Sectors – Storage news from Seagate, Isilon and StorageCraft

Seagate has debuted 1TB enterprise 2.5” drives, while StorageCraft has launched a flood relief effort

Little terabytes hit the enterprise

Seagate has announced a 1TB version of its 2.5” Constellation.2 disk drive, and says the new drive is the first enterprise-class drive of this size to crack the terabyte mark.

The drive has a 6Gb/s SATA interface, 1.4 million hours mean time between failure and also ships in configurations with 250GB or 500GB of capacity.

In a press release announcing the drive, Seagate quoted IDC Research Director John Rydning as saying “Data centre managers continue to seek out more efficient storage technologies without sacrificing performance, while still meeting capacity growth requirements. Reaching the 1TB capacity in a small form factor design gives IT managers more options to meet capacity requirements with efficient storage platforms. IDC expects the use of capacity-optimised drives like Seagate’s 1TB Constellation.2to increase by more than 50% from 2010 to 2014.”

Isilon channels up

EMC may be about to absorb Isilon, but that’s not stopping the company’s local presence from to the ranks of its resellers.

New Zealand company DVT has signed up to push the company’s wares into the shaky isles’ media sector, delighting Managing Director Stuart Barnaby who says “Isilon’s value proposition is the simplicity with which the system can be put together and it’s long term reliability. The ease of installation, configuration and ongoing maintenance makes it an attractive solution for our customers.”

Australia’s ASI Solutions has joined the ranks of Isilon’s Gold Fast Track Partners.

“We had been looking for a new storage partner for some time and began working with EMC six months ago,” said Maree Lowe, ASI co-founder and Director. “We were certified to work with Isilon three years ago when Isilon was the new kid on the block but the news that EMC has bought Isilon is a real bonus for us as we can now offer the best storage technology in the market.”

StorageCraft’s flood relief effort

Backup software vendor StorageCraft has put out a call for hosting companies to help users of its ShadowProtect software impacted by Queensland’s floods.

Brisbane hosting provider VMvault has answered the call and the two will set up a disaster recovery centres for users whose data centres have been effected by flood.

StorageCraft Vice President Asia Pacific, Greg Wyman, said: "We hear that thousands of businesses and other organisations have lost their servers beneath the rising flood waters, and we are determined to help them. It is unlikely that there are thousands of new or pre-used servers available in Australia to replace those damaged by floods, so it is essential that companies like VMvault provide space for a disaster recovery operations."

Flood victims should contact VMvault on 1300 513 262 or email floodrelief@vmvault.com.au to obtain more information on how to move their ShadowProtect server to their DR infrastructure. StorageCraft has set up a hotline for flood victims on (02) 8061 4455.

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