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HDS, two vendors boost their cloud storage; Double-Take Flex for HPC delivers iSCSI SAN boot option

Headlines: HDS and startups Cleversafe and Nirvanix are strengthening their cloud storage offerings; Double-Take launches Double-Take Flex for High Performance Computing, a diskless iSCSI SAN boot solution for Windows HPC Server.

Storage channel news roundup for June 24 to 30, 2010

HDS, Cleversafe and Nirvanix boost their cloud storage

Established storage vendor Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and new vendors Cleversafe Inc. and Nirvanix recently agreed to reinforce their cloud storage offerings, following the current trend of vendors looking to convince customers to move toward a cloud model.

HDS deployed a Private File Tiering solution, which the vendor says is the initial offering of a planned family of cloud solutions. Cleversafe deployed Version 2.1 of its object-based software that offers a basis for service vendors and government organizations to provide cloud storage services. With this latest offering, the startup is rendering its software available separately in lieu of solely on an appliance. Nirvanix launched its hNode hybrid cloud storage solution that gathers files in the customer's data center and replicates to Nirvanix's offsite Storage Delivery Network (SDN) cloud.

According to analysts, every kind of storage provider is working on packaging their offerings for cloud implementations.

"Vendors are setting the foundation for selling products through cloud service providers, and becoming cloud service providers themselves," Rick Villars, vice president of storage systems and executive strategies at IDC, said.

See this guide on private cloud storage hardware and software.

Double-Take Flex for HPC delivers iSCSI SAN boot option for HPC Server

Double-Take Software Inc. last week deployed Double-Take Flex for High Performance Computing (HPC), a diskless iSCSI SAN boot product for Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2.

Double-Take's product manager for the Flex product, Steve Marfisi, refers to Flex for HPC as a "one-vendor diskless boot solution for Microsoft HPC that uses the native PXE [Preboot eXecution Environment] boot capabilities on existing systems."

The solution's deployment arrives as Vision Solutions readies the completion of a $242 million acquisition of Double-Take. The agreement, made public in May, is likely to close in July, following the approval of Double-Take's shareholders.

See this tip on how to choose the right iSCSI initiator type.

Isilon updates scale-out NAS operating system with tiering, analytics

In the wake of the expansion of its storage tier selection in the past few months, scale-out NAS provider Isilon Systems Inc. has enhanced its operating system software to facilitate the management of data across various tiers, and has included advanced analytics as well.

The new features of Isilon's OneFS 6.0 include SmartPools and InsightIQ for the management and monitoring of data across every one of its NAS systems. Isilon's software enhancement arrives after a succession of hardware upgrades over the last year or so, as it launched systems for transactional data and archiving in 2009 and solid-state drive (SSD) systems in February. Isilon's strategy is to expand its NAS customer pool from high-performance markets, including broadcasting and genomics, to more conventional NAS applications.

SmartPools enables users to concurrently use multiple Isilon IQ storage nodes in one file system, volume and namespace. This allows customers to set up and run a storage tier across several levels of hardware performance.

InsightIQ is launched as a virtual appliance for VMware and offers performance and file-system analytics.

Read Eric Slack's take on why clustered NAS is a requirement for VARs in 2010.

Zmanda updates Zmanda Cloud Backup with DR capabilities

Zmanda Inc. last week launched the third version of its Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB), updating it with cloud disaster recovery, Microsoft Server 2010 support and bandwidth throttling to the online data backup service for SMBs.

Zmanda Cloud Backup 3 is also updated with support for Amazon S3 data centers in Singapore, and Zmanda reduced price rates for the service that safeguards desktops and servers. ZCB is founded on Zmanda's open-source backup software.

SMBs currently use ZCB 3 to operate production servers with cloud-based online backup data for disaster recovery in the event that the primary data location becomes unavailable.

Read this tip on disaster recovery testing for SMBs vs. the enterprise.

Sepaton updates VTLs with storage pooling and readies for expansion

Sepaton Inc. recently included storage pooling and enhanced monitoring and reporting capabilities for its S2100-ES2 virtual tape libraries (VTLs) while priming for the extension of the platform from past just a VTL to support Ethernet and file-based interfaces.

The S2100-ES2 is currently founded on the Hitachi Data Systems AMS 2100 storage platform. Additionally, the recent release of the operating system supports content-aware monitoring and reporting, and the trackable erasure of VTL cartridges.

Linda Mentzer, director of product and program management at Sepaton, said the company shifting its data backup systems closer to a "unified secondary storage infrastructure." Sepaton, she said, has plans to add a network-attached storage (NAS) interface and support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet, iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

Read the full story on Sepaton's addition of storage pooling to its VTLs.

Can 50 TB tape cartridges enhance data archiving?

Innovations in tape technology will amplify its density and capacity while rendering it increasingly searchable, prolonging tape's usefulness for data archiving rather than its standard function as a data backup solution.

This past May, Hitachi Maxell Ltd. and the Tokyo Institute of Technology claimed they have made available a new high-capacity tape media with the use of ultra-thin nano-structured magnetic film. The data tape cartridge consists of an areal density of 45 GB per square inch and offers greater than 50 TB of capacity per standard backup tape cartridge. This is 33 times greater than the capacity of existing LTO-5 tapes.

This top density was reached as a result of a new technique known as the facing targets sputtering method. Magnetron sputtering methods are presently utilized to make LTO tape and cannot be employed for fine composite films.

Read the full story on whether 50 TB tape cartridges can enhance data archiving.

LabTech releases disk-based backup and recovery tool

LabTech Software, maker of remote monitoring, management and automation solutions, has announced LT Backup, an integrated backup and disaster recovery tool for managed service providers (MSPs). LT Backup, which is sold as a hosted solution, comes with daily automated recoverability tests for backup restorations.

The company said the new tool captures snapshots of the entire system and restores the images to any computer or virtual machine. It performs a complete bare-metal recovery and server migration, including from physical servers to virtual servers. LabTech software can set up, schedule, execute and delete backup jobs and installs with wizard-based tools.

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