Storage channel news roundup for Sept. 15 to Sept. 21, 2011
Kaminario, Anobit add multi-level cell flash options
Kaminario came out of stealth with its K2-D DRAM SAN last year, and is now adding a K2-F all-flash system with Fusion-io Inc.’s ioMemory PCIe cards and a K2-H hybrid system that lets customers mix DRAM and flash. The Fusion-io cards plug into the Dell blade servers that Kaminario incorporates in its SAN enclosures.
The K2-F scales from 3 TB to 30 TB, and Kaminario claims it can achieve from 100,000 IOPS to 600,000 IOPS with latency of 120 microseconds for reads and 150 microseconds for writes. Its throughput is listed as from 1 GBps to 8 GBps, and the system costs approximately $30 per GB.
Check out how to use MLC flash memory in enterprise arrays in this tip.
TwinStrata CloudArray deal gives Veeam users cloud storage
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) was following a traditional tape backup plan before Taylor Higley, director of information services, began searching for other options. His team tested a dozen options, ranging from high to low end, and finally settled on the TwinStrata CloudArray from TwinStrata Inc.
When asked why he chose TwinStrata, Higley's answer was simple. “Really, it was the ability to leverage cheap Amazon S3 storage but still have the security and reliability of Veeam’s Backup & Replication system,” he said. “TwinStrata was the missing piece to make it all work.”
Find out how to become a cloud storage services provider in this tip.
DataDirect Networks discusses new system, IBM relationship
DataDirect Networks (DDN) this week launched a new member of its Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) family of high-performance computing (HPC) arrays, and quickly pointed out a large customer deal involving the new system and IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS).
DDN claims the SFA10000-X can handle mixed workload read-write speeds of 15 GBps with solid-state drives (SSDs). It holds up to 600 drives for a maximum capacity of 1.8 PB in a rack. DDN aims the system at Big Data (analytics and a large number of objects), media and content-intensive applications. It will replace the S2A9900. DDN already has a SFA10000-E system aimed at highly virtualized environments.
Read the full blog post on Data Direct’s new SFA system and its ties with IBM.
Hitachi snaps up BlueArc
Hitachi Data Systems earlier this month announced it has scooped up its OEM partner BlueArc for $600 million, and hours after the news broke, not many seemed to be taken aback by the acquisition that gives HDS its own NAS platform.
“Little surprise, big deal,” said Arun Taneja, founder, president and consulting analyst for Taneja Group. “BlueArc has one large OEM partner, and Hitachi has never had a NAS box to speak of. They had a poor NAS offering until they signed a deal with BlueArc. The company has become more and more important to HDS. Hitachi is highly dependent on these guys, and HDS is BlueArc’s lifeblood.”
See the full story on Hitachi’s acquisition of BlueArc.
D-Link adds IP surveillance technology specialization to channel program
Networking solutions provider D-Link last week announced it is offering an IP surveillance technology specialization through its Value in Partnership channel program, which provides channel partners with technical resources to help implement IP surveillance solutions. The specialization is now available through the partnership program’s online partner portal.
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