Feeds

Cisco, NetApp and EMC focus in on storage software

Lords of the code

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

Storage Decisions Being the competent vendors that they are, Cisco, Network Appliance and EMC all made good use of the Storage Decisions conference being held here this week and rolled out new gear.

Cisco rounded out its still young MDS 9000 family of Fibre Channel switches with the addition of two new products. The Cisco MDS 9216i fabric switch and the Cisco MDS 9000 Multiprotocol Services Module fit into the SAN (storage area network) expansion category, meaning they let customers add support for new networking protocols. In this case, Cisco has delivered products that can use either Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) or Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI). The products have 14 Fibre Channel ports and two gigabit Ethernet ports and will be available at the start of the fourth quarter.

Along with the new hardware, Cisco also upgraded its switch operating system - SAN-OS 2.0. Most notably, the latest software should boost the performance of tape backups being done with FCIP via some nifty I/O acceleration technology. In addition, Cisco is now supporting hardware-based IPSec encryption over both FCIP and iSCSI and has upped Fibre Channel buffer-to-buffer credits from 255 per port to 3,500 per port, which should help admins performing long distance operations over Fibre Channel. The new OS will also ship at the start of the fourth quarter.

NetApp focused on the software side of the house too with the release of a product called LockVault. This software is aimed at both the disaster recovery and data backup markets.

The software basically gives customers a way to store, index and recover unstructured data. It's designed to help companies meet regulatory requirements for both finding files and assuring auditors that the files have not been altered since they were stored. This product is similar to existing software from the likes of EMC, HP and Veritas and more information on LockVault is available here.

EMC came out with a two specialized new applications for PeopleSoft and Microsoft customers.

EMC announced that its DatabaseXtender software will now work with PeopleSoft's financial, HR and supply chain products. The DatabaseXtender software monitors what types of data are regularly being used and moves inactive files to less expensive storage boxes as needed. This frees up the high-performing, more expensive kit to crunch key jobs.

For Microsoft Exchange Server users, EMC has rolled out the Express Solution for E-Mail product. This is the first in a series of "Express" systems EMC plans to roll out with each being a hardware and software bundle.

In this case, customers can pick up the EMC kit to help them consolidate thousands upon thousands of e-mail messages down onto a single box. The total Express Solution for E-mail bundle includes a Clarrion server, Legato's EmailXtender Archive Edition software, EMC Replication Manager and EMC Exchange Accelerator Service. ®

Related stories

Sun does dancing bear act for Wall Street
Tape drives are fast enough, says Quantum
Microsoft launches mini-attack on data back-up market

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed
Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.