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SEPATON Protects the Cloud

SEPATON, Inc., the leader in enterprise-class disk-based data protection solutions, today announced the industry’s first cost-effective, secure multi-tenancy and cloud optimized data protection appliance with the release of version 5.4 of its software. Secure multi-tenancy based on SEPATON’s innovative Storage Pool technology and DeltaStor™ deduplication enables cloud providers and enterprises with private cloud infrastructures to cost effectively protect data for multiple customers or business units on a single SEPATON S2100™-ES2 data protection appliance delivering maximum ROI.

SEPATON’s DeltaView™ Manager and ContentAware™ Analytics provide powerful management and detailed reporting to enable a single administrator to quickly and easily manage multiple storage pools in a single SEPATON system. SEPATON’s Analytics provide the information administrators and managers need to optimize performance, maximize system utilization and accurately project cost and resource requirements for the future.

“Enterprises are looking for ways to drive cost out of data protection through automation and economies of scale,” said Jay Kramer, vice president of worldwide marketing, SEPATON. “SEPATON changes the way we think about the cloud by providing the industry’s only highly efficient way to manage petabytes of data from multiple entities on a single system while optimizing CAPEX and OPEX.”
“Private and public clouds are emerging because they offer a compelling value proposition that helps firms cost-effectively store, manage and protect the exponential growth of information assets,” said Laura DuBois, program vice president, IDC.  “SEPATON is well positioned to protect data in a cloud with the new capabilities of Storage Pools and data analytics based on its ContentAware™ architecture.”
“SEPATON’s multi-tenancy and ContentAware Analytics capability is an important milestone in our progress towards complete Data Protection Lifecycle Management (DPLM) for the cloud,” said Fidelma Russo, chief operating officer, SEPATON, Inc. “By allowing for dynamic performance optimization and data segmentation via storage pools, SEPATON’s multi-tenancy technology provides the basis for future innovation. Over time, we anticipate implementing additional functionality such as WORM or encryption which will be applied on a pool basis. Our integrated multi-tenancy model is highly differentiated compared to the small single system design of our competitors and we are the only vendor who provides this functionality today.”
Highlights of SEPATON’s Secure Multi-Tenancy Capabilities:
Automated Performance, Load-Balancing and Thin Provisioning: SEPATON’s unique DeltaScale™ architecture enables each pool to take advantage of its thin provisioning technology and provides dynamic performance. All nodes in the system will work together to deduplicate incoming data regardless of the pool. Thus, if only one pool is being accessed, all system nodes will deduplicate the incoming data. If data is then ingested for a different pool, the nodes will automatically load-balance to deliver optimal deduplication performance for both pools. Storage Pooling meets the immediate need for virtual storage that allows flexible allocation of resources to meet changing business needs and improve infrastructure efficiency.
Storage Tiering: SEPATON’s multi-tenancy design enables customers to implement different storage technologies to meet differing requirements. Additionally, as new technologies emerge like denser disk packaging or increased drive sizes, customers could use the pool technology to implement these solutions transparently without impacting ongoing operations and retire older technology over different timeframes. 
Other Version 5.4 Feature Enhancements:
Hitachi Data Systems AMS2100 Support: Introduces support for the AMS2100 disk arrays. The new disk system provides 99.999% data availability with no single point of failure, dual battery backup, RAID-6 support and multiple hot spares. Additionally, the array includes 1TB and 2TB disk options for tiering flexibility.
Expanded backup application support:
  • NBU 7.0 (with support for OST as Windows/Linux certifications are complete);
  • TSM 6.2
  • NetWorker 7.5.2 & 7.6
WAN Efficiency Improvements for DeltaRemote: Enhanced checkpointing feature enables replication to automatically restart in the case of transmission failures resulting in faster and more efficient replication. Additionally, the new release includes pause and resume functionality thus allowing the administrator to optimize network traffic.
Secure Erasure: Secure Erasure is a licensed option for SEPATON systems introduced in VTL 5.4 which provides for guaranteed erasure of information on virtual tape cartridges.
DeltaView Manager: The DeltaView Manager is a central management suite, providing customers with the most sophisticated 24x7 pro-active platform monitoring, and advanced diagnostics and reporting capabilities integrated into a separate management node. 
Availability and Pricing:
S2100-ES2 Series 1900/2900 with multi-tenancy is shipping now. Version 5.4 software is available as a no charge software upgrade for SEPATON customers.  The ContentAware Analytics service offering is currently available.
Published Monday, June 28, 2010 6:25 PM by David Marshall
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