Industry News and Analysis

Recent announcements from:
March 31, 2010 -- 3PAR, Avnet, Bell Microproducts, Citrix, DataCore Software, Dmailer, Gateway, Hitachi Data Systems, IceWEB, Imation, LAN Infotech, Layered Technologies, NetEnrich, Mezeo, Promark Technology, ProStor Systems and Simply Continuous.
The cloud optimizes backup TCO
March 31, 2010 -- Offloading backup data to the cloud obviously saves hardware costs, but it can also reduce the overall ownership costs associated with managing that data.
Cleversafe addresses cloud security concerns
March 30, 2010 -- According to numerous surveys, security is the #1 issue among users considering cloud storage. Cleversafe addressed that concern this week with the 2.0 release of its software, which includes enhancements in confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA).
GreenBytes launches entry-level dedupe appliance
March 29, 2010 -- GreenBytes has added a new entry-level SAN and NAS appliance to its GB-X Series of storage arrays with inline data deduplication and a sub-$10,000 price tag.
HP XP24000: Enterprise-Class Storage Virtualization for Mission-Critical IT
March 29, 2010 -- ESG Lab examines recently introduced HP XP24000 capabilities such as external storage disaster recovery (ESDR), solid-state disks, thin provisioning pool reclamation, and dynamic pool rebalancing.
HP P4000 SAN: Affordable, Scalable, Reliable Storage
March 29, 2010 -- This ESG Lab Review documents the pay as you grow scalability and availability of the HP P4000 SAN.
HP ships LTO-5 tape drives, libraries, media
March 28, 2010 -- March 29, 2010 -- Hewlett-Packard today became the second major LTO tape drive manufacturer to deliver LTO-5 Ultrium drives, as well as LTO-5 libraries and (multi-sourced) media cartridges.
Gartner on FCoE: The rebuttal
March 26, 2010 -- Gartner on FCoE: The rebuttal
Attack Ads Arrive in the Storage Industry
March 25, 2010 -- Attack Ads Arrive in the Storage Industry
Check out our financials section
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Dell jumps into object-based storage
March 24, 2010 -- Dell unleashed a barrage of new storage products today with Dell-branded versions of EMC's Celerra and Data Domain deduplication systems, as well as a homegrown object-based storage system that marks Dell's first foray into a new segment of the storage market.
Coraid ships AoE-based SAN arrays
March 23, 2010 -- Coraid has introduced new versions of its ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE)-based EtherDrive SRX-Series storage arrays with support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) connections and SATA, SAS, and solid-state disk (SSD) drives.
Recent announcements from:
March 23, 2010 -- Akorri, Evaluator Group, LSI, Northern, QLogic, SunGard Availability Services and Synology America.
Digitiliti unveils virtual corporate library
March 22, 2010 -- Digitiliti beefed up its software arsenal today with DigiLIBE, a new data management system for SMBs that serves as an offsite repository for unstructured data.
Gartner exposes FCoE "myths"
March 19, 2010 -- Gartner exposes FCoE "myths"
Fibre Channel free-for-all
March 19, 2010 -- Fibre Channel free-for-all
Tips for assessing storage efficiency
March 19, 2010 -- With infrastructure budgets being cut and data growth continuing unabated, it's time to take a closer look at storage efficiency to see if there is room for improvement.
Viridity launches software for power provisioning
March 19, 2010 -- Viridity Software has come up with a software tool that helps data center and facilities managers find power, cooling and real estate they didn't know they had.
EMC integrates replication tools with Exchange 2010
March 18, 2010 -- EMC this week became the first storage vendor to announce integration with a little known Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 API that allows for SAN-based replication in Exchange 2010 environments.
Greening Terremark Data Centers
March 18, 2010 -- Greening Terremark Data Centers Terremark provides traditional collocation services as well as its very fast growing cloud computing services. The company’s experience with greening its data centers provides a lesson for all IT organizations – and holds widespread implications for national energy savings, especially as virtualization spread to all parts of IT infrastructure 2.0. Sponsored by HP
Reduce Mid-Range Array Sprawl by Purchasing 50% Fewer Arrays
March 18, 2010 -- Reduce Mid-Range Array Sprawl by Purchasing 50% Fewer Arrays Now you can reduce mid-range array sprawl by purchasing 50% fewer arrays. Eliminate up to 75% of the capacity, power, cooling, and floor space required to store your data, and spend 90% less time managing your storage. No more choosing between mid-range limitations and monolithic price tags. No more sacrificing high-end features to fit shrinking IT budgets. Download this paper to learn more. Sponsored by HP
Slash Your Technology Refresh Costs by Up to 60 Percent
March 18, 2010 -- Slash Your Technology Refresh Costs by Up to 60 Percent HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning Software improves storage system efficiency and optimizes capacity utilization system-wide. It does this by addressing the problem of capacity over-allocation through eliminating the need to dedicate storage capacity up-front and on a per-application basis. Download this brief to learn more. Sponsored by HP
Evaluating Storage Technologies for Virtual Server Environments
March 18, 2010 -- Evaluating Storage Technologies for Virtual Server Environments To maximize the value of the new virtual infrastructures and minimize the impact on storage and networks, IT organizations must utilize I/O and storage systems that can address the need for new workloads imposed by server virtualization, along with providing high availability with architectures that can balance operational efficiency. This paper outlines important developments in storage for virtual server environments, along with considerations for executives and IT staffs tasked with implementing and managing this infrastructure. Sponsored by HP
Using 3PAR Storage in Virtual Infrastructures
March 18, 2010 -- Using 3PAR Storage in Virtual Infrastructures 3PAR’s InSpire architecture – built from the ground up as a utility storage platform and a foundation for IT-as-a-service deployments – provides enterprise users and service providers alike with high levels of capacity utilization and storage performance for their production applications, and the kinds of provisioning and management efficiencies that make virtual server storage a cost-attractive proposition. Download this paper to learn more. Sponsored by HP
Developing a Storage Backup Strategy
March 18, 2010 -- Developing a Storage Backup Strategy eBook: With storage requirements moving into the tera-, peta- and exabyte ranges, companies need to refine their backup strategies to ensure availability of their growing data stores. This ebook explores the complexities of requirements and explains the best practices for keeping your data safe and secure. Sponsored by EMC
EMC Bridges the Data Protection Gap
March 18, 2010 -- EMC Bridges the Data Protection Gap Many customers would like to redesign their data protection architectures if given the opportunity; this means looking at how all solutions - including disk and tape - are used and how they could contribute to the success of a new data protection strategy. Download this whitepaper to see how EMC can help your organization. Sponsored by EMC
Staying Ahead of the Data Protection Challenge
March 18, 2010 -- Staying Ahead of the Data Protection Challenge Very few organizations are able to completely transform their data protection processes. This leaves organizations to make selective improvements such as introducing new systems for mission-critical applications or upgrading existing backup software to take advantage of the latest capabilities. Download this whitepaper to learn how your organization can accelerate its transformations. Sponsored by EMC
Deduplication Business Imperatives
March 18, 2010 -- Deduplication Business Imperatives Deduplication changes the economics of disk-based data protection. First, it makes the transition from tape- to disk-based protection more palatable by lowering the total cost of disk-based backup. Second, it optimized disk-based backup environments and allows companies to replicate more data for disaster recovery more efficiently. Sponsored by EMC
Backup and Recovery: New Strategies Drive Disk-Based Solutions
March 18, 2010 -- Backup and Recovery: New Strategies Drive Disk-Based Solutions Unabated data growth and the inability to cost effectively manage backup and recovery functions now are forcing many firms to reevaluate or abandon their tape investments altogether. See the results of IDC's survey of disk-based backup and learn more. Sponsored by EMC
Recent announcements from:
March 17, 2010 -- Akorri, Emulex, GlassHouse Technologies, Interlock Technology, Metalogix, NetApp, StoragePoint and VeriStor Systems.
EMC taps QLogic for 8Gbps FC switches
March 17, 2010 -- QLogic's enterprise-class 5800V Series of 8Gbps Fibre Channel stackable switches will be sold through EMC's Select program.
Startup’s SSDs top 1,000,000 IOPS
March 17, 2010 -- Startup’s SSDs top 1,000,000 IOPS
Intelligently Incorporating Virtual Servers Into Your Recovery Plans
March 17, 2010 -- Intelligently Incorporating Virtual Servers Into Your Recovery Plans Originally Broadcast: Mar 17, 2010 Overview: Join Arun Taneja and Eric Burgener as they explore new technologies in data and application recovery.
LSI debuts 6Gbps SAS switches
March 16, 2010 -- LSI today announced its first line of 6Gbps SAS switches that extend the use of SAS technology by turning direct-attached storage (DAS) devices into a shared, networked storage resource.
And the top 5 storage software vendors are . . .
March 12, 2010 -- And the top 5 storage software vendors are . . .
SNIA develops standards for cloud storage
March 12, 2010 -- The Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) and Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) standard promise to lift the concerns and confusion around cloud storage.
NAS grows as external controller-based disk market slides
March 12, 2010 -- NAS grows as external controller-based disk market slides
Who are the top 5 array vendors?
March 11, 2010 -- Who are the top 5 array vendors?
3PAR adds sub-volume tiering, SSDs to arrays
March 11, 2010 -- 3PAR has combined automated sub-volume data movement with SSDs to squeeze more performance out of its high-end InServ Storage Servers at a lower overall cost.
Recent announcements from:
March 10, 2010 -- Akorri, Consolidate IT, E-Safe Technologies, greenBytes, Nasuni, Nirvanix, Scale Computing, STORserver and WhipTail Technologies.
Sepaton ships midrange VTL, upgrades deduplication software
March 10, 2010 -- Sepaton has announced a new deduplicating VTL for medium-sized businesses and a round of software enhancements to its DeltaStor and DeltaRemote software.
EMC beefs up e-mail compliance for SourceOne
March 9, 2010 -- EMC has announced SourceOne Email Supervisor, a software tool for monitoring inbound and outbound communications for compliance purposes.
1M IOPS: Meaningless or Not
March 9, 2010 -- 1M IOPS: Meaningless or Not
Who wins/loses in the Oracle-HDS breakup?
March 8, 2010 -- Who wins/loses in the Oracle-HDS breakup?
Oracle-Sun ends HDS partnership
March 5, 2010 -- Oracle has reportedly decided to end the long-standing storage partnership between Sun Microsystems and Hitachi Data Systems.
Netgear moves up-market with ReadyNAS systems
March 4, 2010 -- Netgear is preparing to ship a pair of new ReadyNAS unified storage systems targeted at VMware virtual machine (VM) deployments.
Sanbolic software targets Citrix environments
March 4, 2010 -- Sanbolic, which introduced a version of its Melio 2010 Data Center suite with improvements for Citrix virtual server environments.
Recent announcements from:
March 3, 2010 -- Asigra, EMC, LSI, NetApp, Overland Storage, Pivot3 and SunGard Availability Services.
Nexenta debuts ZFS-based in-line deduplication
March 3, 2010 -- With the latest release of its ZFS-based NexentaStor software, Nexenta Systems has combined in-line data deduplication for primary and virtualized storage with commodity hardware.
FCoE CNAs: HP/IBM tap Emulex, Cisco taps QLogic
March 2, 2010 -- FCoE CNAs: HP/IBM tap Emulex, Cisco taps QLogic
Symantec melds Data Insight with storage software
March 2, 2010 -- Symantec today launched a new piece of software called Data Insight that will find its way into the company's storage management products in the coming months.
Storwize upgrades compression appliances
March 2, 2010 -- Storwize enhanced its appliances and software to boost compression ratios, provide compression for existing data, and enhance availability.
Emulex: Running the Table at HP?
March 2, 2010 -- Emulex: Running the Table at HP?
FalconStor, Violin accelerate SANs with flash appliance
March 1, 2010 -- FalconStor Software has partnered with Violin Memory to develop a solid-state storage appliance that uses flash memory to accelerate I/O performance in SAN environments.
The SAS Advanced Connectivity Roadmap
March 1, 2010 -- Advantages of the Mini-SAS High Density (HD) interconnects include denser cabling, longer cable distances, improved management, and more.
Users lukewarm on cloud storage
March 1, 2010 -- Many cloud storage providers have conducted surveys designed to gauge end-user interest in hosted (external) cloud storage.
SNIA develops standards for cloud storage
March 1, 2010 -- The Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) and Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) standard promise to lift the concerns and confusion around cloud storage.
SAN management for virtual servers
March 1, 2010 -- As virtualized environments grow, administrators need deeper visibility into their SANs.
Evolving use cases for file-based storage
March 1, 2010 -- NAS and file virtualization can play a critical role in virtual server environments, file services, data protection, archiving, and high-performance computing.
Opening Pandora's box of SAN management
March 1, 2010 -- SAN performance and management tools from disk array vendors fail to provide the requisite heterogeneity, metrics, and interoperability to enable SAN managers to effectively manage performance.
Cloudy with a chance of ...
March 1, 2010 -- From the beginning, there has been confusion surrounding cloud storage, mostly around the definition.