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LSI CacheVault protects data with NAND flash; more data storage news

LSI’s MegaRAID CacheVault protects data with NAND flash and replaces Lithium-ion batteries with super capacitor; IBM, Violin Memory set file-scanning mark; and more storage news.

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LSI Corp. launched MegaRAID CacheVault, which provides flash-based cache protection for MegaRAID 6 Gbps SATA/SAS RAID controller cards.

MegaRAID CacheVault uses NAND flash memory to protect data stored in the RAID controller cache by automatically transferring cached data to flash when a power failure occurs. The technology eliminates the need for Lithium-ion batteries. It's powered by a super capacitor that keeps the electrical current running while DRAM cache memory is written to NAND flash memory during a power or server failure. When power is restored, the DRAM is recovered from flash and the workflow resumes without loss of data.

IBM, Violin run super-fast scan

An IBM research group said it has developed a prototype parallel storage system that scanned 10 billion files in 43 minutes. The prototype system used IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS) and four Violin Memory solid-state storage arrays. IBM said the scan was 37 times faster than the previous GPFS record set in 2007.

Balesio enhances file compressi

Balesio AG unveiled FILEminimizer Suite 7, adding compression of PDF files to the file compression software. The FILEminimizer Suite shrinks unstructured files while retaining their visual quality and functionality. It also compresses PowerPoint, Word and Excel files, and integrates into a corporate email program.

Survey finds more than 90% of enterprises virtualize

Veeam Software’s inaugural V-index survey found that 39.4% of enterprise servers are virtual, and 91.9% of enterprises are using server virtualization. Among enterprises virtualizing servers, 84% use VMware, 61% use Microsoft Hyper-V, 55.4% use Citrix Xen and 12% use other hypervisors. The survey found that 58% of respondent firms use VMware as their primary hypervisor, followed by Xen (20.2%) and Hyper-V (18.6%); 3% of those surveyed use another hypervisor. Veeam said the V-index survey was conducted in the second quarter of this year by market research company Vanson Bourne, and included 544 large enterprises across the United States and Europe.

Emulex adds 10 GbE adapters for IBM BladeCenter

Emulex Corp. launched two new adapters based on its new second-generation Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (VFA) technology, which have been selected for IBM BladeCenter systems. The Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM BladeCenter provides 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) network interface card connectivity with upgrade options to Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI support.

Data Robotics becomes Drobo

The company previously known as Data Robotics Inc. has officially changed its name to Drobo, the name it was commonly known as. The SMB storage system vendor also moved to a larger corporate headquarters in San Jose, Calif.

Bexsa to take Dot Hill into Canadian government agencies

Dot Hill Systems Corp. said Bexsa Solutions Inc. will sell Dot Hill's rack-mount RAID storage systems and its Assured Unified Virtual Storage appliance to Canadian integrators and government military agencies.

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