Industry News and Analysis

Q&A: The storage implications of Exchange 2010
July 31, 2009 -- <strong>August 3, 2009</strong> -- In this interview, Astrid McClean, senior Exchange technical product manager with Microsoft's Exchange Server team, explains the ins-and-outs of Exchange 2010 storage, addresses rumors of a move to SQL Server as the Exchange database of choice, and a range of new performance improvements and storage options found in Exchange 2010.
Reducing risk via lifecycle management for backup media
July 30, 2009 -- Spectra Logic is incorporating into its tape libraries advances in data protection, including encryption key management, media lifecycle management, and automated initiation of SpectraGuard Support that go beyond incremental innovations in tape density and performance.
Lab Review: Reducing risk via lifecycle management for backup media
July 30, 2009 -- Spectra Logic is incorporating into its tape libraries advances in data protection, including encryption key management, media lifecycle management, and automated initiation of SpectraGuard Support that go beyond incremental innovations in tape density and performance.
WhipTail: Software solves MLC SSD issues
July 30, 2009 -- WhipTail: Software solves MLC SSD issues
HP LeftHand P4000 SAN - Optimizing virtual desktop infrastructure with Citrix XenDesktop
July 29, 2009 -- This report documents hands-on testing of an HP LeftHand P4000 SAN in a Citrix XenDesktop environment&nbsp;- paying special attention to ease of management, performance, storage efficiency, and availability.
Recent announcements from:
July 29, 2009 -- Alliance Storage Technologies, Avnet Technology Solutions, Extreme Networks, Metalogix Software, NextIO, Pillar Data Systems, Scale Computing, StorMagic and Tarmin Technologies.
IBM adds replication to deduplicating VTLs
July 29, 2009 -- IBM is adding native replication capabilities to its family of ProtecTIER virtual tape library (VTL) appliances in an effort to extend data deduplication to remote disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) operations.
LSI launches 6Gbps SAS RAID controllers
July 28, 2009 -- LSI today introduced the first 6Gbps SAS controllers in its MegaRAID product line, which also support 3Gbps SATA drives, solid-state disk (SSD) drives, and self-encrypting drives (SEDs) in conjunction with LSI's SafeStore Encryption Services and controller-based key management.
Cisco speeds data over WANs with MDS upgrades
July 27, 2009 -- Cisco Systems is about to release a round of software upgrades for its MDS 9000 family of Multilayer Directors that improve data encryption and accelerate traffic over distances for IBM System z mainframe storage environments and open systems SANs.
Cost-effective iSCSI SANity
July 24, 2009 -- As a software-only product for iSCSI storage virtualization, StarWind Enterprise Server from StarWind Software provides IT with a cost effective means to leverage storage virtualization and help deliver critical data management services for business continuity.
Lab review: Cost-effective iSCSI SANity
July 24, 2009 -- As a software-only product for iSCSI storage virtualization, StarWind Enterprise Server from StarWind Software provides IT with a cost effective means to leverage storage virtualization and help deliver critical data management services for business continuity.
Intel slashes SSD prices
July 24, 2009 -- Intel slashes SSD prices
LSI to buy ONStor
July 23, 2009 -- LSI to buy ONStor
IBM expands storage networking partnerships, product lines
July 23, 2009 -- IBM is beefing up its Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Ethernet networking portfolio through a series of expanded OEM partnerships with Brocade, Cisco, and Juniper Networks.
I/O virtualization is a sweet spot for 10GbE
July 23, 2009 -- <strong>July 22, 2009</strong> -- The benefits of virtualization are obvious, but when administrators start to increase the density of application/guest OS combinations or virtual machines (VMs) in order to maximize utilization, suddenly the proposition becomes much more complex.
Recent announcements from:
July 22, 2009 -- 3PAR, 8el, Greenview Data, Intel, LSI, STEC and Storage Guardian.
TIP expects spending increase in 2H '09
July 22, 2009 -- TIP expects spending increase in 2H '09
Quantum ships VMware backup software with DXi
July 21, 2009 -- In an effort to stake its claim to a piece of the backup software market, Quantum is now shipping the esXpress software module, a new product for backing up and restoring VMware ESX virtual servers on the DXi-Series of disk backup and replication systems.
VARs see improvements in Q3
July 21, 2009 -- VARs see improvements in Q3
Data Domain debuts new dedupe system
July 20, 2009 -- Data Domain continues to roll out new products in the wake of a bidding war and the impending acquisition of the company by EMC.
HP to acquire Ibrix for scale-out NAS
July 17, 2009 -- Hewlett-Packard today announced it has inked a deal to buy scale-out NAS vendor Ibrix for an undisclosed sum as the company moves to strengthen its file serving software for scale-out, cloud, and HPC environments.
Bocada takes new tack with backup reporting software
July 16, 2009 -- Bocada is shipping a new version of its backup monitoring and reporting software and shifting its focus toward Data Protection Service Management (DPSM), a new strategy for helping customers deliver data protection services.
Recent announcements from:
July 15, 2009 -- Alfresco Software, Caringo, HP, Forsythe Solutions Group, Quantum, Sorrento Networks and SteelEye.
Thales strengthens security appliances
July 15, 2009 -- Thales (pronounced 'talus') today introduced a new line of hardware security modules (HSMs) under the nShield Connect 6000 moniker. The devices succeed the company's netHSM line of appliances, which are still available.
IBM upgrades enterprise storage systems
July 14, 2009 -- Big Blue is beefing up the features and functions of its high-end storage platforms - the IBM XIV Storage System and the System Storage DS8000 - with new capabilities for moving data over distances, faster processors and thin provisioning.
EMC out-trumps NetApp, or not
July 13, 2009 -- EMC out-trumps NetApp, or not
Seagate lets loose new 3.5-inch Cheetah drives
July 13, 2009 -- Seagate has released its highest-performing 3.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) to the channel and expects demand to be high as enterprise customers try to breath new life into legacy storage systems.
Business Briefs
July 13, 2009 -- This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
Storage issues for ROBO and VIO
July 13, 2009 -- As noted in my last column, cloud computing is a hot topic in the general IT space, and cloud-based storage is (arguably) one of the hottest topics in the storage space, at least in terms of end-user interest, as opposed to actual buying.
New Products
July 13, 2009 -- Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
Is Data Domain a good fit for EMC?
July 10, 2009 -- Is Data Domain a good fit for EMC?
SSD product news wrap-up
July 10, 2009 -- A number of vendors made announcements related to solid-state disk (SSD) drives this week, including Compellent and STEC, Fusion-io, WhipTail Technologies, Texas Memory Systems, and LSI.
EMC revamps management software with Ionix
July 9, 2009 -- EMC is bringing all of its IT management software together under a new brand called Ionix as the company attempts to streamline the process of moving from physical to virtualized data centers and, eventually, to the cloud.
The drawbacks to data reduction
July 9, 2009 -- The drawbacks to data reduction
NetApp bows out, EMC to acquire Data Domain
July 8, 2009 -- NetApp has terminated its merger agreement with data deduplication appliance vendor Data Domain after declining to raise its offer in the wake of a blockbuster $2.1 billion bid by EMC.
Recent announcements from:
July 8, 2009 -- Asigra, Compellent, FalconStor Software, HP, LSI, Peak 10, QLogic and Texas Memory Systems.
Symantec to expand deduplication
July 7, 2009 -- Symantec today officially revealed its plans to build native data deduplication into its NetBackup and Backup Exec software by early 2010, as the company attempts to wrest mindshare from appliance-based deduplication vendors by bringing the technology closer to information sources.
Overland branches into business continuity
July 7, 2009 -- Overland Storage is going beyond its roots in disk/tape-based backup/recovery/archival into protecting servers, operating systems and applications with the REO Business Continuity Appliance (BCA), which was introduced today.
EMC raises bid as NetApp gets green light from regulators
July 7, 2009 -- EMC raises bid as NetApp gets green light from regulators
BlueArc to enter midrange NAS market
July 6, 2009 -- BlueArc this week will announce its first foray into the midrange NAS market with the launch of two systems that pack a performance punch and run the same software as the company's high-end Titan arrays.
Nirvanix brings storage from the moon to the cloud
July 3, 2009 -- Nirvanix brings storage from the moon to the cloud
EPA seeks feedback on Energy Star storage specification
July 3, 2009 -- EPA seeks feedback on Energy Star storage specification
The role of deduplication in disaster recovery
July 2, 2009 -- The combination of replication and data deduplication in DR operations can save costs and bandwidth.
Recent announcements from:
July 1, 2009 -- Arkeia Software, BakBone Software, Broadcom, Digistore Solutions International, InMage Systems, Isilon Systems, Open-E, Overland Storage, Storwize and Tarmin Technologies.
iSCSI cuts costs in virtual environments
July 1, 2009 -- Advances in IP storage virtualization help overcome the challenges of SAN deployment and therefore enable organizations of all sizes to cost- efficiently implement virtualized IT infrastructures.
SAN management for virtual servers
July 1, 2009 -- Storage and server administrators need better, or deeper, visibility into the SAN infrastructure in order to maximize performance and efficiency in virtual environments.
Strategies for ROBO data protection
July 1, 2009 -- There are plenty of options available, including WAN acceleration, remote access, data deduplication, VTLs, disk backup targets, and remote replication technologies.
Quantum brings dedupe to remote offices
July 1, 2009 -- Quantum has added a disk-based backup system to its DXi family and upgraded its management software in an attempt to extend its data deduplication and replication technologies for customers with remote locations.
Who are the (perceived) leaders in storage virtualization?
July 1, 2009 -- Data for the chart below came from the results of a survey of 146 IT professionals, conducted by IT Brand Pulse as part of its ongoing series of Leader Surveys.
Global protection for remote offices
July 1, 2009 -- A global manufacturing company with a large number of remote branch offices with limited network connectivity wanted to consolidate technology back to its main data centers in Michigan, Texas, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Singapore using disk-based backup solutions.
Dell clarifies deduplication strategy
July 1, 2009 -- In an effort to clarify its stance on data deduplication, Dell is answering questions about its partnerships with EMC and Quantum, recently began shipping new disk-based backup appliances based on CommVault's Simpana 8.0 software, and hinted at an upcoming Dell/EMC system based on Quantum's deduplication architecture.
HP adds entry-level arrays
July 1, 2009 -- Hewlett-Packard has revamped its entry-level storage line by consolidating the HP All-in-One (AiO) and ProLiant Storage Server products onto a single, unified storage platform.
NEC makes deduplication application-aware
July 1, 2009 -- NEC has introduced application-aware deduplication as a new feature of its HYDRAstor line of grid storage platforms in order to squeeze inefficiencies out of the data stream and boost data reduction ratios.