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Hyper-V ignites SAN project for Austin Powder; tape is alive and well at college department

Headlines: Hyper-V enabled an explosives manufacturer to migrate its storage from DAS to SAN; at Ohio State University, the campus communications office is handling backup and archiving of a multimedia-heavy environment with tape.

Storage channel news roundup for July 8 to 14, 2010

Virtualized servers ignite SAN project for Austin Powder

A Microsoft Hyper-V server virtualization project prompted explosives manufacturer Austin Powder Co. to migrate its data storage from direct attached to a SAN, which its network administrator said has delivered virtual storage and more trustworthy backups.

In March, Austin Powder, of Cleveland, implemented two FalconStor Software Inc. Network Storage Server (FalconStor NSS) boxes with two Nexsan SATABeasts on the back end with SAS and SATA drives. The company implemented Microsoft Hyper-V last year and now has 32 virtual servers for production data and about 15 for testing and development.

The company has about 3 TB of production data on the SAN in its primary data center, which serves approximately 1,000 employees.

Find advice from Eric Slack on how virtualized server environments are a good opportunity to talk with customers about risk.

Ohio college communications department relies on tape for backup and archiving

At Ohio State University (OSU), tape is going strong. The campus communications office uses a Spectra Logic Corp. library and Atempo software for backup and archiving a quickly growing archive of large multimedia files in a Macintosh-centric environment.

Wayne Tolliver, a systems manager for OSU's university communications, backs up and archives nearly 60 TB of data on a Spectra T380 LTO-4 library to help control storage that doubles every two years on his disk array. The OSU communications office stores rich media data such as high-definition video and digital photography which are used for university publications and Web sites.

"We just came to the realization that we cannot store everything on disk," Tolliver said. "It's not environmentally responsible, and it's not responsible from a cost perspective or from an infrastructure perspective to keep all these things spinning on disk. You can't offsite disk. EMC will be happy to sell you another disk array that's identical to the one you bought, and then sell you TimeFinder and Symmetrix Remote Data Facility [replication software], and then you have to call your networking company and have a very fast network link connecting them. That gets expensive. Not to mention, it's not green. So we've made our bet with tape."

Get advice on using LTO-5 tape for archiving.

ProStor CEO: RDX disk to overtake LTO-5 tape

ProStor Systems is a manufacturer of RDX removable disk media, which are sold by Dell Inc., Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co., Imation Corp., IBM Corp., NEC and Tandberg Data. ProStor states that more than 80 PB of capacity and 500,000 cartridges have been shipped to more than 165,000 customers, but ProStor CEO Frank Harbist says the company is focusing on its InfiniVault data archiving product, which adds data management software and online disk to its RDX removable disk cartridges. We recently spoke with Harbist about the future of ProStor and removable disk.

SearchDataBackup: How would you describe your two businesses?

Harbist: RDX removable disk is where the company started, and that's a mission-accomplished type of situation. All major system OEMs are on board branding and selling the product. But InfiniVault is our future vision. It's long-term data retention. We're moving from basic server backup to network storage systems

Read the full interview with Harbist and then read Eric Slack's recommendation around using RDX drives for SMB archiving.

IceWeb channel program gains traction

IceWeb Inc., a provider of unified storage and cloud storage components, recently announced progress on its channel partner program, which was launched in April. The company has signed 29 partners to the program and says its goal is to have 100 partners signed within the program's first year.

Enhance Technology announces channel program Enhance Technology Inc. unveiled its new Enhance Channel Alliance Program to its dealers. The program has two member levels: the Enhance Registered Resellers level and the Enhance Premier Partner level. The company makes storage systems and products for the digital content creation, medical imaging, security surveillance, database archive applications, and IT market.

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