Riverbed enhances WAN optimization for EMC SRDF

Headlines: Riverbed RiOS 6.5 software for its Steelhead WAN optimization appliances aims to speed replication between EMC Symmetrix boxes using SRDF; also enhances QoS

Storage channel news roundup for Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, 2011

Riverbed enhances WAN optimization for EMC SRDF

Riverbed Technology Inc. added selective optimization for EMC Corp.'s Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) SAN replication application with its release of its RiOS 6.5 operating system for its Steelhead WAN optimization appliances. Selective optimization for SRDF is designed to speed replication across a WAN for disaster recovery.

RiOS enables greater control of SRDF, said Jeff Boles, senior analyst and director, validation services at Taneja Group. Riverbed has added more intelligence into how RiOS 6.5 deals with SRDF so it can more intelligently handle and recognize SRDF configurations. The new version of RiOS lets administrators fine-tune optimization for SRDF on a per-RDF-group basis.

"Riverbed has been supporting SRDF for years and this is an incremental improvement," Boles said. "But it's extremely important in a complex environment that will have complex consistency groups. It will help companies replicate application consistency groups faster."

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Drobo rolls out SMB storage systems for business use

Data Robotics (Drobo) is moving squarely into the SMB storage market with its new family of business products launched this week.

Drobo's storage systems are 12-bay and eight-bay iSCSI storage area networks (SANs) and an eight-bay file sharing system with remote backup. The 12-bay Drobo 1200i includes thin provisioning, data-aware tiering and an option for solid-state drives (SSDs) as well as SAS and SATA, and are due out around mid-year. The eight-bay systems -- the B800i and B800fs -- are available this week.

The new systems will be the first from Drobo marketed solely for businesses. They are larger versions of its current iSCSI storage and file servers for prosumers and photo and video pros with added management and data protection software, a new GUI, and rackmount form factor.

Read more about SMB storage systems in this article.

Promise Tech and Promark sign strategic distribution agreement

Promise Tech announced that it has signed a strategic distribution agreement with Promark Technology Inc., a value-added storage distributor. Promark will promote Promise’s complete storage portfolio to its channel partners throughout the United States. Promise’s storage portfolio includes the VTrak x30 Series, VTrak S3000 Storage Virtualization Appliance, VTrak x10 Series and Vess RAID.

StorageCraft sponsors MSP University Boot Camps

StorageCraft Technology Corp. announced that it is sponsoring MSP University Boot Camps in 11 cities across the country this year. The MSP University Boot Camp is a three-day program that offers information on IT solutions, sales and marketing strategies and more ways to deliver managed services. StorageCraft will be holding a cloud disaster recovery training session for MSPs in these University Boot Camps.

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