updated 11:35 am EDT, Wed May 17, 2006
Vicom unveils Vmirror
Vicom Systems has unveiled Vmirror, a new family of high-availability and data protection appliances for Apple's Xserve RAID storage systems. The device is a purpose-built, Fibre Channel appliance that routes and transparently mirrors data from any number of Apple hosts to Xserve RAID storage systems at Fibre Channel line speed. Vmirror appliances operate singly for continuous data protection and in multi-unit clusters for high availability operation with instantaneous failover in the event of storage system outage, preventing interruption of the host system. The Vmirror appliance mirrors one or two pairs of Xserve RAID arrays and presents these to connected host systems as a single, "unbreakable" storage unit. In the event of an array outage, data is made instantly available from its mirrored counterpart through hardware-based mirroring.
Each Vmirror appliance is a dedicated fabric device with its own proprietary, real-time operating system, processor and customized FPGA design, specifically built to move data at Fibre Channel line speeds. The design is solid-state and uses no disk drives; two power supplies and fans are included for maximum up-time. A modular, clustering architecture enables performance and availability to be expanded in building-block fashion by including additional appliances.
"Apple developers are bringing a host of innovative solutions to the broadcast industry, especially in HD video where demand is skyrocketing," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Vicom's mirroring appliance is an excellent example of a high-availability Xserve-RAID based solution that is packaged and priced to meet production and broadcast needs."