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Automatic storage tiering making its mark

Headlines: Automatic storage tiering has been around for a while now, but now the technology seems to be hitting its stride.

Storage channel news roundup for Sept. 8 to Sept. 14, 2011

Automatic storage tiering making its mark 

When solid-state drives (SSDs) first started showing up in storage arrays three years ago, the lack of automatic storage tiering was cited as one of the major barriers to deployment—along with cost. SSDs are still far from ubiquitous in storage arrays, but you can no longer blame a lack of automated tiering options for that.

Auto-tiering software is commonly available in today’s storage arrays. These include Dell Inc.’s Data Progression for Compellent systems, EMC Corp.’s Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) for its major storage platforms, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co.’s Adaptive Optimization for 3PAR arrays, Hitachi Data Systems’ Dynamic Tiering and IBM’s Easy Tier. These applications vary in the number of tiers they support and how much control they give customers over the process, but they all do sub-LUN tiering.

See the full story on the state of automatic storage tiering and then read up on the pros and cons of storage array-based automated tiered storage products in this tip.

Quantum StorNext appliance line grows

Quantum Corp. is adding more members to its StorNext appliance family. The company recently unveiled its Quantum StorNext G300 scale-out gateway appliances, StorNext storage subsystems for primary disk and a StorNext Archive Enabled Library targeted at midsized companies struggling with a proliferation of massive files—what Quantum calls the Big Data challenge.

Quantum is taking its file-sharing StorNext software and integrating it into appliances for easier deployment and management.

Read the full story on the expansion of Quantum’s StorNext appliance line.

Drobo’s sub-£10,000 enterprise-featured SAN Bureau Chief Antony Adshead spoke to Drobo last week about its new B1200i, and two things stood out for him from the discussion. The first was the extent of enterprise-like features in a box put out by a company associated with the SOHO and desktop storage market. The second was that the cost of the B1200i probably indicates the entry point for SAN storage.

Read the full blog post on Drobo’s enterprise-featured SAN.

AutoVirt  launches channel partner program

File virtualization vendor AutoVirt last week rolled out a formal channel partner program to provide OEMs, VARs and systems integrators with tools and support for reselling AutoVirt software. The channel partner program offers Basic and Premier partnership tiers. Partners receive financial incentives, sales and technology training and certification, marketing resources, lead referral programs, deal registration and margin protection. Members of both tiers also have access to AutoVirt’s online partner portal, which includes 24/7 support. Premier-level partners will also receive the new edition of AutoVirt’s AutoAssess, which allows users to discover and classify file data across heterogeneous file systems.

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