Hitachi announces first enterprise unified storage system; more news

News briefs: Hitachi last week added the first enterprise unified storage system to its Hitachi Unified Storage platform; more.

With HUS VM, Hitachi takes its unified storage to the enterprise

Building on its Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) platform launched in April, Hitachi Data Systems last week added its first enterprise unified storage system. The new HUS VM combines the HUS unified architecture with the HDS Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) enterprise storage virtualization controller.

HUS VM is a smaller-capacity system than the VSP and lacks Fiber connectivity (FICON) support for mainframes. It's expected to compete with entry-level enterprise storage area network (SAN) arrays such as the EMC VMAX 10K, Hewlett-Packard 3PAR, IBM XIV and NetApp FAS6200 systems, and larger midrange multiprotocol storage such as the EMC VNX7500 and IBM Storwize V7000.

 Read the full story on Hitachi’s new HUS VM.

Boston-area IT pros face a variety of backup challenges

Attendees at a recent TechTarget Backup School seminar in Dedham, Mass., said they face a variety of backup challenges. Capacity demands, long-term data retention, complex storage environments and DR requirements were among the biggest concerns, according to conference goers.

Edwick Quiles, network administrator for soft drink maker Polar Beverages, based in Worcester, Mass., said the biggest backup challenges he faces are long-term retention of data and managing backups at remote sites. The company has been using Acronis Backup and Recovery for about three years to protect about 4 TB of data. Quiles said he chose Acronis for its ability to back up both virtual and physical servers.

Read the full story on the backup challenges attendees at TechTarget’s Backup School said they're facing.

Amazon Glacier will impact cloud archiving

The buzz around the Amazon Glacier cloud archiving service since it launched in August indicates Glacier could become a disruptive force in cloud storage. But who it will disrupt and how it will affect the players already in the market remains unclear.

Amazon's penny-a-gigabyte pricing model will certainly be tough to match by smaller competitors that can’t afford to store data at that price. That makes Glacier appealing for organizations looking to move large archives off tape and to the cloud.

Read the full story on the effects of Amazon Glacier.

Silver Peak Systems tweaks replication acceleration, bypassing network

WAN acceleration vendor Silver Peak Systems last week launched its Velocity program, which enables storage managers to set up and manage array-based replication optimization without requiring changes on the network.

For Velocity, Silver Peak Systems tweaked its Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) software to make it work directly with midrange storage replication applications.

One benefit of WAN optimization is that it accelerates replication between sites by only sending changed blocks of data across the IP network. But WAN optimization devices connect to Ethernet networks, requiring networking admins to configure switches and routers and manage the optimization software.

 Read the full story on Silver Peak’s Velocity program.

Hybrid and all-SSD arrays can save money, when used in the right spots

Price is considered a hurdle to deploying solid-state storage, but some organizations find flash systems can actually save money for specific applications.

That is especially the case for newer storage systems designed to take advantage of solid state at lower costs. Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., spent an estimated one-third as much with a NexGen hybrid SSD array for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as it would have with traditional disk storage. And Fort Worth, Texas-based Aerospace Optics Inc. acquired a Nimbus Data S-Class all-SSD array for about 10% of what it would have cost to buy hybrid arrays from later vendors.

Read the full story to learn more about how flash systems can save money and then read Jeff Byrne's column on whether flash can solve cloud service providers' needs.

AC&NC unveils new JetStor RAID arrays; Infortrend offers new NAS

Advanced Computer & Network Corp. announced new JetStor arrays, and Infortrend Corp. showed off new EonNAS 1000 models last month, as both companies offer up new products for SMBs.

The new JetStor arrays support data compression and dedupe, snapshots, thin provisioning, and unified authentication, Advanced Computer & Network (AC&NC) said. The units are compatible with environments using VMware, Citrix Systems Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V, Unix, Windows and Apple OS, the company said.

Read the full story

STORServer announces updates to backup appliance lineup

Backup storage vendor STORServer Inc. announced a series of updates to its integrated backup appliance lineup last week. The appliances offer backup software and hardware bundled in a 2U form factor.

According to the company, its entry-level Backup Appliance offerings now include the BA601, which has a 1.5 TB built-in storage pool that can accommodate an additional 6 TB or 9 TB of internal storage. Another offering, the BA701, has a 4 TB storage pool, and users can add an additional 10 TB or 15 TB of internal storage, the company said. Both models allow for one base disk shelf, expansion shelves and tape library connectivity, using built-in Serial-Attached SCSI with the option for Fibre Channel on a PCI Express x8, according to the company.

Read the full storyon STORServer’s newest updates to its backup appliances and then read about STORServer's updated reseller portal.

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