Hitachi Data Systems' Yoshida talks Sun/Oracle; Network-attached storage devices for SMBs

Headlines: Hitachi Data Systems' Hu Yoshida talks about what's next for HDS and its storage virtualization products, including the next version of its USP enterprise array; here's a look at the most popular network-attached storage devices for SMBs in the $2,000 to $10,000 price range.

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Storage channel news roundup for March 3 - 10, 2010

Hitachi Data Systems' Yoshida talks Sun/Oracle, USP refresh and storage virtualization

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) said last week that its nine-year OEM agreement with Sun Microsystems Inc., newly acquired by Oracle Corp., will expire March 31. We caught up with Hu Yoshida, chief technical officer at Hitachi Data Systems, to get his take on the end of the road with Sun, what's next for HDS, and the challenges facing data storage managers as the global economy looks headed for recovery in 2010.

Read about what's next for Hitachi Data Systems in this interview with Yoshida.

Network-attached storage devices for SMBs: A NAS product comparison

Today, low-end network-attached storage (NAS) systems can scale out, scale up to a midmarket or enterprise-class NAS architecture, and offer snapshots, replication and other advanced data protection features. In fact, commodity hard disk drives (now at 2 TB) have gotten so large, commodity processors so fast, and data management features so robust that it's sometimes difficult to draw a clear line between systems meant for commercial use and those meant for "prosumers" and sold in retail stores.

See Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's report on the fourth annual NAS Quality Awards to find out which NAS systems your customers rank the highest.

SunGard adds EMC Data Domain deduplication to Secure2Disk cloud data backup service

SunGard Availability Services has updated its Secure2Disk cloud backup service, adding EMC Data Domain data deduplication appliances to cut down on bandwidth and storage capacity costs.

SunGard initially launched Secure2Disk last year with a SunGard-managed appliance on the customer's premise to gather data locally and replicate it to the SunGard data center. There, the data would be stored compressed and encrypted until the customer needed to restore it.

With the new Secure2Disk powered by EMC Data Domain, customers also have the choice of deploying a Data Domain appliance. Otherwise, the service remains the same: data sent from the on-premise appliance is stored on a Data Domain device connected to SunGard's network for recovery from an outage or disaster.

Read about how to participate in the cloud data backup market.

Dell upgrades Backup Exec data backup bundle for SMBs, with data deduplication

Dell Inc. today upgraded its disk backup box bundled with Symantec Corp.'s Backup Exec software for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), adding a data deduplication option.

The PowerVault DL2100 Powered by Symantec Backup Exec 2010 includes the newest version of Backup Exec that started shipping in January. Dell first launched its PowerVault DL2000 data backup systems in late 2008, offering customers the option of bundling Backup Exec or CommVault Simpana software with PowerVault servers. Last June, Dell brought out the PowerVault DL2100 Powered by CommVault Simpana 8 with a dedupe option.

Read this IT spending survey on how storage managers are prioritizing data backup, as well as capacity and disaster recovery.

IBM quietly releases source-side data deduplication in Tivoli Storage Manager 6.2

According to its website, IBM Corp. is bringing out Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) 6.2 this month, with improvements to data deduplication, Windows data backups and policy management.

While the company has not officially announced Tivoli Storage Manager 6.2 or responded to requests for a briefing, analysts said the updates to the data backup software are significant for Tivoli Storage Manager customers.

According to the website, TSM 6.2 will become generally available March 19 with a bundle of feature updates.

Read this tip on source-side considerations for backup design.

Hybrid cloud data archiving offered by Iron Mountain and LiveOffice

To try and persuade reluctant organizations to embrace the cloud, Iron Mountain and LiveOffice are offering hybrid cloud data archiving services that let customers keep data onsite while sending copies offsite for the vendors to store.

Iron Mountain is expanding its Digital Record Center for Medical Images service, while LiveOffice is archiving on-premise SharePoint data to its cloud storage.

Iron Mountain and Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. launched the medical images service in early 2008, installing a gateway server at the customer site to move data from PACs (picture archiving and communication system) to Iron Mountain's data center in Pennsylvania and then replicating the data to a second Iron Mountain data center in Missouri.

Now, Iron Mountain is offering the choice of two additional hybrid cloud data archiving options that include disk capacity added to the gateway appliance at the customer site.

Read this tip on data reduction for disk archiving.

Atrato self-healing disk arrays support DOE's server virtualization project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) office that oversees research and development of renewable energy has brought in Atrato Inc.'s self-healing disk arrays to support a server virtualization project.

According to Tim Porter, acting network and operations manager, the DOE's Golden Field Office in Golden, Colo., originally planned to use an iSCSI SAN from Dell Inc. EqualLogic for the project, based on the assumption that iSCSI storage would be the most cost-effective option.

However, Porter said, in the department's environment with 50 virtual servers, the Dell EqualLogic PS5000 series array the DOE tested performed at up to 120 IOPS. Atrato's Velocity1000 (V1000) disk array, connected by Fibre Channel (FC) to a parallelized back end made up of SATA disks, was clocked at 750 IOPS out of the box, and was then tuned up to 1.8 Gbps throughput.

Read the full story on Atrato's self-healing disk arrays.

Iron Mountain announces cloud archiving service for digital medical information

Iron Mountain Inc. introduced a new version of its Digital Record Center for Medical Images, a cloud storage service that the company offers for backing up and archiving digital medical information.

The Digital Record Center now includes the choice to have an onsite data storage component along with the existing cloud storage service. It also offers three new service plans: Mirrored Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Hybrid Cloud2.

Read this tip on how to become a cloud storage services provider.

The pros and cons of removable disk storage for small businesses

The idea of removable disk storage isn't new. It's been around for years. Take IBM Corp. for example. The company sold a large number of disk packs to data center customers back in the 1970s and 1980s. However, a "new" phenomenon of removable disk storage began to hit the market several years ago; so the paradigm has shifted again, making removable disk again an important enterprise and small- to medium-sized business (SMB) data storage option.

But today's removable disk is usually an entire, standard disk drive, accompanied by special packaging to make moving it from place to place a practical and reliable proposition. And that proposition turns out to be quite appealing to many kinds of customers. In fact, according to a recent study, IDC's Worldwide Hard Disk Drive 2009-2013 Forecast, removable disk shipments worldwide exceeded 600,000 "cartridges" at the end of 2009 and a compound annual growth rate of 38.1% is expected to continue through 2013.

One flavor of the technology, RDX, produced by ProStor Systems, has even spawned the RDX Storage Alliance, a trade group for participating companies, including Imation Corp. and Tandberg Data.

RDX consists of a removable disk cartridge and an RDX dock. The cartridge has a built-in 2.5-inch hard disk drive (specific capacities vary) within a ruggedized cartridge that can tolerate a one meter drop.

Read the full story on removable disk storage for SMBs.

Source deduplication decreases backup data, bandwidth needs for remote offices

The best way to tell that data deduplication has come into its own is the variety of flavors now available. Source deduplication -- also called client-side dedupe -- skips deduping data at the media server or appliance level in favor of deduping at the backup client level. This approach works particularly well with remote offices or branch offices (ROBOs) and laptops.

"If it wasn't for dedupe at the client, before anything else happens, the solution wouldn't work," said Gregory Fait, associate principal and director of IT infrastructure at architecture firm Perkins & Will. The firm's decentralized management setup and remote offices all over North America led them to source deduplication with EMC Corp.'s Avamar as part of a tape replacement project. "When you're talking about two to three terabytes at a remote site and looking at our bandwidth and the pipes we had," said Fait, "there's no choice but to do it locally before it went over the wire."

Source deduplication "is a natural evolution," said Lauren Whitehouse, senior analyst at Milford, MA-based Enterprise Strategy Group. "As people get comfortable with the technology and the technology improves, it's not having as much impact on production environments as everyone thinks," she said.

Read the full story on how source deduplication.

Sepaton brings out smaller virtual tape library with data dedupe, supports EMC NetWorker

Sepaton Inc. today launched a virtual tape library (VTL) bundled with data deduplication for smaller businesses, as well as upgrades to its data dedupe and replication software.

The new S2100-MS2 is a rack-ready dual node system that scales from 30 TB to 160 TB of usable capacity and can be upgraded in the field to Sepaton's large enterprise S2100-ES2 virtual tape library (which scales to six nodes and 1.6 PB). Sepaton claims an ingest speed of 1,200 MBps. Sepaton is also adding support for EMC Corp. NetWorker data backup and recovery software to its DeltaStor 5.3 dedupe application and enhanced reporting and better bandwidth efficiency to its DeltaRemote 5.3 replication product. DeltaRemote now also supports six nodes.

Pricing for the S2100-MS2 starts at $321,000 for 30 TB, including the DeltaStor license. DeltaRemote licensing starts at $11,000 per node. The new versions of DeltaStor and DeltaRemote are also available as an option for the S2100-ES2 enterprise VTLs.

Read this step-by-step tip on how to size a virtual tape library.

3PAR adds SSDs, sub-volume automated tiered storage to InServ arrays

3PAR Inc. is adding support for solid-state drives (SSDs) in its InServ storage arrays, as well as sub-LUN-level automated tiered storage software, a move that customers say they have been waiting for as policy-based storage management becomes a key checklist item for enterprise data storage systems supporting SSDs.

3PAR will support units of eight 50 GB STEC Inc. Mach8IOPS single-level cell (SLC) SSDs in its S Series high-end disk arrays and F-Class midrange disk arrays next quarter, according to Craig Nunes, 3PAR's vice president of marketing.

Most of the enterprise storage vendors supporting solid-state drives now use 100 GB ZeusIOPS SSDs from STEC, but Nunes said because 3PAR's systems wide stripe data across all drives in the array that makes smaller drives set up to work in parallel more optimal. Pricing for each set of eight SSDs will start at $22,400.

Nunes argued the smaller drives also offer more bang for the buck for customers. "There's not that much difference in price between, say, 146 GB and 300 GB Fibre Channel drives, because the difference is just one drive platter.

Read Eric Slack's blog post on automated tiered storage and enabling SSDs.

Laurus launches customer portal for IT asset management

Laurus Technologies Inc. announced a new customer portal that the company says will provide control and visibility of a customer's hardware installations, track asset depreciation and book value, and manage configuration and software licensing information. The company also says that the portal reduces the cost of managing IT assets since it can be used to contain all vendor maintenance contracts and that it delivers managed services and productivity gains through self-service capabilities.

Additional features of the customer portal include the ability to track end-of-service life (EOSL) information; email notifications in advance of warranty and contract expiration; and administrative access to managed services and SaaS offerings, including hosted messaging, email archiving, remote backup and disaster recovery services.

Coraid unveils partner program

Coraid Inc., maker of the EtherDrive storage arrays, recently launched the Coraid Partner Network partner program. The program includes access to sales guides and technical resources, a partner portal for access to information and leads, hands-on technical training and certification, lead sharing, co-marketing, and a deal registration program. The program offers two levels: Gold and Silver.

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