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Industry News and Analysis

Copan touts MAID for archiving
<B>April 30, 2007</B>—Disk-based backup and archiving specialist Copan Systems has upgraded its Revolution 220A File Archiver product by increasing the system's scalability and adding new software features for storing, retaining, and searching archived data.
Unitrends unveils all-in-one appliance
<B>April 27, 2007</B>—Unitrends this week released its Data Protection and Rapid Recovery 3.0 appliance and a new Multi-Drive Archive device. The appliance-based backup, recovery, and archiving solutions include bare-metal recovery, disk-based backup and retention, and electronic off-site vaulting.
IBM ships LTO-4, broadens encryption
<B>April 26, 2007</B>—IBM made a series of product announcements this week, most of which centered on tape and encryption.
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Adtech, ASNP, CA, DataCore, EMC, Huaqi, IBM, Imation, ISIC, PacketLight, ProStor, QLogic, Sun, Symantec, TDK, Viglen, Yosemite, and Zetera.
Data classification: Use brains, not brawn
<B>April 24, 2007</B>—Data classification initiatives increasingly rely on business value criteria, necessitating a move toward auto-classification using system-generated metadata.
Storage's star rises in the entertainment market
<B>April 20, 2007</B>—On the heels of this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, here's an overview of trends in the entertainment market from a storage perspective.
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Acopia, AXS-One, CaminoSoft, Ciprico, Coast Solutions Group, Concentia Digital, Decru, Digi-Data, iStor Networks, Microsoft, NEC, Neterion, Network Appliance, Nexsan, NTP Software, Permabit, Plasmon, Rackmountpro, Sepaton, SiliconSystems, StoredIQ, Tiger Technology, and Xilinx
Symantec upgrades BESR
<B>April 16, 2007</B>—At the Storage Networking World conference in San Diego tomorrow, Symantec will announce an upgrade to its Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) product line.
Gresham enters VTL fray
<B>April 12, 2007</B>—Gresham Enterprise Storage, the storage arm of UK-based software and services company Gresham LLC, this week announced a new virtual tape library (VTL) product with built-in monitoring and statistical analysis features
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3PAR, Acopia Networks, Acronis, All Systems Integration, Alternative Technology, Brocade, Cisco, Copan Systems, Copan, DataCore Software, DataDirect Networks, Digi-Data, Dot Hill, EMC, Emulex, Exanet, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Incipient, Intel, LeftHand Networks, MagnaView, Mimosa Systems, Network Appliance, Nexsan Technologies, Nuova, ONStor, Permabit, Pillar Data Systems, Plasmon, QLogic, Quantum, Reldata, Scentric, Signiant, StoredIQ, Sun. Texas Memory Systems, and WysDM Software.
HP debuts new AiO array for SMBs
<B>April 11, 2007</B>—Hewlett-Packard continues to roll out new storage systems for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with the latest addition to its family of All-in-One (AiO) disk arrays—the StorageWorks AiO1200.
Sun touts open source storage
<B>April 10, 2007</B>—Sun Microsystems has announced that it is handing some of its storage technologies over for free to the storage developers within the OpenSolaris community
User survey: E-mail maintenance inadequate
<B>April 6, 2007</B>—Even as organizations become more dependent on e-mail to run their businesses, many don't dedicate enough staff or technology to prevent downtime, according to a recent King Research survey.
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3PAR, Abrevity, Agere, EMC, iDatix, Incipient, Intransa, Isilon, LSI, Microsoft, Mimosa, Network Appliance, Nexsan, Onaro, Schlumberger, Sun, and Texas Memory Systems
Arsenal Digital services target SMBs
<B>April 4, 2007</B>—Arsenal Digital will announce two new services on Monday that will offer new strategies for achieving data-protection and disaster-recovery objectives.
Encryption: NeoScale expands API for key management
<B>April 3, 2007</B>—NeoScale today announced expanded API support for its CryptoStor KeyVault platform, in addition to an evolution of its Global Key Management solution.
Data center power and cooling strategies
<B>April 2, 2007</B>—The equipment that IT puts into data centers today is stressing power and cooling systems in a way that was not fathomed when most data centers were built.
Mendocino offers &lsquo;hybrid&rsquo; CDP
Recognizing that &ldquo;true&rdquo; continuous data protection (CDP) can sometimes be overkill, Mendocino Software has added a &ldquo;near-CDP&rdquo; option to its InfiniView software.
Users attest to the benefits of virtualization
The marketing onslaught behind block-level virtualization technologies that besieged the storage industry five years ago has yet to be matched.
User survey: Data protection, CDP, snapshots
Adoption of continuous data protection is rising rapidly, and CDP is not used just for data-protection applications.
The role of CDP for SMBs
Now that affordable implementations of continuous data protection (CDP) are available, SMBs can take advantage of technology that was once available only to larger enterprises with big IT budgets.
The ABCs of CDP, RTO, RPO
Continuous data protection used to be only for very large enterprises with very large budgets and extremely stringent requirements in terms of recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs).
New products
Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer&rsquo;s guide for professionals.
NetApp bolsters midrange
Network Appliance last month added new models to its midrange FAS (stand-alone) and V (virtualization) series of &ldquo;unified storage&rdquo; disk arrays.
LTO-4 on the way: Long live tape
The next generation of the LTO tape format will double the capacity to 800GB and increase the data-transfer rate to 120MBps.
Business Briefs
This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
Iron Mountain outsources e-mail management
Iron Mountain Digital recently launched a new digital service dubbed Total Email Management Suite.
HP acquires PolyServe
Hewlett-Packard has extended its plans in the NAS market with the acquisition of OEM partner and clustered file system vendor PolyServe.
FANs shape the future data center
When the analysts at the Taneja Group research/consulting firm coined the acronym file area network (FAN) last year, the firm was attempting to classify an emerging amalgam of various networking, storage, and software technologies that, when used together, offer significant improvements in data access and management across geographically dispersed locations.
Emulex ships fabric application platforms
At the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany, last month, Emulex introduced the first systems-level products resulting from its acquisition of Aarohi last year.
Data-center storage trends, challenges
Data centers have become extremely complex. New technologies, fast growth, acquisitions, the online data explosion, and increased security concerns have driven complexity up and utilization rates down.
Cisco to purchase NeoPath
Cisco last month announced an agreement to acquire privately held NeoPath Networks, a maker of file storage management software and appliances.
What&rsquo;s the right &lsquo;fit&rsquo; for CDP?
Some continuous data protection (CDP) products emphasize data protection and others emphasize business continuity, but it&rsquo;s not an either/or purchasing decision.