Start-Up Seeks VARs For Data Migration Tool


SANgate Systems on Monday is expected to unveil a new solution aimed at simplifying the migration of data between NT and Solaris environments.

The SANblaster S1000, which consists of a software application bundled on a portable PC, facilitates the movement of data for clients looking to upgrade storage products, bring in a new vendor, consolidate storage infrastructures or implement disaster-recovery programs, said Patrick Courtin, chairman and CEO of SANgate, based here.

Each host on the network with data to be migrated to storage connected elsewhere runs an application that discovers and maps its direct-attached storage devices, said Courtin. Another application is run on the target servers to set up the storage automatically before the migration begins, he said.

The GUI on the SANblaster 1000 can systematically assign the source data to the target without the hassles of moving data on a device-by-device basis, Courtin said.

The SANblaster 1000 uses four Fibre Channel or SCSI paths to move data at up to 1 Tbyte per hour, said Courtin. Average throughput is between 750 Gbytes per hour and 850 Gbytes per hour. A new version scheduled to be released in late summer will offer eight data paths, he said.

Tom Grave, manager of product marketing for SANgate, said the company is implementing a pilot program to set up four to six partnerships with solution providers and service providers. "This will help us to find the best program to engage a wider range of partners," he said.

For solution providers, the SANblaster 1000 is an asset that can be purchased once and used as many times as needed to provide data migration services to customers, said Grave. "Partners with nationwide coverage may need multiple copies, maybe one or more per site," he said.

End-user pricing for the appliance starts at about $60,000, and varies based on configuration. One of the goals of the pilot channel program is to determine if a rental model is more applicable, Grave said.

SANgate will unveil other types of storage management products down the road, some for the direct market and some for the channel, said Courtin. "We may need a few reference accounts when we get started, but the goal is to work with partners," he said.

The SANblaster 1000 is the first product released by SANgate, a start-up with offices here and in Israel.