Industry News and Analysis

Brocade CNAs: Superior Real-World Performance | Easy Migration
June 30, 2010 -- Brocade CNAs: Superior Real-World Performance | Easy Migration
Cisco ships FabricPath software for NX-OS
June 30, 2010 -- Cisco today began offering new hardware and software features and products for the NX-OS operating system that, when combined, bring the scalability and performance of layer 3 networks to the layer 2 world.
Isilon puts multiple tiers under one file system
June 29, 2010 -- With the rollout of its sixth generation operating system today, OneFS 6.0, Isilon introduced two applications for simplifying data management in scale-out NAS environments: SmartPools and InsightIQ.
HDS to launch cloud storage services
June 29, 2010 -- Hitachi Data Systems expanded on the cloud strategy it announced last October with the introduction of two cloud storage services, one for private clouds and one for public clouds.
Cleversafe updates software, licensing for cloud providers
June 29, 2010 -- To entice service providers, Cleversafe today released a new version of its software and altered its pricing model to give customers more options for deploying and managing cloud storage.
Exar expands data reduction options
June 28, 2010 -- Exar is set to release two new PCIe-based solutions for data reduction, both of which are targeted primarily at OEMs and systems/storage integrators.
Sepaton aims for the clouds with new software
June 28, 2010 -- Sepaton is shipping a new batch of disk-based backup appliances based on Hitachi's AMS 2100 disk arrays with a new version of its data protection software that turns Sepaton's appliances into back-end storage for managed service and cloud service providers.
Cloud hype versus cloud reality
June 25, 2010 -- Cloud hype versus cloud reality
Double-Take launches diskless boot software for Windows HPC Server
June 25, 2010 -- Double-Take Software has announced the availability of Double-Take Flex for High Performance Computing (HPC), a software tool that facilitates diskless iSCSI boot for Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 storage, bootstrap and boot volume management.
PMC girds for channel battles, opportunities
June 24, 2010 -- PMC girds for channel battles, opportunities
Virtual Instruments upgrades SAN monitoring tools
June 24, 2010 -- Targeting virtual server environments, Virtual Instruments this week released the 2.0 version of its VirtualWisdom SAN monitoring, measurement and analysis tools, which include software and hardware probes.
Recent announcements from:
June 24, 2010 -- Chelsio Communications, Fusion-io, GreenBytes, Hitachi Data Systems, Hosted Solutions, HP, LSI and Maxell.
EMC adds unstructured data to SourceOne's archiving
June 24, 2010 -- EMC continued to round out its SourceOne e-mail management and archiving software this week with the launches of EMC SourceOne File Intelligence and SourceOne for File Systems, a pair of products designed to manage unstructured data.
An HP StorageWorks-Enabled Solution: Affordable End-to-end Storage for Mid-sized Organizations
June 24, 2010 -- This report examines the cost-effective synergy of an end-to-end converged infrastructure powered by an HP StorageWorks P4500 for primary storage, D2D2503 for capacity-optimized disk-based backup, D2D4112 for WAN-optimized replication of backups, and MSL4048 for off-site tape archival.
HP BladeSystem G7 LOM: A Milestone for Converged Networks
June 24, 2010 -- HP BladeSystem G7 LOM: A Milestone for Converged Networks
Emulex, QLogic get design wins from HP
June 23, 2010 -- Emulex and QLogic continued their ante-upping in the converged networking contest today with both companies announcing design wins from Hewlett-Packard at the HP Tech Forum event in Las Vegas.
Brocade, HP debut 8Gbps SAN starter bundles
June 23, 2010 -- Brocade is riding high at HP's Tech Forum in Las Vegas today as it announced that the pair's partnership has resulted in more than seven million Fibre Channel ports shipped and that HP is now selling a new set of Brocade-HP SAN and server connectivity products.
HP Data Protector and Deduplication Solutions: Scalability and Performance from the Core to the Edge
June 23, 2010 -- This ESG Lab Validation Report examines Hewlett Packard's family of backup and recovery solutions that combine the power of HP StorageWorks Virtual Library Systems (VLS) in the data center and the agility of HP D2D appliances in remote offices, tied together with HP Data Protector backup and recovery software.
Ocarina: 4 dedupe predictions, and an OEM strategy
June 22, 2010 -- Ocarina: 4 dedupe predictions, and an OEM strategy
LSI expands in channel with external RAID
June 22, 2010 -- LSI expanded its channel presence today with the announcement of the CTS2600 family of building blocks, which will enable its white box channel partners to build external RAID arrays.
Aptare adds SAN fabric monitoring to SRM suite
June 22, 2010 -- Aptare, one of the last pure-play enterprise SRM software vendors, updated its StorageConsole SRM suite today with a range of enhancements and a new StorageConsole Fabric Manager, which monitors changes in the SAN fabric.
Storage highlights from HP Tech Forum
June 21, 2010 -- Hewlett-Packard's key storage announcements at the HP Tech Forum conference this week will be the StorageWorks P4800 BladeSystem SAN, EVA Cluster, and new internally-developed data deduplication software.
Storage virtualization: Benefits and alternatives
June 21, 2010 -- Storage virtualization may seem too expensive for SMBs, yet companies of all sizes can benefit from the technology without breaking the bank, using commodity hardware or traditional storage virtualization engines.
"SSD week" recap
June 18, 2010 -- "SSD week" recap
Storage lessons learned from the dot-com era
June 18, 2010 -- Storage lessons learned from the dot-com era
Why don't storage customers use tape tiers?
June 18, 2010 -- Everyone is talking about tiered storage for disk arrays, so why not apply a tiering strategy to enterprise tape as well? There are several obstacles to implementing a tiered tape strategy.
Nexsan Assureon - Secure, Online Disk Storage Archive
June 18, 2010 -- Nexsan's Assureon is a CAS (Content Addressable Storage) system capable of protecting, retaining, and searching millions of files; it is designed to be a simple, yet secure, plug-and-play solution for businesses of all sizes.
Recent announcements from:
June 17, 2010 -- Asigra, Consonus, Emulex, FalconStor Software, Fujitsu, Hammer, Hitachi Data Systems, i365, LSI, OCZ Technology Group, Syncsort and Trend Micro.
NEC debuts mini-HYDRA for SMB backup
June 16, 2010 -- NEC has packed the features and functions of its high-end HYDRAstor grid storage system into a single-node mini-HYDRA system as it attempts to expand the reach of HYDRAstor into the SMB market.
Violin to acquire Gear6 for caching software
June 16, 2010 -- Violin Memory announced today that it has acquired the assets of Gear6, which specializes in caching software. Violin plans to add the scalable caching software to its line of arrays based on SSD technology.
Anobit claims MLC SSDs rival SLC SSDs
June 15, 2010 -- Anobit introduced SSD drives today that are based on low-cost MLC NAND flash technology. The company claims that the drives are on par with SSDs based on more expensive SLC in the areas of performance and endurance.
Adaptec: R.I.P.
June 15, 2010 -- Adaptec: R.I.P.
Virident ships SLC SSDs for PCIe
June 15, 2010 -- Virident Systems today announced its tachIOn series of solid-state disk (SSD) drives, which are based on single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash technology and the PCIe interface.
IBM to acquire Storwize for $140 million?
June 15, 2010 -- IBM to acquire Storwize for $140 million?
Startup claims 1.5 million IOPS on RAID array
June 14, 2010 -- Startup claims 1.5 million IOPS on RAID array
Enterasys manages VMs, storage provisioning in the network
June 14, 2010 -- Enterasys today announced a new "vendor agnostic" data center strategy and a round of enhancements to its S-Series Ethernet switches that help move virtual machines (VMs) and applications around the data center.
Sepaton offers Secure Erasure option for VTLs
June 14, 2010 -- Virtual tape library (VTL) vendor Sepaton is now offering Secure Erasure, a licensed option for its S2100-ES2 data protection appliances that guarantees the erasure of information on virtual tape cartridges.
Storage software market: CommVault grows revenues 25% y-o-y
June 12, 2010 -- Storage software market: CommVault grows revenues 25% y-o-y
Sanbolic tightens integration with Hyper-V
June 11, 2010 -- At Microsoft Tech-Ed this week, Sanbolic introduced two software solutions based on its Melio clustered file system -- one for Hyper-V SAN environments and one for non-SAN infrastructures.
HP StorageWorks P4000 SAN with VMware View: Optimizing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
June 11, 2010 -- This ESG Lab report documents hands-on testing of an HP StorageWorks P4000 SAN in a VMware View VDI environment – paying special attention to ease of management, performance, storage efficiency, and availability.
Brocade tries to One up Cisco in virtual data centers
June 11, 2010 -- Brocade tries to One up Cisco in virtual data centers
Brocade tackles network convergence, VM mobility
June 10, 2010 -- Brocade this week announced its Brocade One unified network strategy for convergence and data center networking.
Cisco adds to Smart Storage NAS series for SMBs
June 10, 2010 -- Cisco launched the NSS 300 Series this week, the latest addition to the Cisco Smart Storage family of NAS systems that include integrated applications for SMBs.
Disk array SmackDown: NetApp vs. IBM, Dell vs. HP
June 10, 2010 -- Disk array SmackDown: NetApp vs. IBM, Dell vs. HP
Recent announcements from:
June 9, 2010 -- American Megatrends, ATTO Technology, Dell, PMC-Sierra, QStar Technologies, Terascala and Vizioncore.
Rumble Rumble - Was that an earthquake? Virtualizing the Dedupe.
June 9, 2010 -- Rumble Rumble - Was that an earthquake? Virtualizing the Dedupe.
Dell tunes EqualLogic SANs for VMs, VDI
June 9, 2010 -- Dell is preparing to ship a pair of EqualLogic iSCSI SAN arrays that combine SSDs, SAS drives, and version 5.0 of its EqualLogic firmware that brings automated data tiering to the arrays.
Emulex and ServerEngines Finally Wed
June 8, 2010 -- Emulex and ServerEngines Finally Wed
SGI upgrades Copan disk-based backup platform
June 8, 2010 -- SGI is branching out beyond virtual tape libraries (VTL) and into the disk-based backup market with today's launch of the SGI Copan 400 series.
Emulex to acquire ServerEngines
June 8, 2010 -- Emulex capped its long-term partnership with ServerEngines yesterday with the announcement that it will acquire the company for $78 million in cash and eight million shares of Emulex stock.
Permabit deduplicates primary storage
June 7, 2010 -- Permabit branched out from its archiving roots today with the introduction of data deduplication software designed specifically for capacity optimization on primary storage devices.
Riverbed optimizes bandwidth for EMC SRDF
June 7, 2010 -- Riverbed today announced version 6.1 of the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS), which includes a set of optimization techniques that improve data reduction and throughput for EMC's SRDF.
Asigra enhances cloud storage software
June 7, 2010 -- Asigra launched Asigra Cloud Backup v10 software today with support for mobile devices, new levels of tiered recovery, and added support for virtual server platforms and backup sets.
Cloud storage and unified computing: Beware vendor lock-in
June 4, 2010 -- Cloud storage and unified computing: Beware vendor lock-in
Market shares shift in the disk array race
June 4, 2010 -- According to a recent report from IDC, the external disk array market posted a 17.1% year-over-year revenue gain in Q1 2010, hitting $5 billion.
Weighing the pros and cons of unified computing
June 4, 2010 -- Cisco's introduction of the Unified Computing System (UCS) and its entry into the server market sparked a new arms race in the IT industry and has forced the heavy-hitters -- storage, server and networking vendors alike -- to come up with new strategies for data center convergence.
HP adds to StorageWorks lineup for SMBs
June 3, 2010 -- HP is bringing its Converged Infrastructure pitch to SMBs with new set of StorageWorks SAN, NAS and disk-based backup systems for entry-level customers.
Recent announcements from:
June 2, 2010 -- Adaptec, Atto Technology, Brocade, Computacenter, Cray, LSI, OCZ Technology Group and StorSimple.
Brocade increases density, throughput of DCX Backbone
June 2, 2010 -- Brocade today announced an addition to the Brocade DCX Backbone family in the form of a new 64-port, 8Gbps blade with wire-speed performance that brings the port count up to 512 per chassis.
IBM System Storage DS5020/DS3950 Express and IBM System x3950 M2: Real-World Mixed Workload Performance in VMware Environments
June 2, 2010 -- This ESG Lab report presents the results of a new performance benchmark methodology designed to assess the real-world performance capabilities of a SAN-attached IBM System Storage DS5020 Express/DS3950 Express storage system and IBM System x3950 M2 servers deployed in a highly virtualized, consolidated data center.
IBM System Storage DS5020/DS3950 Express and IBM System x3950 M2: Mixed Workload Performance in Microsoft Hyper-V R2 Environments
June 2, 2010 -- This ESG Lab report presents the results of a new performance benchmark methodology designed to assess the real-world performance capabilities of a SAN-attached IBM System Storage DS5020 Express/DS3950 Express storage system and IBM System x3950 M2 servers deployed in a highly virtualized Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 enabled data center.
HP cuts 9,000 jobs in data center consolidation effort
June 1, 2010 -- HP cuts 9,000 jobs in data center consolidation effort
Startup brings tier-1 performance to cloud storage
June 1, 2010 -- Panzura launched today with the introduction of the Application Cloud Controller (ACC), an application-aware device based on SSD drives that functions as a read/write cache to eliminate latency in cloud storage environments.