IBM releases benchmark testing for SSDs

IBM reports SPC benchmark testing for SSDs; HP adds Mellanox 324-port, 40 gig InfiniBand switch to its Unified Cluster Portfolio; Texas Memory's RamSan-400 works with IBM's SVC.

IBM said its System Storage EXP12S with solid-state drive (SSD) technology recorded 45,000 IOPS throughput in Storage Performance Council (SPC) Benchmark 1C (SPC-1c) testing.

The Storage Performance Council's new SPC-1C/E benchmark extension consists of the complete set of SPC-1C performance measurements and reporting, combined with measurement and reporting of energy use. The efficiency of the System Storage EXP12S was 121.31 IOPS/watt.

The SPC-1C/E benchmark extension defines two states of benchmark execution, idle and active (performance), multiple idle phases to demonstrate power management/savings features, configuration and instrumentation requirements for energy use measurement, execution requirements for idle state measurements, the transition into active (performance) state measurements, data collection requirements for energy use measurements, and expanded disclosure and audit requirements to address the new energy use measurements and reported data.

Mellanox InfiniBand switch available from HP

Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s MTS3610 324-port 40 Gbps InfiniBand switch is available as part of the HP Unified Cluster Portfolio, which includes servers, networks, storage and cluster management software in an integrated solution. MTS3610 switches have up to 25.9 Terabits per second of switching capability and non-blocking 40 Gbps bandwidth per port.

Texas Memory Systems SSD interoperable with IBM SVC

Texas Memory Systems Inc.'s RamSan-500 SSD system has been certified interoperable with IBM's System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC). Incorporating the RamSan-500 into a heterogeneous, virtualized storage environment using the SVC is meant to improve application performance and save money for enterprises.

Emulex LightPulse CNAs available for HP ProLiant and StorageWorks

E mulex Corp.'s LightPulse Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) are available and certified for HP ProLiant DL100, DL300 and DL500 series servers. It's also available and certified for HP StorageWorks MSA, EVA and XP arrays that run on Windows, Hyper-V, VMware and Linux operating systems, and are compatible with both Cisco Systems Inc. and Brocade Fibre channel over Ethernet-based switches.

Pillar adds Citrix XenServer profiles

Pillar Data Systems has made Citrix Systems Inc. XenServer storage profiles available for the Pillar Axiom. Pillar also added support for the Citrix Ready Open Storage Program and Citrix StorageLink technology -- part of its efforts to keep up with Citrix certifications.

ParaScale rolls out TCO calculator

Cloud storage startup ParaScale Inc., is making a total cost of ownership (TCO) calculator available to help companies quantify the value and some of the trade-offs that need to be considered when deploying an Internet-scale cloud storage solution. The calculator focuses on the savings associated with the management cost per terabyte, storage utilization and capacity rates.

NetEx offers free trial download of HyperIP

N etEx is offering free evaluations and downloads of its HyperIP WAN optimization software to qualified resellers and users in a 10-day trial. The free HyperIP evaluation download can be accessed on NetEx's website, in the VMware Partner Catalog or at the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace

British TV network picks Nexsan

British television network ITV has chosen Nexsan Technologies Inc.'s high-density SATABeast Xi with AutoMaid as the storage system for its ITV.com website.

Voltaire and NYSE partner for faster messaging

V oltaire Ltd. is working with NYSE Technologies on an end-to-end, standards-based messaging solution to improve automated trading environments and financial market data applications. It consists of NYSE Technologies' Data Fabric high-performance middleware, Voltaire Grid Director 40 Gbps QDR InfiniBand switches and host channel adapters, and Voltaire Message Acceleration Software (VMS), offering less than 10 microsecond latency at greater than 1 million messages per second.

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