Disaster Recovery, SAN Storage Tools Headline Storage Show

Data protection products also debut at Storage Networking World.

A host of new products spanning several storage technologies have been introduced during the first days of this years Storage Networking World, held this week in Phoenix.

Utility storage vendor 3Pardata Inc. introduced 3Par Remote Copy with many-to-one support, a disaster recovery solution that builds on the Fremont, Calif., companys 3Par Remote Copy data replication product. The products new many-to-one support allows remote data replication from several 3Par InServ Storage Servers to a single, centralized InServ Storage Server in a remote location.

The new functionality allows for rapid deployment, reduces the number of arrays required versus a matched-set approach, and allows for replication and simultaneous production usage of the central-site array without requiring dedicated arrays, said Vincent DiMemmo, senior vice president of global product management and marketing. DiMemmo also noted that the native IP-based solution is less expensive than Fibre Channel-based solutions that require IP converters and extenders for long-distance replication.

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Storage management services vendor Arsenal Digital Solutions Worldwide Inc., of Cary, N.C., introduced ViaRecoveryT, an on-demand rapid server recovery service for business continuity and disaster recovery delivered as a managed service offering. The service protects, either on-site or remotely, geographically dispersed server operating systems, applications, files and databases, said CEO Frank Brick. If a companys server fails, service can be restored within minutes or hours, he said.

Customers pay for ViaRecoveryT, which includes hardware, software, maintenance, and 24-by-7 monitoring and management, on a pay-as-you-go basis.

To address business continuity issues, the system installs a preconfigured storage appliance on a customers LAN (local area network) that captures snapshots of the servers operating state, including applications and settings. The system captures a complete server image every month and incremental images each week. Customers also can opt for daily incremental images. In the event of a failure, the system can then use the LAN to recover the contents of the most recent server image to another server.

To handle disaster recovery, the system can apply an agent to the on-site appliance, allowing server images stored on the local recovery appliance to be backed up over the customers existing network, Brick said. Customers can initiate a complete system, data and bare metal recovery to a recovery site if necessary.

Also at SNW, iVivity Inc., of Norcross, Ga., and StorAge Networking Technologies, of Irvine, Calif., joined forces to offer an ASIC-based, SPAID-optimized (Split-Path Architecture for Intelligent Devices) SAN (storage area network) product. The products are based on the concept of split-path separation, which provides separate paths for management and I/O in a SAN fabric, according to the companies.

The product will allow OEMs to implement intelligent network or array-based SPAID SANs that deploy data protection storage services like snapshots, replication, migration, local and remote mirroring, and volume management.

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Finally, Avamar Technologies Inc., of Irvine, Calif., announced the newest version of its Axion enterprise data protection software. Version 3.0 now includes enhanced commonality factoring, allowing the amount of backup data transmitted over the network and managed by Axion to be reduced by up to 45 percent. The result, said CEO Kevin Daly, is a reduction in hardware costs for deployment as well as the network bandwidth needed to perform off-site replication of backup data.

Axion 3.0, built on Enterprise Linux 3, also allows users to protect data on 64-bit x86 systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, provides the ability to protect Oracle databases on the Windows platform, and supports open file backups for Windows 2003 and XP clients via the Windows Virtual Shadow Copy Service.

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