VMworld Storage Product Highlights: Round 1

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VMworld has become the No. 1 venue for storage vendors to introduce new products and partnerships. Here’s a quick recap of some of those announcements from this week’s conference.

HP unveiled CloudStart, a bundled solution for private clouds that HP claims can be implemented in less than 30 days. Built on HP’s Converged Infrastructure architecture and delivered by the company’s Cloud Consulting Services arm, the platform enables companies to integrate their private clouds with third-party portals, public cloud services, usage billing packages and resource management.

Key pieces of the HP CloudStart solution include the company’s BladeSystem Matrix with HP Cloud Service Automation and software, as well as StorageWorks storage resources such as the StorageWorks P4000 G2 iSCSI SAN, Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) Cluster, and X9000 Network Storage System for file-based applications. The company also announced enhanced support for VMware vStorage in the StorageWorks line.

HP CloudStart is currently available in the Asia-Pacific region, with global availability slated for December.

HP also announced Cloud Maps for VMware, SAP, Oracle and Microsoft applications, which speeds application deployment and reduces risks via pre-tested configurations.

Isilon added support for the iSCSI SAN protocol in its OneFS operating system, enabling both file (NAS) and block (SAN) I/O in the company’s ”unified scale-out” storage platforms, under a single file system and volume. The iSCSI functionality integrates with all of Isilon’s data management and protection software, enabling users to, for example, clone, thin provision, snapshot, tier, replicate and secure LUNs, which are represented as files to the OneFS software. Isilon’s systems do not support the Fibre Channel or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols.

The company also introduced Isilon for vCenter, which provides integrated snapshot functionality and VM management tools. Isilon’s OneFS operating system is certified (both NFS and iSCSI) with VMware ESX 3.5, 4.0 and 4.1.

Related article: “Isilon Puts Multiple Tiers Under One File System”.

BlueArc announced an OEM partnership with Permabit under which BlueArc will embed Permabit’s Albireo data deduplication technology into upcoming storage systems.

Related article: “Permabit Deduplicates Primary Storage”.

BlueArc also introduced a suite of products for VMware over NFS, including JetCenter for vSphere, JetClone and JetMirror.

JetCenter for vSphere simplifies management of snapshot-based backup and recovery operations by directly integrating into the vCenter interface, allowing VMware administrators to use vCenter to create backups or recover virtual machines or VMDK files.

JetClone, which is integrated into BlueArc’s 256TB SiliconFS file system, enables space-efficient, writable VMDK file snapshots. Administrators can clone only the container files rather than entire file systems.

BlueArc’s JetMirror is a replication feature designed to reduce the time required to replicate large files for data protection and disaster recovery. JetMirror uses an object-based file system as an option to the existing file-based replication software.

Xiotech used VMworld to announce that it can provide storage for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) implementations at an annual cost of $25 per user via the company’s Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) technology. Xiotech also claims 20TB of capacity and more than 12,000 IOPS in a 3U form factor, as well as 97% capacity utilization.

Related article: “Xiotech Array Targets VDI Environments”.

Emulex introduced the OneCommand Manager plug-in (OCM-VCp) for VMware vCenter Server. The plug-in is designed to simplify management of Emulex’s LightPulse Fibre Channel HBAs and OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) within VMware vSphere environments.

Infortrend introduced two arrays in its Enterprise Scalable Virtualized Architecture (ESVA) family. The entry-level, 3U E10 array has 16 drives (6Gbps SAS or 3Gbps SATA) and four Gigabit Ethernet iSCSI ports. Users can cluster up to four E10 arrays. Integrated software includes virtualization, load balancing, thin provisioning and data protection. Configured with 16 1TB SATA drives, the E10 carries an MSRP of $28,041.

Infortrend’s F70 array includes eight 8Gbps Fibre Channel and four 1Gbps iSCSI ports, and supports SAS, SATA and solid-state disk (SSD) drives. The F70 includes iSCSI-based remote replication. Configured with 16 1TB SATA drives, and data protection and remote replication software, the F70 is priced at $51,721 MSRP.

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