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F5 looks to bring ARX NAS virtualization, file migration to smaller organizations

Headlines: F5 adds midrange and entry-level ARX devices as it attempts to bring NAS virtualization and file migration to organizations besides large enterprises.

Storage channel news roundup for July 7 to July 13, 2011

F5 looks to bring ARX NAS virtualization, file migration to smaller organizations

F5 Networks Inc. is rolling out two new members of its ARX platform this week in an attempt to drive the NAS virtualization and file migration appliances into SMBs and smaller enterprises.

The new midrange ARX2500 and entry-level ARX1500 models are 1U appliances with higher performance and scalability than the ARX2000 and entry-level ARX500, which will be replaced by the ARX1500, F5 Product Marketing Manager Renny Shen said. The ARX2500 offers four Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 8 Gbps throughput for data processing. That compares with 12 GbE ports and 4 Gbps throughput for the ARX2000.

Check out this tip on NAS-based file virtualization.

EMC VMAXe looks to power private and public storage clouds

EMC Corp. officially launched the Symmetrix VMAXe this week, a scaled-down version of its VMAX enterprise storage array. EMC VMAXe is aimed at organizations that use server virtualization with plans to move to a private storage cloud, as well as IT service providers offering public cloud services.

EMC has tried to keep the VMAXe under wraps until today, but word leaked out last month of the pared-down system that uses a different version of the VMAX Enginuity operating system, a different software package than the VMAX and also lacks mainframe connectivity. The VMAXe began shipping in early June.

Read the full story on EMC’s launch of Symmetrix VMAXe, and check out this handbook on private cloud storage software and hardware.

VMware gets deeper into storage with vSphere 5

Storage played a big part in VMware’s vSphere 5 launch Tuesday, as the vendor introduced a new software product called vSphere Storage Appliance and made enhancements in the areas of storage management and provisioning, replication and disaster recovery in virtual environments.

“Storage plays a central part in what we’re doing [with vSphere 5],” VMware senior product marketing manager Mike Adams said. “A lot of it has to do with advancing the cloud, but we’re also trying to help people become more efficient with storage.”

Read the full blog post on VMware’s launch of vSphere 5.

Tape’s future in the data centre is assured

With the reduction in the per terabyte cost of disk and the advance of data deduplication technologies there has been an increase in speculation about what the future holds for linear tape.

Historically, and perhaps stereotypically, tape has been seen as a cheaper alternative to disk; it consumes no power when not in use and it is easily moved to an offsite location. Disk, on the other hand, has often been considered as more expensive although it requires less administration, is unaffected by slow or small data streams and has much improved restore times, particularly when restoring individual files.

Read the rest of the blog post on tape’s future in the data center, and check out this tip on LTO-5 tape and LTFS position format for archiving.

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