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SAN JOSE, Calif. - August 24, 2011 - Drobo,
makers of award-winning data storage products for businesses and professionals,
today introduced a new Drobo
for business solution, the Drobo B1200i, which features technological
breakthroughs and an unprecedented combination of automation, affordability and
application awareness for the small and medium business (SMB) market.
The new 12-bay Drobo provides business customers with a unique storage
solution for VMware, Microsoft Exchange and other business applications –
offering advanced and sophisticated capabilities for customers without large
enterprise budgets or deep storage expertise. The new Drobo takes an
application-driven approach to storage, cutting cost and complexity while
automating modern data protection, capacity planning and application
The new Drobo B1200i builds on Drobo's track record of providing "Small Box,
Big Storage" by delivering a solution that is uniquely:
- Automated BeyondRAID™ technology optimizes advanced data protection
without the need for specific storage expertise or configuration
- Automated thin provisioning and reclamation delivers enterprise-class
expandability and storage utilization features in a simplified, automated
- New, automated data-aware tiering solves performance tuning issues that
have traditionally taken storage administrators weeks or months to address
- Adjusts in real-time to changes in application workload, without the
need for user or admin intervention and tuning
- Uniquely utilizes SSD technology in the same pool as conventional disk
drives to accelerate the most demanding operations – automatically, based on
- Available at prices starting under $10,000 for 12 TB of SAS storage
- The most efficient and cost-effective way to utilize SSD technology –
unlike traditional tiering or SSD solutions, Drobo allows customers to
incrementally add SSD drives in the same box and in the same storage pool as
traditional media – resulting in optimal price-performance
- Designed, like all Drobos, to be the easiest to use and most automated
product in the market, resulting in reduced configuration and tuning time,
and lower operating costs
"There are three major challenges for SMB storage and backup - data
protection, capacity planning, and application performance optimization. Drobo
represents something new for SMBs: easy, automated, hands-free, no-tuning,
application-driven storage and it solves all three primary storage challenges at
an affordable price. Application-driven storage addresses the way business works
-George Crump, president and founder, Storage Switzerland
"Applications are at the core of any business and virtualization enables
organizations to deploy the infrastructure required with flexibility and
agility. Storage is the foundation for every virtual environment and Drobo's
iSCSI products are designed for simplicity and stability, to optimize virtual
machine and application performance. Drobo's data-aware tiering technology
provides enterprise capabilities to organizations that don't want to spend time
tuning, and they want storage to be smarter – simple, scalable and automated."
-Duncan Epping, author of Yellow-Bricks, a leading
"Automated data-aware tiering is as revolutionary to application
performance as BeyondRAID™ was to easy and reliable data protection. SMBs are
often forced to cobble together multiple, expensive solutions, spending
disproportionate money and time on storage rather than delivering applications
that meet user needs. Drobo for business is different in that it continues to
meld even more 'big technology' with 'Drobo ease-of-use', all in one box - for
the best storage experience ever."
- Tom Buiocchi, CEO, Drobo
The new Drobo 12-Bay iSCSI SAN storage for business model B1200i is available
now for purchase at http://www.drobostorage.com/.
Industry Leaders Combine Best-In-Class Products to Provide Easier, More
Affordable Backup and Replication for Virtualized Environments
SAN JOSE, Calif. - August 29, 2011 - Drobo,
makers of award-winning data storage products for businesses and professionals,
today announced that it has collaborated with Veeam Software, innovative
provider of VMware data protection, disaster recovery and VMware management
solutions for virtual datacenter environments, to deliver a simple and
affordable data protection solution for small and medium businesses (SMBs). The
joint solution between Drobo's SAN storage for business product line and Veeam's
Backup and Replication software provides SMB customers with a comprehensive
storage, backup and replication solution for production VMware environments.
"The Drobo B800i or B1200i combined with Veeam is a 'dream team' combination
for VMware backup and replication," said Charles Bass, vice president of vendor
relations and strategic accounts for storage distributor Promark Technology.
"It's a proven solution -- there are hundreds, if not thousands of small and
medium business customers already using Drobo and Veeam together. Drobo delivers
automated on-site data protection; Veeam adds industry-leading backup and
replication software, and both are VMware Ready Certified technologies. What
more could you ask for?"
"Drobo is committed to ensuring customers have access to the best software
solutions for VMware backup and replication, and Veeam has clear industry
recognition as a leader in the space," said Tom Buiocchi, CEO of Drobo. "We're
excited to be a part of such a compelling solution that many of our mutual
customers have already deployed and endorsed."
Drobo's business products are currently the storage of choice for over 25,000
business customers, and Veeam's Backup and Replication software protects more
than 1.5 million virtual machines worldwide.
"We've relied on Drobo for disk-based backup for our VMware environments, and
Veeam supplemented the built-in Drobo capabilities with great software-based
replication for VMware," said Rick Louie, Director of Infrastructure at
OnTargetJobs. "We believe that these two products together create the best value
on the market, and their responsiveness to our requests for mutual certification
prove we've made the right investment."
Drobo products, known for being uniquely automated, application-driven and
affordable, are based on patented BeyondRAID™ technology and certified for use
with VMware, Veeam, and other leading technology products. Drobo's most
recent SAN Storage for Business product, the model B1200i, further extends the
company's technological innovation with the introduction of automated data-aware
Drobo will be demonstrating these solutions, including the new Drobo
model B1200i, at VMworld booth 1153 in Las Vegas August 29th thru September
EMC VNX7500 Achieves Industry-leading Performance Density with Lustre—Delivers
HPC Community Enterprise Class Five-9’s Availability and High Density
SC11—SEATTLE - November 10, 2011 At SC11, the international
conference on HPC, networking storage and analysis, EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC),
today announced that it set a performance density record with Lustre—delivering
2GB/sec per rack U. Using the industry standard XDD benchmark, Terascala, the
leader in Fast Data storage management, validated that the single VNX7500
delivers up to 8 GB/s read and 5.3 GB/s write sustained performance on a 4U dual
storage processor with the Lustre file system. The benchmark results validate
the EMC VNX7500 and its ability to deliver the industry's most reliable—with
five-9's availability—and powerful unified storage system complete with global
support, delivering the raw performance required in HPC environments—with "no
VNX7500 is powered by the latest multi-core Intel Xeon processor 5600 series
and delivers HPC customers the option to leverage enterprise Flash drives and
the FAST Suite, where Flash can be efficiently used as both a high performance
storage tier and as a caching tier. Additionally, a dual VNX7500/single rack
solution that can deliver up to 16GB/s sustained read performance and has the
flexibility to support up to 1.6PBs—is ideal for customers looking for a high
density solution, or with large amounts of data. The sheer throughput that the
VNX7500 delivers to HPC customers using Lustre is ideal for environments where a
high, single stream of performance is required—most often in universities and
laboratories, core IT applications for, life sciences and supercomputing
EMC will be demonstrating a proof-of-concept that includes the VNX7500 and a
Terascala Integrated Storage Information System (TISIS™) appliance in a Lustre
environment in the EMC Isilon booth (#2609) and Intel booth (#2121) at SC11.
Eric Herzog, Vice President, Product Marketing and Management, EMC
Unified Storage Division
"Lustre is driving new achievements and capabilities in the HPC community.
EMC extends its offerings in the HPC community with our VNX unified storage
solution, which Terascala has validated with record setting benchmark results.
The VNX, optimized for HPC processing infrastructure, delivers customers
enterprise-class five-9's availability, global support, and the sheer
performance necessary to enable HPC customers with the industry's most powerful
storage for Lustre environments. With the combined breadth of EMC's VNX and
Isilon products, EMC delivers the broadest set of solutions spanning the needs
of the HPC community."
Rick Friedman, Vice President, Product Management at Terascala
"With the VNX, we achieved the highest XDD benchmark throughput of any
platform tested with the Terascala Integrated Storage Information System
(TISIS™) in a Lustre environment. In HPC environments—where performance is
everything—the VNX7500 delivered.”
EMC VNX, EMC
CLARiiON, & EMC
At its Dell Storage Forum customer and partner event, Dell today announced new solutions built on its Fluid Data Architecture to optimize cost, performance and protection as storage scales with a growing organization. New solutions include its first unified Dell EqualLogic platform, updated Dell EqualLogic software capabilities, a Dell Compellent demonstration of 16Gbps Fibre Channel, and the introduction of Fibre Channel on its PowerVault product line.
These solutions represent a milestone in Dell’s vision for a Fluid Data Architecture designed to help customers efficiently and flexibly manage data. Dell is uniquely unencumbered by legacy storage technologies and rigid philosophies that do not support customer needs in the Virtual Era. Instead, Dell is focused on the development and acquisition of storage intellectual property that delivers productivity and efficiency gains for highly-virtualized data centers.
Dell EqualLogic FS7500
The EqualLogic FS7500 adds scalable network-attached storage (NAS) capability to the EqualLogic product line – making it the only high-performance, scale-out unified storage for midsize deployments. The EqualLogic FS7500 uses the Dell Scalable File System, a high-performance, clustered file system based on Dell intellectual property. The Dell Scalable File System architecture incorporates features formerly found only at the very high end including advanced caching, load balancing and multi-threading for fast I/O processing. This is the first step toward Dell’s long-term vision of a uniquely feature-rich, highly-scalable file system. As with all EqualLogic products, new features will be made available to customers at no additional charge.
File storage systems historically have been difficult to expand because of file system size limitations and the complexity of managing multiple file servers. Unlike other unified storage solutions, with the FS7500, there are no 8, 16 or 50TB maximum limits on file system size. A single EqualLogic FS7500 file share can scale up to 510TB (raw capacity).
ARMONK, N.Y., - 09 May 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new tape storage and enhanced archiving, deduplication offerings designed to help clients efficiently store and extract intelligence from massive amounts of data.
The amount of information generated is increasing dramatically each year driven by armies of sensors, mobile devices, social networks, cloud computing and public sources of information like the Web. At the same time, demand for storage capacity worldwide will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 49.8 percent from 2009-2014, according to IDC (1). Clients require new technologies and ways to capitalize on the growing volume, variety and velocity of information known as "Big Data."
IBM continues to invest in the development of tape storage as an inexpensive, efficient way to store massive volumes of data. For example, IBM is today detailing seven significant improvements to its portfolio of tape and other storage archiving products, including the industry's first tape library system to provide over 2.7 exabytes of automated, low cost storage -- enough to store nearly 3 times all the mobile data generated in the U.S. in 2010 (an exabyte is 1 followed by 18 zeroes).
IBM System Storage™ TS3500 Tape Library is enabled by a new, IBM-developed shuttle technology -- a mechanical attachment that connects up to 15 tape libraries to create a single, high capacity library complex at a lower cost. The TS3500 offers 80 percent more capacity than a comparable Oracle tape library and is the highest capacity library in the industry, making it ideal for the world's largest data archives.
For example, the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand uses two TS3500 Tape Libraries to support a sophisticated POWER supercomputer used to tackle challenges in such fields as energy, aerospace, weather and climate modeling. The libraries together hold 5 petabytes of data, the equivalent of more than 1,000,000 DVDs. This means that if a DVD were written to the tape libraries at the rate of one every minute, it would take more than 2 years before their capacity was exhausted.
Recently, we launched HP Storage Essentials Storage Resource Manager (SRM) software 6.2, a new enhancement to our Business Service Automation (BSA) portfolio. We designed HP Storage Essentials 6.2 to help our customers increase performance monitoring, reduce management costs in heterogeneous environments and ultimately manage storage more efficiently.
A new feature found in the HP 4000 Storage System (HP LeftHand) is tighter integration with Microsoft's Volume Shadowcopy Services (VSS). I sat down with Adam Carter, Product Manager - HP P4000 solutions, to discuss our VSS integration and to help us understand it better.
1. Usability Corner (UC): What is VSS integration?
Adam Carter (AC): VSS is a framework that Microsoft provides to take snapshots in concert with applications.
2. UC: Why is this important?
AC: Integrating with VSS ensures the application is in the correct state when the snapshot is taken. This means that no I/Os are in "flight" or uncommitted - making sure all files associated with the application are in sync with the application and the storage solution. In addition, this also handles the application's volumes being spread across multiple volumes.
Cisco and Dell today announced that they will collaborate to deliver next-generation IT solutions that help customers simplify their data center infrastructure by pooling storage, computing and networking infrastructure resources to more rapidly support business applications in virtual data center environments. The companies expanded their existing global Solution Technology Integrator agreement to include Cisco’s Nexus 5020 data center switching systems as part of the Dell enterprise infrastructure solutions with Dell servers and storage solutions.
According to the agreement, Dell will add Cisco’s Nexus 5020 switches that support both 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) to its Dell PowerEdge™ server and Dell EqualLogic™, PowerVault™, and Dell/EMC™ storage solutions. The Cisco and Dell combined solutions help customers simplify the management of their next-generation data center with a unified networking fabric that consolidates LAN, SAN and server cluster network environments into a single high speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric that supports protocols such as Fibre Channel, FCoE, and Internet Small Computer Storage Interface (iSCSI).
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 22, 2010 — IBM researchers today announced they have demonstrated a world record in areal data density on linear magnetic tape — a significant update to one of the computer industry's most resilient, reliable and affordable data storage technologies.
This breakthrough proves that tape technology can increase capacity for years to come, which has important implications, as tape storage systems are more energy efficient and cost-effective than hard disk drive storage systems. As the physical world becomes increasingly networked with sensors, vast amounts of data are amassed in various formats from medical images to security camera feeds to supply chain sensors to financial records. All of this data needs to be archived, replicated for disaster recovery, and/or retained or regulatory compliance.
BOSTON, Mass. - 06 Oct 2009: At its Information Infrastructure Analyst Summit IBM (NYSE:IBM) announced its intention to enter the cloud storage space with the launch of the IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud, IBM Information Archive and new consulting services.
Traditional storage cloud solutions have piqued the interest of many enterprise clients for their very low price points, but these systems have mostly been limited to ‘sandbox’ use cases for secondary or tertiary copies of data or for use in development and test environments in which data does not have to be frequently accessed and does not tend to grow into large scales.
The IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud is a private cloud offering that utilizes low cost components in a true scale-out clustered model not offered by its competition. Hallmarks of the solution include support for multiple petabytes of capacity, billions of files, and scale-out performance previously limited to the largest ‘high performance computing’ systems.