Feeds

XIV gets SONAS booster shot

NAS gateway for block storage

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

IBM has given its XIV block-access storage array product a SONAS gateway to enable it to store files. Big Blue has also created a low-end Diligent ProtecTIER deduplication appliance.

IBM's SONAS, which stands for Scale-Out Network Attached Storage product, targets very large NAS environments with the NetApp-based N Series being sold by IBM to mainstream NAS customers. SONAS is a development of IBM's GPFS (General Parallel File System) and can now be bought as a software gateway using XIV storage as its data store. In effect it is a NAS head for XIV and XIV thereby gets a kind of unified storage moniker.

SONAS now also provides policy-driven movement of files between disk storage and TSM-managed tape storage, a feature announced six months ago when SONAS was first publicly outed by IBM. This is carried out using a policy engine.

Each SONAS node can execute policy engine searches at a rate of ten million files per minute and flag files for movement across storage tiers - fast SAS to slower SATA to really slow tape - or other actions. Files moved from disk to tape have a stub left behind for access.

SONAS has an added asynchronous replication facility, on top of the existing synchronous capability, to send files to remote SONAS installations. It now supports 600GB SAS drives in its own hardware, complementing the 450GB ones which were previously offered. There is a hint by IBM Senior IT Storage Consultant Tony Pearson that SONAS might allow mixed drive types in its storage enclosures in future.

Elsewhere in its storage line-up IBM has introduced the ITS7610 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express, which is a low-end version of its Diligent-based deduplication technology. It is a pre-configured, bundled system with server, storage and ProtecTIER deduplication technology that can support up to 135TB of backup data. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer
Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Pssst. Want to buy a timeshare in the clouds?
The Google dilemma — controller or spreader of knowledge?
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.