DataDirect adds ‘mini’ array for ‘big data’

Headlines: DataDirect Networks deploys two storage systems for people who want to start small in their approach to “big data.”

Storage channel news roundup for March 27 to April 2, 2012

DataDirect adds ‘mini’ array for ‘big data’

DataDirect Networks (DDN) launched two storage systems for people who want to start small in their approach to “big data.”

DDN is known for storage systems that deliver extreme performance and capacity but also carry large price tags. To try to broaden its market, the vendor last week introduced lower-priced arrays, including one that starts at $100,000 until the end of June.

“We found there are a lot of customers and prospective customers looking to start with DataDirect at a lower price and form factor while benefitting from scalability,” Jeff Denworth, DDN marketing vice president, said.

Read the full blog post on DDN’s two storage systems aimed at big data.

Avere Systems gives NAS acceleration devices an edge 

Avere Systems Inc. last week upgraded its operating system to give its FXT Series of NAS acceleration appliances greater control over data, including the ability to asynchronously replicate between filers.

Avere Operating System (AOS) 3.0 can turn FXT into what the vendor calls an edge filer that can be positioned in front of NAS located at remote sites or in the cloud.

FXT appliances use global namespace and a combination of DRAM, NVRAM, solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard drives to accelerate performance on other vendors’ NAS nodes, which Avere calls core filers. Avere first launched its FXT in 2009.

Check out this tip on how to solve NAS filer implementation issues.

Cloud can be game-changer for DR

Disaster recovery in the cloud is improving by the day.

At least three vendors upgraded services in recent weeks, concentrating on faster recovery for small enterprises and SMBs.

EVault added a four-hour option for its EVault Cloud Disaster Recovery Service (EVault CDR) to go with its existing 24- and 48-hour SLA options. EVault is promising to have applications on the four-hour SLA up and running within that window.

Terry Cunningham, EVault president, said four hours is the magic number to gain critical mass for his company’s cloud DR service because it opens the door for heavily regulated businesses that cannot stand long outages for critical systems.

See the full blog post on EVault’s Cloud Disaster Recovery Service.

Nutanix Complete Cluster storage appliance helps insurance firm clear VDI performance obstacle 

When New York-based insurance brokerage DeWitt Stern considered implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in 2011, storage was the main obstacle.

Specifically, the cost of adding enough storage to deal with performance issues worried the company’s IT team the most, according to Assistant Vice President Peter Emmel.

“At the end of the day, servers are not terribly expensive,” Emmel said. “We could’ve done VDI with a single server and then slowly incorporated additional servers for redundancy. But we still would’ve needed storage. We had to look at what it would cost storagewise.”

DeWitt Stern already had a Xiotech SAN for its primary storage, but Emmel said he wanted to keep his VDI storage separate from production storage. That led him to a VDI storage appliance.

Read the full story on Nutanix Complete Cluster and then listen to this podcast on supporting storage for VDI.

Atlantis unveils ILIO for Citrix XenApp

Atlantis Computing last week launched Atlantis ILIO for Citrix XenApp, which helps reduce I/O and latency problems often associated with application virtualization. The product runs on a VMware vSphere hypervisor and is aimed at customers planning to virtualize XenApp 6.5 with Windows Server 2008 R2.

The new product is built on the same codebase as Atlantis ILIO for VDI but this new version is targeted at customers deploying application virtualization. Atlantis ILIO helps eliminate I/O bottleneck because it processes I/O locally within the hypervisor’s memory. It does inline deduplication to reduce the amount of data hitting the NAS or SAN.

Read the full blog post on Atlantis’ Citrix XenApp product aimed at application virtualization.

Startup Basho heads for the cloud

Basho last week launched an object storage application for service providers and large organizations who want to build Amazon S3-type storage clouds.

According to the vendor, Riak CS lets customers store and retrieve content up to 5 GB per object, is compatible with the Amazon S3 API, has multi-tenancy features, and reports on per-tenant usage data and statistics on network I/O. Pricing for Riak CS starts at $10,000 per hardware node, which comes to about 40 cents per gigabyte for a 24 TB node.

Check out this tip comparing the different types of cloud storage.

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