The Internet Engineering Task Force last week ratified the iSCSI standard, which lets large blocks of data move efficiently over IP networks. Network Appliance, whose basic storage devices work with files over IP networks, says it will add support for the standard to its entire product line immediately. Most storage vendors are expected to back iSCSI.
SnapVault saves time, says NASA engineer Bishop
Upgrades include the NearStore R150 backup and recovery appliance, which offers up to 24 terabytes of storage, backs up data at 430 Gbytes per hour, and costs about a penny per megabyte. The vendor also will release an upgrade of its SnapVault backup and recovery software that will move data between servers and NearStore appliances. SnapVault's new capabilities will make it more competitive with products from vendors such as Computer Associates.
Joe Bishop, a database systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is testing SnapVault. "We've spent a lot of time backing up data one disk at a time," he says. "But with SnapVault on NearStore, we're able to consolidate the data from those disks. It used to take half an engineer's time, and SnapVault seems to bring that down to less than 10%."