecture, the SVT100 and SVT200 virtual tape systems can be deployed as disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup solutions that minimize the cost of enterprise storage by utilizing existing backup servers and software.

MaXXan SVT100 Virtual Tape System

SVT100 Virtual Tape System

"MaXXan is offering a solution that is squarely at the intersection of two trends: movement of intelligence to the fabric and disk-to-disk backup and restore," says Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst of the Taneja Group. "There is no question in my mind that these trends are not passing fantasies or fads, but represent true value for the customer."

SVT200 Application Card with MXV320 Intelligent Application Switch

MaXXan SVT200 Application Card
with MXV320 Switch

The SVT100 serves as a standalone system for mid-range environments or remote sites that lack the need for a complete switch solution, while the SVT200 application card integrates into MaXXan's MXV320 Intelligent Application Switch for data center implementation. The MXV320 switch combines a scalable director-class switch with multiple storage applications – such as virtual tape – within the same platform, according to MaXXan.

Both the SVT100 and SVT200 are powered by FalconStor's IPStor Virtual Tape Library software and integrate into the MaXXan Operating System (MOS) software. The virtual tape appliances support a wide range of backup software applications, including CA Brightstor, Legato Networker, HP Data Protector, VERITAS BackupExec and NetBackup, Syncsort Backup Express, and Tivoli Storage Manager, and can be configured to emulate LTO, SDLT, and StorageTek 9840 tape drives, as well as libraries from ADIC, HP, IBM, and StorageTek.

The MaXXan SVT100 and SVT200 virtual tape systems are currently available through MaXXan-authorized resellers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Taiwan, China, and South Korea, with MSRPs starting at $39,000 for the SVT100 and $34,000 for the SVT200. Optional software services can also be added to provide active/active clustering support and data replication support for high availability and disaster recovery solutions. [Additional Information]


iQstor Targets SMBs with Intelligent, Inexpensive SATA Storage System

With claims of being first to market in two distinct areas, iQstor is hoping its new iQ1200 storage solution will appeal to the budgetary and technology needs of small and mid-size business (SMB) customers.

The first broken barrier involves cost, with the iQ1200 being the first 1TB storage solution on the market for under $10,000, according to the Newbury Park, Calif.-based firm. iQstor also claims its new storage solution is the first SATA product to feature embedded data services and SATA storage in a single 3U chassis.

iQstor's iQ1200 Storage System

iQ1200 Storage System

The iQ1200 solution is a self-contained storage system that combines enterprise-level features with SATA drives to "deliver efficient storage growth, scalability, data protection, storage automation, and simplicity — at a price point that's dramatically less than comparable Fibre Channel solutions," according to iQstor.

Each iQ1200 supports up to fifteen Serial ATA disk drives, providing a maximum total storage capacity of 3.75TB. The appliance features four front-end FC ports and up to 4GB of cache memory per storage system, and supports RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, and 1+0 for data protection.

The storage system includes iQstor's SAN Manager, a centralized policy-based tool that allows administrators to dynamically configure and manage a SAN, and an array of embedded data services software for addressing specific business requirements.

The iQ1200's data management services include: Storage Virtualization Services (SVS), for consolidating storage resources and provisioning storage on demand; Managed Snapshot Services (MSS), for quick and easy virtual duplication of critical data with non-disruptive snapshots; Volume Copy Services (VCS), for providing a comprehensive replication solution; Intelligent Capacity Management Services (ICM), for continuous monitoring of storage consumption and intelligent policy-based management; and Remote Replication Services (RRS), for delivering disaster recovery capabilities to SMBs.

iQstor's iQ1200 storage system is now available through the company's network of domestic and international business partners, with estimated end user pricing starting at $9,995 for an entry level 1.2TB configuration with virtualization software. A near-line storage solution with 3.75TB and virtualization software is priced at $16,576, while a configuration with 3.75TB, SAN Manager, and data services software suite is available from iQstor for $33,572. [Additional Information]


Additional Briefs for 3/12/04 on Page 2:
LeftHand Launches Windows Storage Server 2003-Powered SAN Filer
Iron Mountain Introduces Comprehensive E-Mail Management and Compliance Solution
Kashya's KBX4000 Hits the Reseller Circuit

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