Storage channel news roundup for Aug. 25 to Aug. 31, 2011
MLC drives, PCIe technology give SSDs run for their money
IT managers turned off by the high price of solid-state storage might
Research from Framingham, Mass.-based IDC shows that MLC NAND flash accounted for only 27% of the enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) revenue last year. But the market research firm predicts MLC revenue will rise to 52% next year and hit 60% in 2013.
Jeff Janukowicz, IDC’s research manager for solid-state storage, attributed the surge in MLC interest to the more than 50% price discount versus the single-level cell (SLC) drives that dominate enterprise solid-state shipments plus advancements in controller technology that have improved MLC performance and endurance.
Find out which customers are good candidates for enterprise MLC.
Virtual Instruments improves SAN monitoring probe, software
Virtual Instruments Inc. this week upgraded its SAN monitoring products with a new SAN Performance Probe and updated VirtualWisdom software. Both products can provide visibility in a Fibre Channel (FC) SAN and help administrators analyze and troubleshoot performance problems.
The SAN Performance Probe, which replaces the SanInsight Probe FCX, is an out-of-band 2U monitoring appliance that gets real-time data from Fibre Channel (FC) headers. The new device has 205 metrics, compared to 108 in the previous version. Administrators can use these metrics to gain a granular view of how the I/O traffic is moving in a FC SAN. The probe now also supports 8 Gbps FC compared to the previous version that supported 4 Gbps. Virtual Instruments executives said they plan support for 16 Gbps FC and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) in future versions.
Check out this tip on storage performance monitoring in customers’ storage systems.
Symantec adds data backup appliances for NetBackup, Backup Exec
LAS VEGAS -- Symantec Corp. is going full speed ahead with its data backup appliance model, this week adding its fourth NetBackup appliance for enterprises and its first Backup Exec appliance for small and medium-sized business (SMB) backup. Symantec also said at VMworld that it is focusing on integrating its backup software with VMware to do a better job of virtual machine backup.
Symantec added the NetBackup 5220 data appliance that protects virtual and physical systems, removes the need for a separate master or media server and does source and target deduplication. It also launched a Backup Exec 3600 appliance based on Backup Exec 2010 software.
Read the full story on Symantec’s data backup appliances for NetBackup and Backup Exec.
Quantum, Acronis target VMware backup and recovery at VMworld
LAS VEGAS—Quantum Corp. and Acronis launched new products specifically aimed at VMware backup and recovery this week at the opening day of VMworld 2011. Quantum brought out the vmPRO 4000 appliance based on technology it acquired from Pancetera Software in June and Acronis rolled out vmPROtect 6 backup software.
The launches come as more organizations are turning to data backup and recovery products aimed specifically at VMware, such as Quest Software’s vRanger and Veeam Software’s Backup & Replication. Every major backup vendor has made some move to optimize VMware backup and recovery.
Quantum’s vmPRO 4000 is Quantum’s DXi 4500 data deduplication backup appliance for remote offices with Pancetera’s virtual appliance that optimizes virtual machine backup. Quantum executives say they plan to add the Pancetera software to the DXi midrange and enterprise appliances as well as StorNext appliances for file archiving.
Check out this tip on VM backup.
VMware performance, capacity, scalability improvements pave way for mission-critical apps
When VMware vSphere 5—which became generally available last Friday—launched in July, VMware executives said that they expected at least half of the mission-critical workloads in their customers’ data centers to be running on virtualized servers this year. And, they plan to increase that number by 10 percent a year.
The company’s executives are counting on improvements in vSphere 5—including storage management enhancements—to push the adoption needle faster. Experts and enterprise customers agree that the barriers to using virtualization for mission-critical apps, such as VMware performance, scalability and capacity, have been overcome, although users still need the proper storage, servers and networking to make it feasible.
Check out the full story on how more mission-critical apps are running on VMware’s platform.
VMware previews next-gen vStorage APIs for vSphere
LAS VEGAS—VMware is planning to “radically” change storage management and provisioning in vSphere environments, removing the need to set up LUNs, RAID groups and NAS mount points. In VMWorld preview sessions this week, a VMware engineer demonstrated a future set of vStorage APIs that go beyond vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) and vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) in facilitating communication between vSphere and arrays.
VMware Principal Engineer Satyam Vaghani said the new APIs would use tools such as I/O Demultiplexers, Capacity Pools and VM Volumes. A VM Volume is a virtual machine disk file (VMDK) stored natively inside a Fibre Channel or Ethernet SAN.
Read more of the story on VMware’s next-gen vStorage APIs.
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