Pittsburgh Technical Institute revamps storage strategy around virtual servers

Headlines: Pittsburgh Technical Institute followed its virtual server initiative with a storage strategy overhaul, including SSDs and a separate backup app for virtual machines.

Storage channel news roundup for Nov. 22 to Dec. 1, 2010

Pittsburgh Technical Institute revamps storage strategy around virtual servers

After virtualizing 90% of its servers and adding approximately 100 virtual desktops to increase management of its IT infrastructure, Pittsburgh Technical Institute's IT team found it needed to graduate to a more advanced storage strategy by adding a SAN, NAS, solid state drives (SSDs) and a virtual tape library (VTL).

Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) is a private college that provides associate degree and certificate programs to more than 2,000 students through its seven schools of instruction: Building Technologies, Business, Criminal Justice, Design, Healthcare, Nursing and Technology.

PTI began virtualizing its servers with VMware approximately three years ago to reduce power and cooling, and to increase IT control over its environment with standardized desktop images.

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Compellent adds storage virtualization, SAS support to SAN arrays

Compellent upgraded its Storage Center storage area network (SAN) arrays by adding Live Volume storage virtualization software that lets customers migrate data volumes non-disruptively between its arrays, as well as hardware enhancements designed to scale the systems higher.

In addition, Compellent upgraded its controllers from Series 30 to Series 40 with Intel Xeon quad-core Nehalem processors, as well as an additional PCI slot for a total of six slots. With Storage Center 5.4, Compellent added support for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS drives, fitting up to 24 2.5-inch drives in a 2U enclosure and 16 3.5-inch drives in a 3U enclosure. Storage Center also supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet iSCSI.

Compellent SAN arrays have traditionally been sold to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and midrange organizations, but the vendor is looking for the enhancements to take it into enterprise accounts.

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UMHS uses tiered data archiving system to manage medical records

Data backup and archiving often play distinct and complementary roles in data protection, but for the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), a tiered data archiving system has almost completely replaced the role of backup.

UMHS uses a mix of disk and tape tiers to store more than half a million radiology and cardiology exams. The tiers include an IBM Corp. DS4800 Fibre Channel SAN, two Oracle StorageTek SL8500 tape libraries and 12 Picture Archiving Communications Systems (PACS) tied into a grid storing patient records in large files.

UMHS includes hospitals, health centers and clinics, the University of Michigan Medical School and its Faculty Group Practice, clinical activities of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the Michigan Health Corp.

Read the full story on the UMHS data archiving system.

MDOT forges virtual machine disaster recovery plan

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) adopted a two-pronged data backup and disaster recovery plan after virtualizing most of its physical servers, adding Acronis Backup & Recovery to protect servers along with CA ArcServe for tape backup.

MDOT has 3,000 employees at locations around the state, but backups are centralized at one of its three data centers. The department has a Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. EVA Fibre Channel SAN for virtual machines and SQL databases, and Dell PowerVault iSCSI SANs a few miles apart for disaster recovery. MDOT uses Acronis for bare-metal restore and server backups, reducing its backup times to minutes, according to enterprise systems architect Clint Johnson.

MDOT's data protection changed after it began virtualizing its Windows servers with VMware in 2009. By late summer 2010, MDOT had 125 virtual servers and Johnson said he plans to virtualize two-thirds of its 300 Windows servers by the end of the year.

Learn how server virtualization and disaster recovery go hand-in-hand in this tip.

LabTech teams up with Doyenz to offer cloud storage

Remote monitoring, management and automation (RMM) company LabTech Software announced it will team up with Doyenz Inc. and StorageCraft Technology Corp. to offer Doyenz Shadowcloud, a cloud storage service, to all of LabTech's partners. This will allow managed service providers (MSPs) protect their LabTech servers via cloud-based backup.

NovaStor updates backup tool for MSPs, NovaBackup

NovaStor announced the availability of NovaBackup xSP 12.0, its backup solution for MSPs. Version 12.0 includes the ability to remotely manage backup and disaster recovery services and VMware support. Other features of the console include an interface for management of local and off-site backups, remote setup, a Web interface with access from any location with internet access, and a dashboard that shows all installations.

The VMware support enables protection of virtual machines on a VMware ESXi server; agentless backups; and the option of full, incremental or differential backups of virtual machines.

NovaBackup xSP 12.0 is available now.

Seven10 launches partner Pprogram

Seven10 Storage Software this week launched its Handshake Channel Partner Program. The company plans to sign on new channel partners to resell StorFirst EAS, a tiered storage virtualization technology designed to let customers implement an archive and reduce their backup workloads.

The Seven10 Handshake Channel Partner Program is set to launch in January 2011 and offers benefits such as deal protection, territory exclusivity and lead generation.

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