Storage channel news roundup for March 3 to March 9, 2011
SGI puts a Copan spin on data archiving system
Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) introduced the ArcFiniti
ArcFiniti is the first SGI product that integrates Copan massive array of idle disks (MAID) technology with SGI technology. SGI did re-brand Copan technology as the SGI Copan 400 for block data last June. Copan's MAID technology spins down disk drives that aren't active, saving on energy costs.
SGI's ArcFiniti places active file data in a virtualized primary cache on the front end and automatically moves older, less frequently accessed data to a disk-based system on the back end via SGI's Data Migration Facility (DMF) software. The primary cache has 100% spun up RAID 6 drives, and users can access it through an NFS-based network mount point. ArcFiniti's file archiving tier consists of power-managed MAID IP. All files in primary and archive tiers are always online and visible to the users.
Read more about disk-based archiving in this tip.
Community health center changes data protection strategy with Syncsort
A proliferation of virtual machines and digitized patient data prompted Community Health Center (CHC) of Snohomish County, WA, to changes its storage management and data protection strategy. The medical center network switched to NetApp FAS storage last year along with NetApp Syncsort Integrated Backup (NSB) to enable disaster recovery, speed backups and the provisioning of storage.
The Snohomish CHC provides medical, dental and pharmacy services to lower income residents without healthcare insurance. IT manager Bob Scott said data growth due to electronic medical record (EMR) systems and large-scale virtual server implementation played havoc with his backup windows and the ability to quickly provision storage. He said using NetApp storage with NSB to back up to disk drastically reduced his backup windows and the time it takes to create a virtual testing environment.
Read more about data protection in this tip.
Healthcare network's DR plan enables data center move without downtime
Virtua healthcare systems designed a disaster (DR) recovery plan to ensure there was no downtime while it moved into a new data center in New Jersey last year, and it has stuck with that DR plan now that it’s in the new data center. The setup is actually designed more to prevent disasters than to recover from them.
Virtua’s healthcare system includes four hospitals and 50 satellite sites in southern New Jersey. In 2009, the IT team began work to revamp its 20-year-old data center that was running short of power, cooling and space, and struggling to keep up with new technologies and data-intensive medical imaging systems. The new data center included upgraded EMC Corp. storage, expanded Cisco Fibre Channel and Ethernet switching, and a significant VMware implementation.
Read more about disaster recovery in this tip.
Reflexion adds integration and billing automation of hosted email services with ConnectWise
ConnectWise announced that Reflexion Networks has added integration of its Reflexion Total Control, Reflexion Archiving, eDiscovery and Recovery and RTC Encryption services with ConnectWise software.
With the new integration, ConnectWise billing agreements are automatically updated for Reflexion’s hosted services, including anti-spam, email security, email archiving and email encryption.
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