Storage UPDATE, April 14, 2003

Storage UPDATE, April 14, 2003


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April 14, 2003--In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY - SAN/NAS Fusion Storage Solutions

2. NEWS AND VIEWS - Sun Unveils Storage Units - EMC Introduces New Storage Software Aimed at Regulatory Requirements

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS - Couldn't Make the Microsoft Mobility Tour Event? - Sample Our Security Administrator Newsletter!

4. RESOURCES - Serverless Backup of Microsoft Clustered Disk

5. NEW AND IMPROVED - Back Up to Any Type of Storage Device - Scale to 32TB of Storage Capacity - Submit Top Product Ideas

6. CONTACT US - See this section for a list of ways to contact us.




(contributed by Mark Smith, [email protected])

* SAN/NAS FUSION STORAGE SOLUTIONS I am frequently asked what the difference is between Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Networks (SANs). Often seen as mutually exclusive technologies, NAS and SAN actually complement each other to solve the storage needs of the typical IT environment. NAS is optimized for file serving, whereas SANs are optimized for high-volume block-oriented data transfers typically associated with databases and application server data.

At the Hewlett-Packard (HP) & Microsoft Network Storage Solutions Road Show, I demonstrate a file- and application-server consolidation by migrating files and Exchange mail stores from Windows NT 4.0 and Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 to Windows 2000 and Exchange Server 2000. Windows Powered NAS (WPNAS) devices are optimized Win2K file servers, so consolidating files from an NT server to a WPNAS device is easy. However, WPNAS doesn't support Exchange 2000 files. Microsoft recommends using a SAN to store Exchange data.

You can integrate SAN and NAS in several ways. One way is to use your own general purpose Windows server--include services for UNIX, Novell NetWare, and Macintosh as needed--then add a Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) and tweak it to make it work. Another way is to buy a preconfigured NAS head that works with the SAN you already own. This is a turnkey solution and provides the necessary integration and support for your storage environment.

If you plan to buy a new SAN, purchase a SAN/NAS combo box. The fusion of SAN and NAS provides the best of both worlds--NAS for optimized file serving and SAN for optimized application data storage. The HP StorageWorks NAS b3000 storage device provides both SAN and WPNAS in a single cabinet. With an entry-level price of $25,000, the b3000 provides an efficient way to consolidate all of your storage. After working with these solutions for several months, I highly recommend a SAN/NAS fusion storage solution to anyone considering a storage consolidation project. Remember that Exchange 2000 doesn't run on the storage device but requires a separate application server. However, you can store all file-server and Exchange data on the SAN/NAS combination device, which is very convenient and easy to manage.

I've gained a wealth of experience with some of these innovative storage solutions during the road show. To find a listing of road show locations and dates, go to




(contributed by Keith Furman, [email protected])

* SUN UNVEILS STORAGE UNITS Last week, Sun Microsystems introduced new storage hardware aimed at entry-level and midmarket customers. The new hardware is part of Sun's N1 plan, which is designed to combine servers and storage systems in a single pool of computing power. The company believes customers today are more inclined to buy equipment as part of a total package rather than in pieces because doing so is more affordable and easier to manage. "They want integration with choice," said Scott McNealy, Sun chairman and CEO.

For the entry-level market, Sun introduced Sun Fire V210, which starts at $2995. Sun Fire is designed for serving Web pages or to function as part of a large group of servers (i.e., server farm). Another new product, the Sun Fire V240, will start at $3495 and is rack-ready for data centers. For the midrange level, Sun introduced the StorEdge 6120 array and the StorEdge 6320, which competes directly with Hewlett-Packard (HP) products. The StorEdge 6120 array, starting at $24,300, is a modular array that can grow into a complete storage system. The StorEdge 6320 system starts at $67,600 and is a complete storage system that can be managed from a single console. The new products will all be available this month.

* EMC INTRODUCES NEW STORAGE SOFTWARE AIMED AT REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS EMC has unveiled new storage software that addresses government regulations that require a growing number of companies to archive electronic documents. The new software, Centera Compliance Edition, helps manage and store fixed content--that is, unchanging data such as document images, email messages, and X-rays and other medical records. Many industries, including public companies, are required to keep copies of the data they generate. Public companies were recently ordered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to keep all email messages for several years.

Centera Compliance Edition includes retention enforcement, which lets companies set retention periods on electronic records; enhanced file deletion, which ensures that someone can't recover deleted data by using disk scanning tools; and application access security, which permits companies to establish access security and authorized activities at the application and server level. Centera hardware starts at $64,000, and Centera software starts at $84,000.



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* SERVERLESS BACKUP OF MICROSOFT CLUSTERED DISK Forum member Neville Lee has a Compaq MA8000 Storage Area Network (SAN) with three defined LUNs used by a Microsoft Clustered disk. He wants to perform a serverless backup with Computer Associates' BrightStor ARCserve 9.0 to an ADIC Scalar 1000 with an SNC 5100 router installed. ADIC says that when its data mover attempts to back up the disk, the SAN indicates that the disks are locked. Neville wants to know whether he can perform a serverless backup in his environment or whether he needs to employ some type of snapshot or other replication solution before he can perform serverless backup. To lend a helping hand, go to the following URL:



(contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

* BACK UP TO ANY TYPE OF STORAGE DEVICE PANTERASoft released Careful Backup 1.52, software that provides automatic data backup to any type of storage. You can use the software to protect your data from accidental deletes, overwrites, and viruses that can permanently destroy data. You can schedule backups to run by the minute, hour, day, and month. The software runs on Windows XP/2000/NT/Me/9x systems and costs $34.95. Contact PANTERASoft at [email protected]

* SCALE TO 32TB OF STORAGE CAPACITY Procom Technology introduced NetFORCE 4000, a new series of Network Attached Storage (NAS) filers that features improved performance and modular scalability. The NetFORCE 4000 series features dual-head, fully redundant design; 2U (3.5") filer; 2Gbps Fibre Channel back end; and scalability to as much as 32.7TB. NetFORCE 4000 products will begin shipping in second quarter 2003 with a starting price of $113,000. Contact Procom Technology at 800-800-8600 or [email protected]

* SUBMIT TOP PRODUCT IDEAS Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Do you know of a terrific product that others should know about? Tell us! We want to write about the product in a future What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions to [email protected]



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