Xiotech, Symantec Team Up for New NAS Cluster System

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-04-13 Print this article Print

Xiotech also announces Cortex, a new storage API that enables complete control of information from an individual storage system.

Xiotech on April 13 unveiled a network-attached storage package that combines its own "intelligent" arrays with Symantec's FileStore server to provide a new NAS-type system powerful and capacious enough to handle cloud computing workloads.

The company made the announcement at the Symantec Vision 2010 conference in Las Vegas, which continues through April 15.

Xiotech's Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) arrays are new-generation machines that can handle quickly changing application demands, Xiotech marketing exec Brian Reagan told eWEEK.

FileStore is Symantec's high-end industrial-strength server that provides high performance and scalability for large enterprise storage environments.

Acronymically called ISE NAS, the combined system features rapid deployment and automated provisioning of file storage and clustered file systems. It can scale up to 16 asymmetric or symmetric nodes, Reagan said.

Storage capacity can scale out independently up to 2PB behind a single cluster, he said.

The new system becomes available through Xiotech channel partners in June.

New API Also Released

In a separate announcement at Storage Networking World in Orlando, Fla., Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Xiotech introduced CorteX, a new storage API based on a RESTful API that provides an interface for applications to communicate with Xiotech's ISE.

CorteX enables a storage admin control of information from an individual ISE, including volume management, physical configuration, physical status and physical performance, Reagan said.

CorteX, a proprietary tool available only to customers, enables an ISE to meet most requirements for intelligent application storage, such as understanding the storage resources available, their current state and automated control of the allocation of storage resources, Reagan said.

"This means that storage hardware can be treated as a software component in the same way as other components in a virtualized infrastructure," Reagan said.

Xiotech also has launched a CorteX Developer Community.

Go here for more information.


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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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