EMC pools data, IBM targets telecom data centers

EMC Monday unveiled upgraded software that can now be used to aggregate file data from network-attached and content-addressable storage systems.

EMC's Rainfinity Global File Virtualization 7.0 supports both Unix/Linux Network File System (NFS) and Microsoft Common Internet File System (CIFS) environments. With Rainfinity, IT administrators can set rules that will spur automated migration, archiving and capacity management of files.

A new preview mode lets admins perform what-if analysis to determine the effect of moving, archiving or deleting data.

Version 7.0 starts at US$93,000.

IBM has announced new and enhanced midrange storage servers for data center environments that meet the Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) telecommunications standard. The IBM System Storage DS4700 Express, Models 70-DC and 72-DC, as well as the IBM System Storage DS4000 EXP810, are now NEBS Level 3 compliant. They feature built-in support for DC power and meet European Telecommunications Standards Institute rules.

Mendocino Software Monday launched software that lets IT administrators create and use virtual views of production data for application recovery, testing, disk staging or reporting. InfiniView, which is based on Mendocino's RecoveryOne continuous data protection software, uses application-specific filters to view usage across different types of servers. Multiple views of the same data point in time or multiple views of different data points can be used to access copies of production data on servers. InfiniView starts at about $50,000 and is available from HP, IBM and Sun.

Panasas has announced Version 3 of its ActiveScale clustered operating system, whose PanFS parallel file system includes new predictive self-management capabilities and a 3X increase in performance. One new feature, ActiveScan, continuously sweeps the disk media in the cluster for discrepancies and then corrects the media defect. Another, ActiveUpgrade, lets software upgrades be performed online without user disruption. Panasas also announced two new storage clusters. The ActiveStor 5000 is targeted at high-performance computing users and is offered in 5-100TB capacities. The ActiveStor 3000 is designed for batch-oriented Linux cluster applications such as seismic processing or modeling. The new software and hardware is due in January.

Crosswalk rolled out a grid storage system Tuesday designed to boost throughput in data center operations. The iGrid 7100 Series Intelligent Storage Grid System and a new version of the iGrid operating system now support InfiniBand as well as 4Gbps Fibre Channel interconnections. The iGrid Model 7110 node has double the cache of the current iGrid 5100 --" up to 32GB -- and 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports. It uses dual-core 64-bit processors, providing a 50 percent performance increase over the 5110. Version 2.0 of the iGrid operating system has new statistical reporting features and a policy-based management console. The 7110 starts at $125,000.

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