To help customers prepare for that onslaught, AppIQ this week at Storage Decisions announced the availability of StorageAuthority Suite R3.1. The enhanced offering brings new "path provisioning" capabilities that correct and error-proof new SAN allocation capacity for high-priority applications, said officials at the Burlington, Mass.-based company. In addition, the storage management vendor unveiled StorageAuthority for Sybase. The new application module bolsters the performance of Sybase Inc.s Adaptive Server Enterprise database in SAN environments.Driving greater flexibility for conventional drive-and-tape models of removable backup, Spectra Logic introduced its RAID eXchangeable TeraPack, portable disk technology known as RXT, at Storage Decisions. The RXT docking station stores data to Serial ATA disks sealed off in a protected enclosure, offering users the performance of RAID disks but with the portability benefits of tape, according to officials at Boulder, Colo.-based Spectra Logic. RXT media is available using 12 2.5-inch SATA disks designed for mobile computing, or two 3.5-inch disks designed for server applications. Click here to read about IT managers struggle to comply with data-retention regulations, also discussed at the conference. Separately, Brocade unveiled the SilkWorm 24000 Director, a networking device that connects servers and storage boxes to create a Fibre Channel SAN. The new device supports as many as 128 ports, providing nonblocking 2-Gbps full duplex connectivity. It also supports both Fibre Channel and FICON protocols. Brocade, of San Jose, Calif., said all of the big OEMsincluding EMC Corp., Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM StorageTek and Sun Microsystems Inc.have qualified the SilkWorm 24000 Director. Check out eWEEK.coms Storage Center at http://storage.eweek.com for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise and business storage hardware and software. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com storage news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
For its part, Storability Software at the conference announced the availability of Version 3.8 of its Global Storage Manager product. The updated software offers expanded device support to include EMCs Celerra, Hewlett-Packard Co.s XP 512 and Microsoft Corp.s Windows 2003 platform.