The dark storage network horse: InfiniBand

Its growth rate just got increased

IDC has increased the growth rate for InfiniBand in the 2007-2011 period due to accelerated InfiniBand take up.

An InfiniBand fabric has servers or storage devices connected to it by host channel adapters (HCA) and intervening InfiniBand switches. The current bandwidth is 20Gbit/s with 40Gbit/s just beginning – Mellanox has started shipping 40Gbit/s product – far beyond 10Gbit/s Ethernet or 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel.

IDC reckons that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for InfiniBand HCA shipments from 2007 to 2011 should be 51.5 percent, up from its previous 29.3 percent, with shipments reaching 991,878 in 2011 and HCA revenues reaching $279.7 million.

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Panasonic intros 64GB flash card

High-definition recording capacity

Panasonic Broadcast has announced an unprecedented 64GB capacity P2 flash card for its solid state camcorders and connection to desktop and laptop computers.

The AJ-P2C064 card has double the capcity of the 32GB product announced in November last year, and four times that of the 16GB P2 card announced earlier last year. This is a quadrupling of capacity in just over twelve months.

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We just discovered Recommind leads Autonomy

Ediscovery market front runner

Here’s a surprise. In Tom Foremski’s Silicon Valley Watcher blog he states: “Autonomy is trying to bolster its position in the multi-billion dollar e-discovery market, which is lead by Recommind, based in San Francisco.”

Autonomy is huge, having a market capitalisation of $4 billion and being the second largest software company in Europe. It got its present postion in eDiscovery by buying Zantaz and is on a roll. Yet it lags much smaller fish Recommind. That tells us Recommind has an excellent product and good technology.

Bradford Grammar School gets continuously protected

FalconStor CDP

Bradford Grammar School is an outstanding UK secondary school. Few schools of its type are so well fitted out and provide such a rich set of facilities for education. It was founded in the 15th century, 1548 to be precise, and became a chartered Free Grammar School in 1662 when King Charles II was on the throne. The school became a dirtect grant school in the 60s, an independent school in 1975, and fully co-educational in 1999.

The school can teach just over 900 pupils, 30 percent of whom are female, and the teacher:pupil ratio is 1:15. Its motto is Hoc Age, meaning ‘Do this’, which its pupils do, attaining truly excellent examination results with a 98 percent pass rate for GCSE (Grades A*-C) in 2006.

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Eye-opening storage performance

Startup Third I/O blows RamSan away

Third I/O has Iris Linux-based software that turns a 64-bit x86 multi-core or multi-CPU server into a Fibre Channel-connected storage device that can outperform Texas Memory systems’ RamSan-400 RAM-based solid state drive (SSD).

Iris is a Linux-based application that takes over a server and turns it into a lightning fast embedded storage processor. In a benchmark using an HP DL585G2 server, with an AMD 64-bit Opteron CPU and just 512MB of RAM, the Iris system attained 7,964MB/sec throughput whereas a TMS RamSan-400 recorded 3,005MB/sec, two and a half times slower.

In I/Os per second terms the Iris system achieved 778,000 IOPS, nearly twice as many as the RamSan-400.

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Backup software is broken

In an age of de-duping VTLs we’re stuck with tape-based software

Why does backup software still have its obsession with tape? The backup applications are riven through with the assumption that the ultimate end-target is tape, however much they nod to disk-to-disk (D2D) or virtual tape libraries (VTL).

With organisations that have abandoned tape or used it for their last-tier backup, the backup applications make a dreadful hash of managing D2D and VTL targets, especially with de-duplication. A backup application cannot write a de-duped file to tape and has to expand it before it can do so. But it is a nonsense for the same approach to be taken by a backup application when directing a de-duped storage device to move its data to a remote de-duped storage device. That negates all the bandwidth reduction benefits of de-dupe.

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FCoE or iSCSI; battle royal brewing

Lock-in or escape

There are two ways to extend access to Fibre Channel storage area networks (FC SANs) to servers without FC host bus adapters (HBAs): Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE); or iSCSI. Both use Ethernet as the transport medium but one locks you in to Fibre Channel and the other provides an escape route.

With iSCSI, SCSI storage commands and data are wrapped up inside TCP/IP data packets and sent across Ethernet to a storage resource. This could be a pure IP SAN, such as those from Dell/EqualLogic and LeftHand Networks or it could be a Fibre Channel SAN via an iSCSI port on an intervening FC fabric switch or director.

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Into the blue: Dell’s affordable Blu-ray laptop

Less than a grand

Dell has introduced a Blu-ray notebook computer for under $1,000.

The Inspiron 1525, which has a┬ácustomisable case colour, is fitted with a┬áBlu-ray drive that can also play – and burn – CDs and DVDs. A Blu-ray burner is available. The 50GB Blu-ray capacity compares to a typical 8.5GB DVD and is thus a much better backup medium.

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Transitions: the fourth storage wave

Accelerated I/O for parallel access

There is a fourth wave of disk array-based storage products coming. They are aimed at applications needing massive amounts of simultaneous I/O from high-capacity arrays, and products are arriving from the video surveillance, video streamig, high-performance computing (HPC), web 2.0 and cloud (storage as a service, part of a service) areas.

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