Industry News and Analysis

SGI snaps up Copan's assets for $2 million
February 27, 2010 -- SGI snaps up Copan's assets for $2 million
Analysts weigh in on HP-Cisco breakup
February 26, 2010 -- The IT industry is a week removed from the not-so-sudden end to HP's strategic relationship with Cisco, and now consultants are weighing in with a look at how it could affect customers and the IT world.
Guidelines for implementing cloud storage
February 26, 2010 -- Whether you're considering an internal or external cloud, beware of the potential pitfalls and plan accordingly.
Evolving use cases for file-based storage
February 25, 2010 -- NAS and file virtualization can play a critical role in VM environments, file services, data protection, archiving, and HPC.
Cleversafe beefs up dsNet hardware for cloud deployments
February 25, 2010 -- Cleversafe has refreshed its Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) hardware to include bigger disk drives, additional connectivity options and an integrated rack system.
Brocade’s earnings a mixed bag
February 24, 2010 -- Brocade’s earnings a mixed bag
Recent announcements from:
February 24, 2010 -- Adaptec, Blade Network Technologies, FalconStor Software, IBM, Maxell, Promise Technology, QLogic, Quantum, Tech Data and Thales.
IBM brings data deduplication to mainframes
February 24, 2010 -- IBM today continued to spread data deduplication across its product lines by bringing data deduplication to z/OS mainframe environments.
Dot Hill arrays support 8Gb FC, iSCSI, 6Gb SAS
February 24, 2010 -- Dot Hill today introduced the 3000 Series of RAID arrays, which support 8Gbps Fibre Channel and 1Gbps iSCSI connections and, by mid-year, 10Gbps iSCSI connections and 6Gbps SAS drives.
Iron Mountain buys Mimosa for on-premise archiving
February 23, 2010 -- Iron Mountain has acquired archiving software maker Mimosa Systems for $112 million in cash to round out its archiving portfolio.
Tandberg launches deduplication software, NAS appliances
February 23, 2010 -- Tandberg Data today launched AccuGuard, a new backup and recovery software suite with source-based data deduplication, as well as the DPS2000 series of NAS systems for SMBs.
Double-Take partners with Amazon on cloud DR
February 22, 2010 -- Double-Take Software today announced a partnership with Amazon to deliver cloud-based backup and disaster recovery (DR) services.
Cloud Leverage offers cloud storage for a nickel per GB
February 22, 2010 -- Cloud Leverage claims to offer "enterprise-grade" cloud storage at a cost of $.05 per gigabyte, per data center without data transfer or bandwidth charges.
Cisco-HP partnership implodes
February 19, 2010 -- Cisco-HP partnership implodes
HP to resell QLogic's enterprise FC switches
February 19, 2010 -- HP and QLogic this week announced that HP will resell QLogic's enterprise-class, stackable, 8Gbps Fibre Channel SAN switches.
Virsto offers hypervisor-based storage for Hyper-V
February 19, 2010 -- February 19 2010 -- Virsto Software is poised to release Virsto VSX, hypervisor-based storage software for Microsoft Hyper-V.
NetApp hit$ a home run
February 19, 2010 -- NetApp hit$ a home run
Toshiba rolls out 600GB, 6Gbps SAS drives
February 18, 2010 -- Toshiba has completed its acquisition of Fujitsu's HDD unit and is rolling out a line of enterprise-class, small form factor 6Gbps SAS drives with self-encryption capabilities.
Recent announcements from:
February 17, 2010 -- Brocade, GlassHouse Technologies, Intel, McAfee, Mellanox Technologies, ParaScale, Promark Technology, Scale Computing, Voxell dot Net and Xiotech.
HP refreshes entry-level, LeftHand SANs
February 17, 2010 -- HP is slapping a new naming scheme on its entry-level MSA and midrange LeftHand SANs in conjunction with a round of hardware and software upgrades that improve performance, scalability and capacity utilization.
QLogic sues Emulex, but not over technology
February 16, 2010 -- QLogic sues Emulex, but not over technology
Overland debuts iSCSI array
February 16, 2010 -- Overland Storage today announced the SnapServer SAN S2000, Overland's first pure iSCSI SAN array.
EMC intros GeoProtect, new hardware for Atmos
February 16, 2010 -- EMC today announced a round of hardware and software upgrades to its Atmos cloud storage platform with faster processors, higher-capacity disk drives, and more options for protecting data over distances.
Exar to acquire Neterion
February 12, 2010 -- Exar this week announced that it plans to acquire Neterion, which specializes in 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapters for virtualized environments, servers and storage devices. The deal is expected to close next month at an estimated purchase price of $10 million to $11 million.
Symantec OpenStorage
February 11, 2010 -- This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of consolidated management and automated data protection services across multiple sites and diverse storage technologies using Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage.
IBM debuts SONAS scale-out NAS system
February 11, 2010 -- IBM is making its bid for the scale-out NAS market with the debut of the Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) system, an appliance-based platform that combines IBM's General Parallel File System (GPFS), Systems Software and NAS hardware to create a system that scales up to 14.4PB.
Does MLC flash belong in enterprise SSDs?
February 11, 2010 -- There's a good bit of debate about whether or not enterprise-class SSDs can use multi-level cell (MLC) flash technology, as opposed to single-level cell (SLC) technology, which is currently the dominant technology for enterprise SSDs.
Recent announcements from:
February 10, 2010 -- Asigra, CA, Chelsio Communications, Double-Take Software, Emulex, Laurus Technologies, LSI, NEC, NetApp, NTP Software, RES Software, Siemens Business Services and Xsigo Systems.
Riverbed adds SSDs to WAN optimization appliances
February 10, 2010 -- Riverbed Technology has announced availability of the Steelhead 7050 WAN optimization appliance with SSDs, 10GbE connectivity and better performance than previous models for disaster recovery environments.
Startup Nasuni puts primary NAS in the cloud
February 9, 2010 -- Storage startup Nasuni today debuted a VMware-based virtual NAS file server that, according to the company, consolidates NAS clusters by putting primary storage data in the cloud.
Managing VM Sprawl and Reducing Costs with Disk Archiving
February 9, 2010 -- Managing VM Sprawl and Reducing Costs with Disk Archiving Originally Broadcast: Feb 09, 2010 Overview: Attend this webcast to learn how applying the right type of disk storage can reduce storage costs.
Virtual server SANs: FC vs. iSCSI vs. NAS
February 8, 2010 -- Virtual server SANs: FC vs. iSCSI vs. NAS
Guidelines for FCoE deployment
February 8, 2010 -- Network convergence will enable enterprises to preserve their existing investments in Fibre Channel storage, reduce data center costs and complexity, and simplify network management.
Cloud computing courses cropping up
February 6, 2010 -- Cloud computing courses cropping up
Lab Review: Disk imaging for physical and virtual machines
February 5, 2010 -- Paragon's Drive Backup 10 Server software leverages disk imaging tools to simplify storage management issues, from consolidation to disaster recovery protection, in both physical and virtual environments.
Disk imaging for physical and virtual machines
February 5, 2010 -- Paragon's Drive Backup 10 Server software leverages disk imaging tools to simplify storage management issues, from consolidation to disaster recovery protection, in both physical and virtual environments.
Add Blade to the FCoE lineup
February 5, 2010 -- Add Blade to the FCoE lineup
Survey: Users not very interested in cloud storage
February 4, 2010 -- According to the results of a recent survey conducted by Forrester Research, end-user interest in hosted cloud storage is, at best, lukewarm and deployment is not on the horizon.
Recent announcements from:
February 3, 2010 -- Atempo, Bell Micro, BlueArc, DataCore Software, Host.net, Neterion, NTP Software and Sony Corporation.
Unifying backup and replication for VMware
February 3, 2010 -- With support for all of the new features in vSphere 4, Veeam Backup & Replication brings near-CDP levels of data protection to virtual machines.
Lab Review: Unifying backup and replication for VMware
February 3, 2010 -- With support for all of the new features in vSphere 4, Veeam Backup & Replication brings near-CDP levels of data protection to virtual machines.
Venyu Online Backup and Virtualized Disaster Recovery
February 2, 2010 -- This ESG Lab Review documents ESG Lab hands-on testing of Venyu's AmeriVault Online Backup and virtual server recovery services.
ProStor adds backup to InfiniVault appliances
February 2, 2010 -- ProStor Systems' InfiniVault appliances, which are based on RDX removable disk drives, are typically used for archiving. But this week the company added the ability to use the appliance as a backup target in addition to an archive platform.
FCoE CNAs: The battle lines are being drawn
February 2, 2010 -- FCoE CNAs: The battle lines are being drawn
CommVault connects Simpana software to the cloud
February 1, 2010 -- CommVault is now shipping a software option that allows its Simpana data management software to write backup and archive data directly to cloud storage platforms.
SAN management user case study, part 4
February 1, 2010 -- The last installment in our series illustrates the inadequacy of traditional SAN management tools in large, heterogeneous storage networks.
MLC lowers enterprise SSD prices
February 1, 2010 -- Virtually every storage analyst and editor (including me) put solid-state disk (SSD) drives on their Top Technologies of 2009 list, despite miniscule unit shipments.
The best storage investments for 2010
February 1, 2010 -- Technologies that reduce costs and risks should have the highest priority over the next few years.
iSCSI opportunities and market growth
February 1, 2010 -- When iSCSI was launched, Fibre Channel was well-established as a high-performance SAN solution.
How to control the storage impact of virtual servers
February 1, 2010 -- Consider deduplicating OS images, using storage tiers, consolidating SANs, NAS, snapshots, and backup deduplication.
Guidelines for FCoE deployment
February 1, 2010 -- Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) enables network convergence, and now is the time to develop a deployment strategy.
Does MLC flash belong in enterprise SSDs?
February 1, 2010 -- Users and systems/storage integrators would benefit from significantly lower prices.