A snapshot of SAN component solutions


Qualstar Ultrium tape libraries

Qualstar TLS-8000 Series Automated Tape Libraries integrate IBM's new StorageSmart Ultrium tape drive with Qualstar's precision leadscrew reliable tape library technology and Fibre Channel interface option which supports the latest SAN and server-less backup applications.

There are seven different tape library models within the TLS-8000 family - from one to eight simultaneously operating tape drives, accessing from 11 to 264 tape cartridges. Several of the models are also field expandable to accept a larger number of tape cartridges. Practical installations start from $13,500RocketRAIDRocketRAID is a low-cost, flexible storage subsystem for all applications, including SANs. Zzyzx's RocketRAID is designed for mission-critical data centre operations that require medium-to-large data storage capacity.

It is available in capacities from 12 Gbytes to 650Gbytes installed costs below 9 cents a Mbyte. The subsystems are platform- independent and virtually plug-and-play in any SCSI interfaced computing environment.

Practical installation from $22,000

Contact: (02) 9417 2244


SANworks Storage Resource Manager

SANworks is Compaq's latest line of Open SANs storage management software for storage resource management, data protection and recovery, automatic performance tuning, and centralised management of distributed storage. The tools include SANworks Storage Resource Manager and SANworks Storage Resource Manager for Exchange - Web-based reporting solutions that provide IT managers with storage data analysis to detect trends, foresee problems and balance resources by providing automated reporting on storage capacity, consumption, and availability.

Pricing: on application.

Contact: 1300 368 369



Symmetrix 8000

Symmetrix 8000 systems employs EMC's Enginuity Operating Environment for data protection, standardised management, data movement and load balancing.

Symmetrix 8000 systems incorporate new internal components designed to deliver throughput and bandwidth to support I/O intensive applications such as ERP, e-commerce and OLTP.

Symmetrix 8000 supports up to 19.1Tbytes of storage in the same 17.3 square-foot floor space.


EMC Celerra now supports Fibre Channel connectivity to any EMC Symmetrix system, via any member of the EMC Connectrix family of switching devices.


Connectrix DS-16B and DS-16A switches offer 16-ports of Fibre Channel connectivity, suited for consolidating departmental data living on EMC storage systems in distributed, heterogeneous server environments.

Pricing: on application

Contact: (02) 9922 7888



X200 - Mammoth 2 Library

Typical installations are large application servers and networks.

Supported applications are lights-out data centre operations, unattanded network backup and restore, remote storage, automated archiving, imaging and hierarchical storage management. The Exabyte X200 accommodates from two to 10 M2 (Mammoth-2) or Mammoth tape drives and from 40 to 200 Exabyte 225-metre AME data cartridges with SmartClean.

Pricing: RRP prices ex tax. M2 X-200 from $64,740. M2X80 from 52,950. 690D from $79,280. 230D from $34,780. M2Ez-17 from $13,730.

Contact: 1800 350 350


Hitachi Data Systems

Freedom Storage 7700E

The 7700E delivers continuous data availability with no single point of failure and meets enterprise-wide storage requirements for Unix (Sun, IBM, HP, Compaq and SGI), Windows 2000, Windows NT, Linux, NetWare, S/390, and multiplatform environments.

It is scalable from 24Gbytes to 11Tbytes non-disruptively and integrates into Fibre Channel SANs with full support for Fabric Login and LUN-level securityFreedom Storage 5800The Hitachi Freedom Storage 5800 is a RAID storage solution and has three models scalable from 18Gbytes to 2Tbytes.

With Fibre Channel Fabric Login support, the 5800 integrates into new or existing SANs.

SAN switch offerings

Hitachi Data Systems offers a complete suite of products to support its open SAN strategy. Fibre Channel switches from Inrange, Brocade and McData provide high performance and capacity for growing SAN environments.

Pricing: Configuration dependent.

Contact: (02) 9325 3300 or (03) 9281 9100www.hds.com IBMEnterprise storage server (ESS)ESS, part of IBM's ‘Seascape' family, can scale from 420 Gbytes to 11 Tbytes and has a snap-in design allowing users to add capacity, performance and connectivity over time using the same platform.

Fibre Channel storage hub

The IBM Fibre Channel Storage Hub enables extended distance configurations of up to 10km between servers and/or storage systems.

SAN Fibre Channel switch

This creates the core infrastructure for constructing an IBM Enterprise Storage Area Network (SAN). Each port delivers up to 100Mbit/sec, full-duplex data transfer.

SAN data gateway

The IBM Storage Area Network Data Gateway enables the attachment of SCSI and Ultra SCSI-attached disk and tape storage systems to Fibre Channel enabled Unix and Windows NT servers.

Pricing: on application.

Contact: 13 2426



Prism-based libraries

ATL Products' Prism library architecture features a PCI expansion bus, which lets Prism-based libraries, such as the P1000, P3000 and P6000, support an upgrade from SCSI to Fibre Channel by swapping PCI interface cards.

The Fibre Channel interface allows full integration with other library features, such as control from remote location via a Web browser, management alerts via SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), intelligence for self-managing, self-healing and customer Web Portal for ‘phone home' assistance.

Pricing: for the range of "P" series libraries starts at $38,000 for a P1000 to around $417,000 for a fully configured HA P3000 library (prices vary according to options required).

Contact: (07) 3862 4655



StorageTek provides back-up and restore behind SANs with solutions made up of: FC Switches, Hubs and Bridges, solutions from $100,000; FC Libraries and 9840 Tape transports, from $50,000; FC Disk, including 9176 Open Disk. Pricing varies but averages 20 cents a megabyte mbContact: (02) 94384844www.storagetek.comSun MicrosystemsSun StorEdgeSun provides a range of storage products for the desktop to the enterprise and include both disc and tapes solutions.

Sun's Jiro initiative (www.JIRO.-com) provides an open standards philosophy, giving customers the ability to have an open SAN solution with no proprietary lock-in.

Pricing: POA, tailored solutions

Contact: (03) 9679 6273


Veritas Software

NetBackup Shared Storage Option

The NetBackup Shared Storage Option (SSO) is a SAN-ready storage solution working on both Unix and Windows NT.

By enabling the sharing of individual tape drives, stand-alone or in an automated tape library, SSO ‘virtualises' tape resources.

This reduces overall costs and provides better hardware utilisation and optimisation of resources during backup and recovery operations according to Veritas.

Pricing: POA, tailored solutions

Contact: 1800 222 587


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