Archive for July, 2012

DataCore Software Launches Migration Suite for Non-stop Business Operations During Data Center Relocations, VM Moves, System Refreshes and Storage Migrations

July 31st, 2012

DataCore Software, the storage hypervisor leader and premier provider of storage virtualization software, today announced the SANsymphony(TM)-V Disk Migration Suite is now available for DataCore authorized and trained solution providers to deliver a range of non-disruptive migration services to meet end-user client needs. The SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite minimizes the time and cost associated with storage-related disruption and downtime, providing non-stop business operations to keep critical users and applications running undisturbed during maintenance, migration, system moves or whatever data storage upheaval is occurring behind-the-scenes.

“In customer meetings, I am often met with skepticism that there is no way to do an easy migration without a lot of disruption. After they see the power of DataCore storage virtualization software in action, their jaws literally drop because they cannot believe that it can be that simple to migrate their storage and VMs,” said Barry Martin, partner and chief technical architect at The Mirazon Group, a DataCore solution and professional services provider.

The suite combines SANsymphony-V software licenses and access to DataCore’s call support center for a trained solution and services provider to implement and complete a specific customer migration project. Additionally, rather than having to purchase the SANsymphony-V software outright, migration services providers can take advantage of the powerful migration features under a 30 day license model, enabling them to cost-effectively get difficult customer migration and data center relocation projects completed within more limited budgets.

The SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite significantly reduces the hours, effort and downtime required to migrate disk contents and VMs between storage devices and systems. It is most often used during a hardware refresh to help replace older storage arrays with newer devices. The Suite generally is configured to run on separate servers inserted between the hosts and the storage systems. After the simple set up, non-disruptive migrations are simple to perform.

“DataCore’s SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite turns what has been a very problematic and time consuming hardware refresh task into something quick, reliable and simple. The software passes-through access to the original disks, while copying their contents to the new storage equipment in the background,” explained Augie Gonzalez, director of product marketing, DataCore Software. “After the new device is fully synchronized it can be reconnected directly to the hosts, leaving the older device to be used in another capacity or decommissioned.”

Cost-Effective Storage Migration for Real-World Needs

Recently, the SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite facilitated the non-disruptive move of a complete data center for DataCore customer Homecare Homebase(TM). The Mirazon Group was responsible for the migration and Brent Earls, senior systems engineer at the IT solution provider and consultancy, lauded the role the technology played during this process, noting: “We were able to move Homecare Homebase from one data center to another data center using the DataCore SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite. There were 200+ virtual machines (VMs) that were moved with no downtime whatsoever.”

According to Earls, DataCore’s software provided a high availability stretch site mirroring capability and other features that kept the customer’s environment up and “hot” during the whole migration, even though all of the VMs that were migrated were customer-facing.

“These migration capabilities are a godsend to IT services and solution providers, as well as to IT administrators who are responsible for the uptime of their organizations and need help to complete such projects,” added Earls. “The SANsymphony-V Disk Migration Suite delivers the right tools to keeps users and applications running undisturbed while necessary refresh maintenance, migrations or relocations are occurring behind the scenes.”


Autodesk Software Used for Analyzers That Help Industries Minimize Emissions

July 31st, 2012

Autodesk, Inc. ADSK -1.39% has named California Analytical Instruments, Inc. (CAI) as the Autodesk July Inventor of the Month for using Autodesk Inventor software and other digital prototyping tools to develop gas analyzers and custom systems that help companies monitor and measure the emission of greenhouse gases.

CAI has more than 1,700 customers in various industries that use their gas analyzers and systems to monitor emissions from a wide variety of pollutant sources, including smokestacks, power plants, refineries and machines powered by internal combustion engines — a category that runs the gamut from automobiles to lawnmowers.

Additionally, CAI’s systems are used to monitor less obvious, but equally potent, sources of emission such as landfills, cattle ranches and even breweries and mushroom farms — all of which release significant amounts of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. CAI’s analyzers are capable of detecting methane — as well as other dangerous gases including carbon dioxide, ammonia, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide — to within just a few parts per million.

“The United States has set the worldwide standard for implementing regulations to minimize emissions, and increasingly lower measurement levels will require new and more sensitive technologies,” said Frank Smith, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CAI. “CAI plans to be at the forefront of development of new products to meet these requirements, and continued use of tools such as Autodesk Inventor will play a major role in keeping our projects both on schedule and cost effective.”

Digital Prototyping Saves Time and Money

Collaborating closely with Autodesk Gold Partner and reseller KETIV, CAI builds its analyzers relying primarily on Autodesk Inventor software as part of Autodesk Product Design Suite and AutoCAD Electrical software. The interoperability between the software programs allows CAI to design all aspects of a custom analytical system, ranging from the console that houses the analyzer, to the motor that powers it, to various pumps, I/O monitors and other ancillary equipment.

When designing its FTIR analyzer — a complex system that relies in part on infrared waves and concave mirrors to measure gas levels — CAI was able to validate the mirror system entirely within the Inventor environment. As a result, CAI avoided having to build multiple physical prototypes, a projected savings of $5,000 per prototype.

“With Digital Prototyping tools from Autodesk, CAI is able to innovate on behalf of its customers in less time and with less overall cost,” said Brenda Discher, vice president, Manufacturing Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. “This puts CAI’s analyzers in the hands of customers sooner, giving them the tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment, helping to create a path to a greener future.”


MSC Software Announces New Version of Its Advanced Wind Turbine Simulation Solution

July 31st, 2012

MSC Software Corporation (MSC), the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced the new 2012 version of its Advanced Wind Turbine Modeling (AdWiMo) solution. AdWiMo allows rapid modeling and accurate system simulation of wind turbines. As a plug-in to Adams, the multibody dynamics analysis software from MSC, the new version of AdWiMo fully supports the new Adams 2012 interface and better addresses areas of the certification process for wind turbines.

Design validation and certification of wind turbines is mandatory in almost all countries and is essential to designing a mechanically reliable wind turbine. Certification involves the testing of operation and safety concepts as well as design loads and load calculations. As part of a certification, more than 1,000 simulation runs may be necessary. AdWiMo helps to manage and simplify this process. With the new Load and Analysis Manager (LAM) within AdWiMo, wind turbine analysts can import their model, setup, execute and post process the simulations they need for a certification, based on different norms and guidelines.

Other enhancements of the new version include an updated topology for direct drive turbines, the ability to introduce smoothened aerodynamic forces via a step function, automatic calculation of the fatigue limit summary, and first level integration of MSC Fatigue for post processing.

AdWiMo considers every major aspect of turbine design including tower, blades, hub, mainframe, gearbox housing, bearings, transmission, controls (generator, pitch, yaw), aerodynamic and centrifugal forces, coriolis acceleration, gyroscopic moments, point loads, gravity, thermal loads, and wave loads from 3rd parties. The tool offers a user-friendly and scalable solution for the complete design process of a wind turbine. This means that a simplified wind turbine in a conceptual design phase can be expanded to a fully detailed design by introducing more complex subsystems such as gears and rolling bearings and/or by replacing rigid bodies with flexible bodies.


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