Storage Decisions show parades new products

Veritas, EMC, Sun introduce wares

IT managers may need more storage to handle all the storage announcements that occurred at this week's Storage Decisions show in Chicago as well as several other independent announcements. 

In New York, Sun Microsystems unveiled several new storage systems, including a midrange system and a NAS device. The Sun StorEdge 6920 is a midrange storage array that scales as much as 65TB of internal and external capacity. Sun also introduced the Sun StorEdge 5210, a NAS device designed for entry-level departments and workgroups that share documents. The announcements were made during Sun's "Take Back Wall Street" campaign, during which the company made several hardware and software announcements designed to show financial investors that the company and its technology remain relevant in a fast-changing industry.

CommVault Systems was one of many companies to announce new products at the Storage Decisions conference this week. The company announced that its Galaxy backup and recovery software will work with Microsoft's Windows SharePoint Services. The new capability will allow for individual document recovery for Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 environments.

CommVault was also part of a group of storage companies participating in Microsoft's announcement of its Data Protection Server (DPS), one of many storage announcements occurring at the Storage Decisions show. DPS will not be available until next year, but it moved Microsoft into the disk-based backup and recovery market, a move many analysts saw as significant. "The big news here is that Microsoft has endorsed disk-based backup, and that is a big signal to everyone in the industry," said Bill North, storage analyst at International Data Corp. Other companies signaling their support for DPS include Dell, EMC, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, NEC, Intel, Seagate Technology, and Sun.

EMC also announced that it is working with Microsoft to help IT organizations manage their Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail environments. The product, called the EMC Express Solution for E-Mail, is a combination hardware, software and services product that helps organizations manage e-mail messages by funneling older messages onto a single networked storage system.

Cisco Systems this week added two new products to its MDS 9000 family of Multilayer Intelligent directors and fabric switches. Both the Cisco MDS 92161i fabric switch and the Cisco MSDS 9000 Multiprotocol Services Module are equipped with 14 Fibre Channel ports and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. Both products will support the latest version of the operating system for the Cisco MDS 9000, the SAN-OS 2.0, which is also being announced today. The two products are aimed at disaster recovery, remote backup, and business continuity applications, according to Cisco officials.

Veritas Software this week added support for IBM’s AIX environment across its storage management offerings today. New AIX support has been added for Veritas’ Storage Foundation, Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC, Storage Foundation for Databases, Storage Foundation Cluster File System, Cluster Server, and Volume Replicator software packages. “We’re seeing a great deal of new installations of AIX, so it made sense for us to add support for the operating system,” said Bob Maness, senior director of product marketing at Veritas.

Veritas’ Storage Foundation 4.0 already supports Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, Red Hat, and SuSe Linux.

Princeton Softech this week announced an information lifecycle management product designed for PeopleSoft and the IBM TotalStorage Data Retention 450. “This product addresses the need for PeopleSoft users to manage their business critical financial and enterprise data long-term,” said Jim Lee vice president of product management at Princeton Softech. The new product allows PeopleSoft customers to store archived data for long-term compliance and availability. “Data retention regulations are now calling for many types of data to be accessible for several years, and this product makes it much easier and faster for IT managers to perform that task,” said Lee. He said the product also supports other packaged solutions such as Oracle Applications,  PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne, and ClarifyCRM. "A similar product for Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, and Informix is also available. Packaged applications allow a customer to implement these solutions that many now have to develop on their own," said Lee.

Overland Storage this week introduced the REO 9000, a high capacity disk-based backup and recovery appliance. The REO 9000 offers support for as many as 24 400GB disk drives for 9.6TB of total capacity with dual SCSI expansion ports. It also offers Overland Storage’s Dynamic Virtual Tape feature, which sizes a virtual tape drive to match the side of the backup data to optimize storage capacity. The new system supports as many as 64 virtual devices to provide flexibility for mixed-use storage environments. Prices for the REO 9000 start at $41,250.

Network Appliance this week also offered up a new software product. LockVault is designed to help IT managers handle the storage of unstructured data in the enterprise. Unstructured data consists of field created, modified, and often moved, which make them difficult to manage. Yet much of this data is still subject to regulatory and compliance laws. "With LockVault we unify compliance with backup and disaster recovery of all types of data with a single comprehensive solution that minimizes risk for our customers," said Mike Marchi, senior director of compliance and ILM solutions at Network Appliance.