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SGI adopts hybrid storage for clustered NAS

Headlines: SGI NAS uses hybrid storage with DRAM, solid-state drives and hard drives, ZFS, and SGI caching and management software in scale-out clusters.

Storage channel news roundup for April 10 to 16, 2012

SGI adopts hybrid storage for clustered NAS 

Silicon Graphics International (SGI) Corp. last week launched a clustered network-attached storage (NAS) system based on ZFS, solid-state drives (SSDs) and spinning disk in a hybrid storage architecture, and SGI’s hardware, caching and management software.

The system is built on SGI’s Modular InfiniteStorage hardware. A 4U box can hold up to 243 TB of SAS, SATA or SSDs with 6 GBps of throughput per chassis. The SGI NAS system starts at 50 TB and scales into petabytes under one management console and global namespace. The system can bridge to a Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI SAN for block storage.

SGI’s background is in servers and storage for high-performance computing (HPC), but the firm considers the new NAS system a competitor for mainstream NAS from NetApp and EMC. SGI pitches it for workloads such as NFS/CIFS home directories, archiving and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) storage.

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NetApp, Cisco expand FlexPod for smaller private clouds

NetApp and Cisco last week said they are expanding their FlexPod reference architecture, which consists of NetApp storage arrays, Cisco servers and networking, and software from other partners. NetApp and Cisco are adding an entry-level FlexPod that uses NetApp FAS2240 storage with Cisco C-Series Nexus 5000 Switches, Nexus 2232 Fabric Extender and UCS 6200 Fabric Interconnects.

The entry-level version is the first FlexPod to use NetApp’s FAS2000 entry-level storage systems and Cisco rack-mounted UCS devices. The other FlexPod architectures use NetApp FAS3200 and FAS6200 arrays and bladed UCS versions. The entry-level system is to support 500 to 1,000 users. It is also the first FlexPod with iSCSI boot support.

Read more about NetApp and Cisco’s expansion of their FlexPod reference architecture.

Oracle provides tape analytics for StorageTek libraries

Oracle has introduced its StorageTek Tape Analytics, software that monitors, manages the health of and proactively captures the performance of StorageTek libraries that are located across the world from a single pane of glass.

The software resides outside the library in a dedicated server database and captures library, drive and media health metrics through an out-of-band process so that tape drives are never taken offline to collect the data. The metrics information is sent to a central collection point, where the data is analyzed for potential problems that could cause errors in the media. It looks for capacity limitations, intrusion entry points while also providing administrators with recommendations to help prevent data loss. The software is built on the Oracle Fusion middleware code base.

Find out which of your customers are a good fit for tape archiving.

Amplidata bulks up hardware with 3 TB drives

Two weeks after optimizing its object-based storage software, Amplidata is making its appliance denser to hold more data and use less power.

The Amplistor XT Storage System now supports 3 TB SATA drives in its new AS30 module, allowing it to hold 30 TB in a 1U box and scale to 1.2 PB in a rack with 40 modules. The AS30 will eventually replace Amplidata’s AS20, which holds 2 TB drives and 20 TB in one appliance.

See when object-based storage devices could be a better alternative than file systems in this tip.

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