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Posted on May 20, 2009


-- Solid-state disk (SSD) specialist STEC racked up another OEM design win with the announcement that Fujitsu Storage Systems has integrated STEC's Zeus line of Fibre Channel SSDs in its Eternus line of disk arrays.

-- Fusion-io is working with Samsung Semiconductor to develop a new generation of server-deployed, network-attached solid-state storage systems based on Samsung's enterprise NAND Flash technology. The companies are coupling Samsung's NAND chips with Fusion's ioMemory controller to extend the life and expand the feature set of solid-state technology.

-- Data Domain announced the introduction of secure, file-level data shredding capabilities as a feature in its Retention Lock software option, resulting in the first inline de-duplication systems designed to enable electronic data shredding on a per-file basis, according to the company. Data Domain's approach overwrites blocks on disk belonging uniquely to deleted de-duplicated files. Pricing for Data Domain's Retention Lock software starts at $1,500. Existing Retention Lock software users can upgrade to Data Domain OS 4.6 to access the new shredding features at no cost.

-- BakBone Software has put together a new software strategy. The company announced its new portfolio of acquired technologies from Asempra and ColdSpark, combined with BakBone's existing NetVault product families, expands the company's strategic direction under a new "Universal Data Management" strategy. The new approach is to provide a data-centric approach to storage management including data protection, centralizing policy management and managing an organization's messaging infrastructure to optimize performance, increase data availability and improve corporate compliance.

-- Online backup provider DataPreserve is now offering a suite of enterprise-level, cloud-based data protection software and storage products designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) protect data. The new DataPreserve Pro suite is designed for managed service providers (MSPs) with plans to build private clouds. DataPreserve Pro is based on software from Robobak and supports block-level backup and storage of files such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server databases. Capacity-based pricing starts at $37.50 per month for up to 10GB of compressed data.

-- Hard disk drive (HDD) maker WD expanded its WD AV-GP line of hard drives to include a 2TB capacity with WD GreenPower Technology designed for the surveillance and security markets. The WD AV-GP line of hard drives for audio and video applications reduces power consumption by as much as 40% over standard drives in their respective classes, according to the company. The WD AV-GP 2TB hard drive (model WD20EVDS) is available from select e-tailers and distributors for $299.

-- QStar Technologies' HSM archive platform is now available for Apple Mac OS X v10.5 (Snow Leopard). The HSM platform now supports mixed RAID, optical (Blu-ray) and tape (LTO, SAIT, SDLT) technologies within the Apple environment.

-- Tape, and now virtual tape library (VTL) vendor, Tandberg Data, announced the completion of its bankruptcy restructuring and that its new holding company, TAD Holdings AS, has been successfully established. TAD Holdings owns all global Tandberg Data subsidiaries. Cyrus Capital is the majority shareholder and owner of the newly established company.

-- Blade Network Technologies announced that its 10GbE switch, which is compatible with the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) standards, is available for IBM's BladeCenter. The two companies partnered on the switch, which has 24 ports (all-10GbE or 1GbE and 10GbE) and bi-directional throughput of up to 480Gbps.

-- StarWind Software is offering a free version of its iSCSI Target software that converts any Windows server into a shared storage appliance. The free software permits an unlimited number of connections and 2TB of storage capacity. StarWind's downloadable iSCSI Target Free version installs on any standard 64-bit or 32-bit Windows server and converts it into a fully functional SAN and supports virtual environments such as VMware ESX or VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V and can run inside an individual virtual machine.

-- Riverbed Technology has entered into a partnership with Check Point Software Technologies to give enterprise customers a single solution that combines Riverbed's WAN optimization technology with Check Point's security software. The joint solution will help companies protect and safeguard networks at remote and branch offices through a unique virtualized environment, according to the companies.

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