Enterprise Storage Snapshots - 4/2/04Enterprise Storage Snapshots offers a weekly wrap-up of what's going on in the storage industry. Here are our storage news highlights for early April: LSI Logic hops on board the 4-Gig Fibre Channel train, STORServer passes the Petabyte milestone with its new S40000 Backup Appliance, VERITAS ships its new Data Lifecycle Manager software, Voltaire and StoreAge team on storage management over InfiniBand, and Addonics' new technology makes hard disks hot-swappable.
Following in the footsteps of firms such as Emulex, Hitachi, and McDATA, LSI Logic has jumped on board the 4-Gig Fibre Channel freight train. The Milpitas, Calif.-based company this week announced it will deliver a 4Gb/s (aka 4-Gig or 4G) Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) product family supporting the Fibre Channel Industry Association's (FCIA) vote to extend 4Gb/s Fibre Channel from a drive interconnect to HBAs and switched SAN (Storage Area Network) fabrics.
LSI Logic PCI-X HBA
4-Gig FC has caught on quickly as a bridge between current 1-2 Gig systems and the 10-Gig systems of the future. One of 4-Gig's biggest selling points is that, unlike 10-Gig, it is backward-compatible with 1-2 Gig FC. 4G will also cost about the same as 1-2 Gig systems.
LSI Logic's 4Gb/s HBAs are anticipated to be available in mid 2004 in single and dual port versions with PCI-X bus interfaces, and will be bundled with the firm's MyStorage management software, which is designed to help simplify SAN management and reduce SAN installation time.
"With businesses increasingly using Fibre Channel storage area networks and looking ahead to the performance and cost benefits of 4Gb/s technology, LSI Logic is taking all the necessary steps to meet the demands of today's storage managers," says Charlie Kraus, director of product management and marketing for the LSI Logic Storage Standard Products HBA Division. "With twice the speed of previous Fibre Channel generations and at nearly the same cost, our new 4Gb/s HBAs will deliver tremendous price/performance value."
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STORServer has extended its enterprise-class line of Backup Appliance solutions with its first product capable of storing over a Petabyte of data. The Colorado Springs, Colo.-based company claims its new S40000 Backup Appliance is the industry's highest density backup solution.
STORServer S Series
"With the S40000, STORServer Backup Appliances now hold the largest amount of online data available for immediate recovery in the smallest cabinet space," states STORServer President John Pearring.
The S40000 Backup Appliance's first frame offers the ability to handle 4 to 90 Terabytes of data, with support for adding supplementary library frames that offer 1300 additional tape cartridge slots per frame.
And as data continues to grow, storage capacity can be increased within a single frame in increments of 100 cartridge slots "on the fly" through CoD, a capacity-on-demand feature that activates additional storage slots by storage license keys, ten cartridges (that is, one TeraPack case) at a time.
The appliance offers support for LTO-2 (Linear-Tape Open) and SAIT-1 (Sony AIT) formats, with support for AIT-4 and SDLT expected to be added later this year.
"The S40000 can increase capacity in one footprint to a total of 6,150 slots — which translates to nearly 600 Terabytes of customer data using STORServer's default storage management policies," says John Sorensen, vice president of manufacturing for STORServer. "The capacity can reach nearly 1.5 Petabytes of customer data if more stringent policies are used. Every single file in this massive storage pool is available for recovery at a moment's notice."
Additional information is available from the STORServer web site.
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