Recent announcements from:

Posted on April 21, 2010


-- IBM has announced a slew of new storage products and upgrades spanning its entire storage portfolio. First, IBM is adding a "many-to-one" replication feature to its ProtecTIER deduplication technology that allows multiple data centers or remote offices to replicate backup data to a central location. Second, the IBM DS8700 disk storage system will now include a new feature called System Storage Easy Tier, which uses ongoing performance monitoring to move only the most active data to faster solid-state drives (SSDs). Third, IBM also introduced its Long Term File System and LTO Ultrium Generation 5 tape drive offerings. The IBM Long Term File System uses LTO-5 technology as a way to provide file system access to the very large data archives created by unstructured data. Finally, Big Blue is also adding support for 2TB hard disk drives (HDDs) to the XIV Storage System.

-- Cloud storage startup TwinStrata has begun partnering with storage and cloud services vendors in an effort to advance its newly announced "intelligent storage clouds" and "cloud enablement" solutions. TwinStrata is now part of the EMC Atmos Velocity Program. The company defines intelligent storage clouds as storage-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings combined with intelligent cloud enablement solutions.

-- The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced the release of a new specification that brings the Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) I/O architecture to Ethernet-based networks. The new specification, called RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and pronounced "Rocky," is implemented in and downloadable today in the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 1.5.1. Many Linux distributions, which include OFED, support a wide and rich range of middleware and application solutions such as IPC, sockets, messaging, virtualization, SAN, NAS, file systems and databases. RoCE can therefore deliver all three dimensions of unified networking on Ethernet – IPC, NAS and SAN. Products based on RoCE will reach the market during the coming year.

-- RAID supplier Promise Technology has launched a new three-tier partner rewards program called, for its channel partners including distributors, resellers, and system integrators. offers authorized membership tiers, based on revenue and certification, access to Promise channel experts to help grow partner business and provide technical expertise to the end-user.

-- Iron Mountain announced a new release of its CloudRecovery solution for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM). The release includes support for DPM 2010, multi-terabyte scalability and new options for additional data protection. CloudRecovery customers now have an extra layer of disaster protection with an ability to restore the DPM SQL Server database in addition to DPM data. Other new options include an on-site Iron Mountain TurboRestore appliance with Data Shuttle services for backing up and restoring data, which allows customers to ship an appliance for sending and receiving large volumes of data without burdening their networks.

-- Also on the Microsoft DPM front, i365 announced EVault for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, a collaboration with Microsoft that has resulted in a heterogeneous disk-based data protection solution that allows IT managers to extend Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 across non-Microsoft platforms and into the cloud, using i365's EVault data protection software and Cloud-Connected storage solutions infrastructure. EVault for DPM on Dell hardware is scheduled to be available in June and can be ordered today through i365 and Microsoft channel partners.

-- Netgear announced that its entire ReadyNAS family of unified network storage devices has achieved VMware Ready status. Both desktop and rack-mount ReadyNAS for Business products, including the recently announced ReadyNAS 3100 and ReadyNAS 4200 unified storage/NAS systems, have all passed their rigorous VMware testing for the NFS and now the iSCSI protocols.

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