NetApp updates midrange FAS; HDS launches first SSD product; more news

NetApp added two new models of its FAS storage array with greater capacity, processing power and array flash caching; more news.

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NetApp FAS storage line refreshed with FAS3220, 3250 models

NetApp Inc. last week refreshed the midrange line of its flagship FAS storage array platform, adding capacity, processing power and array flash caching to two new models of its FAS3200 series.

The new FAS3220 and 3250 arrays replace NetApp's FAS3210, 3240 and 3270 arrays.

The FAS3220 is the direct replacement for the FAS3210. It has 24 GB of system memory and eight processor cores in each high availability (HA) pair, compared to the 3210's 10 GB of memory and four cores. The FAS3220 also has 480 drives -- twice as many as the 3210 -- for a maximum capacity of 1.2 petabytes (PB) when fully loaded with 3 terabyte (TB) drives.

Read the full story on NetApp's updates to the FAS storage line.

HDS launches in-house flash controller for VSP arrays

Hitachi Data Systems Corp. last week launched its first solid-state storage product using its internally developed flash controller. The proprietary Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage module is available for the HDS Virtual Storage Platform, and uses Hitachi's flash memory controller and multi-level cell flash technology in 2U rack.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) also unveiled a new 8U chassis the company built to house the new flash storage module. Each 2U module contains three 1.6 terabyte (TB) drives, and each chassis can hold up to four Accelerated Flash storage modules for a total of 12 solid-state drives (SSDs). One Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) system can hold four new flash chassis for a total of 6.4 TB to 76.8 TB of flash.

Read the full story on the launch of HDS' first SSD product and then get advice on using MLC flash in enterprise arrays.

Storage hypervisor: Hypothetical or storage's future?

By now you may have heard the term "storage hypervisor." You probably don't know exactly what it means, but that isn't your fault. Vendors that use the term to describe their products disagree on the exact meaning, although they mostly agree on why such a technology is useful.

A vendor panel at the Storage Networking World (SNW) show in Santa Clara, Calif., last month set out to define storage hypervisor. The represented vendors sell different types of products, though. The panel included array-based virtualization vendor Hitachi Data Systems Corp., network-based storage virtualization vendor IBM, software SAN virtualization vendor DataCore Software Corp. and virtual machine storage management vendor Virsto Software Corp.

Learn more about how vendors define the term "storage hypervisor."

Asigra Cloud Backup now protects cloud apps, VMs, mobile devices

Asigra Inc., which sells backup software to managed service providers, last week released Asigra Cloud Backup 12 with expanded support for cloud applications and platforms, virtual machines and endpoint devices. It also added support for NetApp Inc. array-based snapshots as it strives to turn Asigra Cloud Backup into a platform for all backups.

"We're looking at backing up data into a single repository using one platform irrespective of where it is and which format it is in," said Pavan Vyas, product marketing manager at Asigra. "Version 12 is a step in that direction."

Read the full story on updates to Asigra Cloud Backup, and learn more about cloud backup for MSPs.

TwinStrata adds cloud NAS to CloudArray

TwinStrata Inc. last week added network-attached storage capability, a solid-state drive option, more service provider partners and a new pricing alternative to its cloud storage arrays.

The changes are part of TwinStrata's CloudArray 4.0 platform. The cloud network-attached storage (NAS) support complements the iSCSI SAN capability TwinStrata has offered since it began selling its CloudArray products in 2010.

TwinStrata's new CloudArray P300 models consist of a virtual appliance and three physical devices with redundant controllers. The P300 models include at least 1 terabyte (TB) of usable local cache and support up to 50 petabytes (PB) in the cloud.

Read the full story on TwinStrata's changes to the CloudArray platform.

EMC pushes online file sync into Documentum through Syncplicity

EMC Corp. last week said it is integrating Syncplicity's online file sync and collaboration technology with its Documentum platform to allow access and sharing of enterprise content management data on mobile devices.

EMC acquired Syncplicity, a cloud-based file management service provider, last May for an undisclosed sum. The integration with Documentum is EMC's first technology release since it acquired the privately held startup that now is part of EMC's Information Intelligence Group (IIG) portfolio.

"We have quadrupled spending for Syncplicity," said Jeetu Patel, general manager for EMC's Syncplicity business unit. "We are investing heavily on the product side and we are aggressively growing the team. We have a high level of executive attention on this."

Read the full story on EMC's integration of Syncplicity and Documentum.

NexGen Storage beefs up monitoring in ioControl, aims to eliminate guessing

NexGen Storage Inc. is beefing up storage monitoring and performance automation for its hybrid flash arrays designed to handle heavily virtualized workloads.

The Louisville, Colo., startup's new ioControl 2.1 management software has more granular storage performance and quality of service (QoS) metrics than the previous version. It shows how key metrics, such as block size and queue depth, affect system response times to applications. It also has a new vCenter plug-in to apply QoS controls to VMware Inc. data stores and an improved dashboard to display the way system resources affect application performance.

Read the full story on improvements to NexGen Storage's hybrid flash array storage monitoring and automation.

EVault Endpoint Protection to use Windows Azure cloud

Backup provider EVault Inc. announced a deal recently to use Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform as a target for EVault Endpoint Protection backups.

EVault Endpoint Protection is designed to protect data in laptops, it offers centralized management, and data recovery can be accomplished by individual users themselves, according to EVault, which is owned by Seagate Technology LLC.

The agreement is good news for both companies, said Rachel Dines, a senior analyst with Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.

Learn more about EVault's agreement to use Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform with Endpoint Protection backups.

Tech Data adds Amazon cloud services to Solution Store platform

Tech Data announced last week that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been added to its Solution Store platform, making available a more complete cloud infrastructure.

With AWS, Tech Data's resellers will now have access to services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), AWS Storage Gateway and Amazon Relational Database Service.

Solution Store is a marketing, selling, provisioning and billing tool and is intended to give resellers the opportunity to provide more niche products and services. AWS will be available to Tech Data's 60,000 VARs immediately.

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