Cleversafe bolsters security for object storage; and more storage news

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Cleversafe bolsters security for object storage; and more storage news

Sonia R. Lelii, Senior News Writer

Cleversafe Inc. upgraded its cloud object storage platform by adding security for data

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in motion, disk balancing and thin provisioning; the firm also picked up $31.4 million in funding this week.

Cleversafe added the security feature for moving data between the Accesser and Slicestor nodes of its Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) platform. It provides secure TLS/SSL network connections between the Accesser and each Slicestor node. If network traffic is tapped or routed through an attacker, the attacker learns nothing of the content of the transmission and any alterations will be detected and discarded. In addition, in a trusted network environment, network security can be disabled to increase performance while credentials (such as passwords) are still encrypted.

The data in motion security follows the data at rest security that Cleversafe added in March.

"Before, at a high level, we had confidential data at rest," said Cleversafe CEO Chris Gladwin. "Now we have the ability to secure data in motion."

The vendor has integrated thin provisioning within its object store, and now balances data among individual disks inside each Slicestor node when capacity exceeds 50%.

Cleversafe's funding round includes investments from Motorola Ventures, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), OCA Ventures, Anderson & Strudwick Inc. and In-Q-Tel, the investing arm of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Storage vendors start SSD Form Factor group for PCIe

A coalition of storage vendors, including Dell, EMC, Fujitsu and Intel Corp., have started the Solid State Drive (SSD) Form Factor Working Group to develop standards for PCIe-based SSD products. The group is working on a connector spec to support interoperability between PCIe and SAS/SATA 3.0, a form factor that supports 2.5-inch drives, and support for hot-plug capability for high availability. Other members of the alliance include Amphenol Emulex, Fusion-io, IDT, Marvel, Micron Technology, QLogic, STEC, SandForce and Smart Modular Technologies.

Quantum looks to migrate SAM-FS customers to StorNext

Quantum Corp. added an archive conversion feature to its StorNext data management software to make it easier for Oracle Sun SAM-FS and QFS customers to migrate to StorNext. Quantum plans to add support for other file systems in later releases of its Archive Conversion Utility (ACU).

Emulex adds host-based encryption

Emulex Corp. expanded its encryption capabilities with OneCommand Guardian software and OneCommand Key Manager. OneCommand Guardian encrypts data at the server. Emulex's key management product is Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP)-compliant and based on IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager. The software can be used with Emulex's OneSecure and LightPulse adapters. Compellent, FalconStor and Hitachi Data Systems said they will sell the software, and Emulex expects more OEM partners to follow. Emulex expects the OneCommand Guardian to be available early in 2011 and priced at $2,517, including the key manager.

InMage recovers VMware virtual machines

InMage Systems Inc. launched vContinuum software designed for disk backup and disaster recovery of VMware ESX/vSphere virtual machine (VM) environments. vContinuum uses continuous data protection (CDP) and replication to back up data in real-time, eliminate backup windows, deliver application consistency on Windows and Linux, allow rapid file-level recovery and thin provision target VMs to optimize storage utilization.

Iron Mountain packages e-Discovery tools

Iron Mountain Inc. launched its Enterprise Discovery Suite of archiving, information governance and discovery products and services. The suite consists of: Iron Mountain NearPoint archiving for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and file systems, Connected Classify & Collect policy-based search for laptops and desktops, Iron Mountain eVantage case assessment, Iron Mountain Legal discovery service that uses data from the other tools in the suite, and Iron Mountain Consulting to prepare for possible litigation.

Coraid provides on-site EtherDrive support

Coraid Inc. has unveiled Coraid Zero-Hour Support, a service providing on-site hot-spare EtherDrive storage appliances for rapid remediation of hardware failures in mission-critical environments. Coraid Zero-Hour Support is based on Coraid's innovative disk-portability technology that allows users to swap drives between arrays for upgrades, service reconfiguration, data transfers or disaster recovery on the fly. Pricing for Coraid's Zero-Hour Support starts at $4,500 a year.

Permabit upgrades Albireo primary data deduplication app

Permabit Technology Corp. said it has made performance and scalability improvements to its Albireo embedded primary data deduplication software developed for OEM partners. Permabit claims its latest version can sustain a dedupe throughput of 77 GBps (based on 64KB chunk size and using hardware SHA-256 hashing) and scales linearly to 10.2 PB without a performance drop-off. BlueArc and Xiotech have signed OEM agreements to use Albireo in their storage systems.

Dataram opens testing facility for XcelaSAN

Dataram Corp. has opened a development, test and QA facility in Issaquah, Wash., to support its XcelaSAN Fibre Channel SAN optimization appliance.

TwinStrata CloudArray supports VMware HA

TwinStrata Inc. said it has qualified its CloudArray with VMware High Availability (HA), allowing customers using VMware to protect data off-site against hardware failure.