Winchester Systems Pricing for RR2P

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Winchester Systems, Inc. announced a significant speed improvement to their RR2P Rugged Removable Canister disk arrays designed for mobile use aboard planes, ships and ground transports. These ‘purpose built’ products are used primarily by the US military and emergency responders.

The product enables authorized personnel to quickly remove reconnaissance and surveillance images and video from the RAID disk array and immediately plug it into a ground station for analysis and insert new canisters into the mobile asset for rapid redeployment. In capturing high resolution imaging data, recording speed is of the essence. Accordingly, the company made improvements to the product to increase the write data rate by 29% to 2,000 MB per second and the read data rate by 10% to 2,200 MB per second.

The RR2P is lightweight 2U RAID disk array chassis made of milled aluminum, weighting only 48 pounds with hard disk drives and 44 pounds with Solid State Disks in two removable canisters. Each canister holds ten compact 2.5″ HDDs or SSDs with capacity to 1 TB each and total system capacity to 20 TB. All ten disks in a canister are carried as a single unit by a handle for safe transport and locks into place with a positive locking lever. Reliable canister connectors are military grade for field usage and are mounted to float to protect against shock and vibration. Designed for harsh environments, each canister includes an easy-to-replace filter that protects against ambient dust and humidity.

The RR2P is a configurable Fibre Channel 8 Gb hosted product, with two ports per canister, that offer options including AC or DC power supplies variety of disk and SSD storage alternatives. It is conveniently only 17″ wide to mount with a variety of standard rackmount rails and offers optional base plate mounting screws for secure lockdown to the vehicle. Prices for RR2P disk arrays start at under $40,000. Products are available now, are built to order and delivery is 8 weeks.

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Scale Computing Pricing and Costs

Scale Computing sells servers loaded with the company’s custom storage software for small businesses that don’t necessarily need the petabytes of storage that massive companies need. The company offers 3TB nodes for $12,000, 6TB nodes that cost $15,000, and 12TB nodes that cost $21,000. The technology is designed to be plug and play, allowing businesses to plug in additional storage nodes without having to bring down their services or migrate data.

The Indianapolis, Ind.-based company’s funding comes at a particularly strange time, since cloud-based storage solutions are beginning to dominate the small- to mid-sized business space. Cloud computing products are typically much cheaper than building and maintaining databases in-house. They also charge per gigabyte of storage, so companies don’t end up paying for any wasted space.

There are some concerns with storing information on the public cloud — particularly in regards to security. Most major companies have strict security standards that can’t be fulfilled with public cloud storage services. That’s not to say cloud storage providers like Rackspace aren’t able to keep the data secure. It just means that the companies’ compliance requirements are often too high to effectively use the service.

There are also some performance concerns, because the information still has to be streamed through the internet from cloud storage servers onto a local device. That can lead to some lag, and the lost time can pile up after a while. Devices plugged into a local network are always going to be faster than having to stream information through a broadband connection. But as cloud computing becomes more advanced in the form of compression techniques and faster broadband infrastructure, those concerns are quickly disappearing.

Scale Computing’s most recent round of fundraising was led by Scale Venture Partners and Northgate Capital. Existing investors, which include Benchmark Capital, also participated in this round. Rob Theis, managing director of Scale Venture Partners, will join the company’s board of directors as part of the deal.

Scale Computing has secured more than 200 companies as customers and shipped 1,000 of its storage nodes. Scale Computing has raised a total of $31 million including the most recent round of fundraising.

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Sepaton Cost Reduction for Oracle Backups

SEPATON S2100® Data Protection V6.1 software is immediately available. S2100 systems start at $115.5K for the S2100-DS3.

SEPATON, Inc., the only company in the world that delivers disk-based data protection solutions specifically designed for large enterprises, today released DeltaStor® DBeXstream™ software, the only software in the industry that can back up and restore large databases at industry leading rates while also delivering unprecedented capacity reduction through byte-differential deduplication. The breakthrough software is part of the 6.1 release of its enterprise-optimized data protection software, which powers its S2100 systems.

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“Until now, no technology could effectively deduplicate databases that were backed up through multiple ports in parallel (multistreaming), forcing enterprises to choose between fast backup and efficient capacity reduction,” said Linda Mentzer, vice president of product management and marketing, SEPATON. “EMC Data Domain’s integration of Boost with Oracle RMAN attempted to address the challenge of delivering fast backups for Oracle databases, but their option requires the installation of third party software on the database servers, which introduces complexity and performance issues. SEPATON’s breakthrough DeltaStor DBeXstream is the only technology that efficiently deduplicates multistreamed and multiplexed enterprise database backups for any very large database, including Oracle, SQL, and DB2. With it, enterprises get both maximum backup and restore performance and industry leading deduplication ratios, cutting the cost of VLDB data protection.”

“Large companies run large complex data sets. Database performance is critical – both in production and when being protected,” said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Normally, users need to compromise between backup speed and deduplication efficiency, but SEPATON’s new release takes that compromise right off the table. Large shops should welcome this capability with open arms.”

In addition to DBeXstream, the 6.1 release includes several other important innovations. SEPATON is the first third party vendor to deliver Symantec-certified support for NetBackup OST A.I.R. and Accelerator and also supports Optimized Synthetics and Granular Restore. The 6.1 release includes new hardware accelerated replication, increased daily system throughput, and transparent space reclamation across all backup applications.

SEPATON S2100® Data Protection V6.1 software is immediately available. S2100 systems start at $115.5K for the S2100-DS3.

Available at no charge for customers under maintenance agreements.

Supporting Resources

Download the new Enterprise Strategy Group white paper titled, “SEPATON 6.1 brings truly enterprise backups to enterprise databases and new options to Symantec owners.”

http://go.sepaton.com/2012-Web-WP-ESG-Enterprise-Symantec.html

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Sepaton S2100-DS3 Pricing

Sepaton Availability and Cost
The SEPATON S2100-DS3 pricing starts at $110K for a 10TB usable system inclusive of compression and de-duplication.

SEPATON, Inc. announced the extension of its enterprise data protection platform with the introduction of the S2100-DS3 Series 1000 and 2000 systems.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of large enterprises with multiple remote locations, the DS3 gives enterprises the ability to deliver the same standard of data protection to remote offices that have previously only been available to primary data centers.

By delivering a data protection solution for remote offices that can be centrally managed and administered from the corporate data center, SEPATON eliminates a challenge to remote locations by backing up and replicating more data in less time and keeping more data online longer in a secure, high availability environment for quick restores.

“At the largest enterprises in the world, up to 30% of corporate data – the data in remote offices – goes unprotected, or protected by an ad hoc process,” said Mike Thompson, president and CEO, SEPATON, Inc. “This creates a significant data protection ‘gap.’ With the delivery of the DS3, large enterprises will be able to deploy the SEPATON data protection platform from core to the edge of the enterprise to the other. Finally, large enterprises will be able close the data protection gap, integrating all of their data protection into a single, centrally managed process.”

“Remote offices of larger firms are characterized as having local data critical to the organization and limited IT personnel to manage local backup processes. Delivering reliable backup that requires little to no local staff intervention and the ability to manage backup systems remotely is highly desirable. Optimized WAN data transfer from remote offices to the central data center to enable disaster recovery is an added bonus,” said Lauren Whitehouse, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “SEPATON’s DS3 offers IT organizations the means to effectively and efficiently ensure data protection in distributed environments.”

The DS3 platform is available starting with 10 TB or 20 TB usable capacity options in a 2U form factor.

Features include:

Performance: The DS3 cuts backup and restore times with two Fibre Channel and two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports as a standard feature. The S2100-DS3 Series 2000e delivers backup speeds of up to 1500 MB/sec. Performance optimization features include automated load balancing of backup, restore, deduplication and replication for continuous, maximum performance. The DS3 delivers concurrent backup, deduplication and replication. It supports Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) on 10 Gb Ethernet concurrently with Fibre Channel tape emulation.

Simplifies complexity: Easy to implement, manage and maintain, the DS3 is designed for remote offices with limited IT resources. It installs quickly and without changes to backup policies. It features tape emula­tion and integration with leading backup software applications, saves administration time with advanced automation of all storage provisioning and performance optimization and replication as well as remote management from the main data center.

Flexibility: Each DS3 can provide up to 192 virtual devices simultaneously, each of which can be configured as a virtual library or virtual tape drive. Up to 64,000 virtual tape cartridges can be configured per platform. Up to three additional expansion disk trays can be added for a maximum usable disk capacity of 80TB per system.

Data deduplication: The DS3 includes compression and advanced DeltaStor deduplication tech­nology that reduces capacity usage without slowing backup or restore performance.

Remote replication: DeltaRemote replication software utilizing SEPATON’s delta differencing technology cuts the bandwidth required to replicate over a WAN by as much as 97 percent.

Reliability: The S2100-DS3 is designed to protect data from faults and failures for continuous access to stored data. High availability features include SATA RAID-based storage as well as redundant power and cooling and remote monitoring through alerts. In addition, the SEPATON system software is protected by redundant, internally mirrored drives.

Original Article from the Storage Newsletter

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Whiptail Storage Pricing

Excerpt only, see complete article from StorageSearch

Note: the pricing mentioned here is part of Whiptail’s history and is probably outdated. As always, the manufacturer is your best source for current budgetary pricing…if they will provide it!

In February 2009 – WhipTail Tech announced details of its iSCSI compatible 2U rackmount RAID protected SSDs. Available with 1.5TB (price approx $60,000) or 3TB capacities the systems internally use COTS flash SSDs managed by EasyCo’s MFT technology which significantly improves write IOPS and endurance….

In July 2009 – WhipTail Technologies announced a 6TB version of its 2U SSD appliance. Pricing starts at $46,000 for a 1.5 TB system.

WhipTail’s CEO, Ed Rebholz said “One of Tier 0 storage’s downfalls to date has been the perception within the industry that it’s too expensive. Since WhipTail’s introduction earlier this year, we’ve already made significant strides in helping our industry peers to gain a new perspective. And in introducing the 6TB capacity, not only is WhipTail setting the bar for performance, footprint and affordability, but now we’re the SSD capacity leader.”

Editor’s comments:- it’s certainly the highest density server acceleration SSD I’m aware of. But you should be aware that the internal flash is MLC (and not SLC) which is a bird of a different feather. The memory type wasn’t stated in the original text of the press release.

A company spokesperson assured me that WhipTail manages the write cycle to ensure that the MLC disks last a minimum of 7 years when under load.

Other competing 2U SSDs in this capacity range include:- the RamSan-620 a 5TB SLC flash SSD from Texas Memory Systems and the Violin 1010 a 4TB SLC flash SSD from Violin Memory.

In October 2009 – WhipTail Technologies became the 1st SSD appliance company to market integrated in-line deduplication. WhipTail announced it will ship its newly renamed Racerunner (6TB) NAS SSDs with Exar’s Hifn BitWackr deduplication and compression solution in Q4 2009. Racerunner has demonstrated deduplication performance in excess of 1Gbps.

In February 2010 – StorageSearch.com published a new directory on the subject of – Solid State Storage Backup (S3B).

In March 2010 – WhipTail Technologies announced a Europe wide distribution and support agreement with Consolidate IT.

In April 2010 – WhipTail Technologies published a white paper which discusses how SSD acceleration can economically close the scaling performance gap which comes from virtual desktops and compares the SSD vs HDD array costs for a 5,000 virtual user system.

Although there’s nothing in this article which introduces new SSD acceleration architectural concepts – the 13 page document is a clearly written modern introduction to anyone interested in learning about how SAN centric SSDs can accelerate common applications. …read the article (pdf)

In August 2010 – in an effort to improve its prospects in the datacenter WhipTail Technologies announced a new name for its NAS SSDs – Datacenter XLR8r instead of Racerunner – and also unveiled HA options which involve dual failover systems. The little lizardy creatures are still on WhipTail ‘s site. Serious SSD buyers aren’t scared by animal brands.

In September 2010 – WhipTail Tech’s CTO, James Candelaria shared his SSD Bookmarks with readers of StorageSearch.com.

In August 2011 – Enterprise Strategy Group published a test report on WhipTail Technologies’ 2U iSCSI SSD appliance in a simulated 300 desktop VMware / W7 environment. Applications ran glitch free – even when a flash drive was removed.

In January 2012 – WhipTail announced it has secured a Series B funding round led by RRE Ventures, with Ignition Partners and Spring Mountain Capital also participating.

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Starboard Storage Pricing from $59K

From The SSD Review

Starboard Storage Systems, a company that was launched in February, has announced the release of their AC72 mixed storage system.

Facilitating what Starboard is calling “Application Crafted Storage”, the new unit should allow administrators to employ a “set it and forget it” attitude when it comes to managing storage.

This will allow the focus to be exclusively on maintaining applications. Many an IT manager will no doubt appreciate this.

The new system will incorporate what the company is referring to as a Dynamic Storage Pool, which transfers data in parallel so that performance scales with the addition of new drives. The feature also allows new drives to be added on the fly and doesn’t require any array rebuilding, like a traditional RAID configuration would, which should make any wired techs job that much easier.

Starboard also mentions an SSD accelerator tier, which, like the name implies, is a multi-tiered SSD caching scheme which allocates the newest data to the fastest storage. Starboard states that performance is doubled by its inclusion, making it a welcome addition which should significantly improve application performance, providing consistent responsiveness for end-users and admins alike.

The AC72 will include support for protocols such as CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel, and will provide up to 474TB of storage. Starboard Storage Pricing starts at $59,995 for the 24 TB variant. Costs may vary based on location and channel method.

The interesting thing about this news is, of course, that Starboard Systems quite literally came into existence today. According to several different sources, they have their roots in a company called Reldata, which was also a provider of storage systems. Starboard has stated that they will continue to support existing Reldata products, though they will no longer be supplying new systems.

I do have to wonder, though, about Starboard System’s decision to enter the enterprise storage market just as other companies are beginning to diversify. It really does seem like a bit of a gamble at this point in time, even with the advanced capabilities of their new product. Perhaps previous reports regarding the saturation of this market segment were overstated. On the other hand, it could be that Starboard will begin expanding their business rapidly to ensure continued growth.

Whatever ends up happening, it’s certainly going to be an interesting year for the enterprise storage market, as we now have another strong player in what is turning out to be a fascinating part of the industry. I think what may be so intriguing, specifically, is the fact that multiple participants in this segment have released SSD caching solutions, Starboard Systems being the latest entry.

Seeing as only one company is supplying caching software for the consumer space at the moment, the opportunity seems ripe for the introduction of another contestant in this young but promising field. Being that Ultrabooks, one of the main benefactors of SSD caching, are expected to explode in popularity, this avenue certainly seems like an excellent path to business growth bliss. With any luck, enterprise oriented firms will embrace being diverse in lieu of having an adverse reaction to what could possibly be one of the most lucrative markets this year.

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Quantum Releases “Big Data” M6600 Appliance

The StorNext M660 Metadata Appliance starts at $120,000; StorNext M330 starts at $75,000. Both appliances are available now.

StorNext M6600 Metadata Appliance stores up to 800 million files.

Quantum on Tuesday announced the StorNext M660, a new larger version of its metadata appliance. The device aims to store large numbers of objects generated from video editing, genomics, remote sensing, video surveillance, and seismic exploration applications.

Twice as large as the company’s M330 appliance, the StorNext M660 can store up to 800 million files in as many as eight file systems. The StorNext M660 can be integrated with Quantum Q-Series Storage for high-performance primary data as well as with the StorNext AEL Archive for near-line archiving.

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Nexsan Pricing Guide

I found this excellent Nexsan Storage Buying Guide by Drew Robb at http://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/storage-hardware/nexsan-storage-buying-guide.html

LOTS of pricing in this article 🙂

Nexsan may not be one of the giants of the storage world. But it is good at offering disk — lots of disk. It has a firm focus in the SAS and SATA disk array marketplace with an eye on the midmarket.

“Midmarket customers need storage solutions that offer enterprise features along with high density, expandability and high performance,” said Gary Watson, CTO of Nexsan.

Nexsan SATABoy

SATABoy offers a storage capacity of 28 TB via 14 x 2 TB SATA drive bays. That’s a lot of disk to pack into a 3U footprint. The company includes hot-pluggable disk expansion, single or dual controllers, multiple high availability (HA) access modes, two RAID engines per controller, full redundancy, dual Fibre Channel (FC) and iSCSI support, 2 GB of battery backed cache, the ability to mix and match SAS with SATA disks if desired, AutoMAID power management, and support for multiple sets and Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs). Pricing begins at $9,000.

“SATABoy is targeted at primary and secondary storage applications, as well as long-term bulk and backup applications,” said Randy Chalfant, vice president of strategy at Nexsan. “SATABoy is Nexsan’s most compact storage system, where cost-effective high capacity is paramount.”

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