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A Small Step for VMware, A Giant Leap for iSCSI
A Small Step for VMware, A Giant Leap for iSCSI
IBM to Acquire Storwize
IBM to Acquire Storwize
IBM scoops up Storwize
After weeks of rumors, IBM today officially announced that it plans to acquire Storwize, which specializes in real-time data compression for primary storage.
A backup vendor you haven’t heard of
A backup vendor you haven’t heard of
Options for long-term data retention
Alternatives range from scale-out file-based systems to traditional tape archives.
Oracle supports LTO-5 on STK tape libraries
Allaying doubts about its commitment to tape, Oracle recently announced support for LTO-5 tape drives and media in all of its StorageTek tape libraries.
HP P4000 with Citrix XenDesktop: Optimizing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
A growing number of organizations are using VDI to reduce the cost, complexity and risks associated with PC desktop management. This report documents hands-on testing of an HP P4000 SAN in a Citrix XenDesktop environment—focusing on ease of management, performance, storage efficiency, and availability.
Attention storage pros in the entertainment industry
Attention storage pros in the entertainment industry
Recent announcements from:
SNIA, STEC, Infortrend, Vision Solutions, Double-Take, GreenBytes, Caringo, Certeon, Druva Software
MLC vs. SLC flash for enterprise SSDs
Until recently, conventional wisdom dictated that SLC technology was the only type of NAND flash that was suitable for enterprise-class SSD drives. That situation is changing
Why SSDs won't replace HDDs
Consultant Henry Newman looks at the limitations of SSDs and explains why SSDs and HDDs will coexist for the foreseeable future.
Fusion-io debuts flash-optimized OS subsystem
Fusion-io introduced a flash memory-based OS subsystem called the ioMemory Virtual Storage Layer (VSL) this week.
Isilon stock soars on Q2 earnings report
Isilon stock soars on Q2 earnings report
EMC Forum: Integration, integration, integration
At the EMC Forum conference last week, the emphasis was on integration, including VMware, private clouds, Unisphere, vStorage APIs, vBlock, and EMC's entire product line.
Overland adds SnapServer NAS, NEO tape library
Overland Storage's new SnapServer NAS N2000 may be positioned at the high end of the SnapServer line, but it carries a low-end price tag: $4,999 for an 8TB configuration.
Keep an eye on this startup
Keep an eye on this startup
EMC breaks Q2 revenue record
EMC breaks Q2 revenue record
IBM expands SONAS, adds ProtecTIER appliance
July 20, 2010 -- IBM has added automated, policy-driven, file-level tiering to its Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) platform, as well as support for the IBM XIV.
Xiotech array targets VDI environments
July 20, 2010 -- Xiotech introduced the Emprise 9000 disk array and software enhancements this week, targeting performance-intensive environments such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments.
EMC doubles Data Domain performance
EMC made a number of data deduplication announcements this week, including the introduction of the DD670 disk-based backup appliance.
Dell to acquire Ocarina for data deduplication
Dell to acquire Ocarina for data deduplication
Recent announcements from:
PAR, NetEx, DeepStorage Labs, Microsoft, Violin Memory, Cloudera, Netezza, CTERA Networks, NTP Software, GlassHouse Technologies
Nimbus scales all-flash SSD arrays
Nimbus Data Systems today added a high-end model to its line of S-class storage arrays, which are based solely on solid-state disk (SSD) drives.
InfoStor + Enterprise Storage Forum = Storage Synergy
InfoStor + Enterprise Storage Forum = Storage Synergy
Startup's iSCSI array merges primary, secondary storage
Nimble Storage today launched an iSCSI array with a converged approach to primary and secondary storage.
Storage tiering with automated data migration
Taking advantage of expanding storage tiers via automated data migration is becoming commonplace, but vendors differ widely in how they implement the technology.
It may be a slow boat to converged networks
It may be a slow boat to converged networks
VMware vSphere 4.1 includes powerful storage features
VMware has added a slew of new storage features in the 4.1 release of vSphere that bring storage hardware acceleration to the virtualization platform.
Recent announcements from
Double-Take, IBM, Compellent, Esteem Systems, Crossroads, Fujifilm, PSS Systems, Diskeeper, Evaluator Group
3G C-NICs Address Mass Migration to 10GbE
3G C-NICs Address Mass Migration to 10GbE
Storage considerations for VDI implementations
A Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) can have more stringent storage requirements than a virtual server environment.
Fabric convergence: Changing the nature of fabric attach
Converged fabrics will address the challenging demands of the consolidated, virtualized data center, for which legacy networks are a mismatch.
RAID array recap: Infortrend, MaxTronic
July 8, 2010 -- Infortrend recently began shipping a new addition to its ESVA RAID family that includes 8Gbps Fibre Channel host interfaces and 6Gbps SAS drive connections.
Microsoft Hyper-V R2: Scalable, Native Server Virtualization for the Enterprise
This report documents hands-on testing of Microsoft server virtualization technology with a focus on the enhanced flexibility, availability, and performance of Microsoft Hyper-V R2.
Maximize ROI with Diskless Desktop VMs, Low-Latency Autonomic Storage
This openBench Labs review tests a Xiotech Emprise 5000 SAN array in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment with Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop Enterprise Edition.
Open season on open-source ZFS?
Open season on open-source ZFS?
NetApp threatens Coraid over ZFS
July 7, 2010 -- Coraid may face legal action from NetApp if the company does not cease plans to sell the Coraid EtherDrive Z-Series NAS appliance based on the open-source Zettabyte File System (ZFS).
EMC to buy Greenplum for “big data” private clouds
EMC to buy Greenplum for “big data” private clouds
EMC acquires data warehousing vendor Greenplum
EMC on Tuesday revealed it plans to acquire privately held firm Greenplum, a move that aims to up its appeal to IT buyers thanks to the smaller firm's data warehousing and analytics processing capabilities.
Promise adds storage services appliance
Promise Technology today announced the VTrak S3000 appliance, which includes a variety of storage services, including volume virtualization, thin provisioning, snapshots, volume copy, remote replication, data migration, WAN optimization and SSD caching software.
EMC pulls the plug on Atmos Online
EMC pulls the plug on Atmos Online
EMC upgrades Ionix change management software
EMC has enhanced its Ionix Storage Configuration Advisor (SCA) software with added support for mixed storage networking environments and new compliance features.
Arkeia integrates backup with VMware vStorage
As part of its ongoing rollout of version 8.2 of its Akeia Network Backup software, Arkeia this week introduced a backup agent that leverages the VMware vStorage API.
Recent announcements from:
Emulex, Cisco, Oxygen Cloud, Data Robotics, Dot Hill, Intel, QLogic, Promise Technology, PMC-Sierra
Oracle adds FC, dedupe to Sun Storage 7000 array
July 2, 2010 -- Oracle introduced a number of enhancements to its Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System this week, including support for Fibre Channel, data deduplication and compression, and 1TB and 2TB SAS drives.