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VDI: The next big storage challenge
VDI: The next big storage challenge
Violin SSD array hits price parity with HDD arrays
Violin Memory this week began shipments of a RAID array based entirely on single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory.
VDI: For virtual desktops, latency matters
Some call it "Distributed Computing 2.0," and others call it the most profound infrastructure change since the start of distributed computing; but whatever the label, the virtualization of desktop systems is about to bring IT infrastructure to an important tipping point.
More musings on NetApp's earnings
More musings on NetApp's earnings
NetApp wows Wall Street, doubles quarterly profits
NetApp exceeded expectations with its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 earnings report today. Net income more than doubled in the fourth quarter to $145.1 million, vs. $68.4 million in Q4 2009.
Recent announcements from:
3PAR, Front Porch Digital, Fusion-io, Infortrend, NextIO, OCZ Technology Group, Sonian, Violin Memory and Voltaire.
EMC pays $87.5 million to settle federal kickback case
EMC shelled out $87.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit that alleged it misrepresented its commercial pricing practices and engaged in a kickback scheme.
Tandberg introduces LTO-5 tape libraries
Joining HP, IBM and Quantum, Tandberg Data is shipping a full line of systems based on LTO-5 tape technology, ranging from entry-level autoloaders to 40-slot libraries.
Symantec beefs up SMB backup, security
Symantec is bridging the gap between classic endpoint security and backup and recovery with the new Symantec Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition.
Seagate ships hybrid SSD drives
Seagate began shipments this week of a disk drive that combines flash-based solid-state disk (SSD) technology with a conventional hard disk drive.
Cloud storage is due for a shakeout
Cloud storage is due for a shakeout
Cisco: The Apple of the Infrastructure? Munching FC market share says maybe.
Cisco: The Apple of the Infrastructure? Munching FC market share says maybe.
Declustering improves RAID rebuild times
As disk drive capacities get larger and larger, one of the old problems with RAID technology gets worse and worse: slow rebuild times in the event of disk failures. One solution to this problem is declustered RAID, or parity declustering.
Brocade’s earnings report is boring
Brocade’s earnings report is boring
Tape market down 25%
The tape drive and media market closed out last year with $1.58 billion in revenues, down 24.7% from 2008, when the market totaled $2.1 billion.
Solid storage growth in HP’s Q2 report
Solid storage growth in HP’s Q2 report
Coraid combines ZFS-based NAS with AoE
Coraid is using the open-source ZFS file system to extend its ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE)-based SAN storage to the world of files with today's debut of its EtherDrive Z-Series NAS appliances.
Recent announcements from:
Azaleos, Dell, EMC, Emulex, ExaGrid Systems, IBM, Informatica, LSI, Open-E, Pillar Data Systems, PMC-Sierra, SGI and Silver Peak Systems.
Backups That Work
Backups That Work Originally Broadcast: May 19, 2010 Overview: Join Doug Hazelman, chief strategist at Veeam Software, for new ideas that you can put to work today to enhance daily operations and business continuity.
Consider open source deduplication
Consider open source deduplication
EMC enhances Mozy cloud storage services
The 2.0 version of EMC's Mozy cloud-based backup service boasts 25% faster backups, lower bandwidth usage, and a Mozy 2xProtect feature that allows users to back up to a local external drive in addition to Mozy's data centers.
Neuxpower attacks Office file bloat
Neuxpower Solutions has released a file-server version of its NXPowerLite file optimization software, which reduces the capacity requirements for Microsoft Office files on primary storage.
Vision Solutions to acquire Double-Take
Vision Solutions, a privately-held portfolio company of Thoma Bravo LLC, today announced that it is acquiring Double-Take Software for $10.55 per share in a deal valued at $242 million.
EMC World Redux
EMC World Redux
LSI ships 6Gbps SAS RAID array
LSI this week began shipping into the channel the entry-level Engenio 2600 RAID array, which features 6Gbps SAS connections on both the host and drive side.
iSCSI vs. FCoE, part deux
iSCSI vs. FCoE, part deux
Caringo conserves power with Darkive for CAStor
The latest version of Caringo's CAStor object-based storage software includes a new power-saving feature that spins down entire CAStor nodes based on usage and policies.
PMC-Sierra to buy Adaptec's channel storage business
Semiconductor specialist PMC-Sierra is in the process of acquiring Adaptec's channel storage business, which includes Adaptec's RAID product line and its family of solid-state disk (SSD) caching systems.
How to jumpstart SAN + LAN convergence
For IT, the simplest and most immediate strategy to begin to leverage 10GbE in a data center, especially when dealing with a virtualized environment, is to begin implementing iSCSI along with LAN networking to provide critical data management services.
Recent announcements from:
Dell, LSI, Neverfail, StoredIQ and SunGard Availability Services.
EMC VPLEX Metro and VMware ESX: Enabling 100 km VMotion with New Distributed Storage Federation
This ESG Lab report explores how EMC VPLEX can be used to create a heterogeneous pool of storage resources that can be accessed and shared over distance.
EMC boosts Data Domain deduplication
At EMC World this week, EMC introduced technology that significantly improves the performance of its Data Domain backup and deduplication systems.
EMC launches SourceOne for SharePoint
With the availability of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 at hand, EMC is making its bid for a piece of the market with today's launch of a new member of the SourceOne e-mail management and archiving family -- EMC SourceOne for Microsoft SharePoint.
Emulex secures EMC design win for encryption HBAs
At the EMC World conference today, Emulex introduced its first hardware-based encryption HBAs, as well as its first design win for the adapters with EMC.
Buyer’s guide compares and rates 130 midrange arrays
Buyer’s guide compares and rates 130 midrange arrays
EMC debuts Unisphere, FAST for Clariion, Celerra
Day two of the EMC World conference in Boston saw big news for EMC's Clariion and Celerra midrange storage platforms as the company announced sub-LUN tiering, flash-based caching and Unisphere, a new management tool that aggregates all of EMC's midrange element managers.
EMC World: Tucci focuses on clouds, virtualization
At the EMC World conference this week, CEO Joe Tucci told attendees that EMC is going all out on the private cloud, while emphasizing that the future will involve both private and public clouds.
Quantum adds SMB model to data deduplication lineup
Quantum plugged a gap in its DXi family of disk-based backup appliances this week with the debut of the DXi4500 data deduplication systems for SMBs and remote offices.
EMC World: EMC takes the wraps off VPLEX
EMC World: EMC takes the wraps off VPLEX
EMC expands converged networking deals with Brocade, Cisco
EMC announced expanded reseller partnerships with both Brocade and Cisco at the EMC World conference here in Boston today as the company fleshes out its portfolio of converged networking products and services.
EMC unveils VPLEX appliance for global storage networks
At the EMC World show today, EMC introduced a caching and data mobility appliance that the company hopes will ease the problem of latency in global storage networks.
Xsigo intros virtual I/O director; Dell to resell
At the EMC World show today, I/O virtualization specialist Xsigo Systems introduced a  2U virtual I/O Director with 24 20Gbps InfiniBand server ports and four I/O modules to which users can attach I/O cards such as Fibre Channel HBAs or 1GbE or 10GbE NICs.
Infineta unveils deduplication for inter-data-center traffic
Startup Infineta Systems put a new twist on data deduplication today with the introduction of Velocity Dedupe Engine, an appliance that brings hardware-based data reduction technology to data center-to-data center traffic.
ParaScale builds clouds for machine-generated data
ParaScale today released version 2.5 of its Cloud Storage software with new features for data protection, security and multi-tenancy in the cloud storage platform.
InMage targets cloud providers
InMage Systems is stepping up its efforts to woo cloud services providers by offering definitions for a cloud optimized infrastructure and tweaking its flagship disaster recovery software with features designed specifically for cloud providers.
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EMC, Cisco tap Capellas as Acadia CEO
EMC and Cisco have appointed Michael Capellas as CEO of their joint Acadia organization, which also involves VMware and is centered around the trio's Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition.
Adoption of file virtualization on the rise
Analysts note that end-user interest in file virtualization is picking up steam this year for a variety of reasons, and virtualization vendors are poised to take advantage.
Better backups for VMware: VADP + CBT
Better backups for VMware: VADP + CBT
Recent announcements from:
Akorri, Avnet Technology Solutions, Barracuda Networks, ConnectWise, Consonus, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Kroll Ontrack, ProStor Systems, SolarWinds, Spectra Logic, StorSimple and VaultLogix.
CA debuts ARCserve r15, adds D2D software
CA rolled out the latest version of its venerable (20 years old this year) CA ARCserve backup and recovery suite with the introduction of a new product and dozens of enhancements to existing products under the ARCserve umbrella.
Server Technology to Cloudburst for Increased Flexibility and Lower Costs
Server Technology to Cloudburst for Increased Flexibility and Lower Costs Originally Broadcast: May 05, 2010 Overview: The presentation will also explain what end users should be looking for from their cloud providers, and what benefits and cost savings they can achieve.
OpSource launches Cloud Files backup and archive service
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) hosting company OpSource has added a "pay as you go" cloud storage service to its portfolio with the addition of OpSource Cloud Files, an online backup and archive service.
Iomega NAS/iSCSI array targets SMBs
Iomega, an EMC company, today introduced a RAID array that supports NAS (file) and iSCSI (block) operations. The company claims some enterprise-class features, via EMC's LifeLine software, at prices that may appeal to SMBs with little or no IT support.
What is cloudbursting?
What is cloudbursting?
Imation addresses storage device-level security
Imation has added security technology – including encryption and authentication – to protect data "at rest" on the company's external disk drives, USB flash drives and optical discs.
EMC's Hollis: SSDs, clouds and Ethernet are taking over
EMC's Chuck Hollis sees solid state drives (SSDs), cloud computing and Ethernet as the dominant technologies in next generation data centers.
Brocade, EMC lay groundwork for private clouds
Brocade and EMC today launched a new set of integrated switching and storage solutions aimed at building private clouds for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and Oracle Database 11g environments.
Broadcom Intros World's 1st C-NIC with iSCSI Offload on 10GBASE-T
Broadcom Intros World's 1st C-NIC with iSCSI Offload on 10GBASE-T
New alliance calls for online access to all archived data
New alliance calls for online access to all archived data