Sepaton Powers Up Its Data Protection Software

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-28 Print this article Print

The new platform features gridlike scalability, multiprotocol support and faster deduplication, Sepaton said.

Sepaton, which is making storage pooling an increasingly well-known feature of new-generation storage tech, this week released its next-generation (version 6.0) storage software, which powers storage pools in its new S2100-ES2 Series 1910/2910 systems.

The new platform features gridlike scalability, multiprotocol support and fast deduplication, Sepaton's new vice president of marketing, Greg Mancusi-Ungaro, told eWEEK.

The Marlboro, Mass.-based company's S2100-ES2 1910 and 2910 high-end deduplicating virtual tape libraries can expand up to eight 2U head nodes in one cluster, Mancusi-Ungaro said. The v6.0 software has the scalability to easily handle large enterprise workloads through pooling, he said.

Pooling is an approach to storage virtualization that delineates specific areas of the storage system to be dedicated to specific data flows, in order to enable more efficient multitenant service deployments.

Virtualized storage systems break files into chunks of data that are dispersed into numerous data center or storage locations, and reassemble them on demand. Keeping data file chunks closer together in pools theoretically provides faster reassembly of file chunks.

Sepaton's storage arrays with pooling and fast data deduplication performance are being used in private-cloud computing systems as well as stand-alone platforms for next-generation data protection capabilities in new scale-out storage environments, which are popping up all over the globe.

New features in the S2100 array with version 6.0 software, according to Sepaton, include performance of up to 1,500MB/sec/node, more than doubling the performance of previous Sepaton models; multiprotocol support for Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage on 10 Gigabit Ethernet concurrently with Fibre Channel tape emulation; and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager capabilities for deduplicating both progressive incremental TSM backups and multistreamed database backups.

Sepaton's S2100-ES2 Series 1910/2910 with v6.0 software is shipping now, Mancusi-Ungaro said. Pricing for the S2100-ES2 starts at $257,500.

Within 90 days, the v6.0 software will be available at no charge to existing Sepaton customers on maintenance contracts with qualified hardware, Mancusi-Ungaro said.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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