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Dell data safe for ‘a thousand years’ with M-DISC

Dell Began as a Storage Company

CEO Michael Dell. Dell Began as a Storage Company (Photo credit: Dell

Dell first to offer business clients the ultimate in disc data storage with M-DISC technology

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Computer behemoth Dell is to begin offer a permanent storage solution to its European customers with the integration of M-DISC compatible LG Electronics DVD and Blu-ray optical drives in its laptop and desktop computers. Continue reading

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Content owners offered multi-petabyte storage architecture

Quantum dots

Quantum dots (Photo credit: Argonne National Laboratory)

Quantum extends storage scale with multi-petabyte size stores

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Storage behemoth Quantum is to expand its big data content offerings by integrating optimised object storage tech into new tiered-storage and management offerings, the corporation has stated. Continue reading

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VIEWPOINT: CES – Gadget glut betrays storage setbacks

Consumer Electronics Show

CES show portends cost conundrums

No more gimmickry please, just give us the skinny


ECM Plus +++ Bullshitometers are very much in evidence at this year’s annual CES bash for boffins of all things tech gadget enslavement. Continue reading

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System of a Double Down: First 10 hour DDoS attack crashes SoundCloud

Denial of Service Attack

DDoS attacks. Image: kryptyk

On-line cloud firm decked by double major outages in weekday Distributed Denial of Service meltdown

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ On Tuesday October 4 at approximately 8:40pm CET, SoundCloud’s Operations team were alerted to an unusually high amount of unidentified traffic leading to a complete network outage. Within minutes, the company’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering and Head of Operations and all available operations engineering resources were deployed to investigate the issue and the company said it “worked around the clock” to locate and resolve it. Continue reading

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LATEST FEATURE: SAN storage and RAID: maximising efficiency in your data centre

In running a data centre environment, is any single factor more important than system reliability? Probably not. After all, without it you have no data centre. And you have an expensive failure instead.


System reliability is so vital, entire industries are dedicated to ensuring it. RAID systems are a fail-safe solution to the problem of disk failure. In such an instance, data still exists on other disk(s). Mission critical systems have a fail-over system in place. In the event of any server or network failure, another system will initiate and thus remain on-line. Continue reading

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PRODUCT NEWS: V-locity 3 takes off for virtual disk duties

Schema of a Storage Area Network (SAN)

SAN storage area network schematic

Diskeeper takes wraps off V-locity 3 Virtual Platform Disk Optimizer

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Diskeeper has just released the latest version of V-locity 3 virtual platform disk optimizer for VMware, proffering invisible background optimisation for maximum I/O performance on virtual servers. Continue reading

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Amazon and Microsoft outages clatter cloud integrity

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Cloud chaos in blitzkrieg strike

Catastrophic corporatist cloud outages destroying credibility of cloud as a serious business model?

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ In the wake of the dramatic outages at behemoths Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud services, industry heavyweights were quick to weigh in with their take on the ongoing data debacles.

Riccardo Degli Effetti, data centre manager at Rackspace said: “The recent lightning strike in Ireland that has taken down Amazon’s cloud hosting service in the region is a timely reminder that outages occur, no matter how well a technology or technology provider is prepared to prevent it.”  Continue reading

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Gyron grows datacentre space with new 8MW Hemel facility

Gyron's new Hemel data centre

New high availability ‘Maylands’ secure data centre to open in New Year

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Gyron has just started work to bring online an additional data centre in Hemel Hempstead, in the South East of England.

According to the company, when open for customer occupation in Q1 2012, the new Maylands facility will complement the existing Centro facility, also in Hemel Hempstead, that was opened by the company in 2009. Continue reading

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REVIEWS: Software – Diskeeper Professional 11

disk defragmentation program
Defragging: esssential digital content maintenance

As storage and content volumes surge, the need to manage content and keep it in tip-top condition from a search and retrieval perspective rises commensurately.


Consequently, disk drive performance becomes vital to enterprise and workflow productivity. Enter then the disk defragementation software tools, that help to tidy up the big mess that normal day-to-day use engenders. Continue reading

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‘Let’s Rocket’ as id7 hunts Dell partners in SAN surge

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Intelligent interconnect for Dell SANs

id7 markets VS-fusion bootable software stack to Dell Partners:


ECM Plus +++ Manchester-based interconnecting storage specialist id7 has launched a new targeting of their VS-fusion bootable software stack to Dell’s British partner network.

Dell partners are being sought by id7 to take to market their VS-fusion software stack which converts a Dell server into an ultra high performance storage appliance. Tests on a PowerEdge Dell R610 server, coupled with id7’s bootable VS-fusion software, show transformation of existing EqualLogic array into a rocket storage solution. Continue reading

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APC acquires Kell Systems

When Irish eyes are smiling...

APC by Schneider Electric Acquires Kell Systems

ECM Plus
+++ Kell Systems has just been acquired by datacentre tech leviathan APC by Schneider.

According to the UK manufacturing company, its ‘Server Room in a box’ boasts a soundproofed IT cabinet that enables server and network deployment wherever and whenever needed, saving space, costs and deployment times.

The range of Kell Server Cabinets will boost APC’s existing datacentre offerings to include office server storage that can be operated independently of or in conjunction with traditional server rooms, cutting capital expenditure and running costs. Continue reading

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Disaster recovery driving virtualization – survey

Virtualization exemple

Virtualization: outsourced power

IT personnel not aware of hidden costs – including I/O bottlenecks

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ A new survey by Coleman Parkes and commissioned by CA Technologies has found that downtime costs businesses more than 127 million man-hours per annum.

However, more that 30 percent of both VMware and Microsoft virtualisation users identified backing up VM data as a challenge, and also indentified storage management, I/O bottlenecks and server availability monitoring as major virtualisation challenges. Continue reading

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OBITER DICTA: Cloud data center chaos set for earthquake catastrophes?


With a cloud security standards void to bring enterprise disasters closer?

The ostensible absence of universally-agreed cloud security standards and SLAs for enterprises who venture forth into the sexy and hip cloud outsourcing trend, without implementing an adequate risk assesment profile, is a recipe for digital data centre disaster. Continue reading

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Wunderbar! Free ‘Cloud-In-A-Box’ offer from Onapp at German fest

onapp cloud-in-a-box

US$25 million “Cloud-In-A-Box” giveaway to dispel cloud hosting cost and complexity myths


ECM Plus – OnApp is offering hosting providers at the WorldHostingDays 2011 exhibition today, in a campaign they hope will dispel the myth that the cost and complexity of setting up a cloud hosting operation is a big deal. 

In a moment of marketing madness, OnApp will give away 500 “Cloud-In-A-Box” packages that give recipients the opportunity to get cloud hosting software and services, worth well over US$50,000 – free of charge. Continue reading

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SaaS takes on new meaning in cloud storage makeover

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The new SaaS: Storage-as-a-Service

Connectria selects Scality to launch a public cloud storage service, Scality’s first ‘Storage as a Service’ customer

ECM Plus – Enterprise hosting behemoth Connectria has just given the nod to Scality for its RING as its core technology that will go into its new so-called ‘Storage as a Service’ offering.

Scality’s RING platform creates a series of nodes that are built using off-the-shelf servers. Each node on the RING controls its own segment of the overall storage pool. Continue reading

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Intel touts 10GbE data centre strategy for Cloud 2015

10 gigabit router

10 gigabit router topology

Intel simplifies data centre tech for 10GbE accelerated cloud roll-out


ECM Plus – Chip behemoth Intel’s data centre aspirations took another step this week as it introduces a new technology that it says will enable data centre traffic to run over a single cable – using an Intel 10 Gigabit Ethernet server adapter of the X520 family.

Intel said that its unified networking would enable IT departments to create what is dubbed ‘superhighways in virtualized data centers’ by consolidating multiple data and storage networks onto just one 10GbE network.

Apparently, this cable consolidation can further help reduce IT spend by $3 billion a year, Intel claimed, and that the 400 million feet of  cabling strewn around the data centres of the world would be enough to wrap around the Earth three times. Not quite sure why anyone would want to do that, but Intel seems to think global bondage by cable is a worthy cause. Takes all sorts.

Futhermore, said Intel, its high-speed unified data centre network topology is also a ‘cornerstone’ of itds Cloud 2015 ‘vision’ and its Open Data Center initiativeannounced last October.

“What’s frustrating for IT managers is that most of the data center dollars are spent on infrastructure costs, not on innovation” commented Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager for data center group for Intel. “Expanding Intel Ethernet to include Open FCoE will help simplify the network and drive more of the IT budget toward innovation. We think IT departments can lower infrastructure costs by 29 percent, reduce power by almost 50 percent and cut cable costs by 80 percent by moving to a unified network.”

The company said that its Open FCoE integrates capabilities into the operating system to deliver full unified networking without the need for additional expensive, proprietary hardware. IT departments, it said, could then use common management tools for server network and storage connectivity while integrating seamlessly with existing Fibre Channel environments.

“Server virtualization and converged storage networking, based on a shared 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric, are key ingredients for a cost-effective infrastructure” added Paul Brown, vice president and general manager of Storage Networking Business, for EMC. “Achieving EMC E-Lab qualification is a gold standard in our industry for server, networking and storage interoperability. The extensive work done to qualify and validate the Intel Ethernet Server Adapter X520 will give our customers confidence that the product will integrate seamlessly with the EMC Symmetrix VMAX and EMC VNX family of storage products.”

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Iomega and EMC supersized storage goes up in a flash

Logotype of Iomega

Ruggedised and encrypted storage SSDs from EMC's Iomega

External SSD flash drives boast USB 3.0 with in-built encryption

ECM Plusby Paul Quigley – Digital storage firm Iomega has just launched a new host-powered ruggedised Iomega External USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drive and secure in-built encryption.

According to Iomega, the new generation portable storage device is targeted at high-end users and creative professionals.

Iomega said the pocket-sized 1.8-inch external drives will be available in early November in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

Units are encased in a metal enclosure with added protection from drops of up to 10 feet, the company claimed. Drives also offer 256-bit hardware encryption for security, bundled anti-virus and backup software, and, a three-year warranty.

The Iomega USB 3.0 External SSD Flash Drive is a solid state drive that has no moving parts, resulting in a more durable drive with fast application loading and top transfer speeds for high definition video, digital images, graphics and music. Professional videographers, photographers and other creative professionals will find the Iomega USB 3.0 SSD Drive a perfect match for their deadlines and digital storage needs.

Using the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, the Iomega External SSD Flash Drive boasts up to 10 times the speed of USB 2.0 drives. Iomega’s new external SSD Drive also performs twice as fast as a 7200 RPM SATA hard drives utilizing the same USB 3.0 interface.

Cool-to-the-touch, the new Iomega SSD drives require no external power supply and are completely backward compatible with personal computers and other devices that only have USB 2.0 ports.

Iomega also offers USB 3.0 adapter cards (sold separately) to insert into USB 2.0 laptop and desktop computers so users of the new Iomega SSD Drive can experience native USB 3.0 transfer speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second.

Included free of charge with Iomega’s new External SSD Flash Drives is the Iomega Protection Suite, a one-stop portfolio of backup and anti-virus software giving users added protection for their photos, videos, music and other files.

The Iomega Protection Suite includes v.Clone software, an Iomega exclusive, which captures a complete virtual image of a PC, including the operating system, all applications, settings and all files to Iomega hard drive. Accessing the cloned copy and using it on another computer is as straighforward as just as working from one’s own PC, Iomega said. When users reconnect, it will automatically be synchronised with the data on the primary PC, so that files are always up-to-date.

Also bundled is Iomega’s QuikProtect backup software for scheduled file-level backups of data to hard drives and network-attached storage devices for Windows and Mac desktops and notebooks; Included too is Roxio Retrospect Express, software to backup all data plus applications and settings for Windows and Mac desktops and notebooks. All of the software elements in the Iomega Protection Suite are accessible via easy download to owners of the Iomega External SSD Flash Drive.

The new drive will be available in early November in three capacities: 64GB for $229.00, 128GB for $399.00, and 256GB for $749.00.

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Keeping an eye on the ‘must-haves’ of cloud security

IBM Cloud Computing

Cloud formations - Picture: Ivan Walsh

by Ruvi Kitov, CEO, Tufin Technologies

While some of the technical underpinnings that make up the cloud’s ‘secret sauce’ are relatively recent innovations, the business case for managing critical IT functions as services, inside or outside the firewall, is not a new concept.

Ultimately, the cloud is just another way to outsource IT functions and the same fundamental concerns that exist with more mature outsourcing offerings need to be addressed.

Concerns such as, how does an organisation manage its security and compliance posture when critical systems and data are hosted or managed by a third party?

When the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was passed into US law in 2002, almost overnight, every security company became a compliance company. By 2010, every security company is now a ‘cloud company’, or has a ‘cloud strategy.’

Whether or not it makes sense for an organisation to move IT assets to the cloud depends on a host of factors, with security and compliance being two of the most important.

One way IT managers can assess the risk of moving into the cloud is to look at more mature outsourcing models – some of which are actually ‘flavours’ of cloud computing – to see what’s working, what’s not, and decide how those lessons can be learned by their organisations.

So, what exactly do we mean by ‘The cloud’?

According to NIST, there are four main cloud types: public, private, hybrid and community.

The Cloud Security Alliance divides private clouds into two types – internal, on-premises and external, which consists of dedicated or shared infrastructure.

According to the Cloud Security Alliance, the key characteristics that make a cloud a cloud are the top two layers. In short, services in the cloud are provisioned without having to talk to a person, can be scaled up and down on-demand, are drawn from a bigger pool that other customers can also access in the same way, can be easily monitored via laptop, Smartphone, etc, and are billed in a transparent, per unit manner.

According to Forrester Research, only 5% of large enterprises globally are capable of running an internal cloud – the easiest model to execute from a security perspective, since it resides inside the firewall. Other surveys, including one from Information Week, which sampled more than 500 organizations, all reveal the same thing – that despite all the hype, the Cloud is not the Holy Grail …yet.

While some of the technical underpinnings that make up the Cloud’s ‘secret sauce, are relatively recent innovations, the business case for managing critical IT functions as services – inside or outside the firewall – is not a new concept. Currently, moving security to the Cloud (via your friendly neighborhood MSSP) seems to be easier than managing the security of the Cloud.  According to Gartner, Inc. in its 2009 MSSP Magic Quadrant, 60% of Fortune 500 enterprises had engaged in some level of use of an MSSP, representing about 25% of enterprise firewalls under remote monitoring or management.  If the business world is already comfortable outsourcing critical business functions, then the Cloud, in all its diversity and complexity, is an impending reality.

The Cloud is just another way to outsource IT functions, and the same fundamental concerns and business challenges that exist with more mature outsourcing offerings need to be addressed (think hosting and managed services). Most importantly, how does an organization manage its security and compliance posture when critical systems and data are hosted or managed by a third party?

Most compliance requirements mandate documenting and auditing how companies access, store, manage and secure certain types of critical data. That can be difficult enough when you control the assets – how do you do that when the assets are not under your control? Do you simply trust that the service provider is doing it right? How do you deal with audits? With auditors? How do you ensure chain of custody, separation of duties, and accountability?

Ultimately, the security and compliance posture of critical data and assets resides with the organization and not the outsourcing or Cloud partner. To date, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) have been the primary tool used by organizations to hold their outsourcing partner accountable for any potential compliance violations or security breaches. However, the reality is that SLAs can easily lose their teeth if there is no way to enforce them. Given the complexity of today’s corporate computing environments, creating and maintaining that level of visibility can be a challenge.

The one key difference between traditional outsourcing models and the Cloud is that the elastic and on-demand nature of the Cloud creates a scenario where the physical location of a company’s data or infrastructure is not fixed. On top of that, to protect their own security, Cloud providers may not be inclined to provide significant visibility into their own IT operations. If you thought that “re-perimeterizing” your electronic assets was difficult with other outsourcing models, the amorphous nature of the Cloud further blurs the lines.

Fortunately, tools and methodologies are available today that can enable Cloud providers to deliver the security and compliance levels that organizations need. Most security technology vendors have responded to the risk management and compliance needs of their customers by providing significant enhancements to their management, monitoring and auditing capabilities. The result is that stakeholders have much better visibility into the state of key systems and assets at any given point in time, regardless of where they physically reside.

Whether it is via a common interface, an automated management tool, or a custom process, there are a host of methods that enable both Cloud owners and Cloud users to manage the confidentiality, integrity and availability of assets. Automated monitoring tools can also be used to ensure service levels are being met and can act as a common management interface for both Cloud customers and providers. This provides both parties with a way to share responsibility for managing security and compliance without the Cloud customer having to own the granular, day-to-day management of the infrastructure.

Furthermore, this kind of technology-driven accountability provides Cloud customers the ability to quickly take back or transfer IT management, knowing that the security and compliance history of the asset being managed can be understood with a few mouse clicks. If for some reason the relationship with the Cloud provider unexpectedly terminates or the company decides to take it back in house, the internal team has the benefit of the shared knowledge base.

Leveraging technology to create transparency and shared accountability is a model that has already caught on in Managed Services, especially within the MSSP space. In its Q3 2010 Forrester Wave: Managed Security Services, Forrester estimates that the global size of the managed security services market is about $4.5 billion, and predicts a 15% growth rate for at least the next three years. That number includes outsourced and software-as-a-service (SaaS) security services (a typical Cloud scenario) as well as other annualized security operations. Traditionally, MSSPs p either host the entire security infrastructure or the management of systems that reside within the customers’ firewall. In Cloud-speak, this scenario would be described as a hybrid Cloud.

While the widespread use of virtualization technology has added a new set of management challenges, innovations in the ability to manage the security and integrity of highly complex and dynamic virtual environments are advancing at a rapid pace. Enhancements in network security technologies that cater to managing security in multi-tenant environments are also evolving quickly. For example, advancements in firewall management technologies have enabled firewalls to be used much more effectively and strategically for internal network segmentation without risk of downtime or outages. This is just one example of many areas where automating network management can have a positive ripple effect

If you are thinking of moving your security to the Cloud, there is a wealth of information available that outlines how to approach everything from assessing the risk of specific IT assets as they pertain to specific models, to areas of focus for an SLA or to best practices across various disciplines of logical, virtual, and physical security.

One of the most comprehensive and credible sources for securing Cloud environments is the 76-page ”Security Guidance of Critical Areas of Focus for Cloud Computing.“ The brainchild of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the Guidance, which can be downloaded for free off the CSA’s website, is one of the largest and most impressive security community efforts to date. It should be required reading for anyone interested in or involved with approaching, managing, and maintaining security and compliance in the Cloud.

The maturity of certain segments of the current IT outsourcing market reflects that the technology is, for the most part, available to manage these kinds of relationships.  But as we all know technology is only one leg of a three-legged stool.  The other two legs – people and process components, are critical to the success of any IT initiative.  That’s what makes the industry commitment to developing a holistic approach to Cloud security so refreshing – it shows that for as far as we might have to go, as an industry, we’ve come a long way in a relatively short time.

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Final Cut add-ons right on cue for newsrooms

Final Cut and Shake Boxes

Final Cut and Shake Boxes: Picture - camknows

DiaQuest cues up QueManager for Apple Final Cut Server 1.5 newsroom systems

ECM Plusby Paul Quigley – Diaquest has introduced QueManager, an add-on that provides a graphics order management system for Apple Final Cut Server 1.5 in newsroom applications.

According to DiaQuest, the new version offers access to tools for asset searches and browsing, as well as order requests, job assignment, review and approval, and publishing.

 QueManager also provides a web-based order system that can be integrated with iNews or ENPS newsroom computer systems via plug-ins.

DiaQuest said that asset searches and order requests are also done from the QueManager plug-in or via a web browser. The system can also be set up to operate on deadlines or a broadcast schedule, as well as being able to coordinate multiple stations within one system. It is also able to automatically deliver approved graphics. Assets can also be automatically transcoded and delivered to a variety of output devices.

QueManager also supports several broadcast CG systems, including Avid TitleDeko HD, Pixel Power, Chyron and others.

QueManager can be setup to import Artbox databases and assets for a transition. and provides for new workflow that use Final Cut Server, as well as integration with XSAN and other centralised storage systems.

It also supports image sequences, editorial applications, and a wide range of codecs.

DiaQuest said that QueManager with Final Cut Server can replace proprietary asset management systems. The system also provides cross-platform support, so it can manage any mix of desktop clients in the newsroom and creative areas.

“Final Cut Server offers digital asset management with workflow management for broadcast at an attractive price point for broadcasters” commented David Van Hoy, President of Diaquest. “Our new QueManager adds the OMS to make Final Cut Server an indispensible tool for newsroom graphics. QueManager simplifies searches and order requests, allows you to prioritize those requests, and then delivers approved assets to the CG for broadcast automatically.”

QueManager is available for $20,000, including installation, plus $5,000 for Avid iNews or ENPS integration.

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3Par tug-of-war not over until fat lady sings

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HP back for more

Squabble turned tiff spiralling into boardroom bun-fight

by Paul Quigley

ECMPlus — Just when you thought it was safe to assume Michael Dell’s boys had won the day in the tug-o-war love tussle against Hewlett-Packard, it has been reported that HP is not done yet.

According to sources close to California-based storage bellwether 3Par, which has yet to make a profit, the deal with Dell has been put on ice once more as the new suitor gets another go to match the $2 billion valuation the unprofirable storage firm can now command. While other data storage players such as Compellent are already strong in the space, they are currently not open to outside buyout offers, hence the interest in 3Par, as is had indicated it was ‘available’ a Dell source said on Friday last. If HP does manage to pip Dell at the post, the upshot for the loser will be uncertain as PC sales worldwide decline and the move to cloud-based storage increases exponentially. In a recent report on data storage by GRC Analytics, the market for data storage in private and public cloud is set to top $10 billion by 2012.

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Data storage giant bolsters VMWare support

A server farm.

Farming today

FalconStor Accelerator for VMware View boosts performance and data protection

ECMPlus – by Paul Quigley — Data storage specialist FalconStor’s new Network Storage Server SAN Accelerator for VMWare View now touts an SSD-enhanced storage solution that increases the performance of VMware virtual desktop environments while delivering integrated, multi-tier data protection.

According to the company, NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View can be used for performs backup and recovery for the entire virtual desktop environment and for each virtual desktop – and enables integrated self-service file recovery for individual virtual desktop users.

VMware View promises efficiencies in the deployment and management of enterprise users’ desktop and laptop computers. Virtual desktop operation and management can be enhanced by storage capabilities to maximize performance, availability and efficiency. FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View dramatically enhances the efficiency of virtual desktop management throughout the virtual desktop lifecycle – accelerating virtual desktop booting, login, operation, logoff, patch/update and security management through 10x storage performance improvement.

“Virtualization in general and virtualization of desktops in particular have amplified I/O unpredictably as read/write I/O storms occur frequently without warning; the only solution to date has been to add more disk drives,” said David Vellante, chief research advocate, Wikibon. “Wikibon has been emphasizing the requirement for different architectures to exploit the potential of flash to improve I/O performance. We are very pleased with the innovation that FalconStor has shown with its flash-on- storage-controller implementation, which is much more efficient for VDI than SSDs. The FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator neatly exploits the VMware I/O separation improvements to offer a solution that combines low-cost SATA with 2 to 3 percent high-performance flash as a cache that can adapt in real-time.  Wikibon believes this is a best-of-breed solution for high-performance workloads.” 

“The rapidly adopted paradigm shift of virtual servers and desktops ushered in by VMware’s innovation has created the need for storage environments with integrated data protection designed for the new virtual data center,” said Jim McNiel, chief strategy officer for FalconStor. “Virtual environments not only demand flexible, scalable virtual storage environments, but also require backup and DR systems that work with the unique characteristics of virtual machines. We designed the FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View(tm) to deliver the kind of storage environment that virtual desktops require – improving performance and data protection in one elegant solution.”

FalconStor;s NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View is available now and costs $175k for an implementation of up to 5,000 users at $35 per virtual desktop.

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HP counterbid for 3Par ups ante for Dell

3PAR's next-gen storage SPC-1 Benchmark results

3Par benchmarking - Picture: Fenng(dbanotes)

Three’s a crowd as behemoths battle for market power – by Paul Quigley – Hewlett Packard’s eleventh hour bid for data storage bellwether 3Par has knocked Dell into the sidewall. Aftar having acquired the likes of EDS, Palm and 3Com – as well as the absorption of Compay – over recent times, the move for the data storage firm will be something the two IT vendors look set to fight tooth and nail over.

Given the recent signifcance of EMC and IBM both zoning in on both private cloud and generic, the HP Dell duel looks set to be just the first of a new salvo of similar storage skirmishes.

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Avid unveils ISIS 5000 for media shared storage

Improves allocation of creative resources, streamlines admin

ECMPlus – Avid has just taken the wraps off the new Avid ISIS 5000 open shared storage solution to store, share and manage large quantities of digital media assets.

According to the company, customers can also improve allocation of creative resources and support changing project needs with an open shared storage platform that offers access to high-performance ISIS File System technology on lower cost hardware, support for third-party applications and streamlined administration to create more content more affordably.

Ian Burling, head of technical services at Films at 59 Ltd., a post-production house in England, beta tested the new Avid ISIS 5000. “Our clients use a variety of editing systems, so in order to meet their needs, flexibility is a number one priority for us. We were looking for a solution that would allow us to consolidate high and low resolution clients and move media with greater agility and ease. We are extremely impressed by how well the ISIS 5000 has tested. It’s proven to be a flexible, easy-to-use, high-performance standard-bearer—great for post production houses like us that need to integrate third-party editing systems such as Apple Final Cut Pro to handle a variety of workflows.”

ISIS 5000 is designed to address the specific needs of workgroups requiring 40 or fewer client connections and looking for greater flexibility to accommodate ongoing changes and new business opportunities, the ISIS 5000 shared storage solution is fully tested and qualified with Apple Final Cut Pro, as well as support for an end-to-end Avid workflow. Major features include:

  • The ISIS file system: Enhances collaborative workflows by delivering centralized media access with guaranteed real-time performance—optimized for digital media file sharing. As a result of Avid’s industry-leading ISIS File System running on lower cost hardware, an enterprise-class, workflow-enabling shared storage technology is now available to organizations for which this level of capability was previously out of reach.
  • The ISIS 5000 engine: Offers the ability to cost-effectively create compelling content by increasing the capacity to handle more projects and content in both SD and HD.
  • Support for Avid and Apple Final Cut Pro editing systems: Enables customers to work with a variety of project workflows and leverage existing investments–as a result of an open architecture.
  • Ethernet connectivity: Delivers high-performance networking that is more cost-effective to acquire, scale and support.
  • FlexDrive: Enables customers to respond to changing project requirements and new business opportunities by allowing storage to be resized in real time without interrupting operations.
  • Streamlined administration: Reduces overhead with easy set-up, user and storage management, monitoring and diagnostics powered by the intuitive ISIS Management console. Customers can also support a growing business by easily incorporating additional switches and clients without sacrificing performance. 

ISIS 5000 is available from July 2010 in a 32TB or 64TB switched configuration, or a 32TB Direct Connect configuration that offers four direct client connections and the ability to add a third party switch. All configurations support Mac or PC clients and include 40 seat licenses with either one or three years of Avid Priority or Avid Uptime Support.

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