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Nexsan – New E-Series V announced 2

Earlier this year in February, I wrote a post about Nexsan’s E-Series and their current firmware. This time I want to give you a short update on their latest E-Series hardware and products. I have to admit I still need to get used to the new name which is actually Nexsan powered by Imation.

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This week Nexsan announced the second generation of their E-Series controllers/arrays, so I would like to give you quick update on what’s new.

Basically the E-series received the 2nd generation of storage controllers which of course offer a couple of enhancements. Both models will be available on the market and so the new series can be recognized by their new name “E-Series V”. Also the arrays got a new name, so for example new E60 is now called E60VT.

But let’s start with the enhancements of the 2nd generation of E-series V controllers.

The CPU speed has been increased by 50% and the controllers of the E48VT and E60VT arrays now support up to 16GB cache per controller. But one of the major new features is called “turbocharger” which is a PCIe based acceleration card which can be attached to the controller. This card adds additional 8 GB of RAM and an additional XOR RAID engine to speed up parity calculations which further improves throughput. This card will be an additional product and won’t be included in the E-Series by default.

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More details and the latest spec & data sheets can be found here

 


Veeam Backup & Replication v7 – New features and my thoughts

These days Veeam revealed the last features for v7 of their Veeam Backup & Replication solution, which in detail can be found here

A quick overview of the features:

  • Built-in WAN Acceleration (copy backup files including GFS)
  • Backup from Storage Snapshots with HP storage (StorVirtual & StoreServ)
  • Virtual Labs for replicated virtual machines
  • Virtual Lab for Hyper-V
  • Tape Support
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint
  • Enhanced 1-Click Restore
  • Full vCloud Director support

In my opinion the most features are self-explanatory and I don’t like writing about technical features I haven’t tried yet. To get a first impression of the features you should really take a look at the videos from Veeam on the countdown page. Of course I will write about the features as soon as I get my hands on v7.

Everyone is tweeting, blogging, whatever about it, but why is there such a hype? Let me try you answer this question from my personal point of view.

In the last couple of months I had several appointments with customers who bought or who are interested in buying a Veeam product and as far as I can tell really, nobody has been disappointed thus far. For me as system engineer it’s nice to see how happy you can make an admin with a data protection solution, especially if he’s completely new to all that virtualization technology. And not only them. I really like to work with the products. The look and feel is top notch and I prefer to achieve my goal without tons of settings, which I need to look up to know what are they are good for. Keep it simple and that’s what Veeam still does.

Yes it’s not an enterprise class backup solution which is able to back everything up and which is able to leverage hardware & APIs from multiple vendors. It’s a purpose built solutions and that’s absolutely ok. I’m sure with the new features they will be able to attract more of those customers who can’t waive backup to tape and the GFS principle or those who don’t want to support multiple backup tools for different purposes. Also the HP + Veeam combo can be a tiebreaker.

Don’t get me wrong, yes there are also other solution out their especially from those vendors who provide solutions to the backup market for quite some time which fit better in some cases.

But as storage & Virtualization enthusiast I love having fun at work and not to be frustrated. That’s why I’m really looking forward to more cool projects based on Veeam v7.