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HP (and Lynx) LTO-7 Tape Drives now available

 

HP’s release of the next generation LTO Tape Drive (LTO-7), as a stand-alone unit and within autoloaders and libraries, will further increase the breadth of coverage of LTO tape drive. Tape remains the preferred method for off-site backup, with world-wide sales of tapes continuing to grow. In-turn, LTO has become the de-factor standard for tape, and HP has become comfortably the market leading manufacturer of LTO drives.

 

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How are the various Disk Array Vendors and Technologies playing out?

 

The disk array market has enjoyed some significant activity over the last few years, with a number of new so-called disruptive vendors having entered a space occupied by some significant, committed and established vendors. 

The channel is responding, with the various vendors and distributors jockeying for position, often hedging their bets across multiple partners.

So what’s actually happening, and how does Gartner see things playing out in this space?

 

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The New MSA 2040 - 

At a price-point that defies its functionality, flexibility and performance

 

The MSA 2040 is the 4Th generation of HP’s popular Modular Storage Array (MSA) series entry SAN arrays.   As expected the MSA2040 sees the usual hardware and performance updates such as;

  • Support for 16Gb FC
  • 12Gb SAS (front and back end)
  • 1Gb/10Gb ISCSI 
  • 2x Cache (from 2GB to 4GB per controller), 
  • Faster processors capable of handling more IO and throughput (up from 35K IOPs to over 85K IOPs)

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The New StoreVirtual 4335 - 

Performance (Hybrid Flash) meets Simplicity and Scalability

 

The Storevirtual 4335 Hybrid node is the latest addition to the Storevirtual family bringing with it the performance benefits of flash.   Leveraging the Adaptive Optimisation feature built into the Lefthand OS, the StoreVirtual 4335 goes beyond just leveraging flash as a read cache by automatically placing the most active data into a highly available flash tier servicing BOTH reads and writes making performance more predictable and suited to a much wider range of workloads.   The Adaptive Optimisation feature holds true to the Storevirtual ethos of simple, scalable and highly available, with no complex configuration or administration required.  Simply turn it on and the software does the rest, providing 35K IOPs per node with linear performance increase as more nodes are added.

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Can HDS port their success in Enterprise-Class Disk to the Mid-Range?

 

Josh definitely thinks so!

Josh Krischer, from Josh Krischer and Associates GmbH, a former VP of Research at Gartner, provides an insight into HDS’ HUS disk subsystem, covering-off the technology, functionality and competitive positioning in his latest White Paper focusing on the HDS HUS100 Series.


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Confused about the tape options introduced with the new LTO-6 Tape Drives?

 

The introduction of LTO-6 drives has bought with it a new tape media technology.  Historically, all LTO media were based on Metal Particle (MP) technology, however, a new and additional technology has been introduced with LTO-6, namely Barium Ferrite (BaFe).
 
Why the 2 technologies, and where should they be used?

 

 

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HP & Lynx LTO-6 Tape Drives, Autoloaders and Libraries now available

HP's recent release of the next generation LTO Tape Drive (LTO-6), as a stand-alone unit and within the autoloader and low-end libraries, has further increased the breadth of coverage of LTO tape drive. Tape remains the preferred method for off-site backup, with world wide sales of tapes continuing to grow. In turn, LTO has become the de-facto standard for tape, and HP has become comfortably the market leading manufacturer of LTO drives.

 

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Emulex and Fusion-io Team to Deliver Fast I/O Caching and Connectivity SAN Solutions

Emulex has teamed with Fusion-io to deliver integrated, customised I/O caching and connectivity solutions for tier 1 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), significantly accelerating the performance of databases, data warehouses, heavily virtualized environments and private/hybrid clouds with improved throughput and application response time.

 

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Emulex Has Released Performance Optimised 16G Fibre Channel HBAs Supporting PCIe 3.0 and Delivering Over 1.2 Million IOPS

The LPe16000B series of 16GFC HBAs are the only adapters on the market that offer PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 support to complement the latest high performance Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family-based server platforms, industry-leading 1.2 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) on a single port,1 which is six times faster than current HBAs being offered by Emulex’s nearest competitor, and BlockGuard™ data integrity offload for enhanced data protection. 

 

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The New HDS Unified Storage (HUS) Disk Subsystem Family is the new Mid-Range Class Leader

 

With an unbeatable combination of features that deliver across all the key requirements (reliability, scalability, performance, functionality, ease of management, and cost effectiveness), HDS has managed to set a new benchmark for mid-range disk subsystems.

 

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The OneConnect pay-as-you-go model allows you to start with a high-performance 10GbE network adapter and then enable iSCSI or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) storage, when and where you need it - all done with protocol offloads. 

 

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 Storage controllers manage the flow of information between the server and the data, playing a critical role in the performance and availability of the disk subsystem. Most offer redundancy and many offer multiple paths to the data, but this often is where the similarity ends.

 

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Let Lynx help build your annuity business and pro-actively manage your accounts across all your HP Server, Storage and Networking requirements.

 
The benefits include:
  • Selling HP Services & Renewals will allow you to build on your annuity base
  • Renewals allow you to pro-actively touch base with your customer at decision time (be it a maintenance renewal or a refresh)
  • Providing an additional mechanism to add very real value to your clients

 

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HDS has leveraged its highly recognised enterprise disk capabilities to produce an enterprise class, cost-effective, modular mid-range disk array.

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Unleash the true potential of virtualisation with this powerful, easy-to-manage, drop-in performance solution that supports all the major brands of servers and SANs. This cost-effective bundle, combining Fusion IO’s IODrive solid state storage with ioTurbine software, is purpose built for VMWare:

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Lynx Technologies has complemented its infrastructure solutions offerings with innovative performance solutions from Fusion-io.

Fusion-io is broadly regarded as the innovative market-leader in cost-effective server based solid-state storage solutions to the many varied performance issues, answering the need to process more data more quickly using limited energy resources.

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The Hewlett-Packard (HP) Networking K-12 program has been implemented to provide partners that have customers in the education sector with a competitive advantage. The program provides partners, that are willing to be certified in HP Networking solutions, with the education necessary to be successful in the marketplace. 

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Lynx tape drives now uniquely provide a thorough restore and recovery solution for complete systems (servers) and data (individual files).

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The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies have announced the extension of the LTO Ultrium roadmap with new product generations: LTO-7 and LTO-8.

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HP now has its most complete portfolio of disk offerings spanning:

 

- Direct attach (P2000)

- NAS (X Series)

- Backup to disk (D2D)

- SAN (P2000, P4000, EVA and 3Par).

 

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Acronis has released a significant new version of Backup and Recovery. This new product will help organisations simplify their disaster recovery and data protection needs across physical, virtual and cloud environments by providing its established disk imaging technology fully integrated with purpose-built data protection and backup features such as catalogue and search.

 

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HDPS is the fully featured OEM version of CommVault's Simpana. While Lynx has access to and is able to supply the generic CommVault Simpana offering, we see two distinct advantages for our Resellers in selling HDPS:

 

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