Industry News and Analysis

Users weigh de-dupe options
November 26, 2008 -- End users are raising the level of conversation around data de-duplication to a discussion about data integrity, recoverability and ease of use, according to research from TechValidate.
CA offers SaaS-based DR service
November 25, 2008 -- Add CA to the list of software vendors turning their data protection products into services. The company has announced the availability of CA Instant Recovery On Demand, a hosted and managed Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version of its CA XOsoft High Availability technology...
Web hosting provider offers cloud storage
November 24, 2008 -- Web hosting company The Planet is beefing up its services to include on-demand storage based on the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network, a cloud storage platform.
The clouds are forming
November 22, 2008 -- The clouds are forming
Storage highlights from Supercomputing '08
November 21, 2008 -- A number of storage vendors used this week's Supercomputing '08 (SC08) conference in Austin to launch (or in some cases, pre-announce) systems designed primarily for high performance computing (HPC) environments.
Bycast launches digital archiving platform
November 20, 2008 -- Long-term digital archiving has spawned a new crop of scalable, virtualized storage technologies that span multiple locations...
New product recap
November 20, 2008 -- Recent product announcements from LSI, Virtual Instruments, and Quantum...
EMC refreshes data protection, de-dupe software
November 19, 2008 -- As part of a recent spate of product announcements, EMC is rounding out the year with a complete refresh of its data-protection software products,
HP adds DAS SAS to BladeSystem
November 18, 2008 -- Hewlett-Packard is taking a direct approach toward storage for blade servers. The company introduced a new storage expansion bundle this week
Symantec starts SaaS-based operational services
November 17, 2008 -- Symantec today expanded its software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings with Web-based tools that assess and monitor the health of servers
IBM TS7650G ProtecTIER - Enterprise-class Data De-duplication
November 14, 2008 -- The IBM System Storage TS7650G ProtecTIER De-duplication Gateway based on innovative Diligent ProtecTIER technology acquired by IBM in 2008, was designed to deliver the scalability, performance, and ease of use required to meet the data protection needs of midrange and enterprise-class data centers. This ESG Lab Report examines the enhanced ease of use, performance, and fault tolerance of the latest version of ProtecTIER inline de-duplication software running within a clustered pair of IBM TS7650G appliances.
Recent announcements from:
November 14, 2008 -- Arkeia Software, Asigra, Barracuda Networks, Enhance Technology, InMage Systems, LeftHand Networks, Mimosa Systems, NetApp, Nirvanix, Virtual Iron, VMware
i365 expands SaaS-based recovery services
November 13, 2008 -- Seagate's newly launched storage services company, i365, is beefing up its EVault data-protection products
Who's #1 in disk arrays? (yawn)
November 13, 2008 -- Who's #1 in disk arrays? (yawn)
Sun's SSD arrays hit the streets
November 12, 2008 -- Sun Microsystems made good on its promise to ship new storage arrays designed to take advantage of high-performance solid-state disk (SSDs) drives this week
Cisco exposes virtual servers to the SAN
November 11, 2008 -- Continuing to bring storage management services into the fabric, Cisco has turned its attention to the storage needs of virtual machines.
Cloud-based storage, part 3
November 11, 2008 -- As we have discussed in parts one and two of this three-part series, at the heart of cloud-based computing is a loosely coupled infrastructure that is self-healing,
SANmelody = storage virtualization panacea
November 11, 2008 -- DataCore Software's SANmelody provides centralized disk virtualization software for small and medium-sized IT environments with 2TB to 32TB of usable disk space. In the same way that other forms of virtualization improve on server hardware, the notion behind SANmelody is to make disk configurations fail-safe, go-fast, and waste-free.
EMC unveils cloud storage platform
November 10, 2008 -- The rumor mill has been working overtime since EMC's Joe Tucci first uttered the word "Maui" last November, hinting at a new storage platform for managing distributed, unstructured data. Some of EMC's competitors and the trade press went as far as to say the project was dead.</font></p>
The benefits of cloud-based storage, part 2
November 10, 2008 -- As discussed in part one of this three-part series (see What is cloud-based storage, part 1?), at the heart of cloud-based computing is a loosely coupled infrastructure
The benefits of cloud-based storage, part 2
November 10, 2008 -- As discussed in part one of this three-part series, at the heart of cloud-based computing is a loosely coupled infrastructure.
Whatever happened to SMI-S?
November 7, 2008 -- Whatever happened to SMI-S?
What is cloud-based storage?, part 1
November 7, 2008 -- The combination of hosted computing and data storage in the Internet cloud has long been filled with compelling promises
Recent announcements from:
November 7, 2008 -- Barracuda Networks, BitLeap, DataDirect Networks, Front Porch Digital, GlassHouse Technologies, LeftHand Networks, SAMMA Systems, Spearstone, Virtual Iron Software
Lab Review: SANmelody = storage virtualization panacea
November 7, 2008 -- DataCore Software's SANmelody provides centralized disk virtualization software for small and medium-sized IT environments with 2TB to 32TB of usable disk space.
HP launches midrange storage virtualization platform
November 6, 2008 -- Hewlett-Packard is getting into the network-based storage virtualization game with the news that it is set to ship the HP StorageWorks SAN Virtualization Services Platform (SVSP),
SSDs poised for the enterprise
November 6, 2008 -- Although solid-state disk (SSD) drives have seen insignificant adoption in the PC market, considerable excitement exists in the enterprise space for these devices.
Disk Archiving for the 21st Century - New Strategies and Solutions to Improve Storage ROI
November 6, 2008 -- Disk Archiving for the 21st Century - New Strategies & Solutions to Improve Storage ROI Originally Broadcast: Nov 06, 2008 Overview: With data growth rates in the 50% - 100% range for most enterprises today and IT budgets declining, it's clear that legacy approaches to managing storage capacity growth need to be rethought.  The fact that, for most enterprises, the performance requirements of 70% to 90% of the data currently sitting on expensive primary storage can be met much more cost-effectively with an active archival storage platform provides an opportunity to drastically cut the average blended $/GB most organizations are paying to house all their storage (primary and secondary).  The customer problem is how to cost-effectively manage explosive data growth over time horizons on the order of decades while at the same time meeting the demands of new regulatory requirements, such as e-discovery.  This session will present new archiving strategies and solutions that answer the needs of 21st century businesses.  It will look at why yesterday's technologies, such as tape or tiered storage devices, fail to address both long term archiving requirements and cost efficiencies required by today's enterprises. Presenters will include case studies to demonstrate the real business benefits and cost savings enterprise can achieve by adopting a 21st century data archiving strategy.
Scale-out secondary storage gains traction
November 5, 2008 -- With the explosion in primary storage capacity and growth rates, secondary storage is growing at an even faster rate.
Virtual servers and storage
November 5, 2008 -- Virtual servers and storage
Omneon MediaGrid - Content-Aware, Active Storage for the Enterprise
November 4, 2008 -- The MediaGrid storage system from Omneon combines industry-standard server hardware, capacity-rich SATA drives and custom software to meet the performance and capacity needs of IT organizations faced with the unique capacity and performance challenges associated with the storage, editing, and distribution of multi-media and video content. This report explores how the Omneon MediaGrid handles petabytes of capacity with near-linear performance scalability while reducing the management and reliability challenges typically associated with storing rich media on a traditional storage system.
Products
November 1, 2008 -- Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
The benefits of cloud-based storage, Part 2
November 1, 2008 -- What are the core capabilities that end users should look for when evaluating ?storage-in-the-cloud? solutions?
The hottest technologies at SNW
November 1, 2008 -- Cruising the exhibit booths, press conferences, sessions, and bars at the Storage Networking World conference, which we did last month, is always a good barometer of what technologies and trends are hot.
What are the key differentiators in SAN switches and adapters?
November 1, 2008 -- Unlike the market for, say, Fibre Channel disk arrays, the markets for Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters (HBAs) are not crowded. In both cases, two vendors essentially comprise a duopoly in terms of market share: Brocade and Cisco in switches, and Emulex and QLogic in HBAs.
Online backup services gain traction
November 1, 2008 -- It has become painfully evident to many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that they don?t have the budgets or the personnel to effectively manage their own backups.
Online backup services gain traction
November 1, 2008 -- It has become painfully evident to many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that they don't have the budgets or the personnel to effectively manage their own backups.
Briefs
November 1, 2008 -- This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
ESG Insights: What?s next for NAS?
November 1, 2008 -- The information we store today is very different from the information we stored 30 years ago. In the past few years, every electronic device has become a content capture and sharing device.
Get ready for next-gen 6Gbps SAS
November 1, 2008 -- Components have been shipping for more than a year, and 6Gbps SAS systems for end users are due next year.
HP nears LeftHand acquisition
November 1, 2008 -- Hewlett-Packard made a move to strengthen its presence in the iSCSI SAN market last month when the company announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire LeftHand Networks for $360 million in cash.
Analyst View: Do you need thin provisioning?
November 1, 2008 -- Thin provisioning has become one of the hottest storage technologies. There is some consensus among vendors and end users regarding what thin provisioning means?fundamentally or theoretically?but to level the field, let?s define the concept for the purpose of this article.