Feb 132013
 

Original article by Alex Woodie at itjungle.com

The BA601 starts at $9,898, which is the first sub-$10,000 offering by STORServer. Pricing for the BA701 starts at $14,499. In the enterprise space, the EBA802 starts at $18,999, the EBA1202 starts at $29,919, the EBA2202 starts at $53,919, and the EBA3202 starts at $110,180.

As backup volumes grow, so too must the servers that drive the backups. To that end, backup appliance vendor STORServer last week announced upgrades to three of its product lines that will bring bigger, beefier hardware to bear on customers’ backup workloads.

STORServer sells integrated appliances that include all the hardware and software needed to successfully back up one’s data. The Colorado Springs, Colorado, company’s offerings have a decidedly blue tint to them, in that it builds its appliances on IBM X64 servers and powers them with IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software. It also includes a nice management GUI on top of TSM and streamlines the TSM implementation to create a backup combination that STORServer says is second to none in the industry, but this story is all about new hardware.

To that end, the company has enhanced its offerings across three product areas, including its entry-level Backup Appliance (BA) offerings, its Enterprise Backup Appliance (EBA) line, and its Instant Restore (IR) appliance.

STORServer has launched two new entry-level appliances, including the BA601 and the BA701, to complement the BA851 that it launched earlier this year. The BA601 ships with 1.5 TB of internal storage, which can be increased by 6 TB or 9 TB, and can handle backup environments that see up to 1 TB of changed data per day. The BA701 includes 4 TB of storage built in (which can be increased by 10TB or 15 TB) and can handle 2 TB of daily changes. By comparison, the BA851 came with up to 15 TB of SAS disk-based storage, and could handle 1.2 TB of daily changed data.

STORServer also bolstered its EBA line, which is based on the IBM System x M4 server line. The new EBA802 replaces the EBA801 and EBA851 models, and can handle up to 3 TB of changed data daily. The new EBA1202 replaces the old EBA1102 models, and can handle up to 5 TB of changed data daily. The EBA2202 replaces the EBA2102 and EBA2502 models, and is deal for backing up as much as 7 TB daily.

The new monster EBA3202 replaces the EBA3102 and EBA3501 models. It features two 16-core processors and a base storage duo that includes 2.8 TB of internal SSD storage, 2.7 TB of regular disk. This 5.5 TB pair provides very high backup performance, and can handle up to 10 TB worth of daily backups.

All of STORServer’s new BA and EBA appliances can be bolstered with additional disk shelves and tape outputs on the backside. All of them provide built-in de-duplication, and support replication to other appliances or to the STORServer cloud.

STORServer also announced the new IR501, the latest iteration of its Instant Restore appliance for backing up Windows and Linux servers in branch locations and remote offices. The IR501 features up to 11 TB of raw storage, which is effective for storing up to 3 TB of data. Total storage capacity can be increased to 40 TB with the optional expansion shelf, or data can be replicated to a second IR appliance, or even a BA or EBA appliance.

STORServer also included pricing with its latest announcement, which shows the company is growing more confident in its solutions. (The fact that STORServer did so well in a recent appliance roundup by storage industry analyst DCIG also didn’t hurt the company’s confidence.)

The BA601 starts at $9,898, which is the first sub-$10,000 offering by STORServer. Pricing for the BA701 starts at $14,499. In the enterprise space, the EBA802 starts at $18,999, the EBA1202 starts at $29,919, the EBA2202 starts at $53,919, and the EBA3202 starts at $110,180.
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 February 13, 2013   Articles With Pricing, StorServer
Feb 072013
 

Excerpt from Storage Newsletter, “SimpliVity Out of Stealth Mode”

Reveals 2U box OmniCube, all-in-one low-cost VCE or FlexPod

SimpliVity Corporation, a provider of simplified IT infrastructure solutions for virtualized environments, announced the company’s formal entry into the IT market with the launch of OmniCube, an all-inclusive, assimilated IT infrastructure platform designed and optimized for the VM environment.

It is a low-cost, ultra-functional, high-performance, automated IT Infrastructure platform that empowers a single administrator to manage the infrastructure, exclusively from the VMware vCenter.

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OmniCube is a simple to manage, 2U rack-mounted building block that delivers storage, computing, and networking services for the VM environment. Two or more OmniCube systems are deployed together to form an OmniCube Global Federation, a massively scalable pool of shared resources that enables data movement, extensive scalability, and enterprise system availability – all managed globally from a single pane of glass.

Each OmniCube system comes standard with:

  • Simplified, Extensive Scale-Out
  • Global, unified VM-Centric Management
  • Real-time in-line global deduplication and compression across entire data life-cycle, geographies and the cloud
  • Data Protection: tunable RPO on per-VM basis
  • Low cost, easy to manage DR
  • Public Cloud Integration
  • Cache accelerated performance

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SimpliVity has developed a new IT infrastructure stack called OmniStack, which includes numerous patent-pending innovations and delivers a new and efficient way of managing IT, including storing, managing, protecting and sharing data globally, including on the public cloud.

OmniStack encompasses broad functionality and a novel data architecture, in which all data is deduplicated and compressed at inception, once and forever, at fine-grain 4KB – 8KB data-sets; across nodes, data-centers, geographies and the public cloud. The OmniCube Accelerator, a PCIe module responsible for all of the intensive algorithm processing, ensures that the deduplication and compression can run inline with no impact on performance. The management and mobility of data in these very small data sets enables the assimilation of OmniCube’s core functionality-data mobility, resource sharing, intelligent caching, scalability, and high availability – into a single platform.

OmniCube supplants the functionality of numerous traditional independent products with a simple, low cost, 2U package, resulting in savings in capital costs and operating expenses, while improving the management of the VMs and the business applications that depend on them.

The SimpliVity OmniCube CN-2000 starts around $32,000 and the CN-3000 starts around $55,000 (US List).

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 February 7, 2013   Articles With Pricing, Simplivity
Jan 182013
 

IBM recently introduced their Storwize v3700 designed for the SMB market. They provide an online pricing/configuring tool here.

According to IBM, the v3700 highlights include:

Easily managed and deployed system with embedded graphical user interface based on the IBM® Storwize® interface design

Experience rapid, flexible provisioning and simple configuration changes with internal virtualization and thin provisioning

Have continuous access to data with integrated nondisruptive migration

Protect data with sophisticated remote mirroring and integrated IBM FlashCopy® technology

Benefit from advanced functionality and reliability usually only found in more expensive systems

Features dual controllers with up to 180 TB of capacity and 8 GB of cache packaged in a compact, 2U 19-inch rack-mount enclosure

Scales up to 120 2.5-inch disk drives or 60 3.5-inch disk drives with four expansion units

Provides host attachment through 1 Gb iSCSI ports (standard), with support for 10 Gbps, Fibre Channel over Ethernet and 8 Gb Fibre Channel available as options

Helps reduce power consumption with energy-saving features

Organizations of all sizes are faced with the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. But storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more and more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources but need to stay responsive to dynamic environments and act quickly to consolidate, simplify and optimize their IT infrastructures. The new IBM Storwize V3700 system provides a smarter solution that is affordable, easy to use and self-optimizing, enabling organizations to overcome these storage challenges.

Storwize V3700, the most recent addition to the IBM Storwize family of disk systems, delivers efficient, entry-level configurations specifically designed to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses. Designed to provide organizations with the ability to consolidate and share data at an affordable price, Storwize V3700 offers advanced software capabilities usually found in more expensive systems.

Web-based GUI with point-and-click management capabilities
Internal disk storage virtualization enables rapid, flexible provisioning and simple configuration changes
Thin provisioning enables applications to grow dynamically but only consume space they are actually using
Simple data migration from external storage to Storwize V3700 storage (one-way from another storage device)
FlashCopy creates instant application copies for backup or application testing

2U modular disk system
1 Gb iSCSI host interface with optional 8 Gb Fibre Channel or 10 Gb iSCSI/Fibre Channel over Ethernet host ports
Up to 180 TB of capacity
Maximum disk drives:
Small form-factor enclosure: 24 x 2.5-inch drives
Large form-factor enclosure: 12 x 3.5-inch drives
Supports up to four expansion units (up to 120 drives per system)
Dual-port, hot-swappable 6 Gb SAS disk drives
Support for RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10
4 GB cache (per controller) standard, upgradable to 8 GB
Redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans
AC power (110 – 240 V)

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Jan 072013
 

Original Article by Brian Beeler at Storage Review

Excerpt…

Skyera has launched the SkyHawk, a half-depth 1U rack-mountable box that provides up to 44TB of flash storage with an Ethernet switch built in. Not only is the system ridiculously full-featured for such a diminutive box, Skyera is also attacking price. By leveraging 19/20nm consumer MLC NAND flash Skyera is able to drive pricing of roughly $3/GB for native storage, with the value proposition reaching as high as $1/GB with data compression and deduplication enabled. The SkyHawk also includes all the expected software features like thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning and storage QoS.

While Skyera isn’t yet a household name in the enterprise storage market, they do have a deep set of engineering chops as much of the team drove the development of the initial SandForce SSD controllers. By taking a renewed look at all of the components in the technology stack; flash controller, RAID controller, storage blades and network interface, the Skyera team was able to generate a 100X life amplification for the NAND. This longevity of course is what drove the ability to use low cost consumer MLC NAND, instead of more expensive eMLC or SLC NAND, while still providing the endurance and reliability that the enterprise requires.

Getting More out of MLC NAND

The drive to reduce cost in flash-based enterprise storage arrays is nothing new, almost every startup in the storage array market offers some take on MLC NAND as the driver of lower cost performance storage solutions for the enterprise. Where Skyera believes they have an edge though is they’ve crafted their own proprietary flash controller complete with proprietary algorithms that allow the controller to adapt to the flash as it ages. As a result, Skyera expects to deliver five years’ worth of enterprise endurance with the consumer-grade MLC flash being used. Another core advantage is that since Skyera owns the architecture, they can easily adapt their firmware and controller to work with future generations of flash that will require different write parameters.

Networking Too

Not typically found in flash arrays, the Skyera SkyHawk also includes a built-in network switch. The switching feature includes 40 GbE ports and three 10GbE ports and is designed to give compute servers a more direct path to the Skyera flash storage tier. The array does not require the switch to be used, but by Sykera providing the option, users can eliminate another hop in the data path that can introduce latency.

Pricing and Availability

Skyera offers the arrays in three capacity points of 12TB, 22TB and 44TB with pricing of $48,000, $77,000 and $131,000 respectively. The early access program begins in Q3 of this year, with general availability scheduled for Q1 2013.

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Oct 012012
 

You can get Self-Service Nimble Storage Pricing at 4NimbleStorage.com, or follow this link:

Nimble Storage announced the availability of an entry-level converged primary and backup storage array designed and priced to meet the requirements of smaller IT environments and remote offices while delivering the functionality and performance associated with enterprise-class SANs.

The Nimble CS210 combines primary and backup storage in a single array, and is built around a new architecture designed for flash memory in combination with high-capacity drives – a solution that delivers high performance at a low cost.

While the system’s capabilities and usable capacity of 8TB for primary storage and backup system for smaller IT environments, its performance also makes it for I/O-intensive applications such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments. Furthermore, built-in capacity optimization and WAN-efficient replication enable it to serve as a cost-effective offsite storage array for disaster recovery for small to midsize IT environments.

“With the CS210, Nimble has uniquely addressed the storage pains of the mid-market,” said Mitch Gram, vice president of professional services at Sovran, a technology solutions provider and Nimble partner. “Smaller firms have all the challenges of the enterprise for functionality, features and performance in a SAN, but on a smaller scale and with more constrained budgets. The CS210 can help our customers meet those challenges, while providing an ideal solution for demanding environments such as VDI.”

The CS210 breaks new ground in providing disaster recovery at an affordable price. Offering WAN-efficient replication, the solution is up to 20 times more bandwidth efficient than a typical SAN, making DR possible over even moderate-sized WANs and without requiring separate WAN optimization solutions. And the CS210 offers improved recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery-time objectives (RTOs) when compared with replicated disk-based backup solutions.

The CS210 delivers enterprise-class functionality:

Performance. The CS210 delivers performance in this form factor and price band, particularly for the most challenging random-read-and-write IO patterns.
Instant, integrated backups and restores. The CS210 eliminates backup windows by enabling instant backups on the same array used for primary storage. Backups take seconds and do not impact application or storage performance.
Intelligent data optimization. A copy of active ‘hot’ data is held in flash, enabling fast reads, while all data is stored in cost-effective, high-capacity disk. Data is laid out sequentially, enabling fast writes to flash and disk.
Inline compression. Unlike existing architectures that store data as fixed-size blocks, Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) stores variable-size blocks, achieving 50- to 75-percent compression with no added latency.
Replication. Disaster recovery with the Nimble CS210 is enabled by highly WAN-efficient replication, up to 20 times more efficient than typical SAN replication.
Data recovery. Sixty to 90 days of compressed, block-level incremental snapshots are captured on high-capacity disk at scheduled intervals, improving recovery-point objectives.
Virtualization support. The CS210 provides simplified application management and VM-consistent backups for Microsoft and VMware environments.
Thin provisioning. The CS210 maximizes storage capacity by allocating blocks of data on-demand, virtually eliminating instances of allocated but unwritten space.
Zero copy cloning. With zero copy cloning, the CS210 enables efficient data reuse by allowing entire storage volumes to be copied with no appreciable increase in storage capacity requirements.
High availability. The CS210 incorporates dual, hot-swappable controllers and power supplies with mirrored NVRAM, ensuring system availability.
Administration. An user interface eliminates the complexity of provisioning and managing separate storage, backup and disaster recovery devices, and also removes the administrative overhead of managing massive data copies between tiers. Predefined application and data protection policies allow new volumes to be created in just three steps.

“Smaller mid-market enterprises face the same storage challenges as their large counterparts, even if their storage capacity requirements are an order of magnitude smaller,” said Amita Potnis, senior research analyst, worldwide storage systems, with analyst firm IDC. “Nimble has taken a smart approach to the challenge, building on the exhaustive feature set and proven functionality of its enterprise-class CS220 and CS240 arrays. The CS210 is built for the IT generalist who needs a full-featured SAN with no compromises.”

Innovation
Nimble Storage’s CS Series is based on its Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL), which enables fast inline data compression, intelligent data optimization leveraging flash memory and high-capacity disk, instant optimized backups and WAN efficient replication – all in a single device. CASL allows organizations to reduce their capital expenditures for storage and backup while eliminating the need for separate, disk-based backup.

Self-Service Nimble Storage Pricing and Availability

The CS210 is available exclusively through authorized Nimble Storage partners.

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Sep 182012
 

Excerpt from Howard Marks of Network Computing http://www.networkcomputing.com/servers-storage/hyperconverged-stacks-from-simplivity-an/240007306

In last week’s post, “The Hyperconverged Infrastructure,” we explored the industry trend toward integrated storage, compute and networking stacks, and its latest development, in which vendors combine the compute and storage components into a single, hyperconverged, scale-out building block. Two vendors, SimpliVity and Scale Computing, used last month’s VMworld to reveal new hyperconverged systems.

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The OmniCube’s software also provides inline data deduplication, which not only expands the available storage in the cluster but also reduces the amount of internode data replication traffic needed to make the system able to survive a node failure. Since OmniCube’s storage subsystem was designed specifically to host vSphere VMs, it has enough context to manage storage on a VM rather than a volume basis–including per-VM application-consistent snapshots and replication.

Since the data is deduplicated in ingest, OmniCubes use significantly less WAN bandwidth for replication than other storage systems. SimpliVity even has a software instance of the OmniCube stack that can run on a public cloud so organizations can use cloud providers for disaster recovery.

If SimpliVity’s offering was just a scale-out hybrid storage system with inline dedupe and the ability to do per-VM application-consistent snapshots as well as replicate VMs to a public cloud provider, it would join Tintri as one of my top storage systems for virtualization. Add in that I can run my workloads on the same system or from other vSphere hosts so I can scale compute and storage separately, and I start thinking it might be too good to be true.

By comparison, Scale Computing aimed its HC3 at significantly smaller use cases and customers than SimpliVity. For the past several years, Scale Computing has been selling scale-out unified storage systems for SMB/SME customers built from 1U servers running Linux and an extended version of IBM’s GPFS distributed file system. While most hyperconverged systems use a virtual machine running under a hypervisor as a virtual storage appliance, Scale’s HC3 uses clustered GPFS and runs the KVM hypervisor on top of GPFS.

While KVM, Linux and GPFS provide a reliable platform, they’re not widely known as easy to use and generally require a significantly higher level of technical expertise to install, optimize and administer than most SMBs can muster. Scale addresses this by providing a simple Web UI for administering the whole shebang, from creating file shares to spinning up new virtual machines.

A three-node HC3 cluster, which Scale recommends for up to 30 virtual servers, will cost an SMB or remote office about $25,500, while an eight-node cluster is just less than $68,000. These are all-inclusive prices for servers, storage, hypervisor and the Web management software. Most users would probably pay significantly more for three servers, a low-end disk array and vSphere licenses.

Users can add nodes to the cluster at any time, should they need more compute or storage resources. Scale is even allowing users with storage-only nodes to upgrade to HC3 with a memory and software upgrade.

Of course, for less than $10,000 a node, Scale isn’t providing the same performance as SimpliVity or Nutanix. Each HC3 node has a single quad-core Xeon processor, 32 Gbytes of memory and four 1-Tbyte disk drives. Scale doesn’t currently use flash for acceleration, so small clusters will have rather modest storage performance from a dozen or so 7,200 RPM drives. Luckily, most SMBs have rather modest storage performance needs.

SimpliVity and Scale Computing join Nutanix and Pivot3 in the hyperconverged infrastructure arena. These two examples show that the concept of hyperconvergence can extend from a very modest cost to high-performance systems with leading-edge storage features.

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 September 18, 2012   Articles With Pricing, Scale Computing
Jul 122012
 

This is a consolidated article by Joseph Kovar from CRN

Before launching into the 10 coolest storage startups for 2012 so far, it’s worth taking a minute to note a couple companies that would normally qualify for such a list but were acquired in the second quarter of this year, including:

XtremIO: This Israeli developer of all-Flash storage arrays was in May acquired by EMC, making EMC the first tier-one storage vendor to have such an offering once XtremIO completes its first product.

Schooner Information Technology: Schooner, a developer of enterprise open-source database software optimized for SSD use, was in June acquired by SanDisk, which just happens to make SSDs.

The lesson here? If you see a new vendor you like, better quickly partner up with it or risk starting up with a larger parent company later.

Here are the Top 10 Coolest for 2012

Actifio

Actifio, Waltham, Mass., is a startup developer of the Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) platform, which it claims allows businesses to instantly recover any data.

PAS eliminates multiple copies of files to reduce the data footprint by up to 90 percent, Actifio claims. Unlike traditional storage systems that create multiple copies of data for such purposes as storing the data, replicating it, restoring it and testing new applications, Actifio allows a single copy of the data to be used to recreate any version of the data from any point in time.

Actifio in March hired former Cisco and VCE channel executive Russell Rosa (left) to serve as its new vice president of worldwide channels.

Pricing for an Actifio PAS appliance starts at approximately $25000.

Bitcasa

Bitcasa, Mountain View, Calif., develops cloud storage technology that promises unlimited storage capacity, file sharing and mobile device data sync for $10 per month. Data on the Bitcasa cloud is encrypted and deduped on the client side before it is uploaded to the cloud, where only a single copy of duplicate blocks of data is stored.

The company expects customers will eventually store all their data in its cloud while maintaining as large a local cache as they require for storing frequently accessed data. The local cache also predicts which data will be accessed beforehand so it can download it from the cloud to the device.

GreenBytes

Ashaway, R.I.-based SSD array developer GreenBytes in May closed a $12-million B round of funding aimed at helping continue development of its all-SSD and hybrid SSD-hard drive storage solutions.

GreenBytes in 2010 came to market with its first array, a hybrid appliance called the HA-3000, which features both SSDs and spinning hard drives with a single controller. It targets the backup market by providing high-speed data deduplication.

The company more recently introduced its Solidarity, an all-SSD array with dual controllers targeting the primary storage array market for SMB customers.

Inktank

Los Angeles-based startup Inktank, founded by the developer of the open-source Ceph scalable distributed storage system, in May came out of stealth mode to provide enterprise-level support for customers looking to use Ceph to build scalable storage infrastructures.

Ceph is an open-source storage technology that provides object, block and file storage in a single file system for unified storage. It was originally developed as a Ph.D. project to solve issues related to scaling metadata in high-performance computing applications.

CEO and Chief Architect of Inktank Sage Weil is also the original developer of Ceph.

Nimbus Data

Based in San Francisco, Nimbus Data is the developer of all-solid state storage systems featuring enterprise-grade Flash memory. The arrays scale from 2.5 TB to 500 TB and feature up to 800,000 4-KB block I/Os per second speed. They also support multipathing, clustering and no single point of failure.

The company’s file system includes such features as inline deduplication, thin provisioning, snapshots, and synchronous mirroring and asynchronous replication.

Nimbus Data in January introduced its first formal channel program.

In January 2012 – Nimbus announced its entry into the high availability enterprise SSD market with the uveiling of the company’s – E-Class systems – which are 2U rackmount SSDs with 10TB eMLC per U of usable capacity and no single point of failure. Interface support includes unified 10GbE, FC, and Infiniband. Pricing starts at $150K approx for a 10TB dual configuration system.

Pure Storage

Pure Storage, based in Mountain View, Calif., develops storage arrays based on Flash memory technology instead of hard drives, and in May introduced its first products, a line of Flash memory-based arrays it said are priced competitively with traditional hard drive-based arrays.

The company claims its Pure Storage FlashArray 2.0 offers ten times the performance of a disk array while being smaller and easier to install, and yet it is priced similar to a disk array, thanks to its use of low-cost, multilevel cell (MLC) Flash technology instead of the more robust and more expensive single-level cell (SLC) or enhanced MLC (eMLC) technologies. It uses software to ensure the reliability of the MLC Flash memory.

Pure’s pricing pitch

The pricing strategy is to sell the array in the $5 to $10/GB area – usable gigabytes that is and not raw GB. This is, Pure says, the EMC/HDS/IBM/NetApp flash cached disk drive array area, not the $20 to $50/usable GB area occupied by tier zero DRAM or all-flash appliances like Violin Memory and the coming EMC Thunder.

Pure Storage’s pricing is set above that of what it terms “tier two mid-market arrays”, such as Dell EqualLogic ones with flash and SATA disk drive tiering. So Pure’s pitch is one of much-better than tier one disk drive array performance, approaching tier zero levels, but at tier one drive array pricing.

Starboard Storage

New Jersey-based Starboard Storage Systems in February came out of stealth mode with a channel-only model for its new AC72 storage architecture, designed to handle mixed workloads including structured, unstructured and virtualized data with a single platform.

The AC72 pools hard drives and SSDs into one dynamic storage pool that can be carved up as needed for mixed workloads. Included is an SSD accelerator tier that adds performance to the storage operations, as well as I/O monitoring technology that automatically tiers storage as needed.

The AC72 storage node is fully redundant with no single point of failure and comes in two main versions, including one optimized for storage performance and the other optimized for storage capacity.

StorSimple

StorSimple, Santa Clara, Calif., in April started selling a new series of storage appliances featuring local capacity of up to 100 TB integrated with cloud-based primary, archive, backup and disaster recovery capabilities.

The new line from StorSimple ranges in terms of on-premise capacity from 10 TB to 100 TB, after dedupe and compression. One new feature, Cloud Snap, puts data snapshots on the cloud that can be used to quickly recover data even if the application that produced the data is not available. The appliances also let data be recovered to the original customer site or, in a disaster, in a remote site.

The StorSimple 5020, 5520, 7020, and 7520 appliances are available immediately, with prices starting at $40,000.

Symform

Symform, developer of a distributed storage cloud that backs up one user’s data across multiple users’ storage devices, in April closed a new $8 million investment round.

The Seattle-based company’s Resilient Storage Architecture breaks up a customer’s data into 64-MB blocks, encrypts them with AES-256 encryption technology, breaks those blocks into 1-MB fragments, adds 32 more 1-MB fragments for parity and then scatters them across storage nodes contributed by other customers.

Those cloud storage nodes are simply space on one or more hard drives contributed by each customer via the Internet. The amount each customer contributes depends on how much cloud storage capacity the customer wishes to access. Each customer pays $50 per server per month with no limit on usage.

Tintri

Tintri, a Mountain View, Calif.-based developer of storage appliances aimed specifically at handling storage in virtualized environments, in February demonstrated its new Tintri VMstore T540 appliance, the company’s second-generation virtual machine-aware storage appliance.

New features include dual storage controllers, expanded usable capacity of up to 13.5 TB in a 3U form factor, end-to-end latency that allows admins to visualize performance bottlenecks and a virtual machine auto-alignment feature that automates the process of aligning virtual machines to the storage layer. The T540 also includes a new four-hour support option that Tintri said guarantees it will respond to any issue within a short window.

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Jun 272012
 

Click Here for Winchester Systems Self-Service Pricing Page

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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Jun 252012
 

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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Jun 252012
 

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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 June 25, 2012   Articles With Pricing, Sepaton