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September 13, 2013


IT professionals believe that the NAS (network-attached storage) market has dropped in the last few months, but it appears that Seagate, Buffalo a nd Overland think the market could climb back soon.

But to be fair, there's been quite a bit of NAS action lately, with Seagate coming out with a pair of 2U rackmount NASs, with Buffalo pushing out a new product, and Overland introducing a new NAS that can scale to hundreds of petabytes of data storage.

With Seagate putting out rackmount NAS, it could raise a question about the enthusiasm of its storage array ambitions. Will it bring out a 16-slot unit, a 32-slot one, or even larger arrays?

Seagate's Business Storage range comprises 4 or 8-bay product in a 1U rackmount unit with capacity ranging from 4 TB to 32 TB using hot-swap disks.

Seagate marketing vice president Scott Horn claims that Seagate has "the industry’s first hot-swappable 8-bay 1U rackmount NAS".

The company suggests its SAN units can be great data backup systems as they are compatible with backup software for Windows PCs and are also compatible with Apple’s Time Machine.

The product comes with the Wuala cloud service and there is a service which automatically syncs files and make them accessible from mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Android devices to improve employees’ productivity while on the go.

Files are also encrypted with Wuala, which is a feature that will please more than one system admin. It can support, Seagate says, up to 250 employees, from its 8 x 3.5-inch Enterprise Capacity (formerly Constellation ES.3) disk drives with the NAS OS software running on a 2.3 GHz dual core Intel CPU.

It also features redundant, swappable power supplies and dual gigabit E connectivity. The 4-bay shelf uses Seagate's NAS disk drives, not the Enterprise Capacity drives and access comes through the NAS OS running on a 2.13 GHz dual-core Atom processor. It also features iSCSI as well as NAS support.

Seagate's eight-bay 1U rackmount will be available in October from CDW and other resellers for suggested retail prices ranging from $2,999 for the 8 TB model to $5,999 for the 32 TB version.

The 4-bay 1U rackmount will be available at the same retail outlets later this quarter. The rackmount unit minus the drives costs $999. A 4 TB model will cost $1,299 while the 16 TB unit will cost $2,499. Those are all manufacturer's suggested retail prices.

Buffalo's Tera Station 3400 is a new addition to the Tera Station family. Buffalo has its Link Station range for the small and home office while Tera Stations are offered at small and medium businesses. It includes:

  • Tera Station base with 2 to 16 TB of data storage in desktop and rackmount configs, with an 800 MHz ARM CPU.
  • Tera Station 3000 with 4 to 16 TB of capacity, with similar configuration but a faster ARM processor.
  • Tera Station 5000 with 2 to 32 TB of data and Intel Atom CPU.
  • Tera Station 7000 rackmount, with 8 to 48 TB of capacity and Intel Xeon processor.
  • The only 3000-class system, the model 3400 has up to four hot-swap disk drives and a 1.33 Gz dual-core ARM processor with 1 GB of RAM. It offers both iSCSI block and NAS file access, and also offers Active Directory support.

    There are two USB 3.0 ports and IP camera recording capabilities for surveillance use.

    For its part, Overland Storage offers a new Snap Scale product, the X4, building on its Snap Scale X2 clustered NAS products. But this isn't just an ARM-powered system-- it's 100 percent Intel inside-out.

    The X4 offers unified NAS and iSCSI storage volumes under one global namespace. Overland says unifying iSCSI block access and NAS file access in a scale-out clustered Snap Scale node architecture means primary data-using databases can use the same storage resource as file-accessing apps, saving businesses money as they no longer need separate disk arrays.

    Snap Scale platforms are both VMware and Microsoft certified, and can have up to 36 drives per node, with a rackful of nodes offering up to 1.4 PB in storage capacity, with the ability to scale to hundreds of petabytes.

    That qualifies the Snap SCale X4 as an enterprise-class system in terms of capacity. Think online archiving and enormous disk-to-disk backup jobs for example.

    Files are striped across drives and, when new nodes are added, the files are rebalanced across the cluster to optimize resource utilization, meaning better performance and higher availability.

    Overland reminds us that-- "Snap Scale provides 99.999 percent uptime and a no-single-point-of-failure architecture along with enterprise-class features such as power redundancy, data snapshots, automatic failover, data replication and flexible provisioning."

    Overland's Storage Snap Scale X4 is available immediately from its resellers and system integrators with an MSRP starting at $48,597 for a 72 TB cluster configuration, including installation services and support.

    In other IT news

    Oracle said earlier this morning that it has introduced a new high capacity tape drive that provides 8.5 TB of storage capacity.

    Oracle's new Storage Tek T-10000-D is fairly quick at transfering uncompressed data at 252 MB per second, and at 756 MB per second with a 3:1 compression ratio.

    Its 252 MB per second data rate is actually 57.5 percent faster than LTO-6's 160 MB per second.

    And LTO-6 stores just 3.2 TB of data, considerablt less than half the T-10000-D's capacity. The T-10000-D cartridge, which uses the same media as the previous T-10000-C format, stores 54 percent more information than the T-10000-C.

    This means that you can transfer data from T-10000-C media to the "D" media and free up large data sets of tape cartridge capacity in the process.

    A Streamline SL-8500 tape library can hold more than 68 exabytes of data using the "D" cartridge. A Clipper Group senior analyst, David Reine, says-- "According to Oracle's calculations, a 1 PB T-10000-D tape drive can cost about 20 percent less and can consume about 20 percent less floor space than with LTO-6 in Oracle's Storage Tek SL-3000 Library."

    Oracle adds-- "Enterprise customers can drag-and-drop multiple LTO LTFS-enabled volumes onto a single Storage Tek T-10000-D cartridge for large data consolidation projects."

    The new "D" format is, Oracle claims, "19 percent faster than the IBM TS-1140, while storing more than twice the data per cartridge".

    It also says its T-10000-D is the first tape drive that supports both 16 Gbit per second Fibre Channel and 10 Gbit per second Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

    A Data Integrity Validation (DIV) feature as tape cartridge validity can be checked without going back to the application that wrote the data. The T-10000-D drive is backward-read compatible with all three previous generation T-10000 tapes.

    Source: Seagate.

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