QNAP this week expanded its Business Series Turbo NAS lineup with a pair of new 1u rack-mounted- 4-drive models, the TS-459U-RP and TS-459U-SP.
Both new models offer up to 8TB of storage (using 2TB drives) and have been certified as compatible with VMware's vSphere4 (ESX 4.0) virtualization platform, QNAP said.
"QNAP's commitment to delivering SMB, Corporate, and entry-level Enterprise customers exactly what they need, and nothing they do not shine through with the TS-459U-SP and TS-459U-RP models" said Laurent Cheng, Product Manager of QNAP Systems, Inc. "These new Business Series models provide businesses of all sizes a solid foundation for their network storage needs and a host of business-critical applications."
The RP model includes a redundant power supply, so should one of them fail, the other will keep things running with enough power to juice up the entire system. The SP model includes one power supply, but can be upgraded to the RP configuration.
Both models support RAID 0/1/5/5+ hot spare/6, and JOBD, 256-bit AES volume level encryption, 5 USB ports, 2 eSATA portas, DOM architecture with fail-safe dual OS, scheduled power on/off, Wake on LAN, and other goodies.
If you're interested in picking up Microsoft's Windows Essential Business Server 2008 product, you'll have to do so quick. In a note on its website, Microsoft said it will no longer sell ESB 2008 after June 30, 2010.
"We remain committed to helping midsize customers realize the benefits of IT Solutions from Microsoft, and as such continue to invest aggressively in this space," Microsoft wrote. "As an alternative to the EBS 2008 suite, we encourage you to learn more about individual component software from the suite including Windows Server 2008 R2, System Center Essentials, Microsoft Forefront, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010."
The reason, says Microsoft, is an attempt to streamline the company's portfolio. However, the Redmond software giant did note that it will continue to support the product through the normal lifecycle.
Intel's Atom platform isn't just for fun and play, at least not anymore. The No. 1 chip maker on Thursday launched its first Atom processor-based platform designed specifically for home networks and small office/home office (SOHO) storage devices.
"NAS systems have traditionally been found in businesses to manage, store and access data," said Seth Bobroff, general manager, Intel Data Center Group, Storage. "Today, households and small offices have an ever-increasing number of computers, laptops, netbooks and mobile phones that create and consume digital content. This advancement in mobility coupled with the explosive growth of data and media are creating the need for centralized, easy-to-use network storage solutions for the home and small office."
Available in both single core (D410) and dual-core (D510) flavors, Intel says you can expect up to a 50 percent power reduction compared to the company's previous generation Atom processors.
Other features of the new platform include six PCI Express lanes, 12 USB 2.0 ports, a port multiplier function, and eSATA ports.
Data security and disaster recovery firm CMS Products last Thursday announced its family of "Instant Server Recovery" solutions for SMBs running Microsoft's Foundation or Small Business Server OS.
The company's server products include BounceBack Server Edition software for full server backups, including both the OS and any installed apps. BounceBack also includes government-grade AES 256-bit encryption, complete SQL database and MS Exchange support, two-button restore of the failed hard drive, automatic unattended backups, and a few other odds and ends, CMS says.
"When SMBs are depending on their servers to do business, even one failure can be disastrous to the business's bottom line," said Ken Burke, president of CMS Products. "Because BounceBack Server Edition creates a mirror image of an entire business server on the external ABS backup drive, in the event of a server failure, users quickly and easily can restart the server directly from the external ABS backup drive. Utilizing these instant recovery products is just like "business insurance" for an SMB, avoiding downtime and invaluable data loss and possibly saving the business from catastrophic consequences."
ABS Server Edition products are available now direct from CMS Products and from resellers across the U.S.
Dell should be on the lookout for a 'thank you' card from Gigabyte, which saw strong on-month and on-year revenue growthrates to the tune of 55.1 percent and 41.1 percent, respectively, in January 2010 mostly because of server and storage system orders placed by Dell.
The mostly short-term orders won't do much to bolster Gigabyte's long term outlook, but according to some analysts, it will help Gigabyte see better revenues performance than nearly all of its motherboard competitors.
The server and storage orders came at a good time. Gigabyte has struggled a bit in the notebook sector, shipping only about 300,000 units in 2009 and failing to meet the company's expectations. Meanwhile, Gigabyte's handset subsidiary is seeing losses, though the vendor expects both of these segments to see significant improvement in 2010.
QLogic recently announced that HP will add stackable QLogic 8Gbps Fibre Channel SAN switches to its server and storage portfolio for small and midsized businesses.
"QLogic continues to innovate and lead the way in Fibre Channel stackable switch solutions," said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, Network Solutions Group, QLogic. "Our 8Gb Fibre Channel switches provide industry-leading performance while allowing businesses to build scalable SANs with minimal business disruption at considerably lower costs and significantly reduced complexity."
The new switches, which come with 20 Fibre Channel ports on each one, are expected to replace Cisco's 4GB units, though not all at once. QLogic's switches can be stacked up to six per cluster, giving businesses 120 ports and up to 24 20Gbps interswitch link ports.
Thecus this week celebrated the 2-year anniversayr of its "groundbreaking" SATA-based 1U4500 rackmount storage server by introducing the 1U4600 rackmount NAS.
The company claims this follow-up Act is built for speed, and towards that end it comes equipped with an Intel Celeron processor and 1GB of DDR memory. Multiple 1U4600 units can be accessed by a master system, and it comes with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD.
"Enterprises need superior storage at a price that fits within budget, and the newly updated 1U4600 meets these requirements," said Florence Shih, Thecus General Manager. "With multiple redundancies and superior performance built-in, the 1U4600 sets the new standard in powerful yet versatile enterprise storage."
Other features include a dual DOM design, 250W redundant power supply, and the ability to use the 1U4600 in NAS, DAS, or iSCSI mode.
The Power7 processor is for server use. It has 1.2 billion transistors, and up to eight cores. Each core can run up to four threads simultaneously, allowing 32 parallel tasks. Each chip comes with 8GB of embedded DRAM per core, which eliminates the need for a separate L3 cache chip. Throughput is four times great than that of the Power6 chip. And, each system can be divided into as many as 1,000 virtual systems running multiple operating systems. (Sorry, Windows is not one of those operating systems.)
As you’d expect, this type of power doesn’t come cheap. An entry level Power 750 Express system costs in the neighborhood of $34,000. No word on what the top-of-the-line Power 780 system costs, but with eight 4.1GHz quad-core units, 2TB of DDR3 RAM, and 24 SSDs, it's pricing won't be for the faint-of-heart.
IBM earlier this week lifted the wraps on its new Power7 systems designed for a range of applications, including smart electrical grids and real-time analytics for financial institutions, the company said.
The Power7-based servers have been optimized to chew through huge workloads of simultaneous transactions, data handling, analysis, and other related tasks. And according to IBM, customers can expect "dramatic improvements" in the price-to-performance ratios, as well as energy savings and server virtualization. More specifically, IBM claims its new systems can deliver four times the performance and four times the virtualization capability as its predecessor for the same price.
There are four new systems in all, including the IBM Power 750 Express for mid-market clients, IBM Power 755 with 32 Power7 cores, IBM Power 770 modular enterprise system with up to 64 Powe7 cores, and the IBM Power 780, "a new category of scalable, high-end servers, featuring an advanced modular design with up to 64 Power7 cores."
Intel this week officially introduced its new Itanium 9300 processor series, which you may recognize by its codename, Tukwila. According to Intel, the 9300 series chips more than double the performance of its predecessor, while also boosting both scalability and reliability.
"Intel is committed to delivering a new era of mission-critical computing, and we are delighted 80 percent of Global 100 companies have chosen Itanium-based servers for their most demanding workloads,"said Kirk Skaugen, vice president Intel Architecture Groupand general manager Data Center Group. "Intel is continuing to drive the economics of Moore's Law into mission-critical computing with today's Itanium 9300 processor announcement, more than doubling performance for our customers once again."
Intel added that OEM systems based on the Itanium 9300-series will be binary-compatible with existing software, giving customers a big performance boost without needing any additional software optimizations.
Prices for the new chips range from $946 to $3,838 in quantities of 1,000.