Inrange, Hitachi Data Systems team to provide storage over IP solutions
Combination of Hitachi TrueCopy Software and INRANGE Storage Networking Technology enables customers to leverage existing IP networks for business continuity and to interconnect SANs
Hitachi Data Systems and Inrange Technologies Corporation have announced the successful completion of qualification testing between the Inrange IN-VSN 9801 Channel Extender and Hitachi TrueCopy, software for remote replication of mission-critical information for Fibre Channel over Internet Protocol (IP) environments.
"Customers can now benefit from a highly available IP storage solution offering high performance, cost-effective, secure long-distance data transmission," comments Fanie van Rensburg, MD of local HDS and Inrange distributor, Shoden Data Systems.
"In order to meet user requirements for 24x7 global data access, storage networks are increasingly spanning metro and wide area networks (WAN). As a result, IT administrators are looking for ways to leverage existing IP networks, and to remove or minimise distance limitations between geographically dispersed sites. Together, Inrange and Hitachi Data Systems enable customers in heterogeneous IT environments to extend their mission-critical information using Fibre Channel over IP storage network infrastructure, ensuring the safety, integrity and availability of that data across multiple systems."
In combination with Hitachi TrueCopy and Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 V series systems, the INRANGE 9801, which supports disk mirroring, allows the secure transmission of data to remote locations at distances of thousands of kilometres using Fibre Channel over IP. This fully qualified solution enables IT administrators to manage rapidly growing storage resources while offering seamless data replication for business continuity applications. The 9801 can support TrueCopy in both synchronous and asynchronous modes with T3, OC-3 and 10/100 IP network connectivity interfaces.
"The ability to manage, move and protect mission-critical enterprise data continues to be a key customer requirement as organisations look to centralise resources, interconnect data centres, and push out information enabling instantaneous information access," adds Van Rensburg. "This partnership provides value and offers customers a wide variety of choices for implementing networked storage while leveraging lower-cost IP solutions."