Storage Vendors Eye Linux Market

Storage vendors continue to eye the Linux market, if vendor announcements at this week’s LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco is any indication.

At least a half-dozen storage vendors saved announcements for the event, among them VERITAS, Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) and Emulex. Vendors trumpeted their long history of support for Linux.

“For the last seven years, we have focused on delivering and enhancing storage solutions for Linux environments,” boasted Scott Cleland, director of marketing for AMCC’s Storage Business Unit.

AMCC unveiled 3ware 9000 Series SATA RAID controllers boasting 400 MB/second performance with Linux Kernel 2.6.x and the XFS File System. Designed to support the next generation of 64 bit computing applications, the new controllers support single arrays of up to 4.8 TB via 64 bit LBAs on one controller. AMCC also offers the 3ware 9000 Series controllers with Multi-lane Internal (MI) connectors for high capacity industrial environments.

“The 3ware 9000 Series represents our fastest SATA RAID controllers to date, and when combined with Kernel version 2.6.x and the XFS file system, Linux system builders can offer the industry’s highest-performing and cost-effective RAID solutions,” Cleland said.

VERITAS Software extended its range of Red Hat Enterprise Linux-certified offerings with the 4.0 versions of VERITAS Storage Foundation, VERITAS Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC, VERITAS Storage Foundation Cluster File System, VERITAS Cluster Server with the Global Cluster Option, and VERITAS Volume Replicator software. VERITAS Storage Foundation software incorporates an innovation called the Portable Data Container that allows customers to migrate data to Linux and back again in a matter of minutes. VERITAS also announced that VERITAS i3 v7.0 software will extend end-to-end application performance management to Linux.

VERITAS also announced that the company has joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and will participate in the lab’s Data Center Workgroup.

InfiniBand firm Topspin Communications announced that Canada’s Universite de Sherbrooke has selected Topspin’s Server Switch as the fabric for its new computer science data center. The university will build what Topspin claims will be North America’s largest operational InfiniBand cluster for science and engineering research.

Arkeia Corp. chose the conference to announce a $4 million round of equity funding from Banque Populaire and Credit Lyonnais. Arkeia, which targets the Linux-based backup and recovery market and claims to have been profitable since its inception in 1996, also announced that it will work with Coraid Inc. to certify Arkeia’s flagship enterprise network backup software on Coraid’s EtherDrive Storage Blade appliances for networked disk storage using standard Ethernet connections.

Yosemite Technologies also announced support for Coraid’s EtherDrive for its TapeWare backup and recovery software.

Also at the show, HBA vendor Emulex announced support for RedHat and SuSE Linux, and Red Hat showed off its Global File System.

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Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for Time.com, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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