Storage Vendors Look To ILM

Storage vendors continue to develop products for the nascent information lifecycle management (ILM) space, hoping to tap a growing corporate need to move data to lower-cost storage as its value declines.

Compellent and ONStor partnered this week to offer what they claim is the first integrated SAN and NAS solution with automated tiered storage capabilities.

Compellent said the new offering will “dramatically reduce storage expenditures by transparently migrating data between storage tiers.”

The partnership unites both block and file storage in a scalable architecture that easily expands with the addition of storage controllers, disk enclosures and NAS gateways. Compellent’s integration of ONStor’s NAS Gateway to its SAN technology results in scalable storage with transparent data migration across multiple tiers, ensuring that data is stored on the most cost-effective storage tier based on customer usage patterns and policies.

“This automated tiered storage capability eliminates the need for time-consuming data classification associated with typical information lifecycle management solutions because all data movement is based on frequency of access,” Compellent said.

The joint solution starts at $71,000.

Ario Data Networks, meanwhile, unveiled the first products in its new Capacity Storage Array family of SATA– and SAS-based network storage solutions. The company’s StorBlade architecture lets storage be managed and scaled with a single enclosure, and the combination of SAS and SATA disks allows for a tiered storage in a box approach.

The Capacity Storage Array family packs 26 TB in a single enclosure array.

The ILM focus will likely continue at next week’s Storage Networking World conference in San Diego. Hitachi Data Systems, for one, reportedly will unveil its own tiered storage solution at the conference.

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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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