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Storage Decisions sessions ID storage networking roadmap; startups emerge with solid-state devices

Headlines: In storage networking, Ethernet alongside Fibre Channel calls for thorough implementation planning, said presenters at Storage Decisions; Kaminario emerges from stealth with a DRAM-based solid-state storage device.

Storage channel news roundup for June 10 to 16, 2010

Storage Decisions presenters say storage networking roadmap is taking new routes  

The emergence of Ethernet side by side with Fibre Channel (FC) in storage networking needs thorough planning and fresh strategies for forthcoming implementations, said presenters on the first day of the Storage Decisions conference in Chicago last week.

"Welcome to storage networking; it changed while we weren't looking,"  Howard Marks, a consultant and chief scientist at announced, in a session titled "Decision Time: Storage Networking Technology."

Marks ran down a list of the leading propellers of that change. An example is how server virtualization calls for a network upgrade and shared storage; further, there is the impending convergence of Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks into Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

During a different session, "A Practical Guide to Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)," Demartek President Dennis Martin delved into FCoE architecture and examined FCoE products that are currently available and pending .

Read the full story on storage networking discussions at Storage Decisions.

Kaminario unveils DRAM solid-state storage device

Kaminario emerged from stealth this week with a DRAM-based solid-state storage device that it says provides quicker access to data in key applications compared with applications stored on traditional SANs.

The Kaminario K2 is supported by Dell blade servers with Kaminario data management software. Every Kaminario K2 includes a minimum of two ioDirectors and four Data Nodes for 300,000 IOPS and 3.2 Gbps throughput. ioDirectors link to servers via 8 Gbps Fibre Channel and to Data Nodes via 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Every Data Node consists of processors, DRAM, two SAS drives and nodes that are clustered for high availability.

Kaminario Product Manager Arik Kol said its kOS operating system is crucial because it runs the load balancing of data across the DRAM of every Data Node. Kol explained that the DRAM of the whole system appears to be one high-speed disk to the application.

Read this tip on how solid-state hard drives are a requirement for VARs in 2010.

Storage Decisions: IT planning for disaster recovery not just about natural disasters

Successful  IT disaster recovery planning needs the right balance of technology, personnel, business processes and best practices in place to overcome sometimes formidable hurdles, say the experts who presented at last week's Storage Decisions conference.

Toigo Partners International's Jon Toigo examined "The state of DR in 2010," and Paul Kirvan, a Business Continuity Institute board member, led the session "How to prepare for a disaster recovery plan audit."

Toigo accredited the majority of disasters to software failures, hardware failures and staff cutbacks that don't leave enough people to sufficiently run and upkeep the systems. He said that just 5% of outages are natural disasters, or "smoke and rubble," which include earthquakes and hurricanes.

Read the full story on disaster recovery presentations at Storage Decisions.

SSD devices flashed by startups Anobit and Virident Systems

Two startup solid-state drive (SSD) vendors emerged from stealth mode this week hoping to challenge established vendors. Anobit released an array-based SSD it anticipates will match up with STEC Inc.'s reign over storage system OEMs; meanwhile, Virident Systems Inc. unveiled a PCI Express SSD (PCIe SSD) card to challenge Fusion-io's server-based flash.

Anobit, an Israeli startup, claims that its multi-level cell (MLC) Genesis SSDs will be able to offer the dependability and performance of single-level cell (SLC) SSDs at a similar cost. MLC flash memory appliances can hold two or more bits in every memory cell, while SLC devices hold one bit of information in every cell. That allows SLC devices to have a lesser latency and greater write endurance cycle ratings with a lower density and greater cost than conventional MLC drives.

But Anobit's vice president of marketing, Dror Salee, said Genesis SSDs circumvent established MLC endurance limitations by their use of a proprietary algorithm known as Memory Signal Processing (MSP), while enhancing performance with its controller technology.

Read this tip on using SSD vs. HDD when fixing performance problems. 

NEC launches 'mini-Hydra' for SMB backup and archiving

NEC Corp. of America recently deployed the "mini-Hydra," a single-node variant of its HydraStor backup and archiving grid storage structure, which includes data deduplication.

The mini-Hydra is officially known as the HYDRAstor HS3-210 and consists of a 2U rack-mounted system that is available in 4 TB, 8 TB and 12 TB configurations, with four Gigabit Ethernet ports that can be conjoined for a maximum performance of 350 Mbps or 1.3 TB per hour. NEC is aiming the mini-Hydra toward SMBs and branch offices.

Read the full story on NEC's launch of the mini-Hydra for SMB backup and archiving.

Sepaton updates security with Secure Erasure data erasure technology for virtual tape libraries

Virtual tape library (VTL) vendor Sepaton Inc.  is attempting to strengthen its security for long-term data retention and regulatory compliance by incorporating secure data erasure technology.

Sepaton's latest Secure Erasure feature allows storage administrators to erase all data on Sepaton VTLs in accordance with the National Institute and Technology (NIST) publication 800-88 for media sanitization. According to Sepaton, Secure Erasure does not leave behind any residual data on the VTL cartridge that could be recovered with forensic methods. The technology is licensable on the Sepaton S2100-ES2 data backup device.

Read this step-by-step tip on how to size a virtual tape  library.

Verizon Cloud Storage service allows users to select data site

Verizon Business, a division of Verizon Communications Inc., recently released its Verizon Cloud Storage service, which provides users with on-demand storage capacity; the isolation of their data in any number of Verizon's five storage sites; and an application programming interface (API) to embed the service in third-party applications.

Verizon Business' manager of cloud services product management, Patrick Verhoeven, , said the Storage as a Service product is directed toward enterprises and midmarket businesses that share data with clients, business partners, providers and mobile personnel.

Verizon Business unveiled its cloud Computing as a Service (CaaS) in June 2009, and in April updated the service with enterprise-class features, which consist of the capability for users to isolate their cloud computing environment from the Web.

Read this tip on steps to building a cloud storage services business.

DataDirect Networks CEO talks business

When a storage vendor goes shopping, privately held DataDirect Networks Inc. (DDN) often comes up as an acquisition target. The company, a high-performance computing (HPC) storage systems vendor, has been taken into account as a potential acquisition for its OEM partners Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. and IBM, and has also been associated with competitor EMC Corp. DataDirect Networks' CEO, Alex Bouzari, recently sat down with us to discuss the vendor's plans for its business and technology.

Read the interview with DataDirect Networks CEO Bouzari.

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